Digital Photography Done Right
The smallest amount of information about digital photography can ensure that your pictures are done right and worthy of the cover of a magazine…or at least worthy of hanging on a beautiful frame on your wall.
How it Works?
Digital photography is simply capturing and storing an image on a digital device for later reproduction. Instead of the old fashioned film camera which uses a chemical process to expose and capture images, digital cameras use an electronic image sensor to capture and store photos. This means no extra money spent on film processing and no worries about ruining film due to accidental exposure to light. Digital photographs can be transferred to a computer, edited and printed at home using software. Depending on the equipment used to take a good picture one may only need the camera and storage device. But to make sure your digital photography is done right you may need a little more knowledge.
The Do’s & Don’t of Digital Photography
DO make a decision about what type of equipment to use.
- Compact digital cameras are great for the casual photographer. Easily stored in a pocket or small bag, these cameras have automatic mode, which makes lighting easier and can be enlarged to 16X20 inch print sizes. Though great for everyday family pictures, functions are set automatically and the photographer has little control over settings.
- Bridge Compact cameras are a step up from basic compact cameras and allow the photographer to adjust manually, but comes equipped with a small, fixed lens.
- Digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) Cameras are versatile and more advanced. This camera allows the lens to be changed to capture wide angles or close-ups and has larger sensors that provide better quality pictures.
DON’T just aim and shoot. Digital cameras allow for instant review of images allowing the photographer to adjust ISO (the cameras sensitivity to light). The lower the ISO, the crisper the pictures are.
DO adjust for moving subjects. Using a tripod can help steady the camera. Pressing the button half way before taking the picture can cut down on how long the shutter is open and reduce the blurriness of the picture.
DON’T forget to transfer your pictures to a computer for editing and printing. Digital photos are not good just sitting on your computer.
DO make certain that you delete old pictures to make room for new ones.
DON’T simply hit the print button. Most printers come with standard editing programs and can be used to brighten pictures or take out red eyes. For more sophisticated editing try programs designed specifically for photographs or photo files.
DO enjoy capturing special moments.
For More Information:
- 10 Tips for getting the most from your digital camera by How Stuff Works
- Camera Stand by Cameratripods.org