Learn How to take Great Digital Photographs

Follow these easy steps to success.

Own a Digital Camera and Get Started!

Before turning your cam on, ensure that you have fresh or charged batteries and that your camera is in camera mode and not in the playback mode.  

Find an Appealing Subject

Look out and discover an interesting subject. You don’t have to confine to people or animals. Some objects in still life and nature can make good themes and concepts too.  

Determine Emphasis and Point of Interest

The eye on the dog, the cherry on the sundae, the head of the horse, or a ladybug on the flower will mostly work better than the dog, sundae, horse and the flower alone.  

Ensure Appropriate Lighting  

Using a flash helps in night photography and in situations of low light or areas away from direct sunlight. However, when shooting outdoors, make sure that your flash is off and that you are positioned against the sun.  

Contrast is Significant

Contrast in a photograph is well determined by some dark spots and some light spots. The best way to do create contrast is to imagine your composition in black and white- you must have a white spot, a black spot, and a grey spot.  

Follow the Rule of Thirds

The point of interest in your composition should ideally never be in the center of your photograph. Imagine a tic tac toe across your composition. The emphasis should be at one of the four points where the lines cross.  

Fill the Frame

Try to make it possible for the subject to take up the whole photograph. Any empty space is negative space that takes attention away from your subject and emphasis. However, negative space works wonders in certain compositions.  

Point of View

Clicking subjects at the eye level rarely excites the viewer. Compositions should ideally be framed from below or above the eye level.  

Avoid Camera Shake

If you or your subject is causing the camera to shake, the photograph will in most cares be blurry or in soft focus. For more support hold the camera close to your body. You may also use a tripod.