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Get the Best Results from your Photography
1.) HOLD IT STEADY. The reason why photographs come out looking blurry is not because of the camera, but because of "camera shake", not holding the camera steady. Use both hands or rest against something for support. Ideally, use a tripod!
The aperture is the "hole" through which light enters the camera to make an exposure on the film or digital sensor. The smaller the opening, the less light is allowed in. Aperture settings are called "f-stops", and the larger the f-stop number, the smaller the aperture opening.
2.) WHERE IS THE LIGHT? A photograph is all about light so always think of how the light is going to affect your shot and then place yourself accordingly. For best image lighting, always try and get the sun behind you so that it is shining straight on your subject, bringing out the colours and textures.
4.) WHERE IS EVERYONE? Photographs taken solely of landscapes are fun to take, especially when you're lining up panoramic shots but they're often dull to look at. By including some of your friends or family, you instantly make the image more enjoyable to look at. If you're alone and you have a self timer, then why not take one of yourself?
3.) GET CLOSER. By zooming in and taking close-ups, you'll remove unneccessary background noise and take simpler, striking pictures. Direct eye contact is as important in a picture as it is in real life. Hold the camera at the person's eye level, even if this means crouching down for children. By achieving direct eye contact, the true spirit of the person you're photographing shines through.
5.) HAPPY SUBJECTS. A photograph is often much more appealing when the subject is not directly in the centre, but occupies a significant area within the frame. Make the people you're photographing feel special. The more relaxed your subjects are, the better the final result will be.
6.) ADD VARIETY. Taking pictures using the same style and technique all the time results in images that are dull and boring to look at. You can add variety to your albums by taking images of different subject matter and at different times, so day/night shots, good weather/bad weather.
7.) PLAYING WITH SHUTTERSPEED. Slow shutterspeed works really well when taking pictures of running water. The slower the shutter speed, the blurrier the water will be, giving it that smooth, milky look. Try a number of different shutter speeds to see how it affects the image. You can either set your aperture and shutter speed manually, or choose a shutter priority setting.