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Top 10 Picture Taking Techniques

According to Kodak, these are the top ten tips that can help you take better photographs.

1.  Get Down On Your Subjects Level: When you are photographing children or pets, hold the camera at the subjects eye level. The subject does not have to look into the camera because the angle creates an inviting feeling.

2. Use A Plain Background: A busy background will distract from your subject. If you can, use a plain background and make sure there are no trees or other items coming out of your subject’s head.

3. Always Use A Flash: Use a flash even outdoors. The flash will lighten dark shadows under eyes and other facial features in bright sunlight.

4. Move In Close: When your taking a picture try to get as close as physically possible. Instead of shooting the whole bush, get a close-up of one flower. This makes the subject stand out without distractions from the background.

5. Take Some Vertical Pictures: Some subjects require a vertical shot. Things like buildings and some portraits require a vertical picture.

6. Lock the Focus: For off-center subjects, center the subject. Then press the shutter button half way, reframe the shot and then finish pressing the shutter button.

7. Move It From The Middle: Place the subject off center. Imagine a tic-tac-toe grid and place your subject at one of the intersecting lines. Since most cameras focus in the middle, remember to lock your focus.

8. Know Your Flash’s Range: Most camera’s flashes only work about 10 feet or four steps away. If the subject is farther than 10 feet, it might be too dark.

9. Watch The Light: Don’t shoot directly in the sun. For pictures of people, choose soft lighting of cloudy days. Try to avoid overhead sunlight because it casts harsh shadows. At the end of the day or early morning, use the long shadows for scenic pictures.

10. Be A Director: Instead of just taking pictures take an extra minute and become a director. Use props, rearrange subject or try a different viewpoint. Get your subject to be themselves and let their personalities shine.

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