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Capture Family Moments with a Digital Camera Phone

Updated on August 9, 2010

Digital cameras have become the camera of choice for professional and amateur photographers alike. These days, digital cameras are found in many other electronic gadgets, including cell phones. A digital camera phone is a great option for capturing family moments and special events in your lives.

Convenience is a big plus for using a digital camera phone, since you are probably accustomed to carrying a cell phone already. Also, a digital camera phone is small and compact, as opposed to yesterday’s cameras which were larger and often inconvenient to lug around. Getting the most out of your digital camera phone is essential, so here are some tips for making sure your pictures turn out great.

First, make sure you have lots of light for your shot. The more light you have, the clearer your photo will turn out. If you are taking pictures outside in the daytime, you should have enough light. If you are taking pictures inside, be sure to turn on lights to help. Some digital camera phones have automatic flash which will help with lighting as well. Do not take a picture of a subject standing in front of a very strong light source (a setting sun or bring lamp), as your subject may appear silhouetted in your photo.

Next, get close to your subject to take the picture. Remember that photos from a digital camera phone tend to be small since digital camera phones have low resolution, so if you take a picture of a person from far away, for example, that person may end up appearing as a small speck in the distance. Fill the viewfinder on your digital camera phone with your subject.

Finally, avoid using the digital zoom and save editing for later. Using the zoom on your digital camera phone can cause your picture to become extremely pixilated, ruining your shot. And while it may be tempting to use the cropping and other editing features on your digital camera phone, it is much better to save the pictures as they are and edit them later on your computer. Computer editing software is more advanced than that on a digital camera phone, so you are likely to end up with a higher quality photo. Also do not delete photos that do not look good on the screen of your digital camera phone. Often these pictures will look very different uploaded to your computer, and they may turn out better than expected.

Image Credit: Jason Pratt

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Lela, Thanks for some good suggestions.

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