Apr 02 2009

Great Digital Photos - 5 Secrets

Published by at 6:39 pm under General

Many modern digital cameras make it nearly impossible for a user to take a poor photograph, but there is always room for improvement with even the best of today's digital tools. While many photographers rely on the “on board” settings and modes to take a photograph, with a few photographic “secrets” up your sleeve you can improve on many standard digital photos.

1. Composition counts - So, you're going to take a group photo…you cluster everyone into a tight bunch, center them in the view finder of the camera and take the shot. The result? A very "standard" image that could be easily mistaken for millions of other group shots anywhere in the world. What is the secret to improving such a traditional photographic image? Composition! Most professional photographers look at each scene for its color and content, but they also think of it geometrically. This means considering the shapes created by the positioning each item in the scene, which means thinking about the background, foreground and subject. As an example, that group shot could have been balanced much better between foreground and background without simply placing the subjects in the dead center.

2. Perspective shifting - Again, let us consider the group photograph. A really great image can be created by a photographer standing on a chair, table or even a ladder and "shooting down" towards the group. With everyone looking up at the photographer, the scene can take on a totally new perspective. This is also the reason many professional photographers crouch down to take a child's candid photograph. Fantastic digital photos can come from a major shift in perspective because they catch the viewer "off guard" and ask them to look at things in a totally different way than before.

3. Look out for that flash! - Not all dimly lit scenes will benefit from a flash bulb. Some images are actually ruined when the flash washes out the color from the subject's faces, produces "red eye" or creates spots of reflection off of background glass. Good digital photos can be created by a considered use of the flash, and this may mean bouncing the light off of a background area or nearby surface, applying "flash fill" methods to eliminate shadows in all ready well lit scenes, or turning off the flash and using a slow shutter speed or long exposure to capture the scene (such as outdoor light displays during the holidays).

4. It's all about action - most digital cameras have "action" modes that are intended to capture people or animals in motion, but unless the photographer knows when to press the shutter, the image may not be a success. The best way to use a camera in action mode is to keep the subject in the frame, depress the shutter only part way, and when the moment is right, depress it completely. As an alternative, good digital photos can be created in "continuous" mode which means rapid-fire photographs are taken.

5. Tricky things! – digital cameras are full of all sorts of cool settings and features and good digital photos come easy to those who experiment with the many modes and possibilities contained within even the simplest equipment.

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