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7 Tricks for Perfect Digital Photos

Jun 11, 2008
Many people find shooting a digital photo to be harder than expected. You might find that you have been taking digital photos since first introduced but have never quite captured that perfect shot you set out for. Nothing is as disappointing as missing that important event, such as your daughter's dance recital or even your anniversary trip to Italy. When that once in a lifetime moment is remembered with a horrible photo, the frustration can be overwhelming.

That bring us to the question of how do you exactly take a great photo? While there is a bit of trial and error involved, there is a simple answer. A great photo begins with you and then extends through the camera. Think about it, every shot begins in your mine, not the camera lens. A super photo can be captured by the most basic point-and-click camera just as easy as the most expensive SLR.

Take the time to read over these tips on taking digital photos and incorporate them the next time you have the opportunity. In no time at all, you can be an expert.

1. Understand Your Camera I know this sounds elementary, but how many of us are guilty of buying a gadget only to never once look at the manual included? If you are going to make the investment in a digital camera, take the tine to learn about all of its features. The instruction manual is there to be your guide to all of the possibilities your camera contains. Learn how to control the exposure, what the different camera modes do and even the simple things such as the flash. You might find yourself surprised at how much your camera can do that you might have never know by only fiddling with the device. The information you gain will prove itself valuable while behind the lens.

2. Controlling the Flash One of the most imperative things you need to be familiar with in digital photography is how to control the flash. Don't fall in to the habit of always relying on the built in automatic flash on your digital camera. In many instances, you might need to turn the flash off or on.

For example, when taking outdoor photos, it is sometimes good to turn on the flash to illuminate the subject, especially if he or she is in the shade. On the other hand, you can also choose to turn off the flash when taking indoor shots. Sometimes, using the flash indoors will result in unnatural skin color and harsh glare in your photos.

3. Using Macro Mode Most digital cameras now come equipped with a macro mode. This is an ideal setting for shooting close up photos of objects like insects or flowers. Depending on your model camera, it can have different symbols. My Canon PowerShot symbol is a flower. Turn your camera to macro mode and get as close as possible to your chosen subject. Make sure you allow the camera to focus correctly before depressing the shutter button completely.

4. Hold the Camera Level One of the most basic photography rules is to hold the camera level. Most digital cameras come with an LCD that can be used to accurately frame your shots. Utilize the horizontal lines as guides next time you are behind the lens. One such case is making use of the horizon when taking a photo of the sunrise.

5. Using a Tripod I would recommend this to all photographers of any level. You will find camera tripods an invaluable tool in your photography cache. When do you need a tripod you might ask? It becomes useful when taking a shot in low-light conditions or when your subject includes fast moving objects. I use a tripod while taking pictures of city streets at night to capture all of the elements. You don't have to invest in the largest or heaviest tripod for personal use. Choose a tripod that is compact and easy to carry with you.

6. Experiment with the ISO Setting I have found the ISO setting in digital cameras very helpful. The ISO setting of a camera essentially controls the camera's sensitivity to light. Use a low ISO setting if you're taking a photo of a still object, like a flower. This allows for a longer shutter speed and creates a cleaner image. A higher ISO setting of about 400 would be appropriate while taking a photo of a moving subject such as a baby in a swing. Keep in mind that a higher ISO setting results in a faster shutter speed and needs less light

7. Make Sure to Have Enough Memory Capacity Although with digital cameras you don't have to worry about extra rolls of film, the pictures you take still have to be stored somewhere. Make certain that you have enough memory capacity in your digital camera available to you. Nothing is worse than discovering you are out of memory space only halfway through an important event. Here are some basic guidelines for digital memory storage.

2 megapixel cameras - requires at least a 64MB card 3 megapixel camera - requires at least a 128MB card 4 megapixel camera - requires at least a 256MB card 5 megapixel camera and above - requires at least a 512MB or 1GB card

Final Note I know that's quite a bit of information to throw out at you, but I hope I've been able to provide some good tips on shooting great digital photos. A great photo begins with a skilled and knowledgeable photographer no matter what features your camera might offer. Using the above tips in your photography will help you to be picture perfect every time.
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