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7 Tips For Great Digital Photos

Feb 4, 2008
Before you can begin to enjoy photo sharing with family and friends, you need to take great digital shots that are razor-sharp and crystal-clear. After all, there's nothing quite so frustrating as when your photos of memorable events like a graduation or a vacation turn out blurry or fuzzy or just plain dull.

The good news is great photos can really be a snap -- if you keep in mind a few important tips. I guarantee that in no time you'll be having fun with photo sharing and easy photo printing!

Tip #1: Buy a camera you're comfortable with!

There are many digital cameras to choose from and, with all the bells and whistles, making a selection is not easy. While all these "extra" features are great to have, ask yourself these two question: What do I really need and what can afford? Then make your selection and learn all you can about the model you buy. And keep the camera's manual close at hand so you can continually refer to it. You'll definitely want a camera that makes uploading photos to your computer a snap, as that allows for photo sharing.

Tip #2: Keep the camera steady

The #1 reason our photographs turn out fuzzy or blurry is that the camera is shaking. As you probably have found out, the slightest movement can be disastrous, especially when your looking for high-quality photo sharing and easy photo printing. You don't want to waste your time taking photos or end up with blurry prints.

But keeping a steady hand is not easy. So to ensure that you take photos that are really sharp and clear every time, you can do 3 things -- use a tripod (not likely but it is foolproof)...or simply put your camera on any flat surface (not always realistic)...or you can just lean back on a wall or tree and hold yourself steady.

Remember, a still holder and a still camera will make all the difference in the world if you want to produce clear, sharp photos share you'll be proud of.

Tip #3: When to use your flash

The flash is used to eliminate dark shadows. But it's also tends to create a barrier that can actually wash out the natural mood that's so important to capturing mood and feel. So the important decision is when to use it -- and not use it. Disregard the urge to use the flash when you camera tells you to.

Instead, whenever you can, use the natural light that's available. In a darkened setting, instead of the flash, turn out all surrounding lights to highlight the room. You'll be amazed at how easily your will create photos that are beautiful and poignant.

Be sure to know your flash's range. For most cameras, the maximum range is less than 15 feet. Keep this in mind and you'll enjoy photo sharing and easy photo printing because all your photos will be outstanding!

Tip #4: Bring your photos to life

Here's a simple way to turn ordinary photos into unusual and interesting shots. Don't keep your subject in the middle of the frame. Instead, simply shift the image slightly to the left or the right. You'll be delighted with the results.

Tip #5: Turn your camera sideways!

Now why would you want to do that? The answer shouldn't be a surprise. With a vertical shot, you can create a picture that is much more intriguing. Try it for yourself. You'll soon be taking all sorts of vertical photos -- and enjoying the more! And the better the picture, the more you'll enjoy photo sharing.

Tip #6: Be creative!

Don't let the photo control you. You control the photo. Use your imagination and your creativity and you'll get plenty of compliments.

Change locations. Add props. Arrange your subjects and photograph them in different poses. You'll take photos that will be a source of pride and joy forever.

Tip #7: Preserve your memories

You never know where or when that next great photo op will present itself! So be prepared -- carry additional memory cards. Just like a computer, you need some backup.
Believe me, sooner or later, you'll need that extra storage capacity. And when you enjoy photo sharing and easy photo printing with the people in your life and see the smiles on their faces, you'll be glad you had the extra backup.

Photographs can help you create wonderful family keepsakes that tell the stories of your life. Keep these tips in mind, and you'll look forward to years of photo sharing and easy photo printing, and preserve a lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy.
About the Author
Carey Paris develops marketing programs and has written articles for a variety of clients, including Hoorray, a new website for easy photo sharing and easy photo printing.
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