Tips To Successful Amateur Photography
Many of us think that high quality pictures are actually due to the use of expensive cameras. Whether you have a simple point-and-shoot camera or digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) , you can take high quality pictures. The outcome depends more on the skills of the photographer himself. Below are few tips that will help you take phenomenal pictures, even with simple cameras.
1. Deciding whether you want a warmer effect for your picture or to produce a cool feel is a basic consideration. The ‘white balance’ of most cameras is set on 'auto' as default. This results in a cool feel to the shots. If you want a warmer effect, you need to set the camera to the 'cloudy' setting. With that, you increase red and yellow colors which not only make your image sharper but also produce the desired effect on your shot.
2. Polarizing filters are a great addition to your digital camera. The advantage of these filters is that they reduce unwanted reflections and glare, and the resultant shots are richer and saturated in color. Polarizing filters are best suited for those who often take outdoor and landscape pictures. Others who use the simple point-and-shoot cameras can also make use of the polarizing effect by adding a good brand of sunglasses in front of the camera lens. This provides a similar effect as the polarizing filters.
3. Use a camera with the 'flash on' mode engaged when taking an outdoor shot. This allows the flash to activate every time you take a shot. It first exposes the background, then adds enough light to illuminate your subject. Though sunlight, on the other hand, makes a shot more crisp, you should avoid taking a shot if the sun is directly in front of the camera lens. Additionally, your subject might not be comfortable with the sun's heat, so you can alternatively position your the person in shade for more comfort. Flash normally has a range limit of roughly 10 feet, so you cannot expect helpful results if the flash extends beyond that range.
4. Taking a shot of very small insects is easy with digital cameras which have a built-in feature of 'close up' or 'macro mode', usually represented by a 'flower sign'. However, while using this mode, focus only on your subject's key details and avoid focusing on those that are irrelevant to your picture.
5. Leveling is a difficult task for both amateurs and professionals. To take a level shot, use a reference line, such as the horizon. If this is too difficult, then take multiple shots at different angles and decide which produces the most optimal shot. The tips referenced above are simply a handful of techniques which will help you take some fairly astounding pictures regardless of your camera type. Photography is a wonderful hobby, but only if you invest some serious effort. It provides you a lot of personal gratification and is, of course, always nice when others appreciate your work as well. To gain additional expertise, read books that help to hone your skills, follow the guidelines above, seek advice from people with more experience, and - above all - practice.
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