Just because you have a relatively inexpensive camera doesn’t mean you can’t take great pictures. It just takes a little bit of know-how. Here are a few tips to help your digital camera shoots go more smoothly.
Follow the Rule of Thirds.
This is the most simple rule of composition to follow during your digital camera shoots. Simply imagine a tic-tac-toe grid overlaid your lens or display. Generally, you want to line up the focal point of your picture with one of the grid’s four interstices. This way, you’re not putting the subjects of your digital camera shoot right smack in the middle, which tends to create static, uninteresting photos. Putting your subjects just off center makes your pictures much more interesting.
Most digital camera shoots tend to make their perspective straight on, which isn’t a bad choice per say. However, changing the perspective can have a more unique visual impact. Try shooting from above, below, to the left, or to the right of your subjects. Shooting below the subject makes them appear more powerful, while shooting above makes them seem more diminutive.
Use Shapes and Lines.
With the rule of thirds, the eye naturally goes to those four interstices. However, if you want to draw the viewer’s attention elsewhere, you can use the area’s natural lines and shapes to move their attention to where you want it. The next time you’re having a digital camera shoot, try incorporating a building’s geometry into the shot to move viewers’ eyes.
It’s impossible to take great pictures without a bit of sagacious know-how, even with the best small digital cameras that photo stores have to offer. Whether you’re using a point and shoot digital camera or your smartphone’s camera, using these tips will help you take more dynamic, interesting pictures.
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