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Given below are some guides and tips on digital photography. Compiled by Print Camp’s photo-experts, these words of wisdom will enlighten you in your quest for perfect digital photography.

  1. Indoor Photography
  2. Outdoor Photography
  3. Photo Resolution
  4. General photo tips and tricks

1. Indoor Photography

Some people say that indoor photography is one of the easiest kinds of photography there is. Because, when you shoot indoors, you have complete control over your surroundings.

Shooting indoors is all about matching your photographic skill with your taste for interior decoration. Remember – It is your will that prevails indoors.

Indoor Lighting

When indoors, the luxury of being able to use, as much or as little, light as you need is in your hands.

Natural light streaming-in from windows or skylights is soft on the eye; this provides you with a great platform to experiment your photographic talent. As you begin to experiment with different lighting techniques you will eventually find one that is most suitable to you.

By using various sources of light, you could highlight objects that would normally pass unnoticed in your photo. On the same note, you may also mask areas of your choice that you don't wish to make prominent, by re-positioning the light sources that are highlighting them.

2. Outdoor Photography

Most photographers claim outdoor photography to be “most challenging” as a wide variety of elements affect the outcome of a photograph. When you shoot outdoors, you seem to be at the mercy of your surroundings.

No matter how good you are at photography, one thing is certain: Nature’s will prevails outdoors.

Outdoor Lighting

When outdoors, photographers are slaves to light. Unable to adjust the amount of light in their surroundings, outdoor photography is a tricky affair. There is no need to panic. Just follow Print Camp’s guide and start taking pictures like a pro.

Myth: Many people believe that landscape photographers shoot from dawn to dusk, waiting for the right kind of light to show up.
Fact: Experienced photographers will choose to shoot right before sunrise and after sunset to achieve a perfect picture.

When selecting the proper light to photograph in, an equal amount of consideration needs to be given to your subject., as small details can become lost if the picture is not lit properly. While scenic landscapes always look better with low, soft lighting; images of wildlife can display greater detail when shot in the bright, contrasting mid-day light.

Gear and Perspective
When photographing outdoors, make sure you carry a tripod. Tripods keep your camera still and thus, avoid shaky images. If you don’t have one, rest your elbows on a sturdy base or better still, make use of a remote-controlled timer.
The camera’s flash bulb is a very interesting device. Use it. Make use of flash to improve your pictures in broad daylight. Lighten-up those shadows and make your subjects stand out.

During landscape photography, people find it difficult to portray a sense of scale of the landscape. Think of ways of measuring the landscape, by comparing it to a measurable object say a plant, an animal or even a person. People play a very important part in outdoor photography, besides carrying your gear that is. Shoot a person in the landscape you’re photographing. Anyone can relate to a person’s size, so putting your friend in your landscape will illustrate how grand it really is – the landscape, not your friend!

Zoom-in now and then and zero-in on some of the less-noticeable elements that are absent in your previous pictures. Such photography creates beautiful memories of the places you visit.

3. Photo Resolution

If you thought taking good photographs is all there is to good photography, think again. One fool-proof technique to increase the quality of your photographs is to choose the highest resolution when saving your image. While these images eat up your memory card, the results are worth the space.

When you order a print you should pick a print size which in accordance to the resolution of your image.
The following table shows the ideal image size (in pixels) for each print size (based on the longest edge).

Photo length 4” 5” 6” 7” 8” 10” 12”
Ideal Image size 200 to 400 pixels 400 to 600 pixels 600 to 1000 pixels 800 to 1200 pixels 1.0 to 1.6 Mega pixels 1.2 to 1.8 Mega pixels 1.4 to 2.0 Mega pixels

4. General photo tips and tricks

Interested in taking high-quality digital photographs without spending a dime? Read on to find out more.

Tip #001:
Follow the rules of Photography

Shoot your images only with a camera. Help protect our wildlife and preserve our natural forests and landscapes. Don’t forget to use bio-degradable goods while camping.

Tip #002:
Be level-headed

Get down or look up to your subjects to catch those wonderful glazes they have to offer. If your subject is short, then shoot downwards and vice versa.

Tip #003:
Eliminate those NPCs

Clear your subject’s background for obstructions. Fewer NPCs (Non - Photographic Characters) make a good picture better. See Tip #009.

Tip #004:
Close-up

Let your subjects fill-up your photograph. Subjects dear to you will lay in the center of your photographs, the rest being clutter. To get a cleaner shot, zoom in or move closer. Effectively fill your photographs with objects of high detail.

Tip #005:
Flash @ your Range

Know the limits of flash. Use your flash to lighten-up subjects within ten feet of you. Any attempt to exceed your flash’s range leads to a dark photograph.

Tip #006:
Use the Focus

Focus your subjects in the center of your camera’s focus. Re-frame till this happens and only then, click the picture.

Tip #007:
Be Creatively Inclined

Shoot your photos using different angles. Be creative and you’ll end up with unique photos to show off. Do think about a picture’s caption before clicking. You should be able to relate to them somehow.

Tip #008:
Back up your photos

Make sure you show your surroundings in your photos. People get a bigger picture that way. If your surroundings aren’t worth showing, see Tip #004.

Tip #009:
Stay in control
Make the most of your composition by rearranging your subjects. Re-position them to get out their personalities or re-position yourself.

Tip #010:
See and Shoot

If you see a good photo, shoot it. Don’t waste your time trying to get one perfect shot. Keep experimenting and take as many as you can. Sometimes these “instant shots” are the ones that you’ll remember more.

Tip #011:
Digital cameras don’t provide good images, people do!

Capture people. Try capturing a moment. Search for a memorable expression or happy moment. Capture them in such a way that they bring back to you the same feeling when you clicked the photo.

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