Tips for a great photo

Sometimes figuring out how to take a good image is half the battle. Here are some helpful tips to take a great picture:

  1. Get down on their level.
    Hold your camera at the subject’s eye level to capture the emotion in the eyes. If you are photographing a kid or pet, get down on their level!
  2. Use a plain background.
    A cluttered background will be distracting while a plain background will emphasize your subject.
  3. Use flash outside.
    Use it on cloudy days to brighten up faces and make them stand out from the background.
  4. Move in close.
    This is my favorite! To create an impactful picture, move in close and fill your picture with the subject. For small objects, use the camera’s macro or ‘flower’ mode to get sharp close-ups.
  5. Lock the focus.
    How do you do that? Center the subject, press the shutter button half way, re-frame, and finesh by taking the shot.
  6. Move it from the middle.
    Off-center the subject.
  7. Watch the light.
    Great light makes a great picture. For people, avoid overhead sunlight that casts harsh shadow. For scenic images, use the long shadows and a clear day.
  8. Be a picture director!
    This is actually the hardest part of photographing a group. Take an extra minute and direct people with where to stand. Add props, rearrange subjects or try a different viewpoint.



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