Picture Perfect Memories: Photography Tips Instead of taking on single picture, take many pictures of a subject. Hold your camera tight, keep your arms close to your sides and put your hands on both sides and the bottom of your camera. This will help to steady your hands and prevent blurry shots. Cradling your hands underneath your camera and lens also prevents you from clumsily dropping it. Life is not always a landscape, so be sure to not overdo it with too many horizontal shots. Sometimes, you will find that the best pictures are taken when the camera is on a vertical setting. Use the zoom feature, as needed, to get full effects of an up-close shot. Conversely, zoom out if you desire to get head-to-toe shots of people. Experiment with taking pictures from different angles to see how it changes your interest in the subject of your photograph. Having the subject centered in-frame is quite common; such photos are at a disadvantage when it comes to being memorable. Off-centering your shots in a variety of ways will make your shots more thought-provoking. If you want your photographs to look professional, you need to take them with a professional camera. Consider getting a digital single lens reflex camera, or a dSLR, if you plan on taking high-quality or professional photographs. This style of camera is the one chosen by most professionals, so purchase one of your own to help you to take those perfect pictures. Although many think white is the best color to wear in photographs, it actually makes getting a good photograph difficult. Modern cameras are equipped with auto-focus. When the camera tries to auto-focus it looks at all the different shades of color in the field. Because of this, white items of clothing are too pale and don't photograph well. In order for you to improve your photography skills, you must be willing to practice often. Now that digital photography is mainstream, there is no need to be afraid to take lots and lots of pictures in order gain experience. Now that there is no problem with wasted film, or limits on taking photos because of the cost of film, you can experiment freely and learn from your mistakes. Don't neglect the foreground of a photo in favor of the background when taking a landscape shot as this is what will be noticed first. Consider a natural frame in the foreground of the photo so that a perception of depth is achieved. Composition is what makes a good picture. Some people have a good sense of composition while other photographers have to do some work to develop this skill. Although some subjects look good centered, learn to use the "rule of thirds" and place your subject in one third of the picture, while filling the other two-thirds with background, this principle works
either vertically or horizontally. Did the last few paragraphs give you some ideas about how to start taking good photos? Can you figure out where to start? Do you know how to make a great shot? If so, you've taken in the knowledge provided from the tips above, and you are well on your way to taking the best photos of your life.