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How many once-in-a-lifetime pictures
have you missed because you didn’t have
your camera with you? It’s easy to avoid
that frustration by keeping a camera
Spontaneous moments make
priceless pictures. To capture
them you need a camera with
you. If your regular camera is
too large, consider a low-cost
pocket-sized camera as a
As a general rule, the closer you get to the subject, the better your pictures will be. Getting close eliminates distracting,
unnecessary backgrounds and the shows
the subject clearly.
Think about showing just enough of
the scene to make the picture clear
and interesting. Be sure to check
your camera manual to learn the
closest distance at which distance your
camera will take sharp pictures.
When photographing people, keep them
busy! Your pictures will have a feeling
of lively spontaneity.
Avoid stiff, static poses, prompt
your subjects to be active. Their
expressions will be more relaxed
A simple background focuses attention
on the subject and makes clear, strong
pictures. Take control and move your
subject or your camera to find a
simple, uncluttered background.
There is nothing wrong with
placing the subject in the center
of your viewfinder. However,
placing the subject off-center
can make the composition more
dynamic and interesting to the
Try using the
“Rule of Thirds.”
The Rule Of Thirds
When taking scenic pictures,
try including objects in the
foreground. Elements in the
foreground add a sense of
distance, depth, and
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Good lighting can make your pictures
more interesting, colorful, dimen-
sional, and flattering to the subject.
Strong sunlight is only one of many
types of good lighting.
Many people are surprised to
learn that cloudy, overcast
days provide the best lighting
for pictures of people. Bright
sun makes people squint, and it
throws harsh shadows. On
overcast days, the light is soft
and flattering to faces. (sunset is
Sometimes good pictures are missed
by overlooking the basics. Holding the
camera steady is vital for sharp, clear
pictures. When you push the shutter
button, press it gently rather than
jabbing it. Even slight camera move-
ment can rob your pictures of sharp-
ness. Use a brace to steady your arm
or use tripod, if available.
You can improve your pictures by using your
flash. It provides extra light when you need
it, especially indoors, and it freezes action
for sharp pictures.
Flash can improve pictures outdoors. Using “Fill-Flash” outdoors will soften shadows and brighten colors.
Good pictures usually depend on selecting the proper point of view. You may only need to move your camera a few inches of a few feet to change the composition decidedly.
Using a low angle to photograph active
people further animates them to
reinforce the sense of movement.
By choosing an unusual
viewpoint, the photo-
graher made a striking
image of a commonly
The photographer pointed the
camera down from a high vantage
point to capture this unusual
design of cars and pavement.
Where you place the
horizon can alter the
mood of a photo.
Also notice the that
the center line leads
you into the photo.
To understand the rule of thirds, imagine two horizontal lines cutting the picture into thirds. Then imagine two vertical lines cutting the same picture into thirds vertically. The intersections of these imaginary lines suggest four possible options for placing the center of interest for a pleasing composition.