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Very Simple Digital Photography Techniques

Updated on June 7, 2010

Simple Techniques For Digital Photography

 The good thing about digital camera is that they have an “Auto” function where the camera does everything except press the shutter button.  While this is great in most instances, there are times when the result is not quite as good as you may want – faded colors, unwanted reflections and shadows can ruin a well composed picture.  It pays to be able to take control of the camera when you need to and these few simple digital photography techniques will help you to do that – and once you have mastered these, there is a lot more to learn that will make leaving the “Auto” setting off a lot of fun.

 A common problem with digital cameras is having colors that look faded or lack warmth – this is caused by the white balance auto setting.  When the white balance is on auto the camera automatically adjusts the color balance to create what the software installed in it says are the best color tones and when taking pictures in bright sunlight this can mean that the camera thinks that rich colors are over saturation and compensates.  If you find this problem, change the setting from “Auto” to “Cloudy” – this will change the white balance setting and the camera will record deeper colors and richer tones.

 Outdoor photography with varying degrees of light in the frame can result in images that are lacking in sharpness – using a polarizing filter will compensate for this and allow for much greater sharpness in your photos.  The filter will also increase the color saturation and produce crisper colors – something you will immediately notice in the blueness of the sky.  To get the best effects from the filter, keep the sun over your shoulder so that the light is falling directly on what you are photographing.

 Shadows and bright sunlight in the same frame are a major problem with outdoor photography and the use of the flash can help to overcome this.  Using a flash in bright sunshine may seem odd, but digital cameras will automatically adjust the flash to compensate for the dark areas caused by the shadows.  Since the flash will not work if the camera thinks that it will result in over exposure, this is a problem you do not have to worry about.  Even if yours is a camera without automatic flash compensation, try using the flash when you feel it will help with the shadow problem – experience will soon tell you when and how to use the flash.


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