Let’s begin with the concept of digital photography. Digital photography is not much different than the ordinary film photography. The main difference is that in digital photography the camera uses digital memory device much like in the computer. It could be a memory stick, flash memory or other media. Some camcorders even use DVDs to store the captured information.
No matter what memory media you have, the results depend on the quality of the camera itself and other things such as resolution, lenses, brand or technology. However if you want to take better pictures with your digital camera, you have to follow some basic rules of photography.
These rules are not well known by ordinary people, so I hope that this article will help you a lot in the progress of teaching yourself ‘How to improve your photos like the pros do.’
1) Use optical rather than digital zoom.
Digital zoom as opposed to optical zoom is just a technological simulation of optical zoom. That means the camera uses special software to enlarge the image, which is the same as if you use your digital software on your computer.
In optical zoom, camera uses the lenses to bring the image closer. And that is the one you should use. You should avoid using digital zoom at all. If you ever need to use digital zoom, better do it on your computer, with your favourite image editing software. At the end you’ll have much better results with your image.
2) Move in closer.
Almost any shot will look better if you take two or three steps closer to your subject. When you do that and fill the entire frame with your subject, it will make a terrific difference to your photos. Why does this work? With less clutter in the image, there’s less to draw the eye away from the main subject of your photo.
3) Take much more shots than you need and erase them.
One of the best advantages of digital cameras is the ability to erase your photos. We’d be mad not to use this feature to the fullest extent. We all know how the professional photographers do their photo sessions. They make shot after shot without thinking and after that they choose the best ones. The average percent of the best shots is about 20% from a hundred shots taken.
And if you think about it, it makes perfect sense because you can’t expect to make a perfect shot from the first time. My advice is in every half an hour of shooting, review your most recent pictures and erase any that don’t make the grade, or you have better versions of.
4) To use a tripod or not?
When speaking of tripods many people don’t like it because they are heavy to care and are pretty big. But no doubt it will help sharpen your photos. When you use a tripod your camera stands still on the top of it. There are tripods with just one leg called monopods. They are not as good as tripods but they are much lither to carry and will improve your pictures much more than if you’re just using your hands.
If you don’t like to carry with you anything except your camera, there is a simple trick that many people don’t know. Instead of a tripod you can use any other horizontal surface that is still. Surfaces like rocks, chairs, cars, anything could do the same work as a tripod. But be careful not to damage your camera, though as cameras have tendency to slip and brake when put on chairs, rocks etc.
It is a fact that professional photographers use flash much more often than amateurs. But why is that? Let’s imagine that you want to take a picture in a very sunny day. Most people never think of the flash in such conditions. The truth is they should. The reason is when you try to shoot a bird swimming in the water for example, the water is reflecting the sun. The camera is fooled by the bright surroundings and the subject appears very dark at the end.
That is not the effect we want so by turning flash on you will reduce the shadow areas of the image and make it much more pleasing. You’ll see the difference for yourself, when you take two same shots with and without a flash.
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Philip Krasteff – an expert author who dedicated his website http://www.digital-photo-secrets.net to teach ordinary people in the art of photography. You can dig deeply in to this area by going to the author’s website.
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