Since the holiday season is a time for getting together with your family and friends, you may want to take pictures to remember the good times that you had. Here is a list of tips that will help you get better pictures. I will also release a post with video tips tomorrow!
- Read The Manual- Although it may be time consuming and seem noobish, it will give you the understanding of all the functions of your camera and give you help if you have any questions. It will help you get a better understanding of how to use the equipment and really get the most out of it.
- Use Manual Settings- Most users just use automatic settings which work some of the time and turn out decent pictures. However, if you really want to get the best possible picture, manual settings are the way to go. Not all cameras have all if any manual controls, most have white balance, exposure while higher-end cameras have many more manual controls. If you spend the time to read the manual and learn how to control the manual settings you really can take superior pictures.
- Take Many Pictures-You might think that your first picture was perfect but, take multiples and try different settings and angles to be sure you have a perfect picture. Memory cards and hard drives to store the images are cheap, and you can always delete ones that don’t turn out, it’s better than being stuck with a messed-up image.
- Don’t rely on Retouching- Photoshop and other photo editors have become really powerful but you still should work to make sure you start with the highest quality picture. Editing can only go so far if a picture starts out terrible don’t expect it to magically be fixed in Photoshop.
- Avoid Digital Zoom- Digital zoom allows you to zoom further than your lens will allow but as soon as you start using digital zoom, it will begin to add noise and pixelation to the image greatly reducing the quality of the picture.
- Always White Balance- Before taking that perfect picture, be sure to adjust the white balance of the picture. This is best done manually by zooming in on pure white to show the camera white white looks like under the lighting conditions. There are also preset settings in most cameras for general lighting like Fluorescent lights, Tungsten lights, and daylight.
- Press the Shutter Button Half Way First- Although this may sound strange, by pressing the shutter down half way before taking the picture, will focus the image and will provide higher quality picture in the end.