Camera Tricks For The Trigger Happy
Author: Della Magin
How to be an expert photographer
How many times have you returned from a fantastic trip only
to find the photos that you have taken don't really do
justice to your memories? This was very common when everyone
used old-fashioned film to take their shots, and had to wait
for days for the prints to arrive - often excitement
followed by disappointment.
Digital photos haven't changed much besides shortening the
wait for the photos at arrive. The preview screen on the
digital camera does not give the exact idea of the end
product. The snaps usually are a let down as a result. But
you could keep some pointers in your mind that would allow
you to take great photographs.
The first thing is to look around for some good photographs
of the spot you are visiting. There is a likelihood of
there being a variety of picture post cards at the local
shops. See which one appeals to you and why. These are
normally photographs by professional photographers so you
can learn from them. Try to envisage from where the
photographer has taken the picture. If possible take it
from the same angle. You can benefit from the experience of
Some people will say why bother copying a postcard. Well,
you don't copy it - first of all the light will be
different, the trees, the colors will all be unique to your
shot. And you can make it personal by including travelling
companions in the foreground - at least this way the
background will be great! What's more, it's only a starting
point... you can take it on from there to shoot whatever
appeals to you.
When taking your shots, take you time. It doesn't mean you
have to spend hours setting up a tripod and so on, but don't
just point and press. Think about the shot - what's going to
make it interesting? If it's the monument you want to
photograph, will it look best in the center or slightly off
to the left? If you walk twenty feet to the left will you
get those trees to make a nice background rather than that
The camera should be held steady while taking the snap. You
may not use a tripod like the professionals. No problem.
Use a railing or a wall to steady your hands. This would
improve your shots.
The snaps should be taken in the morning or the evening.
This is so because the light is great for taking
photographs at these times.
You can make a picture interesting by paying attention to
details. Sometimes a simple detail is magnified and this is
more interesting than photographing the whole monument.
Develop an eye for detail. Having a digital camera is a
blessing. You can take as many pictures as you wish without
bothering about the cost. You don't have to get all of them
developed so it is a big advantage if you are trigger-happy.
So, go ahead and shoot.
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