Before you can begin to share photo memories with family and friends, you need to take great digital shots that are razor-sharp and crystal-clear. After all, there’s nothing quite so frustrating as when your photos of memorable events, like a graduation, wedding, or a vacation, turn out blurry or fuzzy or just plain dull.
The good news is great photos can really be a snap — if you keep in mind a few important tips. I guarantee that in no time you’ll create photo stories and share photo memories like a real pro!
Tip #1: Buy a camera you’re comfortable with!
There are many digital cameras to choose from and, with all the bells and whistles, making a selection is not easy. While all these “extra” features are great to have, ask yourself these two question: What do I really need? And what can afford? Then make your selection and learn all you can about the model you buy. Keep the camera’s manual close at hand so you can continually refer to it.
Tip #2: Keep the camera steady.
The number one reason our photographs turn out fuzzy or blurry is that the camera is shaking. As you probably have found out, the slightest movement can be disastrous. But keeping a steady hand is not easy. So to ensure that you create photo stories that are really sharp and clear every time, you can do three things: use a tripod (not likely but it is foolproof), simply put your camera on any flat surface (not always realistic), or you can just lean back on a wall or tree and hold yourself steady.
Remember, a still holder and a still camera will make all the difference in the world if you want to produce clear, sharp photos you’ll be proud to share.
Tip #3: Bring your photos to life.
Here’s a simple way to turn ordinary photos into unusual and interesting shots. Don’t keep your subject in the middle of the frame. Instead, simply shift the image slightly to the left or the right. You’ll be delighted with the results.
Tip #4: Know when to use your flash.
The flash is used to eliminate dark shadows. But it also tends to create a barrier that can actually wash out the natural mood that’s so important for capturing mood and feel. So the important decision is when to use it and not use it. Disregard the urge to use the flash when your camera tells you to.
Instead, whenever you can, use the natural light that’s available. In a darkened setting, instead of the flash, turn on all surrounding lights to highlight the room. You’ll be amazed at how easily you will create photo stories that are beautiful and poignant.
Be sure to know your flash’s range. For most cameras, the maximum range is less than 15 feet. Keep this in mind, and you’ll be able to share photos that look like works of art!
Tip #5: Turn your camera sideways!
Now, why would you want to do that? The answer shouldn’t be a surprise. With a vertical shot, you can create photo stories that are much more intriguing. Try it for yourself. You’ll soon be taking all sorts of vertical photos–and enjoying them more!
Tip #6: Be creative!
Don’t let the photo control you. You control the photo. Use your imagination and your creativity and you’ll get plenty of compliments when you share photo memories with family and friends.
Change locations. Add props. Arrange your subjects and photograph them in different poses. You’ll create photo stories that will be a source of pride and joy forever.
Tip #7: Preserve your memories.
You never know where or when that next great photo op will present itself! So be prepared. Carry additional memory cards. Just like a computer, you need some backup. Believe me, sooner or later, you’ll need that extra storage capacity. And when you share memories with the people in your life and see the smiles on their faces, you’ll be glad you had the extra backup.
Photographs can help you create wonderful family keepsakes that tell the stories of your life. Keep these tips in mind when you create photos, and you’ll be preserving a lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy.
About the Author:
Matt Smolsky writes articles for a variety of clients, including Hoorray dot com, a photo sharing website that lets new members create an online photo album and is the easiest place to create a digital photo album, calendar, and more.
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