- First thing, become familiar with your camera in various lighting situations. Digital cameras can be tricky. Florescent lighting can make things green. Bright day light shinning in windows can affect the quality of the photo. Low lighting can be a disaster. Take time to play around with your camera. Read your manual and take test pictures till you get the best result. It is not like you are going to waste money on film and processing! Make sure you know where you want to set your flash. Just the other day at a museum, I had to adjust my flash several times in different areas. Just practice, practice, practice till you have it figured out!
- Take a lot of pictures. I probably have at least five ok photos for every perfect one I take.
- Use editing software. You can do all sorts of things from removing the dreaded devil eyes (red eyes) to brightening the picture to adjusting the contrast or color balance. Another of my favorites is cropping! Cut out all the background noise and just focus on what you really want in your photo!
- Explore different options with your photos from black and white to sepia or my favorite, just taking most of the color out and leaving a bit. Or maybe make your photo look like a watercolor or pop art. There is so much to choose from!
- Consider getting a book out of the library on digital photos or signing up for a class. I have seen many workshops in my area for free classes at the library or extension office to low cost workshops from art centers. Sometimes, just knowing a couple small things can make a huge difference.
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