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10 quick camera tips

10 quick camera tips - A quick fire collection of ten photography tips to help you with your new camera.

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Compact Cameras

1. Start with a Good Camera
The latest point-and-shoot cameras produce some great results. They have options that provide you with quicker response time when you press the shutter as well as additional manual settings that let you adjust your f-stops and shutter speeds in different light and contrast environments.

2. Shoot your photos with balance
Whether you’re shooting or cropping your photo, balancing images is half the fun and a good part of the creativity in your art photography. Feel free to shoot from a weird angle or include objects that are of the same colour or form.

3. Take some vertical pictures
Many subjects look better in a vertical picture. Make a conscious effort to turn your camera sideways to take vertical photos.

4. Shoot up close for great perspective
Subjects shot at the macro level are transformed into creations that captivate and explode with colour. To get close to your subject, use a macro lens or the macro lens setting.

5. Exploit the Right Light
Although you can certainly shoot indoors and use flash fill to augment existing light or provide the light you need, photos often look their best when shot under natural lighting conditions. The softness that natural light provides is often far superior than that of artificial sources.

6. Overexpose and Underexpose
You can do a lot to make your image stunning while you shoot outdoors. When the sun shines on your subject, change your exposure compensation so that it reads in the minus column (underexposure) to deepen your colours. When you’re shooting in deep shade, try upping your exposure compensation to the plus column (overexposure). You’ll get an artsy effect that’s almost impressionistic.

7. Shoot on a Cloudy Day
Light shining on objects makes colour and shadows. Conversely, clouds and overcast conditions remove colour and shadows. The grey tones resulting from a lack of shadows are filled with emotion. Take advantage of this low-light opportunity to exploit the soft tone and variants of gray to compose an art photograph.

8. Create a Story or Message
Capture as much detail and essence of your subject as possible in your photos to tell a story or impart a message.

9. Select your Photos
Select only the best of your pictures to show to others. Showing someone every picture you have taken dilutes the effect of the best pictures and gets very boring.

10. Always Have Your Camera with You
The ease and portability of digital cameras (as long as you have batteries) can help you sigh in relief that you were glad you had your camera. For more information visit www.snapshotsplus.com

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