How to take Great Photos with Digital Camera

In order to take perfect photos, you need to have the expensive DSLR camera, lenses, and equipments. True but that does not necessarily mean you cannot get good photos using your Point and Shoot digital camera. You can give a cheap tennis racket to Federer and he’ll still win games. That’s because he knows the game and he has the skills. Read my suggestions below and start taking great photos using your Point and Shoot digital cameras.

KNOW YOUR CAMERA. There’s no better way to know your camera than to read the manual. All the features of your digital camera are explained there including the different settings. Familiarize yourself with the menus and navigations so you can change settings faster when your subject calls for a different mode. This is very important but majority of us tend to forget.

USE TRIPOD AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. Tripod is the key ingredient to get very sharp photos that most amateurs missed. When you use your hands to take a shot, a little movement as you press the shutter affects the sharpness of your photos especially when taking shots at low light or night mode. If you don’t have a tripod with you, at least use timer to minimize movement when taking the shot.
I know that bringing a tripod is a hassle for most of us. But I use a flexible tripod that is lightweight and portable. I love it although there’s not always something you can attach it to, still it’s a great accessory. It’s called gorilla pod.

PERSPECTIVE AND COMPOSITION. Best-composed photos do not have the subject placed dead center in the frame, which most of us always do. Read about Rules of Thirds. It’s about mentally dividing the frame horizontally and vertically into thirds. You place your subject on these lines and intersections if you want to give it added emphasis.
Do not take walk-by shots or those kinds of shots taken at an angle that you see everyday. Try something new… experiment and get down and dirty to get a better perspective shot.

ALWAYS GET CLOSE UP SHOTS. You do not have to take full body shots all the time. Have them move closer to the camera and take the shot a little higher if you want to cover the background. But as much as possible, fill the frame because huge blank space can take the attention away from your subject.

MINIMIZE THE USE OF FLASH. Using flash is an essential part of photography. But for amateurs like us, using flash on the wrong ambiance can suck the color out of the image and make it look flat or washed out. Shots at night with flash usually show over exposed faces while background is all black. The night ambience is never captured. Settings for low light should be slow shutter speed since there is no available light so the shutter needs to be open longer. This means that both subject and camera needs to be still so use a tripod.

POST-PHOTOGRAPHY. If you’ve just returned from vacation and you saw that most of your shots were not that great, it’s OK. Check out some photo editing software which can tremendously improve your vacation photos. You do not need to buy expensive software just learn how to use even the most basic ones.

So remember to take lots of photos and practice on your point and shoot digital camera until you get a better understanding of every settings for each ambiance. Good luck and enjoy!