Help and Tips
General digital photography advice and techniques. What subjects to shoot, how to steady your camera, and getting the most out of your digital camera's features.
#1: Why Use Manual Focus?
A few reasons why one should use manual focus even with advanced digital cameras.
#2: Did Someone Get in the Way While Taking a Photo?
Don't immediately delete digital camera photos if an unwanted element or person got in your picture - here's why.
#3: 7 Ways to Get the Most from Your Older Digital Camera
Ideas to help you take better photographs with older digital cameras and equipment.
#4: Practice Everything!
Get accustomed to your digital camera's features and practice everything before you go on a trip.
#5: Fast Subjects and Lighting
Help on taking photos of fast-moving subjects with your digital camera.
#6: Turn Around to Avoid the Sun
Reposition yourself when taking digital camera photos so the subjects don't appear washed out.
#7: Don't Worry about Reciprocity Failure
Reciprocity failure is not a problem with long digital camera exposures - but noise can be.
#8: For Beginners - Using the Histogram to Help Ensure Proper Exposure
Help ensure your digital photos don't turn out underexposed or overexposed.
#9: Onscreen Ruler or Grid
Align your photos correctly with your digital camera.
#10: Why Not Keep Noise Reduction On?
Does your digital camera support noise-reduction? If so, why not turn that feature on all the time?
#11: Don't Always Center Your Subjects
Experiment your subjects' positions in your digital camera viewfinder for more interesting photos.
#12: Use the Presets in Difficult Lighting
Your digital camera preset modes may help you take beautiful pictures in difficult lighting conditions.
#13: Encourage Others to Shoot Digitally
Share your love of digital photography with others.
#14: Don't Try Learning Everything at Once
Learn a few digital photography techniques at a time and practice, practice, practice!
#15: Turn Off Your Camera's Sounds
If silence is requested or mandated, turn off your digital camera's audio feedback.
#16: Don't Overuse Flash
Situations where you should turn off your digital camera's flash.
#17: Wash Fruits and Vegetables First
Make food photos look better with glistening fruit and vegetables.
#18: Zoom Versus Camera Shake
Why zooming into a picture may make your digital camera photographs blurry, and what you can do about it.
#19: The Less Compression the Better
Decrease your digital camera's image compression for higher quality photographs.
#20: Visit your Digital Camera Manufacturer's Website
Why you should regularly visit your digital camera manufacturer's website.
#21: Record Your Settings
Keep track of your settings as you try out new digital camera features.
#22: Practice Deleting Photos Quickly
Quickly clear mistakes from your digital camera media to save room for better photos.
#23: Capture Images on a Television Screen
A quick tip if you are having problems taking digital photos involving television screens.
#24: Exposure Compensation Tool
Use exposure compensation to lighten or darken your digital photos.
#25: Flash Works Best with Nearby Subjects
Flash is not a cure-all; if it must be used, either in night photography or to overpower ambient sunlight, get close to your subject.
#26: Bracket Your Important Photos
Explains bracketing, and how it can improve your overall digital camera picture taking.
#27: Don't Overlook Traditional Camera Magazines for Tips
Traditional film photography magazines may offer tips that work for digital camera users as well.
#28: Focus on Objects Not in your Viewfinder's Center
How can you apply the 'rule of thirds' if the middle of your viewfinder or LCD is what's in focus?
#29: Bracketing is Still Important with Black and White Photos
Bracketing is still important when taking black and white digital photos in tricky lighting situations.
#30: Sometimes Less is More
Digital photos can be too cluttered or 'busy'.
#31: Store Your Settings in Memory
Some digital cameras let you create your own program or 'scene' modes.
#32: Don't Be Afraid to Get Up Close
Don't overuse a powerful digital camera's zoom feature.
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