How To Properly Utilize Your Camera's Full Potential!

Written By Arman Zulhajar on Friday, March 2, 2012 | 12:38 AM

By Samuel Hudson


Thanks to social media applications like Facebook, people are sharing photographs more than ever. When you share your photographs with family and friends, you want to be sure they look great. This article will give you tips on how you can take better looking photos, and impress everyone with your photography skills.

When photographing landscapes, use defined lines to direct attention to the section you wish to highlight. Examples of defined lines in an outdoor setting could be fences, roadways, streams or trees. Position yourself and the camera in a way to use existing lines to lead the viewer's eye toward that barn or sunset or field of flowers in the distance.

Try not use your camera's red-eye reduction. This normally does a pre-flash that shrink's the subject's pupils to reduce the reflection. While this works, it also gives the person a warning and can either cause them to flinch when the actual photo is being taken or they'll pose more for the photo. You're better off using computer image editing software to edit out the red-eye later.

Don't be afraid to experiment! With digital cameras, you can now store an incredible amount of photos. Try it out! Don't be afraid to set up your camera at a stream one day and play around with the effects to see what kind of photos you get. It can be a great way to learn what works, and what doesn't.

An important tip to consider with photography is to be sure that you manually set your white balance. This is important because your camera does not always know what white is, even with the preset options. Bring a white card with you and use it to set the white balance in the environment that you are shooting.

A great photography tip is to stop using flash. A lot of people use flash whenever they take pictures because they don't know any better. Flash flattens everything out, creating an undesirable and artificial photograph. Instead try to stick to more natural lighting when shooting your subjects.

Now that you have a handful of new ideas to help improve your photography style, have fun and try to see how many of them work for you. You may find that all of them improve your pictures, or you may find that some just don't add what you're looking for to the style they already have. Most importantly, just have fun!




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