Don't Be Afraid to Get Up Close
SUMMARY: Don't overuse a powerful digital camera's zoom feature.
Even if your camera has a very powerful (5x or above) zoom, don't be afraid to get up close to your subject, especially if you are aiming for details of a subject. This is, of course, assuming your subject isn't a grizzly bear or something dangerous!
Getting up close has the following advantages over using your zoom:
1) Some camera and camera lenses cause a vignette when you use higher zooms, causing areas around the corners of your photos to become too dark or light.
2) The longer the zoom, the more susceptible your camera is to camera-shake, meaning that you must hold your camera extremely steady (or use a tripod) to get clear, crisp photos. This is especially true when taking night photos.
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