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10 Tips To Taking Better Photographs With You Camera Or Phone
1. Know your camera! Learn all the buttons and modes; find out what they do. I suggest reading the manual first then experimenting with the camera to see what modes you like best. Set your camera to the highest resolution possible. It will make it easier to edit them later.
Low resolution photos make for poor enlargements. Try your “auto” format first, see if you like the quality of the pictures, if not, set the modes manually.
2. Always bring your cameral along wherever you go. You can’t take amazing photos without it. Lots of smart phones take great pictures too. Most of the time, especially when using a phone with low resolution, it is better to take the photo and crop it later than to zoom,
as zooming can cause it to lose some clarity.
And don’t be shy, photograph everything! It is better to go through later and delete the ones you don’t love than to have not taken them at all.
3. Learn when to focus and what to focus on. Sometimes it creates a more dramatic effect to keep the subject of your photo slightly blurred and their activity as the most focused point. Other times, you just want to keep the person as the clearest point.
I like that most smart phone cameras have a tap to focus feature. This is just depending on your own creative preferences. And don’t forget to clean the lens before each use. That piece of lint from your pocket or purse will show up in the picture.
4. Take surprise photos. It is always interesting to see a spontaneous picture of a someone doing what comes natural. Also, with shy folks, especially bashful children, you may not get many chances for such a photo unless you are a little sneaky.
5. Play with the lighting. When you are inside, it is easy to adjust the lighting. When you are out in nature, however, sometimes you are at the mercy of the celestial bodies and/or objects lending shade for the majority of lighting or lack thereof.
Oftentimes, adjusting the angle from which you are taking a photo can change the lighting some. Time of day makes a difference, Morning and evening usually make a dramatic effect.
6. If you are using a smart phone to take photos, don’t forget to search the app store for camera enhancing apps which can help you control lighting, colors, focus and special effects. I prefer to take a photo, save it then edit it. That way, if I don’t like the edit, I still have the original.
Still, you don’t want to over process the photo. Sometimes, less really is more.
7. Choose wisely when deciding on flash on or off. Sometimes well-lit can lead to washed out if you’re not careful. Also, flash is a notorious cause of red-eye! You might try alternate lighting, such as overhead or lamp light.
Remember, that “flash” that you use on your camera is also the bright light that you use to find your way to the bathroom in the middle of the night or to locate that earring that fell under the couch!
8. Go to places where you are sure to find interesting subject matter. The more passionate you are about a thing, the better photos you will take. Taking photos of things that you love, in a way makes you quite the expert.
9. Organizing photos can be a challenge but there are also free or cheap online storage sites where you can free up the memory of your phone or camera without discarding photos.
I enjoy sharing my finished pictures on Facebook and other sharing sites but I also like to choose them carefully without slowing down my phone and these storage sites are just right for that.
10. Don’t forget to print out many of the ones that you decide to keep and make albums. It is always fun to share with friends and family and there is just something about looking at photo albums that is relaxing and nostalgic. Most importantly, don’t forget to HAVE FUN!