Nov 06 2008

5 Easy Tips to Improving Digital Camera Photography

Published by at 8:34 pm under General

Whether you are adopting your digital camera for recreational use or are taking a trip into the world of professional photography, you will find it helpful to understand these valuable tips to improving the overall quality of each picture that you take. 

1) If you are taking a picture of a person or your favorite pet, make sure that you place the camera at the subjects eye level. If you are photographing a child sitting down or your little puppy lying on the floor, you will need to stoop down to their level. The subject of your picture is not required to be looking directly into the camera. The idea is simply to set the cameras point of view at the same level of your subject. 

2) Avoid taking a photograph with a lot of activity in the background. Instead, a plain background will bring more attention to your subject and less to what is going on around it. When you look through the camera lense, also take a moment to scan the surrounding area in an effort to make sure there are no distracting factors in the background. 

3) Did you know that using your digital camera’s flash outdoors can actually enhance the quality of your image? If you are taking photographs on a sunny day, especially, shadows are often very problematic and can sometimes be reduced or eliminated altogether with the use of the flash. This was one digital camera tips I learned by accident. 

4) Don’t be afraid to move in close to your subject. You can use the zoom feature if you are unable to get as close as you would prefer because your goal should be to fill the entire picture with your subject. This is where a little practice comes in. If you are in doubt, take several pictures just to make sure you get the perfect one. 

5) Get creative with your digital camera pictures. Take both horizontal and vertical photos. Most people simply point and click and never give another thought to the option of taking vertical photos, which can greatly enhance an image of tall subjects. From {taking pictures of pets} to office buildings to landmarks, vertical photos are often the best way to capture a lot of detail in your subject. 

When you are taking photos, no matter your subject matter,pay attention the lighting. You would be surprised at how an overcast day often provide amazing photo opportunities, but you will need to be aware of much more than just the weather pattern as given in the tips above. If you are using your digital camera indoors, consider the lighting and try to avoid situations that may place a glare in the photo. 

After all, the brightest thing in your photo should be your favorite pet, person, or outdoor scene. And of course, that would be the subject.

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  1. StephanieInCAon 07 Nov 2008 at 12:02 pm

    These tips are excellent. My photography of my Westie, Mr. Henry, is very hit-or-miss, probably mostly miss! I’m definitely going to give it another go after reading this.

    Hopefully we won’t end up playing tug-of-war with the camera, like last time


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