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Tips for

better photos



Keep Your Camera Ready

  • Get Close
  • Keep People Busy
  • Use A Simple Background
  • Place The Subject Off-Center
  • Include Foreground In Scenics
  • Look For Good Lighting
  • Hold Your Camera Steady
  • Use Your Flash
  • Vary Your Angle

Click on a topic

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Keep Your Camera Ready

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.

  • Get Close

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.



Keep People Busy

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

and natural.



Use A Simple Background

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.



Place The Subject Off-Center

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



Include Foreground In Scenics

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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Look For Good Lighting

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

actually best)



Hold Your Camera Steady

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.



Use Your Flash

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.



Vary Your Angle

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

photographed landmark.

More Examples



Vary Your Angle

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.

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“Rule of Thirds

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.


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