There’s nothing more precious than a collection of family
photos in an array of different poses and
situations. However, before you get started snapping away,
there are a few things you need to know about framing your
shot, using your digital camera’s settings and how they
can affect everything from posed family photos to those
you happen to catch in a more natural setting.
Digital cameras use memory, allowing you to delete shots
you’re not happy with on the spot. With a good sized card,
you’ll be able to take hundreds of pictures. Remember before
starting any photo session, whether impromptu photos at a
reunion, or posed photos during the holidays, to have spare
batteries and an extra memory card to ensure you capture all of
the memories possible.
Before taking the picture, you need to consider the
composition of your subject, as well as your choice of frame.
Taking a picture of a person can vary from an up close headshot
to a full body photo. Once you’ve decided which type of photo
you want, place your light source in front of the person being
photographed. The use of a flash should always be reserved for
situations when you have no other options. The ideal lighting
source for any picture is sunlight.
You can have the person centered or slightly to the side,
depending on the style of image you prefer. An important aspect
of framing your shot is to ensure you don’t cut the top of
people’s heads off, as well as leaving between one to three
inches below their shoulders. Another good rule of thumb is to
remember not to take pictures with your camera sideways. While
this practice was necessary with film cameras, digital pictures
can be manipulated with various software programs to achieve
the look you want.
If the camera does not have a manual focus, you need to use
its autofocus on the person’s face first by holding the trigger
half way down. Once the camera’s focus is set, keep holding the
trigger. Readjust the placement of your subject within the
frame and then push the trigger all the way down to take the
picture. Try to have the person to hold the expression that you
want to capture, making sure that it’s a natural look for them
so that they don’t end up looking frozen in an unnatural
For full body shots, focus on the face first, followed by
framing your subject, which can include other items or scenery,
and again, remember to leave some space between the subject and
the edge of your frame.
When your focus is nature shoots, it’s important to know
that a smaller aperture will give you sharper details at
average speed. Take a moment to think about what you would like
to capture, and consider the angles and the lighting needed to
get that perfect photo.
Photos taking at sporting events require settings at faster
speeds to prevent blurring. Try to have your focus set
beforehand, enabling you to catch the subject of your desired
photo as soon as they come into view. Otherwise, the time it
takes your camera to refocus could mean you lose out on the
perfect shot. People move so fast in various sporting events
your timeframe is very limited.
It’s important to know your camera before any big event.
Your comfort, knowledge and familiarity with your camera will
heighten your chances of getting those special shots needed for
making perfect memories. Spending your time fumbling with your
camera could mean a lot of precious moments missed.
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