How to Take Better Pictures

Like many of my readers, I enjoy scrapbooking my photos.  However, I'd love to learn how to take better pictures.

After all these years I can usually manage to get some pretty good scrap-worthy shots, even though I don't really know much about my digital camera.  Of course, taking good pictures consistently does involve more than just a camera.  Imagine what I could come up with if I knew what I was doing!

I'm sure some of you would be interested in how to take better photos, too, so I've been on the hunt for some information to help us along.

So, what are some of the most common mistakes people make when taking digital pictures?

  1. Not reading the manual – Okay, I am so guilty of this — who has the patience to read all that?!?
  2. Not having enough light – Natural light is best if you can use it, but you can pick up an Umbrella Lighting Kit like the one I use fairly inexpensively.
  3. Not using a tripod – You may not realize it, but your hand might move slightly as you're snapping your picture, resulting in a less-than-ideal shot.  Use a tripod whenever possible.
  4. Too many distractions – be aware of what's going on behind your subject.
  5. Dead-on shots – just like your hand made card ideas, putting your main subject off-center can give the entire photo more interest — think about the composition before you click!

These are just a few ideas I've come up with.

What ideas do you have for how to take better pictures?

Leave your comments below.



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