• Hold your camera steady and drepress the shutter release button smoothly, so not to move the camera while the picture is being taken.
    • This is particularly important when taking photographs in lower light conditions (Some digital cameras have "image stabilization" function which can help).
  • Fill the frame! Move in closer or use the zoom.
  • Scan the viewfinder for objects you don't want, move or zoom to remove them.
  • Try changing the angle and zoom to change the background.
  • Try different angles. Crouch, lie down or stand on something.
  • Including objects in the foreground adds depth to a scene and leads the eye.
  • Use fill-in flash for outside portraits - it softens shadows.
  • Try a panorama shot or take a sequence of pictures which join/overlap (Some digital cameras have this function built-in).
  • Beware of bright skies or backgrounds. Use the cameras exposure lock or compensation dial.
  • Beware off-centre subjects with autofocus cameras. Use focus lock if available.
  • Remember: Flash only has a short range! Most compact cameras upto 3 ~ 6M with ISO 400 film
  • When shooting portraits focus on the subjects eyes.
  • Experiment. Try breaking some of the rules...

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