Mary Aarons says she hears her dad’s voice ev­ery time she takes a pho­to­graph. Here are some of the tips run­ning through her head.

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1 Never shoot up­ward. “That equals dou­ble chins and odd shad­ows!”

2 Take the time to frame it right. “Don’t make folks stand­ing in front of the Eif­fel Tower (or any other land­mark) look tiny. Bring them for­ward so that you have them framed cor­rectly and your land­mark will look spec­tac­u­lar in the back­ground. Tiny peo­ple and tiny land­mark equal a crappy shot.”

3 Tell a story. “My dad and I used to look at art to­gether, and he would point out the tal­ent the best artists had for pre­sent­ing a scene. He was do­ing with a cam­era what the great mas­ters did with a paint­brush.”

4 Add colour. “My dad al­ways had a pop of red in his pic­tures—he ac­tu­ally car­ried around a red silk square leftover from the lin­ing of a be­spoke blazer for this pur­pose.”

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