Digital cameras have made the use of traditional film cameras almost a thing of the past. Following five simple steps when you’re using even a simple point-and-shoot digital camera will go a long way in helping you take first-class pictures to share, print, and enjoy:
1. Learn when to use a flash
Don’t just rely on your camera’s automatic flash to tell you when and when not to use a flash. As a rule of thumb, you turn the flash on for indoor pictures, and off for outdoor pictures. But like any rule of thumb, there are exceptions: for example, using the flash outside can take better pictures in the shade or on an overcast day, while turning off the flash for well-lit indoor shots will help eliminate unnatural skin tones.
2. Hold the camera still
Because most digital cameras have an LCD screen on the back, there is less need to use the optical viewfinder. This leads budding photographers to hold the camera away from their face when taking a picture, which can result in a less secure grip and blurry pictures. Consider investing in a mini tripod. You’ll be surprised how often you end up using it.
3. Frame your shot
The main subject of your image should take up a good portion of the photo area. Use your zoom function, or simply move closer to the subject to eliminate unnecessary background space. If you’re taking an outside shot, make sure the horizon is straight in the background.
4. Experiment with pre-sets
Many digital cameras have pre-sets for taking shots in challenging conditions. While they’re not always perfect, they’re designed to take better pictures than just pointing and shooting. Common pre-sets include “Nighttime,” “Dawn/dusk,” “Beach,” “Portrait,” and “Motion/Action.”
5. Keep extra storage handy
Carry extra storage media with your camera. This will give you plenty of space for additional pictures, which allows you to take your photos at a higher resolution, resulting in better quality image to print and share.
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