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Taking good pictures is something anyone can do with any camera, if you practice enough and avoid some common mistakes. You dont have to buy a spiffy new camera. As you can see this background picture which I took using my phone.

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1Understanding Your Camera ak photography

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Learn what each control, switch, button, and menu item does. Learn the basic actions, such as using the flash (on, off, and auto), zooming in and out, and using the shutter button.Read the cameras manual.

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Set the camera's resolution to take high quality photos at the highest resolution possible.Start with setting your camera to one of its automatic modes, if you have a choice.

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3Finding Photo Opportunities akphotography

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Take your cameraeverywhere.Go outside.Motivate yourself to get out and take photographs in natural light.

Use camera as your possession, you will start to see the world differently: you will look for and find opportunities to take great photographs. This is why you will endtaking more photographs. The more you take, the better a photographer you will become.

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4Using Your Camera akphotography

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Keep the lens clear of caps, thumbs, straps and other obstructions.Set your white balance.Set a slower ISO speed, if circumstances permit.

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5Taking Good Photographs akphotography

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1. Compose your shot thoughtfully

2. Ignore the advice aboveUse the Rule of Thirds. Get rid of distracting backgrounds and clutter.

Regard the above aslaws, which work much of the time but are always subject to judicious interpretation andnotas absolute rules.

3. Fill the frame with your subject

4. Try an interesting angleDo not be afraid to get closer to your subject.

Instead of shooting the object straight on, try looking down to the object, or crouching and looking up.

Poor focusing is one of the most common ways that photographs are ruined. Use the automatic focus of your camera, if you have it; usually, this is done by half-pressing the shutter button.5. Focus

ISO is how sensitive your camera is to light, shutter speed is how long it takes for your camera to take a picture (which in turn alters the amount of light coming in), and aperture is how dilated the lens of your camera is. Not all cameras have this, mostly only digital photography cameras. By balancing these and keeping them as close to the middle as possible, you can avoid the noise caused by high ISO, the blurriness caused by low shutter speed, and the depth of field side effects caused by low aperture.6. Balance in ISO, shutter speed, and aperture

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6Avoiding Blurry Photos akphotography

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Keep still

2. Consider using a tripod Many people are surprised at how blurry their pictures come out when going for a close-up, or taking the shot from a distance. To minimize blurring: If you're using a full-sized camera with a zoom lens, hold the camera body (finger on the shutter button) with one hand, and steady the lens by cupping your other hand under it.

If your hands are naturally shaky, or if you're using large (and slow) telephoto lenses, or if you're trying to take photographs in low light, or if you need to take several identical shots in a row (such as with HDR photography), or if you're taking panoramic photos, then using a tripod is a good idea.

3. Consider not using a tripod, especially if you do not already have one.

4. If you are in a situation where it would be nice to use a tripod, but you don't have a tripod at the timeA tripod infringes on your ability to move around, and to change the framing of your shot rapidly. It is also more weight to carry around, which is a disincentive to getting out and taking photographs.

Turn on image stabilization on your camera. Zoom out (or substitute a wider lens) and get closer. Hold the camera at two points away from its center, such as the handle near the shutter button and the opposite corner, or toward the end of the lens. Squeeze the shutter slowly, steadily, and gently, and do not stop until shortly after the picture has taken. Brace the camera against something. Prop the camera on something

Try not to hold the camera up for too long; this will cause your hands and arms to be shakier. Practice bringing the camera up to your eye, focusing and metering, and taking the shot in one swift, smooth action.5. Relax when you push the shutter button

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7Using the Flash akphotography

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Avoid red eyeUse your flash judiciously, and do not use it when you don't have toIf you do not intend the flash to be the primary light source in the picture, set it up to give correct exposure at an aperture a stop or so wider than that which is otherwise correct and which you use for the exposure (which depends on the ambient light intensity and the shutter speed, which cannot be above the flash-sync speed). This can be done by choosing a specific stop with a manual or thyristor flash, or by using "flash exposure compensation" with a fancy modern camera.

Red-eye is caused when your eyes dilate in lower lighting. When your pupils are big, the flash lights the blood vessels on the back wall of your eyeball, which is why it looks red. If you must use a flash in poor light, try to get the person to not look directly at the camera, or consider using a "bounce flash".

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8Keeping Organized and Gaining Experience akphotography

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Look for what makes the best photos and continue using the methods that got the best shots. Don't be afraid to throw away or delete photos, either. Before you delete them, remember you can learn a lot from your worst photos; discover why they don't look good, thendon't do that.

Go through your photos and look for the best ones

Practice, practice, and practiceThe more pictures you take, the better you will get, and the more you (and everyone) will like your pictures. Shoot from new or different angles, and find new subjects to take pictures of, and keep at it. You can make even the most boring, everyday thing look amazing if you're creative enough about photographing it.Get to know your camera's limitations, too; how well it performs in different kinds of lighting, how well auto-focus performs at various distances, how well it handles moving subjects, and so on.

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