Katie's Column Part 2

For the second part Katie goes over some basic tips for taking better photos, now that the digital camera is ready and raring to go, you dont want to go out and make some simple mistakes.

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  • Before pressing the shutter, check that there is nothing behind your subject that will appear as though it's growing out of their head - telegraph poles and trees are favourites. Step to one side for a better shot.
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  • Don't use flash on subjects that are further away than the instruction book quotes, especially when shooting in situations where there are no nearby walls to reflect some of the flash back to the subject. The photos will come out too dark. A classic example is at concerts - all those flash shots taken at a Kylie concert won't come out unless you're at the edge of the stage.
Katie's Column Part 2: katies wonky cameraCheck that you are holding your camera level - there's nothing worse than a landscape with a wonky horizon.
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  • Turn the camera on its side when shooting pictures of individuals. This portrait format makes more use of the space so you don't waste lots of film on the background.
Katie's Column Part 2: menu on lcdTurn the flash off when taking sunset pictures to avoid a result that's too dark.
Katie's Column Part 2: landscape mode

Most cameras focus on the center area in the photo. If your subject is either side of this focus point, the camera will focus on whatever is in the distance. Most cameras have a focus lock. To use this point the camera at the of center subject so he or she is in the centre of the frame. Then press the shutter button halfway down and keep the pressure on while you reframe the shot. Then press the shutter fully to take a sharper picture.

If you missed the first part to this series you can find it here .
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