Four Simple Camera Tricks for Better Digital Photos

So you’ve just bought a brand new digital camera and are very eager to start taking pictures. But Alas, they never turn out the way you imagine them to.

Here are four simple tricks you can use to take better digital photos, even when you don’t have all the technical knowledge to fumble with a DSLR.

  1. Adjust exposure settings. You can have more vivid and brilliant images with 0.5 to 2 stops underexposed in bright background and clearer landscape views with a bit of overexposure. A simple tuning of the exposure levels can alter the mood of your photographs.
  2. Add some creative blur. By introducing some intentional blur in all the right places, you can emphasise certain features while sending others in the background. A depth-of-field blur is achieved between 0.4 to 1.4 and can give you a soft background with a much crisper view of the subject in the foreground. A movement blur is achieved by setting the exposure to shutter priority and making sure that it’s slow enough to capture the motion of the subject.
  3. Re-create the ordinary. Take and step back and consider how you can take interesting photographs of things you encounter on a daily basis. Don’t think you always need to have a new and different subject in order to take interesting pictures; sometimes all you need is a change of perspective.
  4. Avoid the familiar. Keep yourself from falling into the trap of taking pictures of places and things other people usually photograph. But if you must take another picture of the London Eye or the Eiffel Tower, be sure to go back to Tip No. 3 and try a fresh approach!

These are just a couple of tips to get you started. When you begin to explore the use of your digital camera, the possibilities are endless. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, for some of the greatest mistakes have lived through history and become art.


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