15 Tips for Taking Better Digital Photos
Ever returned home from a day out or holiday to find your photos are a real
disappointment? You thought you had done everything right but you left with a
collection of red eyed, unclear blurs. Well, have a look at our 15 top tips of
digital photography below and we might have the answer to your problem!
1. Know your camera - It may seem obvious, but so many people end up
disappointed with the quality of their photos because they don't fully realize
their camera's potential. Even if you only use your camera once every family get
together, it's vitally important to appreciate your camera's capabilities and
limitations. Don't just presume that the little dial with the funny symbols on
is for professionals - this control the camera's mode and is the gateway to great pictures.
Remember, the camera manufacturer is not out to confuse you, so if there is a
setting symbolized by a group of people, that's probably the setting you need
when photographing your friends! Develop a good relationship with your camera's
manual - if you've lost it you will most likely be able to download it off the
internet. If you know your camera inside out, you will know a drastic improvement
in your picture quality.
2. The more the merrier - It is often a common conception amongst
budding photographers that to get that one perfect shot, you need to take one
perfect image. Well, five minutes in the company of any professional photographer
will prove this theory wrong straight away. You don't necessarily have to be
taking 40 frames every 10 seconds like you may see in a supermodel shoot, but
the more shots of the same image that you take the higher your chances of finding
"the one" are. So don't be afraid to go trigger happy with your camera!
3. Keep on your toes - Just because your camera has up to date digital
zoom, doesn't mean you have to use it every time! For better shots, your best
option is to move closer yourself. Get right up close with your target- this way
your photos will have a much more real life feel to them, and it enables you to
really capture the mood of the image. Instead of photographing a field of
plants, try and focus on one individual flower. This will enhance your photos'
imaging quality immediately.
4. Steady as a rock - Use both hand when taking your photos to make
sure your camera is held steady. There is nothing worse than lining up that
perfect shop, then realizing when you upload your photos at home that you were
shaking like a leaf! Although one-handed shots may look professional to the
outsider when you're taking them, they rarely transfer as well onto your
mantelpiece. Keep you hands as firm and still as possible and your pictures will
improve straight away!
5. Time is of the essence - Taking a photo is not like a western gun
draw- don't draw the camera and shoot straight away! The best way to find those
perfect images is to take time in your photography - this could me a matter of an
extra five seconds, but is the fine line between a good shot and an excellent one.
Take a second to make sure the basics are in place to make sure your shot
is as good as it can be, camera held firm and straight, finger not covering the
lens etc. I may seem elementary now, but that extra few seconds will prevent the
most frustrating and avoidable mistakes from occurring.