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Some Basic Tips On Using Your Camera

[By Ryan Mark Garcia]

It’s true that taking photos is as simple as running out and grabbing a cheap five-dollar camera. But taking a good, quality photos has never been easier. So let’s explore some quick ideas that can help you take photos that you will be happy to share with friends and family. 

Photography as an art has never been more exciting or enjoyable. Today’s photography enthusiast has many styles, topics, and tools open to them. Plus, the blending of digital with print makes the craft of taking photos very versatile.

 Here are four tips to help;

1. Get a little closer, don’t be shy. One of the biggest mistakes most beginning photographers make is shooting from so far away. They leave too much distance between themselves and their subjects. Instead, get up close and personal. Fill up as much of the camera frame, with your subject, as you can. You can always reshape, trim, and resize a good-quality shot. But you can’t continue to blow up a distant subject and hope that it will come into focus. It just won’t happen. 

2. This tip springs directly from #1 [above]… focus your shot on only one subject. Determine what the main subject of the photo will be, and catch that image. Try and find the one key subject, person, or event that accurately portrays the feeling you are trying to capture. 

3. In addition to getting one subject, in your photos, you will want to make the background of the photo as simple as possible. Busy, distracting backgrounds pull the attention away from the central theme of your photo. The subject of your photo is absolutely the most important element, and anything that detracts from the subject can ruin your shot. 

4. Finally, you want to take your subject out of the exact center of the frame. You do this by using the rule of thirds. Imagine having a camera lens split into 9 equal-sized boxes, 3 across and 3 down (like having a tic-tac-toe game printed right on your camera lens). Where those “tic-tac-toe” lines cross, should become the focusing point of your subject, when you are arranging to take your photo. 

Based on this tip, every time you compose a shot, the main subject of your photo should be located primarily on one of these “third” lines. These are just four very basic tips and strategies to help improve your photos. As you know, photography skills can always be improved. In fact, most professional photographers exhibit a lifelong passion for learning new techniques, photography angles, and photo inspirations. #DM

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