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Beginners Photo Tips are our main focus, but we also have some advanced photography tips. Some of these photo tips are simple and some are more advanced, but they will all help you bring your digital photography to the next level. We will constantly add new photography tricks and tips, and probably reorganize and add photo examples, so make sure you check back here in the future.
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Advanced And Beginners Digital Photography Tips!
Tip #1) Keep The Camera's Quality Setting High.... Buy a good camera and don't reduce the photo quality settings in the camera, just to be able to fit more photos on the memory card. I've seen people set the photo quality on almost the lowest setting and then brag about how many photos they can fit on their card. But then you look at their little 4x6 prints and you can see why they fit so many photos on the card, the photo quality is terrible, because they set the camera on the lowest quality setting.
Tip #2) Overexpose Snow/White Scenes.... If you have a scene with mostly white like snow, set the camera's Exposure Compensation to overexpose the photo by +2/3 to +2 or more if necessary. Also new cameras have build in photo settings, where you can pick "Snow Scene" and the camera will overexpose for you. This overexposure is necessary because a camera's light meter views neutral gray as the perfect exposure, so it will try and expose a scene to get the overall photo to equal neutral gray.
Tip #3) Underexpose dark Scenes.... In contrast to Tip #2, if you have a dark or black overall scene, then set the camera's Exposure Compensation to underexpose the photo by -1/3 to -2. Most new cameras also have this build in photo setting also, like "Night Scene" or something similar. In a dark scene, the camera's light meter will look at it and try to get an overall neutral gray photo, so it will give more expose to the scene, making it too bright, and the blacks won't be grayish.
Tip #4) Turn Faces Away From The Sun.... When photographing people in bright sunlight, it is usually best to not have them face the sun for photographs. Most people will squint their eyes, and there will probably be harsh shadows on their faces, so it is best to turn them away from the sun.
Tip #5) Use A Circular Polarizer Filter.... Polarizer filters really improve photos. They reduce the glare, or shinyness from water and surfaces, they reduce reflections on windows, they reduce the haze in the air, they make for richer colors in photos and they really improve the blue of the sky.
Tip #6) Zoom In Or Move Closer To Subject.... This applies mainly when you are photographying people and animals. I have seen so many photos of people/animals and the main subjects are just a little dot in the photograph.
Tip #7) Don't Be Afraid Of Taking Lots Of Photos.... When taking photos of anything from scenics to people, don't be afraid of taking lots of photos. More is better. By taking more photos you will have more to choose from and you might capture something you wouldn't have if you took only a few photos.
Tip #8) Don't Miss Shots With Slow Cameras.... I hear alot of people complain about missing a great photo, because their cameras was so slow. Your cute baby gives a great smile, you press the shutter button and wait................and finally the camera snaps the photo, but in the meantime your cute baby stopped smiling and is looking away from the camera in the photo. Ahhhh, stupid camera!!
Tip #9) Take Two Photos Of That Cute Baby.... Many times when I am taking photos of little kids or babies, I miss a great shot of them smiling or making a cute face. I always seem to forget that the best photos of a child are right after you took one of them.
Tip #10) Don't Forget The Foreground.... When you are taking scenic photos of some great mountains or a lake or city, don't forget to add some great elements to the foreground of your photos. A beautiful tree, statue, park bench, flowers or many other things, can make your ordinary scenic photo, into a much better photo with a great foreground element added in.
Tip #11) Get Real Close To That Flower.... Most of the time when photographing flowers, it is much better to get really close and fill the viewfinder with one or two flowers and have the background blurred out. Most great flower photos are a close-up of one flower, showing the fine details of its petals and other components.
Tip #12) Wipe Off The Rain On Your Lens.... You might think that a little rain drop on your lens won't effect your photos, but they will. I was taking some photos this summer in the drizzle, and not worrying about getting a little dizzle on my lens.
Tip #13) Anytime Is The Right Time For Photography.... It may seem like today there is just nothing good to photograph. The weather isn't very good, it's foggy, it just rained, the sun is too bright and high in the sky, but no matter what the conditions, you can always find something to photograph, if you really wanted to.
Tip #14) Carry Extra Batteries And Memory Cards.... You should always carry an extra battery and memory card with you when you are out taking photographs. Nothing is worse than having a great photo opportunity and your camera or flash battery goes dead, or your memory card is full.
Tip #15) Backup/Make Copies Of All Your Photos.... This is very important, unless you don't care about losing all your precious photos. You can't rely on your computer to never breakdown, they will never be 100% reliable, so you better back your photos up.
Tip #16) Clean Your Lenses And Camera Bodies.... It is important to keep your camera and lens clean, but more so for Digital SLR camera owners. Dirt and fingerprints on your lens can affect picture quality, and dirt on your camera body increases the possibility that dirt can get inside the camera and cause problems with the buttons, switches, dials, LCD screen and cause rough zooming of the lens.
Tip #17) Clean Your Image Sensor(On Digital SLR's).... Cleaning your digital SLR image sensor is very important, if you want your photos to be free of grayish black snowball looking spots. Everyone with a digital SLR will someday see these beautiful darks spots floating in the skies of their photos. Aren't they beautiful, are they birds, dirty snowflakes, UFO's, no, no, they are dust on your image sensor.
Tip #18) Learn To Use A Good Photo Editing Program.... If you are going to be taking digital photos, then you should get a good photo editing program to use with your photos. You can do so much with your photos if you have a good photo editing program. The basics are adjusting the brightness, contrast, saturation, but there is so much more that you can do.
Tip #19) Set The ISO Number Higher For Dim Lighting.... When shooting photos in dim lighting, set your ISO number higher, like 400 to 800 or higher. This will give you a faster shutter speed and help keep your photos from being blurry. Blurry photos aren't worth much, so make sure you do everything you can to keep yours from being blurry.
Tip #20) Use Bounce Flash.... Bounce flash looks so much better and more natural than direct flash. Whenever possible use bounce flash. Bounce it off the ceiling, a wall, or anything else. If you don't have a flash hot shoe built into your camera, then it will be more difficult to use bounce flash, unless you use an off camera remote slave flash.
Tip #21) Use A Lens Hood/Shade If Possible.... Lens hoods/shades are designed to prevent unwanted light from entering the lens by extending and shading the end of the lens. A lens hood also helps to protect the lens body and glass from accidents, like scraping it on the pavement or against a building.
Tip #22) Use Your Lens/LCD Cover.... Sometimes it might seem like a hassle to use your lens cover and LCD cover/protective film, but they will really keep the dirt off and keep the surfaces from getting scratched.
Tip #23) Add More Saturation To Your Photos.... Not many things help make a photo look 10 times better, than adding more saturation to the colors. Most of the photos that I take with my Canon 20D, need more saturation after I take them. The camera has some built-in adjustment to get more or less saturation, but it isn't enough.
Tip #24) Buy A Camera With Image Stabilizer.... Image stabilizer, vibration reduction, optical stabilizer, whatever you call it, it is awesome to have in a camera or lens. It really makes a difference when you are taking hand held photos, with a slow shutter speed.
Tip #25) Buy A Camera With Optical Zoom.... Optical zoom is the only way to go. Digital zoom is not very good, if you care about image quality. Most of the really cheap cameras that have such an unbelievably low price, have only a digital zoom.
Tip #26) Small Aperture Value Means Smaller Depth Of Field.... When you use a small aperture value like F1.4 or F2.8 or so, you will get the least depth of field(focus) and your focus point will be more critical. It can be confusing to alot of people when they think about aperture values. A small aperture value like F1.4 means that the lens aperture is fully open, or the largest aperture opening, if F1.4 is your lenses smallest aperture value, which lets in the most light, but causes the depth of field to be reduced.
Tip #27) Large Aperture Value Means Larger Depth Of Field.... When you have a large aperture value like F22 or larger, you will get the most depth of field(focus) as possible and your focus point won't be as critical. Again, aperture values and aperture opening sizes can be confusing.
Tip #28) Buy Lenses With Fixed Apertures If You Can Afford To.... Most cheaper lenses don't have fixed apertures, so when you set the aperture value to the smallest number like F3.8 with the lens at the widest zoom position, when you zoom out to the telephoto position, the aperture value will go up to like F5.6 and reduce the light into your camera.
Tip #29) Buy A Camera That Zooms Optically During Videos.... Most digital cameras now can take videos, but not all allow you to zoom optically during the videos, and I think that's a big disadvantage. Zooming during videos might make some noise in your videos, but not enough usually to bother you.
Tip #30) Paint with light for cool lighting effects.... To get really cool looking lighting effects for flowers or other subjects, try lighting them up with a technique called light painting or painting with light.