Home Add to Favorite Contact Submit  
             26 November, 2020
 

    
Category:  Articles » Arts & Culture » Photography

 

Ten Tips for Taking Great Digital Photographs

Popularity:
         Views: 1910
2007-07-18 12:54:48     
Article by Jason Dick

Shooting great digital photographs is getting easier all of the time with the great improvement being made in the area of photographic technology. However, the most important aspect of creating great photographs is still the photographer. The camera by itself cannot take great pictures. It's the photographer behind the camera and his/her skill and technique that ultimately determine photo quality.

The following ten tips will help you create great digital photographs:

• Know Your Camera-Many people simply purchase a camera, flip quickly through the manual included with it and proceed to start shooting. This is not a good idea! After purchasing a new camera, you should take extra efforts to understand all aspects of its operation including how to control exposure, flash and different modes.

• Learn to Control the Flash-You should not always rely on the automatic flash included with the camera. Depending on the setting, you may need to switch the flash off or on. For example, when taking outdoor photos, it's sometimes a good idea to turn on the flash to illuminate the subject. Conversely, you can use manual flash to turn off the flash when shooting photos indoors not requiring it.

• A Tripod is Essential for Long Distance Shots-Most modern digital cameras come equipped with a zoom lens for both wide and telephoto shots. However, when using the some of the longest telephoto settings, the camera can shake causing a blurred photo. By using a tripod, you can keep your camera still like. All wildlife photographers use tripods.

• Hold the Camera Level-Since most modern cameras come with a LCD, you can use it to properly frame your shots. Try to use horizontal lines and use them as guides. Holding the camera level is one of the most basic and important rules of photography to remember.

• Don't Always Center Your Subjects-While centering a subject sometimes makes the best photo, you should also experiment by positioning the subject slightly off-center. Some photographers even suggest placing the subject 1/3 away from the center. This will help add variety to your shots and portfolio.

• Turn Around to Avoid the Sun-When taking outdoor photos, try to position subjects with the sun behind you. If the sun is directly in the camera's field-of-view, your subjects could easily get overexposed and look washed out. However, with the sunlight behind you, enough light reaches the subject to showcase a wide variety of color without washing out features.

• Decrease Your Digital Camera's Image Compression for Higher Quality Photographs-The more you compress your photographs, the more you decrease their quality. Try to set the compression settings on your digital camera as low as possible, or don't compress at all if you can get away with it. If you can't keep all your photos on one memory card, shop around and buy extra media.

• Get Down to Your Subject's Level-Hold your camera eye level with your subject to capture expression. The subject doesn't have to look directly at the camera. The eye level angle itself will create a personal and inviting feeling.

• Use Variety in Your Shots-Spice up your collection by including landscapes, people shots, close ups, wide angles, good weather, bad weather, black and white, etc...

• Add Depth to Your Photographs-Depth is very important to good photographs. You want the viewer to think they're not looking at a flat picture, but through a window at a three-dimensional image. Add physical pointers just to assist the viewer's eye. If your subject is a distant object, add a person or a tree in the foreground. A wide angle lens can exaggerate this perspective also. New techniques, like High Dynamic Range photography or HDR can also help achieve more depth in your photographs. New software like HDRCapture makes taking HDR photographs easier and quicker.

New technology is making digital photographs more and more life-like and this trend will surely continue into the future. However, it will always be essential for the person behind the camera to practice good techniques. Hopefully, these tips will prove useful as you explore the exciting hobby/profession of digital photography.

REPRINT RIGHTS

Jason Dick is a technology expert and web author who works for eAcceleration Corporation in the Seattle, Washington area. He has been taking photographs for over 30 years and recently began writing articles for HDRCapture.

Specialized in: Hdr - Photoshop Hdr - Hdr Images - High Dynamic Range Imaging - Hdr Capture - High Dynamic Range - Digital Camera
URL: http://hdrcapture.com
Print article      Bookmark this page
Related Articles 
Capture Your Child's Favorite Moments with a Baby Boy Photographer (Popularity: ): For parents nothing can be more joyous than having a child. Kids are the most prized possession and are truly a miracle from God sent from the heavens above. Infants are the source of happiness. The best way to capture their smile and joyful activities is to photograph them. Picture can capture memories. The moment you see a visual you tend to remember a particular occasion or an event on ...
How to Take Up the Challenge of Photoshop Hair Masking (Popularity: ): Selecting and extracting the hair can test the skills of any levelheaded photo editor. Even if he has the best Photoshop software, he will first need to figure which method will be appropriate without spoiling the actual motion and emotion of the image. Thankfully most professional photographers have a tuning with some editor or the other to make such photos look a million dollars. Actually for the photo editor there ...
What to do if your SLR lens is faulty (Popularity: ): Many users of SLR lenses are disappointed when they receive their lens and find that it does not work as expected. This can be either because the lens is out of focus or there may be bigger problems like image quality issues. What are the troubleshooting steps that one should take, before returning the lens to the supplier? Follow our guide to help you troubleshoot your lens.Firstly, the lower the ...
Online News Portal in India (Popularity: ): Finance,Health,India Portal News,Portal News In India,Technical News,Business News,Stock Market News,Travel And Tourism In India
Dominance in Photography - Guaranteeing Success (Popularity: ): In a motivational speech given by Mr. Zig Ziggler; he talks for several moments about a world class archer, then states that he could teach anyone to hit the target more consistently than that archer on his best day, if . . . that archer was blindfolded and turned in the wrong direction. Of course, the whole point of the example was how can you hit a target you can ...


Related Business 
Anencephaly Information (Popularity: ): Personal stories, photos, tips for creating memories, advice on taking photographs, and tips for midwives. [Information in English, German, French, and Dutch]
Fashion Tips For Your Body Type (Popularity: ): This website is all about down to earth common sense fashion tips. A true classic is an article of clothing that has enduring wear ability. We should be able to see a film or image at a particular outfit ten, twenty or thirty years from now and think how a great looking it is instead of laughing.
Best Digital Camera Stores Reviews (Popularity: ): Digital photography is no longer a differentiator for digital camera. Digital photography has prosper of delayed and for useful logic. Moved out are the days while taking your public holiday snaps mandatory exchange a film, taking snaps in the wish that at slightest partially would work out and at that moment graceful down highest the computer after your public holiday or going to places of interest.
Newborn Photography Tips (Popularity: ): Looking for material on turning out great photographs? Take a few moments to check out our site - We've posted some great articles and visuals on the topic.
Study Skills (Popularity: ): Learn tips for more effective, efficient study skills including note taking and studying. Parents, find ways to get your child excited about school, even is they are currently struggling. These study skills are great tips no matter how old you are, even executives can learn how to take better notes.
Digital Outback Photo (Popularity: ): Information on outdoor photography using higher-end digital cameras. Includes reviews in equipment, and articles on taking, developing, and printing digital photos.
Ride Judge (Popularity: ): Readers can rate cars on a scale of 1-10, based on photographs and written descriptions. Special galleries are presented for Top Ten and Bottom Ten vehicles.
Digital Key Safe (Popularity: ): find great reviews on digital key safe products and other great accessories. Digitalkeysafe.org.uk the leading distribution company for any digital key safe that you require, we stock a wide range under the Rottner and Comsafe brands including Obilix, Holytec, Digitec and many more, any digital safe you can think of we stock it.
Tips For Fabulous Wedding Photography (Popularity: ): Wedding Photography Tips has been designed to help you find the tips, ideas and techniques for great pictures of your special day. You can have great pictures at moderate prices and equally be disappointed having mortgaged your house!
Digital Camera Photography (Popularity: ): An elegant photography blog created to provide quality information on digital cameras, photography tips and photo editing tutorials. Digital Camera Photography, Photography Tips And Photo-editing Tutorials, Camera Reviews, Photo Editing Apps, Android Photo Editing, Photography Tips Beginners, Point And Shoot Tips.