9 Photo-Taking Tips To Help Amateurs


Are you under the impression that taking quality photos requires spending hundreds of dollars on a digital camera? If so, you’d be wrong. Technology has advanced so that just about everyone can own a digital camera, giving everyone the capability of not only becoming their very own photographer, but being able to edit their photos as well. The following includes the average features of today’s cameras, as well as what you can do to your photos after they’ve been taken to make them look even better.

1. Cheaper Cameras Can Take Great Photos

In the ever-evolving world of digital photography, even older cameras with relatively less resolution have the ability to create amazing photos. These cameras can prepare shots for web sites and create 4X5 inch photos. One camera that is particularly beneficial for eBay auctioneers is the Nikon CoolPix 995, which features 3.3 megapixels and a knack for creating excellent close-up shots. Cameras boasting up to 6 megapixels have now dropped in price to under $200. A few hundred more will buy a point and shoot camera with 10 megapixels. dSLR cameras, featuring faster speeds and interchangeable lenses, come with between 6 and 8 megapixels while falling below the price of $1,000. If you’re willing to spend at least $1,500, you can purchase a dSLR camera with 10 to 12 megapixels.

2. Try A Four Megapixel Camera

A certain number of pixels are needed to produce an adequate 6-x-8-inch prints or larger at 200 dpi resolution. A 4-megapixel camera has 2300 x 1700 pixels which is an adequate amount for 6-x-8-inch prints. Another benefit of 4-megapixel camera is that images can be cropped somewhat. This is useful for websites where there is little value in high resolution pictures.

3. Know Today’s Digital Camera Features

Digital photography allows for a variety of advantages that photographers in previous generations lacked. With a digital SLR or an advanced non-SLR camera, you can create 8X10 inch or larger prints with considerable sharpness. Also, you can retain sharpness even after cropping an image. Automated features include automatic bracketing, a lengthy zoom lens, and the ability to take time-lapse photos with the possibility of panoramas.

4. Compare Your Digital Camera Options

There are many factors to look at when judging digital cameras. Some photographers primarily focus on the number of pixels. Others take several other factors into consideration, such as the zooming capabilities. The zoom lens varies greatly between cameras, from 2:1 for cheaper cameras to anywhere from 4:1 to 12:1 for better quality cameras. The greatest zoom capability is found on Digital SLRs, where the lenses themselves can by swapped in and out in order to meet your specific needs. Most cameras now have a macro setting to photograph a close-up image clearly. There are a variety of other specifications, such as memory, exposure, and flash settings. These specs tend to vary greatly from one camera to another.

5. Taking The Best Photos

In order to take outstanding digital photographs, what are the things that you must know? Well, a digital photography book will not provide you with the basic information regarding how to work your camera, turn it on, adjust the various settings and use the timer. The instruction manual that comes with your camera provides that information, so read it. Everything you need to know with regard to how to work your camera is in that manual, although it may not be easy to find. Knowledge about composition can allow you to enhance the beauty and aesthetic appeal of the picture. Focus, then becomes a crucial tool to isolate subjects and frees up options when taking your next photograph. Sharpening certain parts of the photograph allows the subject to be emphasized over other parts of the picture. Sports photography can also be enhanced and augmented by adjustment in shutter speeds. And knowledge in light works can certainly increase the quality of your pictures.

6. Using Photo Editing Programs

There is so much more to digital photography than artificial shutter sounds. Digital photography allows you significant freedom to edit your photo to your liking, or make something altogether different. Even simple image editing programs can crop pictures, adjust colors to your liking or fix common problems like red eye. More high-end image software allows you to fix serious issues with your photographs or even restore photographs from very poor condition. If you wish to succeed in the field of digital photography, knowledge and experience with image editing software is a must.

7. Take Advantage Of Scanners

A scanner might not be an absolute necessity for a digital photographer but it runs a close second. A scanner gives a photographer an extra edge. One example of this is seen when someone only has negatives of shots originally captured on film. The scanner easily allows those to be digitized and uploaded. A scanner can also capture small objects and can take close-up pictures of small flat objects such as coins. When purchasing a scanner, keep in mind to buy a flatbed version.

8. Printing Your Photos

Making a hard-copy print is the final thing to consider when it comes to digital photography. It is true that you can look at your photos on your computer, email them to friends or post them online, but there is nothing that can compare to having a pile of photos to show people or being able to display an enlarged photo on the wall.

9. Using A Photo Lab

At your local photo lab you can request a Photo or Picture CD as an alternative or in addition to your prints when you drop off your film. The lab can also produce these CDs from slide film or your existing prints. You will receive a CD containing scans of your images which you can then edit and print to your own color printer. The photo lab will do all the work for you, no scanner is needed. You can also chose to use a local or mail-order service who can process your film and upload the scanned images online for you. You can share this website with family, friends, and colleagues or download the photos to your computer for editing. Nothing could be easier.

What could be better than being able to capture treasured memories whenever you want? With a digital camera, you’ll be able to do exactly that, as well as edit your photos into personal masterpieces. Photography isn’t just for professionals any longer. With a digital camera in your hands, you could get started today.