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Perfecting Your Shot with Digital Cameras

by Paul Sanders

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With a decent digital camera, you can start honing your craft as a photographer. Digital photography is more an art than a science. And while experience is the best teacher, there are a few photography tricks you can learn right away that will help you take even better photos with your digital camera.

Digital Photography Tips:

  1. Steady your shot. A shaky digital camera takes blurry digital photos. If you don't have a tripod, you can steady your digital camera by holding your arms against your body. As you take the photo, exhale and hold your breath. These little tricks help reduce any movement in the digital camera as you shoot.

  2. Balance objects in the frame. Even if you're digital camera takes great photos, your shots can still look off if they're not properly balanced. If you're shooting photos of people, make sure the faces are between the middle and top of the viewfinder. Make sure you don't put too much headroom in the photo, as it takes focus off of your subject. For landscape shots, make sure the horizon is near the middle of your digital camera viewfinder. Too much sky will unbalance your digital photos.

  3. Use close-up settings for portraits. DSLR digital cameras will automatically adjust for close-up photography, but other cameras may require you to adjust the lens. This adjustment changes the focal point of the digital camera lens so your photos remain clear.

  4. Soften your flash to reduce glare. The bare flash on digital cameras can often be a bit harsh, especially when reflecting off of skin, causing faces to look shiny or washed-out. You can soften the flash on your digital camera by using a matte filter or other reflector over the flash.

  5. Be conscious of light. The intensity of light received by your digital camera largely determines how the photos will turn out. While some digital cameras can artificially adjust light levels in your digital photos, it can only do so much before the photos look unnatural. Experience in digital photography will teach you how to judge the balance between light and shadow, and how to use filters to capture subtle colors.

  6. Experiment with ISO settings. The ISO setting on digital cameras controls the sensitivity of the camera's sensor to light. In low-light situations, a higher ISO setting on your digital camera will allow you to capture more detail. However, higher ISO settings introduce more graininess into your digital photos.

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