Friday, August 29, 2008

5 Tips for Better Pictures

These are a few tips to help you take better pictures of your family and friends.

  1. Get down on their level. Hold your camera at the subjects eye level to capture the power of magnetic gazes and mesmerizing smiles. For kids and pets, that means getting down on their level to take the picture. They don't have to look directly into the camera, the eye level angle by itself will create a personal and inviting feeling.
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  3. Move in Close. To create impactful images, move in close and fill your picture with the subject. Move a few steps closer or use the zoom until the subject fills the viewfinder. You will elminate background distractions and show off the details of your subject. For small objects, use the camera's marco or 'flower' mode to get sharp close-up pictures.
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  5. Use a plain background. Before taking a picture, check the background behind your subject. Look out for trees and poles sprouting out of your subject's head. A cluttered background will be distracting while a plain background will emphasize your subject.
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  7. Move it from the middle. Bring your picture to life simply by placing your subject off-center. Imagine a tic-tac-toe grid in your viewfinder. Now place your subject at one of the intersections of lines. Since most camera's focus on whatevers in the middle, remember to lock the focus on your subject before re-framing your shot.
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  9. Watch the light. Great light makes great pictures. Study the effects of light in your pictures. For the people pictures chose the soft lighting of cloudy days. Avoid overhead sunlight that casts harsh shadows across faces. For scenic pictures, use the long shadows and color of early and late daylight.
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  1. Those are great tips! Thanks so much. I'm really trying to improve my photo taking and the simplicity of your tips is very helpful.

  2. great tips! I need a lesson for sure.


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