You have now decided to enter the world of amateur photography and are ready for taking pictures. After you have decided on your first digital camera, and made the purchase, read the manual.
Depending on the camera, amateur photography might be as simple as installing the battery and inserting the memory card. Press the shutter release, and you have taken your first picture. Take more photos of different subjects. Look at them and decide if they are what you like. Taking pictures can be fun once you have learned the basics of amateur photography. If you don’t like them, examine them and try to figure out what you don’t like. Is it lighting, out of focus, maybe getting the picture at the wrong time with some ones eyes closed. Let another person look at them and ask for an opinion.
Any time you are taking pictures, you always want a subject. What ever it is, be it a person, flower, rock or whatever, it should be the center of attraction in the picture. Look before taking pictures, don’t point and shoot, and try to eliminate what you do not want to see. This might mean moving the subject if possible, getting closer to the subject or just take a picture from another angle. Check your focus . Focus on the part of the subject closest to you. The person looking at the picture should be able to keep their eye on the subject, and not look at all the other distractions that there are to look at.
Lighting is also very important as well as the time of day. Bright over head sun creates very harsh shadows on the face, especially if the person has wrinkles or other blemishes. Fill flash can be used, or taking the picture out of the direct sun or on a bright cloudy day. Taking the picture from different angles will also change how a person looks. The early morning sun or late in the afternoon will create more pleasing photo.
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