TOP TEN TIPS

camera mandTOP TEN TIPS . . .

 

 

 

1: GET IN CLOSE
Most people are too far away from their subjects when they take pictures. When you get up close and personal your main subject fills the frame and becomes the most important element in the shot. Don’t be afraid to get within a few feet of your subject. Some point-and-shoot cameras don’t have the best lenses, so you’ll need to do this in order to completely fill the frame with your subject.camera man

2: TAKE MORE PICTURES OUTSIDE
There’s nothing better than natural light to illuminate your subjects. When you shoot outside, you don’t have to use a flash, and it makes your subjects much more colorful. Just make sure the sun is behind you so it is lighting up your subjects from the front. If the sun is behind your subject, you’ll have to use a flash or a reflector.

3: TAKE PICTURES AT SUNRISE AND SUNSET
Every photographer will tell you that these are the best hours to take pictures. The light comes in from an angle and it isn’t nearly as direct or harsh. This gives your subjects a natural orange glow. The angle of the sun also emphasizes shadows, creating more drama in your images.
Use SUNCLAC to help with your planning.

4: DON’T PLACE YOUR SUBJECT IN THE CENTER OF THE PHOTOGRAPH
The most interesting pictures are those with the subject just slightly off of center. Divide the frame into thirds and place your subject in one of the upper, lower, left, or right thirds. This creates movement in the image, making it much more visually interesting.

camera man5: TRY UNUSUAL ANGLES
Some of the most interesting photos happen when you’re willing to experiment a little. Get down low, up high, move to the side, or try placing something in front of your camera. Try taking three images at a time – one from eye level, one with the camera above your head, and one from low down.

6: NEVER USE YOUR CAMERA’S DIGITAL ZOOM
The digital zoom is what happens when you keep zooming in past your camera’s optical zoom limit. When you use this, you are not really zooming in, you are actually cropping your image.

7: SHOOT IN CONTINUOUS MODE
Many cameras, both digital SLRs and point-and-shoot models, have a continuous fire mode that allows you to keep taking pictures while you hold down the shutter button. This is truly handy when you’re trying to capture action sequences. You can activate this mode from your main menu.

8: TAKE AS MANY SHOTS AS YOU CAN, AND THEN DELETE THE BAD ONES LATER ON
You are not fully taking advantage of your digital camera is you do not take as many pictures as possible in one sitting. Go ahead and keep snapping away. You can always delete the bad ones later on, and you’ll have many more pictures to choose the good ones from.

camera man9: WHEN TAKING PORTRAITS, GET YOUR SUBJECTS TO REVEAL THEIR TRUE EMOTIONS
When taking portraits have fun and try to get your subject to laugh. Anything you can say to get a reaction is a very good thing.

10: KEEP YOUR CAMERA AT YOUR HIP TO TAKE INTERESTING CANDID PHOTOS
Having a hard time getting your subjects to act natural? Just zoom out and learn to take pictures from your hips. Nobody will know you’re photographing them, and you’ll see their true emotions. Avoid using your camera’s flash when you do this.

 

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