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5 Simple Steps to Shooting Photos Like a Pro

When my daughter was born four years ago, our new digital camera and I had to become friends. Fast. I didnít have any experience as a photographer, or any time to learn the craft, yet I still had to find ways to get those perfect once in a lifetime shots. Through trial and error I found a system that works for me. While Iím sure Iím not blazing any new trails here, these are the guidelines Iíve used to get shots my family and friends enjoy:

1. Say No to Shutter Lag:
Get a fast camera. Shutter Lag is the enemy when your subject matter wonít sit still. I started with a Panasonic DMC LC20. After my daughter started getting a bit more mobile I graduated to a Canon EOS Digital Rebel. Itís hard to find shutter lag stats published even in independent reviews. Try out the camera in the store if possible, and pick a moving target. I had a friend rotate slowly. I snapped a shot when he was facing the camera. If the picture was of his profile or the back of his head, I know I had to keep looking.

2. Say Yes to Storage:
Get a memory card for your camera with as much storage capacity as possible. I use 1GB and that allows me to take about 160 shots before I have to transfer photos from my camera to my computer. Be sure you have a fresh memory card for each new outing. Pick up a memory card reader to speed up the process. You need to clear your card frequently so you donít want comparitively slow USB cable transfer speeds getting in the way. And donít cheat by using a low resolution or low quality image setting. Use the highest quality and resolution you can.

3. No Film, No Fear. Take a Lot of Shots:
Those precious moments come and go quickly. Get them even if the framing and zoom are not perfect. That can be fixed later. However, be sure to learn how to properly use your auto focus. Very out of focus images are something you canít fix after the fact.

4. Go Deeper. Find the Hidden Gems:
Once youíve transferred your images to your computer, review them carefully to find the shot within the shot. If youíve taken enough shots, the gems will be there. Youíll need a decent digital image editing software package with and easy to use cropping tool. ACDSee 9 Photo Manager is a good tool at a good price.

5. Shed Unwanted Pixels. Crop Crop Crop:
Cropping your photos creatively allows you to get a fantastic shot out of some not so fantastic raw material. Once youíve found a part of a photo you like, crop away the extra stuff. Highlight the subject matter and reveal shots that would have been missed if you took too much time setting up before hitting the shutter release.

Now that youíve spent so much time and energy getting your shots just right, you want to have a special way to show them off. Give Touchpoint Gallery a spin and let us know what you think. Download here for free. Images courtesy of Flickr

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August 2nd, 2007 at 12:02 am
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