Top 7 Simple Tips for Taking Better Photos
By Kristin Matori
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Take better photos and add exciting artistic effects to your photos using HP digital cameras which can be edited using in-camera design gallery features.
- Using the sun to light your photos
Natural sunlight provides some of the best lighting for great shots with more detail and vivid colors. Be careful:
• Really bright sunlight casts harsh shadows
• Overhead sunlight can wash out detail in faces
Tip: For best results, avoid taking photos when the sun is directly overhead. This can cause harsh shadows. Also, try to shoot with the sun behind you. This prevents loss of detail caused by bright light.
- Get creative on gray days
Less-than-ideal weather conditions won't keep you from getting that perfect shot. Cloudy skies produce unique photos:
• Get interesting highlights with enhanced mood
• Make colors pop in contrast to the gray sky
Tip: Shooting in the rain can be fun, but be careful not to damage your camera. You can waterproof your camera by wrapping it in a plastic bag and cutting a hole for the lens to poke through.
- Capture breathtaking evening photos
The key to great night photos is turning off your flash. Just follow these guidelines:
• Set shutter speed slower to let in enough light
• Stay steady, slow shutter speeds blur photos
• Use a tripod or place camera on stationary surface
Tip: Place your camera on a tripod and set its shot timer so there's no risk of your camera moving when you press the trigger.
- Golden Hour - A great time for some photo magic
Sunrise and sunset are what photographers call the "golden hour" or "magic hour." Photos taken at these times are rich and dramatic:
• Get "golden" light instead of blinding midday sun
• Your photos will have warm and inviting colors
Tip: Using the golden hour is especially good for people shots so you avoid harsh shadows on faces caused by midday sun. Experiment with angles and zoom to find the perfect balance of light.
- Get more effective flash photos
The flash is a great tool if you know how to get the most of it. The key is keeping your distance:
• Your camera's flash has a range of about 10 feet
• Too far? Your photo will be too dark
• Too close? Bright light blows out detail
Tip: The best way to avoid overexposed flash photos is to step back and zoom in to your subject. This way, the flash is a good distance from your subject, but you still get your close-up.
- Keep annoying "red-eye" out of your photos
The flash reflecting off the retina of your subject's eyes is what causes the common problem of red-eye. Reduce red-eye by following these guidelines:
• Move outdoors or into brighter light
• Have your subject avoid looking directly into the lens
Tip: Many HP cameras offer in camera automatic red-eye removal.
- Move your subject for more compelling photos
You don't have to center your subject in every photo you shoot. Create more visual interest by using the Rule of Thirds:
• Divide your photo into a tic-tac-toe grid
• Place the main "interest" at grid intersections
• Use photo software to crop later if necessary
Tip: You don't always get the perfect shot to begin with, so keeping the Rule of Thirds in mind, try cropping your photo after you've shot it using HP Photosmart Essential software for the same effect.
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Article Submitted On: October 29, 2007