Twenty Tips to Terrific Pics Janice Hickman Southwest High School TCEA 2009
Tip 1 Read your manual I know it’s embarrassing to admit you need help, but read it anyway
Tip 2 Move in Closer Fill the frame with your subject Shoot at eye level to create intimacy
or just one? Which is better? Lots of lilies...
Kat hugs a basketball (by the Professional)
Kat hugs a basketball (by Me)
Tip 3 Use the Rule of Thirds to Compose or Crop Images—think Tic-Tac-Toe...
Put the important pieces of the photo where the lines intersect—not in the center box!
Tip 4 Place your Subject Off-Center and Something Interesting in the Background
Tip 5 Use the Optical Zoom; Turn off the Digital Zoom
Tip 6 Take More Shots—it’s the best feature of your camera!
Tip 7 Half-push the Shutter Button to pre-focus the camera
Tip 8 Hold It Steady—use a tripod, monopod, table, friend, don’t breathe when you push the shutter button.
Tip 9 Take Photos from Unusual Angles
Tip 10 Get Down to Kid Level
Tip 11 Use the Continuous Shooting Mode to capture action—with children, pets, and sports
Tip 12 Use the Flash Outdoors to eliminate shadows
Tip 13 Anticipate Predictable Moments; “Zone focus” on where the action will occur or “Follow focus” on the subject and pan the camera.
Tip 14 Look for the Light; use available light to photograph babies and the elderly; early morning or late afternoon light is best.
Tip 15 Look for Lines and use them to frame your photos