Twenty Tips to Terrific PicsJanice HickmanSouthwest High SchoolTCEA 2009
Tip 1Read your manualI know its embarrassing to admit you need help, but read it anyway
Tip 2Move in CloserFill the frame with your subjectShoot at eye level to create intimacy
Which is better? Lots of lilies...or just one?
Rochelle hugs my Mom
Kat hugs a basketball(by the Professional)
Kat hugs a basketball(by Me)
Take parts of the whole, too.
Tip 3 Use the Rule of Thirds to Compose or Crop Imagesthink Tic-Tac-Toe...
Put the important pieces of the photo where the lines intersectnot in the center box!
Eyes on the top line, faces at the intersections
Tip 4 Place your Subject Off-Center and Something Interesting in the Background
Tip 5 Use the Optical Zoom; Turn off the Digital Zoom
Tip 6Take More Shotsits the best feature of your camera!
Tip 7 Half-push the Shutter Button to pre-focus the camera
Tip 8Hold It Steadyuse a tripod, monopod, table, friend, dont breathe when you push the shutter button.
Tip 9Take Photos from Unusual Angles
Tip 10Get Down to Kid Level
Michael and the cats
Tip 11 Use the Continuous Shooting Mode to capture actionwith children, pets, and sports
Tip 12 Use the Flash Outdoors to eliminate shadows
Tip 13 Anticipate Predictable Moments; Zone focus on where the action will occur or Follow focus on the subject and pan the camera.
Tip 14 Look for the Light; use available light to photograph babies and the elderly; early morning or late afternoon light is best.
Tip 15 Look for Lines and use them to frame your photos
Sometimes you want lines... sometimes you dont...
Tip 16Look for Reflections
Tip 17Use Red Eye Reduction
And get on Kid LevelAnd move in closer!
Tip 18 Learn the Predefined Modes in addition to AutomaticLandscape
Landscape: everything is in focus
Portrait: blurs the background
Macro: super close up
Night: uses available light; hold still!
Tip 19 Tell a Storyinclude everyday elements, signs, landmarks...
Tip 20 Always Be Prepared with extra batteries and memory cards