The question is often asked, “How do I get great pictures?”. There is no need to be an expert photographer to get good pictures nearly every time. In fact, you don’t need to take a class to be an expert photographer, but you do need to be aware of a few things to ensure that you have a greater chance at getting those perfect scrapbook worthy shots more often.
1. Don’t think you know everything there is. Often, an overly confident amateur photographer thinks that there is nothing left to learn. This is not true at all. There is always something you can improve on. Practice as often as you can, setting up different types of shots. The more you practice the better you’ll get. Even true professional photographers are constantly trying new things.
2. Try not to have the subject look directly square at the camera. This will avoid the flash in the eye or the overly posed shot. Often, a slight tilt of the head is all that is necessary. Also be sure and watch lighting and shadows.
3. When trying a new angle, experiment with many. If you want to try out a new angled shot, that’s fantastic. But be sure to snap several and compare the results. An overhead shot is great, but if you don’t have a clean background or your subject isn’t cooperative, this can be challenging.
4. Look for a camera with plenty of features. If you are in the market for a new camera, be sure and take a close look at the features each camera offers. It might be a wise move to pay a little more for a camera that does more things that you want it to do. Having the ability to add different lenses and filters is awesome when you are really wanting to experiment. In the same aspect, a simple point and shoot can take amazing shots but you might need to look closer into the features to be sure the camera does what you want it to do.
There are dozens of other ways you can get great shots, but the key to everything is knowing your camera, and getting a whole lot of practice in.
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