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January 6, 2011 IADT Tampa, Photography 0 Comments

A guide to making your digital shots picture perfect

Welcome to the 21st century, when taking a picture is easier than ever. In today's digital world, cameras give people instant gratification. Ten years ago, digital camera technology was still being developed and people had to take film to a store for their photos to be developed. Here is a short guide to operating your digital camera while taking quality photographs.

How to operate your digital camera

Read the owner's manual and get to know your camera inside and out. By knowing how to operate your camera, you'll be able to become familiar with the settings and camera options. Each digital camera is different, but most of them have similar settings. Knowing your options and settings can also help you take a better picture. Adjust the settings according to lighting or color. The normal or basic setting on many digital cameras is "Auto." This option will automatically place your camera on the best possible setting. If you don't have an owner’s manual for your digital camera, search online.

Learning how to take a clear picture

Have you ever taken a picture that turned out blurry and you couldn't understand why? The following steps can help you fix blurry pictures:

  1. Make sure your camera is focused before snapping a picture.
  2. Use proper lighting techniques. If a room offers ample light, do not use a flash. If a room is darker, a flash is required.
  3. Knowing what setting your camera should be on can help in capturing a clearer photograph. For example, the "Action" setting will allow you to take a photo of a person or an object in motion.
  4. Keep your hand steady while holding the camera.
  5. Take your time. If you rush and take a photograph quickly, your picture could turn out blurry.

Retaking photos

Did someone make a funny face or did you snap the photo when someone’s eyes were blinking? Before you would have to wait until you got the pictures back from a film developer to see these imperfections. A good advantage of a digital camera is that if you don't like a photograph you can simply delete it and take another.

How to hold your digital camera

Some of the best pictures are taken when the camera is in an abnormal position. However, most people will hold a digital camera in the standard position. Be creative with your shots. Explore different angles and try to find a unique way to take your photographs. It is important to remember to set your cameras setting accordingly.

Digital camera memory

Instead of film, a memory card is used in a digital camera. These cards come is a variety of sizes depending on your need for storage. Digital cameras come with a connection cord that makes it easy to connect the camera to a computer. Once the pictures are saved on your computer, you can delete the photographs off the memory card. This process will free up room on the memory card to allow for additional photos.

Once you have perfected the art of taking a digital photograph, you can call yourself a self-proclaimed digital photographer.

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