6 tips for shooting great pictures

Taking good photographs isn’t all about the camera you use, it’s about the one taking the pictures – the photographer. So, how do you learn to get the best shots possible with a digital camera? Just follow these 6 easy steps:

1. Learn how to use your camera.

Even the the majority of simple point-and-shoot cameras have a range of modes and features helping you get good pictures. The best way to get to know your camera is to simply try things out. Take pictures in different lighting conditions, on different settings, with different modes, and both staged and candid, to get a sense how your camera will do the job in certain situations. Just take a whole lot of pictures and play around for a while. Photography is a tactile art, so you have to discover by doing.

2. Always use the best lighting possible.

Natural light can make your photos considerably better without you ever doing a thing, but this is not always possible. If you’re taking pictures outside, try to avoid times when there will be tough shadows or lots of glare, unless of course you’re particularly going for that effect. Indoors, use lots of white light if you can use natural light. Lighting can make or break a photo whether you use a digital or analog camera.

3. Be ready for anything!

You would not want to run out of battery power or storage space just before the perfect opportunity shows up. To avoid this, carry an extra memory card (or simply get a larger one – you can fit literally thousands of pictures on a 16GB memory card) and fresh and quality batteries with your camera. Being prepared will help prevent missed shots.

4. Experiment.

Once you know all the settings and features of your camera, it’s time to try things out. Take photos of everything, from people to buildings to nature, try different angles and in varied lighting. You never know what great digital pictures you’ll end up with, and you may also discover a love of certain approaches you never even thought of. Also, look at photos made by professionals. Examine them, the lighting, the angles, the subject/object, foreground and background, and try to copy the methods you like.

5. Keep your camera steady.

Too many amateur photographers hold their cameras the incorrectly,which causes fuzzy photos and bad angles. You should hold your camera with two hands, steadying yourself on something solid, like a pole, desk or wall, to get clearer shots. You should also consider getting a tripod, to keep your camera from shaking while shooting.

6. Take as many photos as you can!

Even pros take hundreds of shots when they only need a few great ones. The more digital photos you take, the more likely you are the get that perfect one, because there are always flukes no matter how well you set the shot. It will take time, but sooner or later you’ll start to get a feel for how many photos you need to take of each subject. You’ll find yourself browsing through your pictures on the computer, discovering the good ones, in a sea of thousands of photos

There is no secret to good and simple photography. Like everything else, just keep practicing. This will be a challenge, but in the end your hard work will pay off with gorgeous and well-shot digital photos!


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