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Post time 2012-8-6 12:47:38 |Display all floors

Easytips for better quality photos.

It doesn’tmatter if You have cheap, or expensive camera. Almost all that tips can be used, even with mobile phone camera, and with cameras on “Automatic” mode.
So You will not find here details above this level.

1. Learn whenNOT press “shutter button”.

Photography is not only simple registration of light.

Yes, it is easy, and Your memory card can save hundreds of pictures, but try to make those, that shows not only what Your eyes see, but also what Your soul feel.

Wait for that particular moment, when picture in the camera will make You feel special, and only then make a photo. Unless You are from traffic police, making a documentation of car accident… but Are You?

Even making “street photo”, or reportage, when speed of reaction is important –image and feelings that it brings to You are more important, than speed.

How to learn if photo is good? Don’t ask friends, because they would like You to feel  good. Ask enemies, because They have no interest in complements.
Or… imagine if it would look good on Your wall, or not?

then ... Learn which pictures to show.

Judge it as listed above. When selecting pictures for public release (even for some forum in the net)  copy all the pictures to one folder, and then delete:
- all with real technical problems like: “moved”, way too bright, too dark, notstraight
- then take measure of aesthetic, looking at it like it was some painting in the gallery, delete the ones that You wouldn’t like to see there
- delete all pictures, that doesn’t bring special emotions, the same emotions, that You have making it.

So? How many percent You deleted? Usually at list 80-90%. And it is not bed!

Better to show 3 pictures, that are “the ones”, then 100 average, and letting viewers select “the ones”. Why? Because it is harder to see diamonds in the sand, then in the earring.

So, let’s go to the “technical details”….

2. HandlingYour camera.

Never touch the lenses. If You did – remove fingerprints and dirt with dry,clean cloth (the best is that cloth used for glasses). Sooner You remove it –easier it will be to do it.
Keep camera out of dust, water (rain, snow), strong wind (carries a lot of dustand sand), don’t let it fall on the ground, and never put it straight on anysurface – always place something between it and surface (it could be any clothe, or paper tissue, no matter…). Have some good case for Your camera.
If there is a cold day (specially in the winter), after You came indoor – do not open the camera case, let it (camera) warm to the room temperature. Otherwise humidity from the air may create water drops on the cold surface of a camera (even inside!)… and we have problem.

Holding a camera.

NEVER use “one-hand” shot. Unless You have only one arm… but if You have both –use it! One hand is for holding camera still, other one is only to press “shutter button”.

Position – like for “tai-chi” or martial arts – legs slightly wide (shoulderline, or little wider), with angle between feet about 30-60 deg, elbows close tothe body (“holding arm” can be supported by chest).
From that position You can easily move around, crouch, or make other moves, not changing the grip over Your camera.

Proper holding (and operating) will reduce probability of “moved” pictures.

3. Operating acamera.

Hold the position (as mentioned above).

Learn Your camera – where are all the switches, and how to operate it. Otherwise You can miss the “photo of Your life” looking for some feature on the camera.
Learn to operate it instantly. Try to use most important functions (flashon/off, ISO…) as fast as You can. Because time does matter, and is as valuable as thing that You can lost in that time.

Press the shutter like sniper… inhale, exhale, wait a moment… press a little (halfway),  and then shoot.

Avoid shooting “long series”, because sometimes camera have some time to store pictures, and in that time taking another picture may be impossible (…picture of Your life, remember?).

Shooting static scenery (sea, mountains, city…), specially when light conditions are not so good, use self-timer (even if You make pictures holding it in the hand), because even slight movement when pressing shooter release button may cause camera to move.

Always look for some straight surface to place camera on it. It’s easiest way to avoid “moved” pictures.

For best quality – use lowest ISO available. But remember, that lowest ISO means longest exposure, and risk of (mentioned above) “moved” picture. So just practice it :)


And that’s itfor a time being… simplest hints J
please, feel free to ask memore detailed questions.

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Post time 2012-8-7 12:48:34 |Display all floors
The secret to taking 'good photos' is to take as many pictures as you can on the assumption that not all of them will be rubbish. It works for me.

Photoshop helps as well.  
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Post time 2012-8-7 13:31:52 |Display all floors
fatdragon Post time: 2012-8-7 12:48
The secret to taking 'good photos' is to take as many pictures as you can on the assumption that not ...

Agree with you.

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Post time 2012-8-7 13:40:34 |Display all floors
This post was edited by WhiteBear at 2012-8-8 06:30

"The secret to taking 'good photos' is to take as many pictures as you can" - isn't better to make a movie then? and cut some frames out as a photo

Photoshop? - can help, but You will not make chockolatte out of sh.. pardon me... MUD, despite it looks similar to cocoa...

this is always choice - to do the photography, or just register light... and everybody can choose for himself ;)

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Post time 2012-8-7 23:34:08 |Display all floors
Photoshop is good for some effects and a bit of tweaking but too much photoshop ruins the photos.

Thanks for the tips...

Practice...Practice...Practice... :)  
It helps a lot.
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Post time 2012-8-8 13:23:09 |Display all floors
This post was edited by WhiteBear at 2013-6-13 09:35

sure, practice is very important :)

I'll also add, that knowing WEAK points of Your camera can help... in that case You can avoid situations when those weak points can ruin nice photo, or You can use it to archieve predicted results.

For example: camera in mobile phone or cheap compact camera works really bad in low-light conditions (nightshots, dark interiors etc.), so You may avoid use it in that conditions or plan a picture, that would use an image defects as a part of the image.
In the club, on a picture there is a lot of colors and lights, but all is moved... but what if I put a camera on the steady surface and then make a photo? maybe at list a whole interior will not be moved, but only a dancing people and moving lights... and it can be an interresting effect (and it is just a small example)
No steady surface? but maybe use something that is on the table? empty glass? ;)   etc...

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