How to Take Better Digital Photos 101
Wouldn’t it be great if you
could take sharper photographs and increase your odds of capturing a
better number of photographs each time?
Are you ready to save money by purchasing products that will
allow you to capture the moment instead of being distracted by
changing batteries or poor light?
Now is the time to take control of your digital camera instead
of allowing it to control you. Listed below are some great pointers to
help you improve your photographs when using a digital camera so that
you will get sharper and clearer photographs, capture truer colors and
take a greater variety of quality photographs.
Know Your Resolution:
you capture your photograph will determine the maximum size of the
final print you can produce. Starting
with a higher resolution image will allow you to crop your photograph
later and still have a sharp looking final product.
Most cameras have an automatic resolution setting that will
allow you enlarge them up to 8x10.
However, if you were thinking about taking a landscape
photograph, it would be a good idea to increase the image resolution
to the maximum setting and to use a tripod.
Use a Tripod:
stable camera means sharper and clearer photographs.
Digital cameras are very sensitive in lower light situations.
If you turn the flash off thinking you’ll capture some
beautiful night scenes, you’ll be very disappointed with the blur of
the final image. The best
way to prevent this is to use either a tabletop tripod or a
regular-sized tripod with a remote control or cable release.
You will be able to trip the shutter without shaking the
camera. Remember; don’t
forget to turn off the flash each time you power on the camera.
Purchase NiMH Batteries:
lasting batteries will allow you to take more photographs and not miss
‘the’ moment. An added
benefit with rechargeable batteries is that they will save you
hundreds of dollars and are good for the environment. The best type is
Hydride) rechargeable batteries and each one lasts approximately 500
times longer than a regular AA or AAA battery!
Think of the batteries you won’t be throwing out. You’ll
also need a battery charger too. If
your camera only takes proprietary Lithium batteries, then make sure
that you have a fully charged spare when the first one runs out of
power. Keep your batteries
and equipment warm at cold temperatures by putting the spares near
Program ISO Below 200:
you learn how to override a camera’s automatic function and set the
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) value to 200 or
less, you will take photographs that are sharper and have less grain.
A higher ISO value allows for greater flexibility in lower
light situations; however, commercial digital cameras are very
sensitive and don’t have the sophisticated electronics of a more
professional unit. This
means that they don’t perform very well when their ISO values are
set beyond 200. It’s
even better to keep it set at 100, but then you’ll almost always
need a tripod in lower light.
Use an External Flash Unit:
If you have more light in a darkened area, you will
usually take better photographs of your subject. Unfortunately the
built-in flash units of most digital cameras lack the quality and
power required for good flash photography.
If you digital camera has a hot shoe (something that looks like
a metal bracket on top of your camera), then you have the ability to
use an external flash unit. Look for ones that take the same kind of
batteries as your digital camera.
Light the Subject:
you increase the quality, and often the quantity, of light falling on
your subject, you will improve your final image.
The colors will be more vibrant, truer and the image will be
clearer. Where you take a
photograph is critical too. Make
sure you ask your subject to pose near a window or open doorway.
Experiment with turning the room lights higher.
You can also use various props to bounce light onto your
subject. One way is to use
a white jacket that may reflect window light or a portable reflector
that folds up into the size of a Frisbee.
Used in conjunction with an external flash, this strategy will
increase both the quality of light on your subject and of your final
Attach Optional Lenses:
benefit of having a wide-angle lens or a telephoto lens is that you
can photograph most situations from a wide city skyline to a person
across the street. This
will allow you to capture more interesting photographs and extend your
operating range. Some
digital cameras allow you to attach an optional wide-angle and
telephoto lens on the end of the standard lens increasing your optical
zoom factor. However, you
will want to increase the image resolution on your camera when using a
telephoto lens if you don’t have a built-in large optical zoom
factor or the lens attachment feature.
Please ignore the digital zoom features for they are
meaningless and will not improve the quality of your photographs.
more you practice and learn from your experiences, the more you will
become proficient with your camera.
This will allow you to anticipate the scene and know exactly
what to do when it comes to taking a better photograph whether it is
working with quality light, using proper batteries or increasing the
image resolution. As you
progress along your path to taking better digital photographs, you
will see marked improvement along the way by following these
suggestions. The bottom
line is to keep learning and to keep taking photographs!
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