Tips to Better Digital Pictures

1) Get on the level of your subject
When photographing someone smaller than you (ex: pets, children, fruit bowls), get down on your subjects’ level. This creates a more personal feel in the photos. Also, it will give the photo dimension and life as the photo will be on the same eye level as the subject capturing better expressions.

2) Use plain backgrounds
If possible, take the photo using a plain color as your background to put more emphasis on your subject. If your background is crowded, this could cause a distraction to the person viewing your photo and the subject can be lost in the background. Also, a background that is too busy can make it difficult for someone to see where the focus of your picture is. Be aware of the colors around you, and pair colors that will make your subject be the center of attention.

3) Get Close Up
When photographing nature such as rose bushes, focus in on one particular rose to create more of an impact instead of photographing the entire rose bush. According to Kodak.com, “[This] will eliminate background distractions and show off the details in your subject.” Moving in closer shows a greater attention to detail and truly emphasizes the subject of your photo. This technique will cause your pictures to have a more professional or artful look to them.

4) Don’t always put your subject in the middle
For both portrait and landscape photos, do not place your subject in the middle of your shot. This tactic is old and tired. Try placing the subject at a diagonal or at the edge of your shot. Kodak.com suggests that you should, “Imagine a tic-tac-toe grid in your view finder. Now place the subject at one of the intersection s of lines.” Most cameras auto-focus in the center of every shot, so do not be afraid to play around with the auto-focus or completely turn it off.

5) Don’t be afraid to be a director
It is okay to take control of a picture after all you are the one holding the camera. Be brave. Experiment with the picture such as adding props, moving people around, moving to a different area, or taking the photo from a different vantage or view point. Be inventive and ask yourself how can I make this picture more personable or creative?

6) Take your camera everywhere
This is one of the more obvious, but often forgotten tips. Having your camera constantly with you is vital to becoming a better photographer. Some of the best pictures occur at the most unexpected moments, so having your camera constantly ready could truly pay off. Also, any opportunity to practice will pay off as practice does make perfect!

February 2011

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