8 Tips for Shooting Great Fantastic Digital Photos

Just how do you start taking good photos?

Here's the number one thing to always keep in mind: It's the person behind the camera that takes the good photos, the camera can think or make decisions . Give that a moment to sink in. Isn't that true? I've seen great photos come from a basic point & shoot camera, even a camera phone, and I've seen some really bad images shot with expensive Canons, Leika and Nikons. ✓

Have no fear, practice the following tips on capturing digital photos every chance you get and before you know it, you'll be photographing just like a professional

1. Get Familiar with Your Camera

Sound like a broken record? Typically, here's what happens. You purchase the newest digital camera available, race home, rip the box open, then fool around with your new picture taking machine for a little while quickly browsing through the hundred or so page camera booklet then throw it in a drawer or closet to never be seen again. Sound familiar? Why bother to buy a new digital camera, if you don't bother learn about its features, modes, and controls. Start by learning how to take control exposure, shutter speed, and the other different camera functions and how to gain control the flash. This basic knowledge you learn about your new camera will be indispensible when you're out on a photo shoot capturing those special moments.

2. Gain Control of the Lighting

A most basic concept you need to master about shooting digital is controlling the flash. I personally dislike depending upon the automatic flash unit that s included with the camera. So, dependent upon the circumstances, you'll need to turn flash of or on.

As an example, when shooting outdoor photos, sometimes it is good to switch the flash on to add fill light on your subject, especially if your target is in a shaded area. Having said that, you can also decide to turn the flash off when shooting indoor images. Other times, the consequences of employing a flash indoors will be unnatural looking skin tones and abrasive glare in your images.

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3. The ISO Setting

The digital camera ISO setting is practically necessary. The ISO setting controls the camera's light sensitivity. If you're shooting still life such as a flower, it's always a good bet to select a low ISO number that provides for a slower shutter speed which creates a cleaner photo. If you're attempting to capture a moving subject, such as a child with a toy, a larger ISO setting of around 400 would be much better. However, a larger ISO setting provides a faster shutter rate, subsequently less light is necessary. Although will result in nosier photos.

4. Keep your Camera Level

Hold the camera in al level position, another basic rule of photography. As most newer digital cameras have a built-in LCD, it can be used it to compose and frame your images. Next time you're out shooting, try to find any horizontal lines and employ them for a guide. Some good examples of the horizon are when you're capturing a sunset photo, or a building roofline.

5. Break out the Tripod

A tip I recommend to all beginning photographers. Tripods are an indispensable piece of equipment for your photography bag. Just when do you need to employ a tripod? Well, A tripod is welcome when you're shooting under poor-light situations or attempting to capture fast changing subjects. A tripod is necessary shooting at night, for example, city streets. Be sure to get a tripod that's easy to carry and you'll take with you. For individual use, it doesn't need to be huge - just an uncomplicated compact unit that's easy to carry.

6. Move away from the center

Center is a great for target practice. However, the center of a photo is not a good spot to locate your subject. Allow your image to come to life by merely relocating your subject from the center of your image. Start with a game of tick-tack-toe with the position of your subject . Just pretend there's a tick-tack-toe chris-cross on the viewfinder of the camera. Now position the most important aspect of your subject at any of those line intersections (called the rule of thirds). If you're using the camera in auto-focus mode, it will be necessary to lock down the focus as most focus on what's in the middle of the viewfinder of the camera.

7. Move in a little Closer

If the subject is not as large as a vehicle, try to take a few steps forward prior to taking the shot to zoom in on the subject. The goal is to completely fill the frame area with the object of your photograph. Getting up close you will reveal informative details, such as an arched eyebrow or a dash of freckles . But don't move in too close or you'll end up with blurry photos. about three feet is the nearest focusing distance for typical cameras, or approximately one step back from the camera. Moving any closer than the nearest camera focusing distance (find your camera manual to be certain), and you will get blurry pictures.

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8. Experiment in Macro Mode

Just about every digital camera manufactured today has a macro function. Here's a setting that is perfect for getting close up images of subjects such as insects and flowers. On my Canon point & shoot PowerShot, Macro Mode is marked as a flower symbol. Just select a subject, dial the macro program mode, then move in as close in as the camera will let you. Be sure you permit the camera to properly focus before fully clicking the shutter button.

Whew. What a lengthy article, but. I trust you'll try a few of these suggestions to shoot better digital images. Always keep in mind that although those newest and costliest digital cameras sport incredible features, the're worthless without a photographer with skill to shoot great photos. Go out and try some of the above suggestions to your everyday photography and will become a better photographer.  updated article Jan22, 2011

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