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Improve Your Digital Camera's Capture

Improve Your Digital Camera's Capture

Taking pictures is much simpler with modern cameras than it was in the past.  But there's always room for development.  Use the following advice to transform your photos from passable to outstanding.

1. Always be mindful of the bigger picture. You don't want to see people with trees growing out of their heads or a passing car that will distract from your subject.  Sometimes, just a few steps to either side of your subject can make all the difference.

2. Employ the light at hand. Use the available light and disable the flash if your digital camera has a setting to do so and the outside light is sufficient to read a book. The majority of the time, camera flashes are too harsh for human skin and make us all appear pale.  Place your subject by a window indoors if there isn't enough natural light, and use your fill flash setting.

3. Aim your camera at the subject's face, slightly downward.  Additionally, avoid taking a photo of someone straight on; instead, try a three-quarter view from the side to capture more of their face. Keep in mind that a three-quarter view and a higher camera angle will help you narrow your topic.

4. Keep your goal in mind.  Get closer to the topic at hand. There will be no question as to what the picture is saying if you completely fill the frame with your subject.

6. Avoid centering your subject.  Set your position just a little bit off center; not much, just a little. When photographing groups of people, locate the hypothetical center line and slightly off-center that line in your view through your lens or screen.

While implementing these suggestions won't make you an award-winning photographer right away, you will be well on your way to taking stronger, more impactful pictures that people will talk about for years to come.