Using Professional Tricks to Create Interesting Pictures

1 of 10 in Series: The Essentials of Using Your Digital Camera’s Built-In Features to Improve Your Pictures

Do you know how to take great pictures with your digital camera? Digital cameras are easy to use, but you still have to figure out what to take pictures of (and how). To make captivating pictures with your digital camera, consider these picture-taking tips:

  • Shoot from unexpected angles. Try a shot from below, from above, at an odd tilt — go crazy with the angles and see what pictures look best.

  • Draw the eye across the frame. To add life to your images, compose the scene so that the viewer’s eye is naturally led from one edge of the frame to the other, as in this figure.

    Add life to your pictures by framing the scene so that the eye is naturally drawn from one edge of
    Add life to your pictures by framing the scene so that the eye is naturally drawn from one edge of the image to the other.
  • Get close to your subject. Often, the most interesting shot is the one that reveals the small details, such as the laugh lines in a grandfather’s face or the raindrop on the rose petal.

    Don’t be afraid to fill the frame with your subject.

  • Pay attention to the background. Before taking a picture, do a quick scan of the background, looking for distracting background elements such as the flower and computer monitor in this figure.

    Don’t let a horrendous background distract from your subject.
    Don’t let a horrendous background distract from your subject.
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