Oct 06 2012

How To Take a Good Picture Without a DSLR

Published by at 7:46 pm under Tips and Ideas

Without the help of an expensive DSLR camera, or Digital Single-Lens Reflex camera, it can sometimes be difficult to take a high-quality picture. Use these five tips to help you overcome this obstacle and come up with beautiful images:

1. Chose a different type of high quality camera
Even if you do not want to spend excessive amounts of money on a Digital Single-Lens Reflex camera, there are plenty of bargain priced cameras that can take high-quality photos. The best way to go about finding the best camera for your money is to look at consumer reviews online or to go into a store to talk to sales representatives. Stores that would give you the best information would be electronics stores and camera specialty stores. Regular super-center grocery stores will  most likely not have the specific information about certain brands and models that you want, despite how knowledgeable the salespeople appear.

2. Always check the lighting in your surroundings
When looking at photographs of others, it is obvious that a big problem in pictures is the lighting. Combating a lighting problem can be difficult if you are not a professional photographer, so your best bet would be to experiment with the lighting options available to you in your photography setting. This can be toggling with the flash setting, moving lighting equipment around, or adjusting the location of your subject in reference to the sun. Remember, pictures look best when the light is in front of the subject–not behind.

3. Make the best use of your camera’s built-in settings
Because the subject of your photo will change, cameras also come with different settings that are better for different types of subjects. Most cameras, for example, have a sports setting. This is good for subjects that will be in motion. Often times this setting has the ability to take several rapid shots with just one click of the snap shot button. There are also usually portrait settings, night settings, and many more. It is recommended that when you buy a new camera you read the manual and explore the different settings your camera offers.

4. Move in close to your subject
No matter what the subject is that you’re capturing, it is in your best interest to move in as close as you can to the subject. This will give your picture exponentially more clarity than simply using the zoom feature of your camera. Even in the case of landscape images or larger objects, it is recommended that the photographer gets as close as possible. This will bring out the most detail from the subject.

5. Consider the use of a tripod
Whether you are capturing images of stationary objects or objects in motion, a tripod can help you focus on your subject. The use of a tripod also eliminates some of the risk of a blurry photo. Stationary subjects will ensure no movement from the camera and will also allow you, as the photographer, to make adjustments to the subject while keeping the camera in place. This gives you the opportunity to base your changes on the practice images you take without changing the position. With these tips, your pictures will never again look like the products of a point-and-shoot camera.

Jacklyn Jennings is a photojournalist and a contributing author for flowerdelivery.net.

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