"I'm not a professional, but I just love to take pictures!"And that is very true. I have friends that take amazing pictures. Although I have incredible cameras (but only use the digital), I just don't have that "photographer's eye." I can't capture an image like professionals.
Now cameras are going digital and to this day (although I am a strong supporter of technology) I strongly believe that digitals cannot beat a good 35mm camera. They take wonderful pictures and I have quite a few that I have taken with my expensive, hardly used Nikon. Digitals are so much easier to use and this will sound a bit lazy, but I hate having to go through the trouble of paying money (extra for digital versions) and then waiting a day or an hour to develop 33mm film!
I use my digital a lot and if you are like me, and many other people, then you know a digital camera can sometimes take some horrible pictures; Fuzzy, noise infested, pictures that will ruin your day. Out of experience and classes in photography, I have come up with some tips for digital camera users that will improve your shots:
- First, understand the focus system of your camera. Virtually every camera focuses when you press the shutter button halfway down. You'll usually hear a beep and see a green square on the preview screen. Then press the button the rest of the way down to take the picture. Ignoring this middle step usually results in a blurry shot. Simple Enough!
- Stability is key. Any movement during a shot will almost always render that shot useless, which is why more and more cameras are adding "image stabilization" technology. Use a tripod, a sandbag, or just brace your arm against something solid. Use two hands to hold the camera. Those one-handed snapshots never turn out.
- Backlighting is your enemy. So many people try to shoot a photo with a bright window in the background, then wonder why the shot didn't come out. It's no mystery: Bright light floods the lens, and your camera usually can't compensate for it. If you must shoot into the light, turn on the flash.
- For my first shot in a new environment, I turn the flash OFF, whether I'm inside or outside. The camera responds much more quickly without the flash, and many cams perform well in low light. If the shot looks at all blurry on the preview, I turn the flash on and try again.
- Remember, digital memory is cheap and easily erased. Experiment until you find a setting that works or a trick that eliminates the blur.