Photo Mishaps-top 3 Reasons Your Photo Doesnt Turn Out Great

By: mildred smith

We all know how frustrating it is when our photos don't turn out good. There are many reasons why this happens but most of the time people assume it is a defaulty camera. And most of the time that is just not the case. So before you blame your camera for that crappy photo let me tell you what you should always keep in mind before pushing that button to snap a photo.

Camera Shake:

Alot of times I hear people complaining that there photos are turning out blurry. Well, The number one cause of this is camera shake. Most people assume that they can just point a camera and snap away with out another thought. Please don't do this. It will ruin an otherwise great photo.?I guess now your wondering what excactly you can do to get rid of camera shake. Well, It's not always easy but there are ways. The first thing that should come to mind is a Tripod. This is the number one thing you should invest in after buying a camera. If you plan on using your camera to take portraits, close-ups, or nice scenic photos, then it is always best to use a Tripod. This will improve the quality of your photos drastically. Also, If your just snapping some casual photos of your kids and family another technique you should keep in mind is to hold your breath. Yes, I know it sounds funny, but by holding your breath before you snap the picture will actually reduce the amount of camera shake in your photo. Go ahead, try it if you don't believe me.

Okay, So what have we learned so far? Thats right, Always be aware of camera shake.
If your having problems with this and you don't have a tripod then you could always try proping your camera up on top of something, oh and one more thing, While holding your camera make sure that your arms and elbows are tucked into your body or rather resting on your chest/stomach as to further reduce the amount of camera shake, hold your breath, and snap away.

Lighting:

Okay, so most of you already know by now but just to make it clear Lighting effects your photos drastically. This is one of the biggest?mistakes I see people do. So please, before you decide to snap away, always take note of where the sun is. Making sure your subject is not squinting because the sun is in there eyes. Try taking pictures at different angles to be sure you get a good shot. ?Another tip is to make sure?your subject is?not in too much shade either. If so, be sure to use your flash. Experiment as much as possible. Trying shooting at different times of the day paying close attention to where the?sun is, your camera settings, and how you took the photo. ?Now, besides outdoors lighting there is also indoor lighting to be aware of. Alot of people complain that there photos taken indoors are not turning out as sharp as they would like. One way to get around this is to use a higher ISO. Most digital cameras go up to 800 or more ISO. So be sure and try different ISO settings while indoors. But be careful as to how high because this is also known to cause more grain or noise in your photo.

Composition:

And finally, Before you even think about pressing that shutter button (smoothly, I might add for nice sharp photos) always, always consider what you want in the viewfinder. Do we really need a tree limb growing from uncle lee's head?! I didn't think so. Or, What about the junk scatterd throughout the yard in the background?! You guessed it. So, before snapping a picture, ask yourself, What is the main subject? Where is the light? Are there any distractions I don't want in my photo? Composition is key to achieving a great photo. You should try to fill the viewfinder with your main subject or point of interest and avoid any distractions. This technique is sure to make your photos go from good to just plain great!

On another note, If your taking landscape, scenic, or things of that matter. You will want to try and frame your photo. This means only getting certain elements in the picture. Again, we wouldn't want an ugly powerline going through our Sunset would we?!

I hope this article has helped you in some way and please do keep these techniques in mind when your on your journey to become a better photographer. These are only a few of the many techniques you should learn and use when taking your photos. It's best to buy books and study as much as you can. Learning these tips will truelly help you a ton! If your interested please come check out my Blog: Photography Basics at

Hope to see you around!

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