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Photography Tips and Techniques

Whether you are planning to take up photography as a profession or a hobby, it will be to your own advantage to learn some tips and techniques to get the most out of your camera. Digital cameras have made taking pictures so much more quick, easy and convenient. Even a complete amateur with no photographic training can learn and soon be able to flaunt their skills in the form of breath-taking pictures, according to photographer William Schoellkopf.

Not everyone can afford an expensive camera with multiple lenses like the professionals have. But a simple digital camera can do many tricks if you know how to use it. Most of the cheaper models come with different settings, like automatic, landscape, portrait and macro mode (that is the one with the flower icon on it). Notice the wide angle, the zoom, and the flash. Tinker around and see the effect of each feature on the pictures.

When you get a new digital camera, the first thing you should do is read the guide and instruction book. Then try out all the settings and buttons to familiarize yourself with your camera. Practice, take some shots and see how everything is working. Have fun and enjoy yourself.

Here are some tips to help you better your photographing experience:

  1. Never shoot with the sun directly in front of your lens. The sun should be always behind you.
  2. Use a UV filter for cleaner and sharper pictures with less haze. William Schoellkopf highly recommends leaving the filter on at all times. Doing so will protect your camera from scratches and damage. Besides, it is much cheaper to buy a new filter than replacing a damaged lens.
  3. When taking close-up shots, a steady hand is required for a clearer and sharper image. The slightest movement affects your pictures. It is therefore best to use a tripod.
  4. Use a high capacity memory card. That will help you to shoot at the camera’s highest resolution and your pictures will be of a higher quality. This will make a big difference when you enlarge your images.
  5. It is best to use a solid color for the background, especially when taking portrait photos. You will get better results with white or black backgrounds. Try different angles and closer shots to make your subjects look like a million bucks, explains William Schoellkopf.
  6. Practice with your camera and take lots of pictures. The more you practice, the better you will get. Getting the perfect shot will take practice and time, but it’s well worth it.