7 Tips For Great Digital Photos

Before you can begin to enjoy photo sharing with family and friends, you need to take great digital shots that are razor-sharp and crystal-clear. After all, there’s nothing quite so frustrating as when your photos of memorable events like a graduation or a vacation turn out blurry or fuzzy or just plain dull.

The good news is great photos can really be a snap — if you keep in mind a few important tips. I guarantee that in no time you’ll be having fun with photo sharing and easy photo printing!

Tip #1: Buy a camera you’re comfortable with!

There are many digital cameras to choose from and, with all the bells and whistles, making a selection is not easy. While all these “extra” features are great to have, ask yourself these two question: What do I really need and what can afford? Then make your selection and learn all you can about the model you buy. And keep the camera’s manual close at hand so you can continually refer to it. You’ll definitely want a camera that makes uploading photos to your computer a snap, as that allows for photo sharing.

Tip #2: Keep the camera steady

The #1 reason our photographs turn out fuzzy or blurry is that the camera is shaking. As you probably have found out, the slightest movement can be disastrous, especially when your looking for high-quality photo sharing and easy photo printing. You don’t want to waste your time taking photos or end up with blurry prints.

But keeping a steady hand is not easy. So to ensure that you take photos that are really sharp and clear every time, you can do 3 things — use a tripod (not likely but it is foolproof)…or simply put your camera on any flat surface (not always realistic)…or you can just lean back on a wall or tree and hold yourself steady.

Remember, a still holder and a still camera will make all the difference in the world if you want to produce clear, sharp photos share you’ll be proud of.

Tip #3: When to use your flash

The flash is used to eliminate dark shadows. But it’s also tends to create a barrier that can actually wash out the natural mood that’s so important to capturing mood and feel. So the important decision is when to use it — and not use it. Disregard the urge to use the flash when you camera tells you to.

Instead, whenever you can, use the natural light that’s available. In a darkened setting, instead of the flash, turn out all surrounding lights to highlight the room. You’ll be amazed at how easily your will create photos that are beautiful and poignant.

Be sure to know your flash’s range. For most cameras, the maximum range is less than 15 feet. Keep this in mind and you’ll enjoy photo sharing and easy photo printing because all your photos will be outstanding!

Tip #4: Bring your photos to life

Here’s a simple way to turn ordinary photos into unusual and interesting shots. Don’t keep your subject in the middle of the frame. Instead, simply shift the image slightly to the left or the right. You’ll be delighted with the results.

Tip #5: Turn your camera sideways!

Now why would you want to do that? The answer shouldn’t be a surprise. With a vertical shot, you can create a picture that is much more intriguing. Try it for yourself. You’ll soon be taking all sorts of vertical photos — and enjoying the more! And the better the picture, the more you’ll enjoy photo sharing.

Tip #6: Be creative!

Don’t let the photo control you. You control the photo. Use your imagination and your creativity and you’ll get plenty of compliments.

Change locations. Add props. Arrange your subjects and photograph them in different poses. You’ll take photos that will be a source of pride and joy forever.

Tip #7: Preserve your memories

You never know where or when that next great photo op will present itself! So be prepared — carry additional memory cards. Just like a computer, you need some backup.
Believe me, sooner or later, you’ll need that extra storage capacity. And when you enjoy photo sharing and easy photo printing with the people in your life and see the smiles on their faces, you’ll be glad you had the extra backup.

Photographs can help you create wonderful family keepsakes that tell the stories of your life. Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll look forward to years of photo sharing and easy photo printing, and preserve a lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy.

Carey Paris develops marketing programs and has written articles for a variety of clients, including Hoorray, a new website for easy photo sharing and easy photo printing.

Looming Clouds
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Image by `James Wheeler
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I had been hiking for days and the weather had been great but on the afternoon of the fourth day clouds started to form over the mountains. This photo was taken just as the clouds were rolling in.

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Make This 4th Of July One To Remember – 5 Great Photo Tips

On the 4th of July, people all over the nation come together to celebrate Independence and freedom. That makes it a great day to take a lot of photos. After all, there’s so much going on – parades, picnics, water sports, camping, barbecues, baseball games, and fireworks, of course.

It’s also a great holiday for easy photo sharing online. Any time you combine large gatherings of people, food and fun activities – well, those are good times everyone wants to remember and share.

So here are five ways you can make this 4th of July extra special, and extra memorable.

Tip number one: Be confident about taking pictures. Keep your camera in your hands, ready to go. You never know when a moment might occur between a child and a pet, or when that truly unique parade float will roll by. You don’t have to be in everyone’s face with your camera, but you don’t have to be shy about it either. You’re there to record the fun.

Tip number two: Get email addresses from the people you know. And if you don’t know someone, get an introduction from a friend so everyone can enjoy the photos you’ll share. People want reminders of the fun events they take part in over the course of a year – the 4th of July isn’t any different.

Tip number three: Treat your celebration like a birthday party for our nation’s Independence. Take as many photos with patriotic themes as possible – a child or young person with red, white and blue face paint … people dressed as Uncle Sam … other symbols of America, such as shots of hamburgers, hot dogs, apple pie.

Then, when you share your photos, intersperse these patriotic photos with regular photos of people have fun. It’ll keep the flavor and spirit of day alive however you share your photos, whether it’s in a slideshow, a photo album, or even in just a collection of prints.

Tip number four: Get close to the action. If you’re at a baseball game, get as close to the batter as possible. If it’s a parade, you might want to walk along side for short while and get shots of the crowd from the perspective of the people in the parade. If you come across people eating watermelon, sit across from them and get in on the fun.

Tip number five: Don’t forget the fireworks. Some people don’t want to take pictures of fireworks because they don’t think they’ll turn out. And while every shot may not turn out, you might be surprised at the great pictures you do get.

Just be sure to hold the camera as still as possible while getting a mix of close up and faraway shots. Also be careful about your surroundings – you don’t want to get burned, and you don’t want a bunch of tree limbs or phone wires blocking an otherwise wonderful picture.

One other thing you’ll want to keep in mind – make sure you find a reliable photo sharing site that allows you to share by sending emails and printed keepsakes such as photo albums, calendars and cards.

After all, you’ll be documenting a memorable day for a lot of people – one they’ll want to cherish for many years to come. Consider building a nice online photo album and email that to your family and friends. That way, they can order printed copies of your album if they so choose.

Of course, if you do a really good job, you’ll be asked to document next year’s 4th of July celebrations. And what photographer wouldn’t want a job like that every year!

Matt Smolsky develops marketing programs and has written articles for a variety of clients, including Hoorray, a new website for easy photo sharing and easy photo printing.

Cold Morning
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Image by `James Wheeler
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The sun rising up above the frozen grass in Jerry Sulina Park.

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Taking Great Pictures For Online Photo Sharing

The Internet has created a whole new way for us to organized and share our favorite photos. With all the high tech digital cameras, the many websites out there for online photo sharing, and photo editing software that can help refine photos, it can be easy to lose sight of the simple fact that taking a good picture is the most important thing. No matter how great the technology, nothing can compensate for simply taking a good picture in the first place.

Learning About Your Camera

The first thing that you should do before taking any photos is to become familiar with your camera. There are hundreds of different types of cameras out there, each one with its own unique set of features. The range of the flash, the depth of the focus, and many other factors can all be different depending on your camera. While reading the instruction manual can be helpful, there’s really no better way to learn about your camera than to experiment with it. Especially if you own a digital camera, there’s really no harm or cost to just playing around seeing exactly what your camera can do. Try shooting things at different ranges, switching between flash and no flash, and so on.

Photo Taking Tips

Once you’ve learned about your camera’s different features and you’re ready to take some real pictures to share online, there are a few useful tips to keep in mind. The first is to pay attention to the background of your shot. A good photo is all about composition, and while your primary focus should be on the subject of the picture, the choice of background can greatly enhance (or detract from) the picture. You should try and choose a background that emphasizes the subject of the photo without obscuring it.

On the subject of backgrounds, an outdoor background is generally preferable to an outdoor one. Artificial lighting tends to do strange things that can affect the coloring in a picture, particularly when it comes to people’s skin. Using a flash indoors can often result in pictures where faces appear washed out or too bright against a dark background. The natural light provided by the sun will produce the best photo results, so be sure to take advantage of it whenever possible.

When you are taking pictures outdoors, you should remember to use a flash, especially on very bright days. When the sun is really bright, it can create dark shadows around people faces, which can really detract from the picture. Using an outdoor flash can help prevent this problem, ensuring that your outdoor pictures look perfectly natural.

Photography is an art form, and you can’t expect to learn everything there is about taking pictures in just a couple of hours. If you’re really interested in online photo sharing, you should take pictures whenever you can. The only way to consistently improve the quality of your pictures is to keep practicing and learning what works best with your camera.

MJ Johnston writes for a variety of websites, including Hoorray, a photo sharing site that offers the quickest and easiest way to build a free online photo album, as well as free online photo storage.

Coles Beach
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Image by Kuyan Redman
Nikon D50, ISO 200, 3, f/10, 18-55mm @26mm / Re – Edited Edition

Got some feedback from my first edit of this shot, someone said to me that I should bring out the sky a bit more. So what I decided to do, was to do another edit on this and see what improvements I could do to it. Well it turns out that it came out really good. If you want to see the first edit I did. Click the link, www.flickr.com/photos/kuyan21/7814761438/

Also another improvement that I’ve done, that I’ll be doing to all my shots from now on, is to export them in .Tiff as well as .Jpeg, This way there will be more detail and can be viewed in full screen without any distortion. Luckily Flickr allows .Tiff files unlike other photo sharing websites.

Another change that I’ve been doing to my photos is not putting my watermark on them, I’ve decided to take them off and make my work more free for people to see and enjoy. My photos now use the Creative Commons – Not Commercial, Share Alike. Feel free to use my photos on your blog, project, wallpaper etc. Just make sure you give credit and a link back.

Soon I’ll be doing blogs on photos that I upload to Flickr, This will be a link to the blog that will be on my website when the site is back online, This way I can express in great detail what I did on that day and give you my thoughts on what I like about the photo. I hope enjoy this photo and If you would like to, give me your thoughts on my photos by leaving a comment or by clicking on the favorites button. Thank You for reading and Enjoy! 😀

– Kuyan Redman