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The Secret Behind Capturing Professional Photographs

Jun 14, 2008
Are you an amateur photographer and keen on knowing the secret of capturing flawless pictures like a professional photographer?

If you are passionate about photography and enthusiastic about using your digital camera with optimum effect, then read on. In this age of cutting-edge technology, digital cameras have gained an exceptional foothold in the international gadget market.

Today, we can find digital cameras almost in every hand. However, it is not a digital camera that necessarily ensures a brilliant photograph. The person who operates the digital camera is largely responsible for the outcome. Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned photographer, the following tips can help you improve your photography skills on a digital camera.

There are primarily two important aspects to taking good photographs with a digital camera such as proper exposure and sharp focus, although both of them are closely related to each other. Hence, most of the modern digital cameras have the automatic feature to facilitate a good photography output. However, sometimes the auto exposure technology fails to read the scene correctly leading to wrong exposure and bad photograph. Therefore, it is important for you to learn how to use the exposure compensation feature of digital cameras.

The shutter speed of your digital camera greatly affects its output. Shutter speed of a digital camera essentially means how long the shutter stays open which is usually expressed in fraction of a second such as 1/30th or 1/400th. Typically, the slower the shutter speed, the higher the chances of the picture becoming blurred.

So, if you have set your digital camera in the automatic mode, make sure the shutter speed is 1/125th. This is because it`s tough to expect a good picture with slower shutter speed. Conversely, if you want to take photograph of a moving object, the shutter speed of your digital camera needs to be set at 1/400th to nullify the motion. Besides, if the automatic mode of your digital camera doesn`t show a shutter speed which is quick enough, you should switch it to shutter priority to manual.

There is another critical aspect to taking good pictures with you digital camera, i.e., aperture setting. Explained in a layman term, it basically means how wide the shutter opens when you take a photograph. There is a trade-off between shutter speed and aperture setting of a digital camera.

For instance, if you increase the shutter speed to get avoid the blurring effect in your pictures, the shutter should open wide enough to allow enough light. This could considerably affect the results. Hence, if you want to maximize the depth of the field, take the pictures with a slower shutter speed. If your purpose is to shoot objects that are not moving, you should set a small aperture. Incase, you are shooting a moving object, choose higher speed.

If you are wondering what the secret behind some professional nature and landscape photographs is, then you will be surprised to know that they are taken on a tripod to minimize the camera movements. Shooting under inadequate light condition requires slow shutter speed and use of a tripod. Also you can use a tripod with a small aperture and slow shutter speed to shoot better photographs on a sunny day.

Another secret to capturing magical photographs with you digital cameras lies in following your object. Try planting your feet firmly and bracing your arms strongly against your sides. Then follow the moving object by slowly turning your body. This can dramatically improve the performance of the pictures although the background might get a bit blurred.

Capturing good photographs with your digital camera requires experience and creative imagination. However you should learn the tricks of using all the features of your digital camera to produce astonishing pictures. After all, a digital camera is only as good as the pictures that you capture. Hence, know your camera inside out.
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This article can be accessed in portuguese from the Article section of page www.polomercantil.com.br/camera-digital.php
Roberto Sedycias works as IT consultant for www.PoloMercantil.com.br
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