Taking digital photos is really exciting ad fun. There’s really nothing to it.
First thing to do is find out how much money you have to invest in the purchase of your digital camera. That’s for those of you who do not have a digital camera already. Maybe you are just now switching from your old school film camera to a digital one. If so, wise decision my friend. Now believe it or not, you can find a great camera for an excellent price. For instance I myself use a Cannon PowerShot A510.
Now once you have gotten that part over with and you now have your digital camera of choice here comes the really fun part. Ready for it? You must read the owner’s manual. Imagine how much fun that’s going to be. Most people skip this step and move right into pointing and shooting. After all that is what we bought it for isn’t it? But you are reading this article so you are not like most people I take it and you will be one of the few intelligent people who actually read the owner’s manual that came with your new digital camera. This will allow you to have right knowledge of the machine you are now trying to connect to your imagination in order to take that magnificent shot. That amazing shot that you will more than likely share with lots of your friends and relatives. You see there are a lot of folk out there who take digital photos and simply are not satisfied with the results and they wonder why. Some make the silly assumption that it’s the digital camera and not them and so they go and get another digital camera of another make and model and possibly a more expensive one with the hopes of improving their shots. And sometimes that shot may come out a little better with a more expensive digital camera but if he or she or even you possibly, would have just simply read the owner’s manual all of that frustration and extra money spent could have been avoided.
OK, now I hope you’ve read the owner’s manual, which is literally the instructions of operations, if so you now have right knowledge of your maximum zoom in zoom out, your flash control, and also your aperture, ISO & shutter speed. Which are just the basics of how to take a wonderful digital photo. Also for your new digital camera that you just gained powerful knowledge of by reading the owner’s manual you’re going to want to further invest in extra memory cards. If you have a 3 megapixel camera, get at least a 256MB card, 512MBs for 4 megapixel models, and 1GB for 6 megapixels and up. Doing this will ensure that you have enough memory storage to go out and shoot multiple digital shots without running out of space to put them all. There is nothing more stressful than to miss a golden opportunity shot because your last shot took up all of your space on your memory card. Also having that extra memory space allows you to take more higher resolution digital photos.
Now if you are like I was when I first started shooting with my digital camera you tend to use the auto focus mode because we figure hey, the digital camera itself should know the better setting better than anyone. Makes sense but digital photography is still an art, and so different shots are going to require different settings. Have you ever noticed that if you leave your digicam on auto all of the time that some of your shots seem a little not so bright and brilliant. I found that if you are shooting outdoors on a sunny day if you switch your digital camera settings from auto to cloudy, kind of backwards I know, you get a digital photo that is more rich in tones. I think it’s because the cloudy setting produces more reds and yellows. I performed this test using a Cannon PowerShot.
As I was reading one of many digital camera magazines that I tend to read quite often, I picked up a cool idea. As you may or may not have knowledge of, the professionals in photography use a polarizing filter when they are taking digital photos of landscapes and photos of the outdoors in general. This filter is used to reduce glare that outdoor pictures always have a lot of. The polarizing filter therefore gives the photographer a richer more saturated digital photo. I myself not being a pro I did a little improvising. The camera is an attachment to my imagination. I’m using my imagination with my eyes open rather than closed. On a nice sunny day I’m protecting my eyes from the glare of the sun with my cool shades on while I let my imagination find THAT shot. And then it hit me. Why don’t I place one of my sunglass lenses over my digital camera lens and see what kind of difference I see in the shots. And guess what. The photo with the sunglasses over my digital camera lens came out better. How about that. Is that cool or what. I myself thought it was very cool because after spending all that money on my new digital camera my budget said no to buying extras for it. I was trying to learn how to take better digital photos in order to get THAT shot that would maybe make enough money to start investing in more accessories for my digital camera. So the sunglasses trick worked out well for me that day. Maybe you should try it yourself and see the results personally.
Now for all of my fellow smokers who have bad nerves which lead to a shaky hand. Or maybe you’re not a smoker and you just have shaky hands. The tripod was invented for us. This little contraption can make the difference of capturing a digital photo and capturing an extraordinary digital photo. Lots of people don’t like to use them because they are big, bulky, and just frustrating. And don’t forget that is another thing to buy. Unfortunately at this writing I haven’t been able to improvise any much more than simply leaning on a stationary object or using a shelf or table, so I had no choice but to find the perfect fit in your pocket, and take it anywhere, place it anywhere tripod. The svelte UltraPod for under twenty bucks. Just Google svelte UltraPod and you’ll see it. This is a necessity if you want to shoot consistent spectacular digital photos.
And that’s basically it guys. Nothing to it but to do it.
Most digital cameras, have lots of functionality already built into them. By reading the owner’s manual and applying a little improvisations and creativity, you will be taking shots that will make people ask you, “What kind of camera do you use when you take your digital photos?” You can tell them what digital camera you used for whatever photo they are asking about, but inside, you’ll know it’s not the camera responsible for those extravagant photos. It’s the imagination of the photographer.