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5 Things You Can Change To Take Better Pictures

     "Photographic skills needed!" Or, "Photography classes." These are the search terms many of us need to enter into our favorite search engine so that we can figure out how to take better pictures.

Actually, there is no shortage of great photographers, but not everyone that totes a digital camera is necessarily a creative genius, nor are they all products of photography classes. That being said, there are some things you can do to improve your photographic skills and abilities and, hence, your images.

Here is a list of 5 things you can change to improve your pictures.

1. Change your camera - Buy a new camera? Maybe, maybe not. There are so many terrible images that are a result of three things: a poor camera, the wrong camera for the type of shot, and bad technique when shooting.

About poor cameras - if you do everything necessary to get a good shot, but it still comes out poorly, it may be time to upgrade.

The wrong camera - not every camera is capable of taking certain shots. For instance, getting good pictures of a NASCAR race may not be possible with a point and shoot camera. The same is true of other specialty types of photographs, such as macro and wildlife photos. If you really want to take those kinds of pictures, it may be time for an upgrade.

Bad technique - many camera users are guilty of this. In fact, you should definitely try to "fix" this before abandoning your camera for a new model. The one most common problem comes from the way the shutter button is pressed. There is a right way and a wrong way. To get the best results, push the shutter button down part way and allow the camera to focus, then take the shot by simply pressing it the rest of the way. DO NOT jam your finger down on the button. This will result in a blurred picture most of the time.

2. Change the number - simply said, take more pictures. Do not rely on the first shot if you can take another. Sometimes this is not possible, like when the subject is your child and she has moved on to the next cute pose. Even if you check the viewfinder to see what the picture you took looks like, take more. You might be in for a big surprise when you transfer your shots to the computer and find that the picture is too blurry or there was an uninvited participant walking into the frame of the photo (and you didn't notice him when you previewed the shot in the viewfinder). Lots of things can be wrong with a picture. The more photos you take, the more opportunities there are for getting a great shot.

3. Change the mode selection button - take a walk on the "wild side" and take the camera off Auto. Sound a little extreme? As long as you take your pictures using the same camera settings, you will keep getting the same kind of shots you have been getting. Try a couple of different things to see the results. For instance, it's easy to switch to one of the basic modes like "cloudy" or "sports." This is YOU taking charge of your camera settings. Switch off the automatic flash, and you will see some immediate improvement in some pictures. Experiment with the settings when you have the time and if the photo is not a critical one. By all means, read the manual to see exactly what you can change on your camera to get different results.

4. Change the composition - great photographers spend time analyzing shots. They do not usually take out their point and shoot camera and start snapping. You can do the same. Think through what you want to accomplish with your shot. Have you heard about the "rule of thirds?" This just suggests that you don't make your subject the center of every shot. Move the camera frame up, down, or sideways to get a different composition. This one little trick will add interest and drama to many otherwise boring shots. Also decide how much of the subject you want in the picture. Sometimes purposely getting more or less of the subject can add interest. Again, taking more pictures is a good strategy as you experiment with composition.

5. Change your position - Get mobile! Move closer, move farther away. Move to one side or another. Change your perspective by moving your camera above or below where you would normally shoot.

You can get better pictures by just paying attention to these 5 tips.

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Posted on 2011-12-25, By: *

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