Do you find that there are some pictures that you take that know you should have turned out a lot better than they did? It happens to all of us – even the expert photographers. Here are five tips to help you move from beginner to master of digital photography, whether you’re using a point-and-shoot camera to snap shots or a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR)camera.
One of the most basic digital photography tips is to pay attention to what’s in the frame of the viewfinder. Fill the frame. Nothing but blue sky, for instance, behind a single subject throws off the proportions of the photo and decreases interest. You can also turn the camera sideways to see if a vertical photo might have more impact than a horizontal shot of the same subject. You can also try positioning your subject off to the side, rather than in the centre of the photograph. A good rule of thumb is ‘look after the boarders and the rest will look after its self’.
Take Great Close up Photos
Your digital camera has a “macro mode” – think of it as a super magnifying glass. An
extreme close up of something like flower petals can bring out textures that you never knew existed, and will add excitement to your photos. Play with this feature, you will find dozens of ways to use it to enhance your pictures.
Buy a Tripod
Digital cameras are prone to blurry photographs if your hands shake even a little bit. Several companies manufacture light, portable, inexpensive versions. Digital photography tips like this can save you hours of frustration and preserve otherwise perfect shots.
Take your shot from the top of a teeter-totter (seesaw), off the side of the boat, or standing on your head. Thinking outside the box can really pay off in unexpected ways. You will truly get once in a lifetime shots by adding a bit of creativity to your thinking.
Take a Class
Are you still hungry for digital photography tips? There’s nothing like practice to improve your photography – except practice plus experience gained by learning from a pro. You can find photography classes online, at your local recreation centres, and community colleges. I’ve found that the information and encouragement got from having a pro evaluate my work helped me develop in leaps and bounds. The interaction with other likeminded people helped a lot and I got some great new photo friends too!
Becoming an expert at digital photography takes time; you won’t become a professional photographer in a few days. Just keep trying new methods each time you use your camera, and before long, your friends and family will be admiring your newfound skills. Above all practice, practice and practice some more.
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