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How To Take Great Digital Pictures In Four Easy Steps
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How to Take Great Digital Pictures In Four Easy Steps

If the integration of cameras into cell phones is any indication, then virtually everyone is interested in taking great digital pictures these days. But as most of us have probably discovered, having the right equipment doesn’t guarantee that your digital photographs will turn out well. Why is that? Well, it’s because the photographer matters much more than the camera! The next time you want to snap a pic, follow these four easy steps and you’ll quickly go from taking good digital pictures to great ones:

1. Hold your camera properly – We’ve all screwed this one up at some point and gotten our finger in the way or had a picture turn out blurry because our hands were shaky. Thankfully, it’s easy to avoid these problems if you hold your camera properly. The recommended technique is two-handed, where your right hand grips the right side of the camera and your left hand supports the weight of it under either the body or the lens, depending upon your camera type. You also want to hold the camera as close to your body as possible and, if you’re really serious, hold your breath to avoid the appearance of even the minutest blur in your photograph.

2. Pay attention to the light – Nobody likes looking like the devil because they have red eyes in your photo! Whenever you can, avoid using flash as the only source of light so you won’t contend with red eye or harsh shadows. Look for a source of natural light, such as a window, and position yourself so it is behind or to the side of you. If you’re photographing outside, then aim for sunrise or sunset, when the light is softest, or a cloudy day.

3. Compose your photo – It’s easy for something to get lost in translation between our 3D world and a 2D photograph. Taking the time to focus on composition greatly increases your chances of preserving in a picture what you see in real life. One common way to improve the composition of your shot is to follow the rule of thirds, where you imagine your photograph divided up by three lines going across and three lines going down and then aim to put the center of attention along one of those lines or at the intersection of two of them.

4. Take multiple shots – Not only will practice make perfect in the long run, it will also help you take great digital pictures every time by giving you a chance to review each shot and tweak it as needed. For example, if you photograph someone right as they blink, then you’ll instantly know and be able to retake their picture. An immediate result is one of the many advantages of digital photography so don’t be shy about using it!

We don’t always know when inspiration will hit and we’ll want to take a picture but whenever the time is right, it’s important to capture it correctly whether you’re using a camera phone or a professional grade camera. Follow these four easy steps and you’ll see how your digital photos can be high quality, regardless of your photographic experience or equipment.


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