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Taking Better Photos - 3 Easy Photo Tips Anyone Can Use To Capture Great Pictures

April 21, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 156

My very first camera was given to me as a gift way back in the eighth grade. It was a simple but efficient device, and I quickly learned about taking better photos and capturing some really good shots by employing a few simple techniques. Later I would sometimes apply some easy tricks to make my shots even more interesting. I became a creative photography enthusiast and get into it even more today, thanks to digital photo techniques and equipment. I would like to share three easy photo tips you can use to ramp your photos up a few notches. Pros already know this stuff, but if you are a beginning photographer I think you will find them very helpful. These photo tips are not hard to remember. In fact, you'll soon automatically use them every time you prepare for a shot, even without thinking about it.

  1. Create an environment free of clutter. This might mean removing some books on a table or clearing away dishes for example. You want to make sure the viewer's eye goes straight to the subject of your photo and not to a bunch of stuff that clutters up the scene. I have seen many lousy pictures that could have been very good if only the junk had been removed. This is a basic requirement for taking better photos. Unfortunately, most beginning photographers don't give it much thought. So remember - get the junk out of the shot.
  2. Turn on your flash. I learned this photo tip from a professional photographer at an early age. It is almost always a good idea to use the flash, even when taking outdoor shots in natural light. Here's why - it helps fill in shadows and even the lighting on and around your subject. If you have a digital camera it will be easy to experiment with this technique. Try the same shot with and without using flash. I think you'll agree the result is much improved with the flash turned on.
  3. Keep your subjects close. Don't make the beginner's common mistake of lining up some people against a building or landmark, then moving back in order to capture both the people and the building. Instead, pull the people close to you and leave the structure in the background. This photo technique will result in a picture that provides a good view of the people and whatever it is behind the people that is important to the overall shot. I see tourists make this mistake all the time. They'll tell their subjects, "go over and stand by that building". The result is tiny people who get lost in the big picture. I think you will be pleased with the result if you simply pull the people closer to you. Try it a few times and see what you think.

Experimenting these days is easy thanks to digital technology. No more wasting film! If you don't like the picture you can simply blow it out and try again. I hope these tips will leave you taking better photos.

It is important to know that most photo mistakes occur without the photographer even knowing that a few small adjustments can usually greatly improve the result. If you want to further develop your skills and learn how to take better photos then rest assured it is easy to do with all the resources out there.

As a photo enthusiast who is always experimenting with different ideas, tricks and techniques, Lee G Malcolm thought it would be nice to share some of what he has learned so he set up a site for that exact purpose. Find more at http://www.how-to-take-better-photos.com

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