Tips for better photos
The number one thing to remember: Watch that little green
Aim at your subject.
Then push the shutter button halfway down to make all the automatic
settings for the camera such as white balance, focus and exposure.
When the green light (on Sony Cameras and many others) stops blinking,
push the shutter button the rest of the way down to take the picture.
Language of Light" -- a Kodak web site with lots of good info
Outdoor lighting is best early in the morning and just before dusk because
the light is angled low and not as bright. Photographers refer to those
times as the Golden Hours
Place the subject facing the sun and use fill flash.
Move out of direct sunlight and shoot in the shade.
Lamps from KMart or the hardware store will work
Photographic Composition" -- another good site from Kodak
Great Pictures" -- another good Kodak web site
Rotate the camera: people are taller than they are wide.
Shoot outdoor portraits in the shade for even lighting
Printing your pictures
What resolution means - - an article from PhotoAlley called "Pixels,
Dots and Inches"
Epson recommends 240 ppi for photo quality from their ink jet printers
Shooting a picture with two subjects:
To use an automatic camera to shoot a picture with
two subjects in the frame
Frame your subjects in the view screen;
Rotate the camera, press the shutter button halfway down to focus on
one of the subjects;
Keep holding the shutter button halfway down and move back to the original
way the picture was framed; and
Push the shutter the rest of the way down to take the picture.
Here's an example:
I want to take a picture of the two frogs together.
When I frame the picture so that both frogs are in the picture and I
press the shutter button halfway down to set the auto focus, the fish in
the background is in focus because it is in the center of the frame.
To correct for this problem,
Frame the picture;
Move the camera to center one of the two subjects in the
frame and push the shutter button half way down to set the auto focus;
Keep holding the shutter button halfway down, reframe the picture with
both subjects in it and push the shutter button the rest of the way down
to take the picture
Both the subjects in the foreground are now in focus and the object in
the background is out of focus even though it is in the center of the picture.
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