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.
- Indoor Photography
- Outdoor Photography
- Photo Resolution
- 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
Shooting indoors is all about matching your photographic skill with your
taste for interior decoration. Remember – It is your will that
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.
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
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
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).
4. General photo tips
Interested in taking high-quality digital photographs without spending
a dime? Read on to find out more.
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.
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
Eliminate those NPCs
Clear your subject’s background for obstructions. Fewer NPCs (Non
- Photographic Characters) make a good picture better. See Tip #009.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.