Photography Information

Better Photos with Your Digital Camera


Everyone has a digital camera today and we all take a lot of photos. But if your photos still have trees coming out of your father's head, mom has red eye, and your beloved pet is never facing the camera then here are some tips to help you take better photos.

1. Always be aware of the background. I know this is the hard one but it is critical. If you're setting up a shot take a quick look at what is behind the people in your shot. So many perfectly good photos are ruined by a tree seeming to grow out of a person's head. It can be as simple as the person taking one full step to the right or left to move the obstacle that would ruin your photo.

2. Use available light. If your digital camera has an option to turn the flash off and it's light enough outside to read a book then use the available light and turn the flash off. In general camera flashes are too harsh for human skin and make all of us look pale. (Even better if your camera has a fill flash use that indoors where there isn't enough daylight, and place the person by a window as well.)

3. Use ambient soft light. The reason that so many of use pose people under trees, and end up with the ruined photo with a tree coming out of dad's head, is that we all instinctively know that soft light is best. Sunlight filtered through a trees' leave is beautiful and warm. It warms up the skin and puts a soft light to the features. Indoors near a window with drapes has a similar effect.

4. Aim your camera slightly down at the person's face. Now I don't mean climb a ladder but just don't ever, and I mean ever, point your camera looking up to a person. We all look fat and bloated at that angle. Also don't shoot just face on to the person, try a little to the side, a three quarter view, so that you see more of their face. Remember camera higher looking down and a three quarter view, it will slim your subject.

5. Remember your focus, are you taking a photo of mom and the tree, then take mom with the whole tree. But if you're taking a photo of mom next to a tree do we really need to see the entire tree? Get closer to your subject. We can see some of the tree bark with mom leaning against it, but showing the whole tree is a waste. Remember this tip with children, many people take a shot of their dear child for an expression on the child's face, but in the printed shot the child is lost next to another kid, the swing set, and the dog. Remember get closer.

6. Never put your subject dead center. All family photographers do this and it's as hard of a habit to break as remembering to look at the background. But if you've moved closer to your subject remember to put them just sightly off center. Not a lot just a bit. When you're shooting even groups of people this is especially easy but odd numbered groups is a little more difficult. Just find your imaginary center line of your group and put that line just a bit off center in your view through your lens or screen.

With these tips you can be on your way to taking better photos today.

About The Author

Copyright 2004 Kelly Paal

Kelly Paal is a Freelance Nature and Landscape Photographer, exhibiting nationally and internationally. Recently she started her own business Kelly Paal Photography (www.kellypaalphotography.com). She has an educational background in photography, business, and commercial art. She enjoys applying graphic design and photography principles to her web design.

kellypaa@kellypaalphotography.com


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news



The New Yorker

The Best New Yorker Photography of 2017
The New Yorker
This was a year of political upheaval and creative flourishing, of societal reckonings and moments of light relief, and The New Yorker's photographers were on hand to capture it all. Whether through on-the-ground coverage or finely crafted portraiture ...



USA TODAY

National Geographic 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year winners
USA TODAY
A photo of an orangutan crossing a river in Indonesia's Tanjung Puting National Park is the top image from National Geographic's 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year contest. The photo, titled “Face to face in a river in Borneo,” was captured by ...

and more »


The Independent

In Pictures: The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2017
BBC News
An owl dangling precariously from a branch has scooped the overall prize of this year's Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. Out of the 3,500 entries, Tibor Kercz won the overall prize with his series of images showing an owl losing its footing and ...
Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2017: Little owl falling of branch beats amorous bears to top spotThe Independent
Comedy Wildlife Photography 2017 awards pictures are funnier than ...Metro
Animal Magic: 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography AwardsCBBC Newsround
Evening Standard -Mirror.co.uk
all 13 news articles »


New York Times

The Odd, Otherwordly Glow of Fred Herzog's Photography
New York Times
Just down the road from where I live, a store is trying out a new retail marriage: pricey eyewear and photography books. Its patron saint ought to be Ralph Eugene Meatyard, who was an optician and a photographer, but his books, as far as I could make ...



Race, gender, and flash photography
OUPblog (blog)
The cover of Flash! shows a smiling African-American woman, who holds a Graflex Speed Graphic camera. Clamped to the camera is a flash gun in the form of a thick column, topped by a flash bulb filled with crumpled aluminium foil, and a reflector shield ...



Washington Post

Photography series explores mothers and daughters, and their relationships around the world
Washington Post
Through photography, Rania Matar could see that her experience growing up as a woman was very similar to that of her daughters, despite their generational and cultural differences. She grew up in Lebanon during a civil war; she was raising her children ...



Fstoppers

Google Announces Three New Photography Apps | Fstoppers
Fstoppers
Have you ever wished that your phone would do more with the photos and videos you take? Google has announced the first installment of "appsperiments:" Storyboard (Android only), Selfissimo! (iOS and Android), and Scrubbies (iOS only). These ...

and more »


Digital Trends

EyeEm's new Custom platform connects you with photographers for ...
Digital Trends
The mobile photo app that mixes a social photo platform with stock photography is launching new ways to find the perfect photo and new options for photographers to earn some cash. On Friday, December 15, EyeEm launched Custom, a collective group of ...

and more »


Adorama

How to Use Graffiti Art to Improve Your Street Photography
Adorama
Before graffiti (or street art) was widely appreciated by onlookers and practiced by underground artists around the world, it was considered simple and thoughtless vandalism. Fortunately, majority of the world has caught on and taken notice of the ...


Google News

home | site map | Seashell Photography
© 2006