People these days are so much in love with taking pictures of themselves, their family, friends and even pets, and share them online. You may be one of them. And you could also be one of those who blame the camera if the pictures are bad unlike what you see on the others. But there’s a remedy with your problem. Read the tips below to improve the quality of the pictures that you will take without buying expensive cameras.
• Get Down the Basic Composition: The heart of every picture is the different elements position in frame. Try to align your subject on the center of the screen instead of focusing it elsewhere, where the other elements are being sacrificed and took the bad ones. New cameras today have this grid overlay with rule of thirds which can be activated while shooting.
• Adjusting the Exposure: Unless you are shooting with the mode on full manual, the digital camera determines the photos’ exposure; meaning, if the shot will appear dark or light. The camera is looking at the scene and trying to determine the right exposure which is based from the lighting of 18%% gray card. That’s why there are different scene modes on your digital camera. If the scene is too dark or light, you can improve it with the available scene modes on the new point-and-shoot cameras. You may also dial bit for exposure adjustment. You can easily adjust it by clicking the positive (+) and/ or negative (-) on the camera. If it’s too dark, move scale above zero. And if it’s too light, scale down a little.
• Selecting the Right Mode: Cameras today surely have lots of different shooting modes from the fully automatic to scene modes that are very specific. If you are taking fast action photos, you can set it to the mode of Shutter Priority (S) and raise the speed. Setting the shutter to 1/125 second or quicker will capture the very action. If the light is low, you can set the mode to Aperture Priority (A) and assure that there’s enough light entering the lens. And you are taking pictures of landscapes with tripod, you may close the iris of the lens to amplify the depth of field and make everything focused sharply. If you use DSLRs, you are likely to use A S modes. Users of point/-and-shoot cameras are usually featured with modes that are more specific like sports to capture fast action photos, low-light use which is equal to Aperture Priority, and the landscape shooting.
• Control the Lighting: Think about the lighting that you have and its source when shooting. If capturing outdoors, always remember not to take photos when the sun is at the back of your subject. When taking photos in front of monuments, use the flash of the camera to fill in the shadow. Activate the flash manually because there’s a chance that your camera will assume that it’s not necessary to use the flash if the day is bright.
These are a few of the many tips for basic photography. These would help improve the quality of your photos if you will apply it when shooting.