The Five Things That Could Help You Become A Better Digital Photographer

Here are five guidelines to help you move from beginner to advanced digital photographer, whether you’re using your mobile phone, point-and-shoot, or DSLR.

Compose Carefully
Pay attention to what you see in the viewfinder. Look right, left, top, and bottom of frame. What do you see? Is your subject filling the frame? If not, fill the frame with your subject. One way to do this is to move closer. Or zoom in. Now, is there anything more in the frame that distracts from your subject? A tree or a light post, perhaps? Move your subject to another position to get rid of the distraction. If that’s not possible, go around your subject until you find a viewpoint that shows you only your subject.  These are the things that a good photographer will do.

Take Great Close-up Pictures
Most cameras today come with a “macro mode.” Think of it as a magnifying glass that allows you to get extreme close-ups of your subject, like a flower. At this mode, petals and leaves suddenly become exciting subjects as its colors, shapes, and textures are presented in a way you may not have imagined before. Definitely adds excitement to your picture making. Play with this particular feature. There are definitely a multitude of ways to use it to bring your photos to a different level.

Buy a Tripod
Professional photographers own one or more tripods.  They know their cameras are not exempted from blurry photos.  And yours is not exempted either, however advanced or expensive it may be. Accept it. It’s just the way it is. That’s why it’s important to develop a technique in holding your camera steady while taking a picture, just like any pro photographer.  If you’re having difficulty holding it still, get a tripod. There are many brands and types to choose from. Expensive and cheap. Light and heavy. Short and long. Good photographers rely on it. You should, too.  Get one that’s relatively light and easy to set up and which you can bring along anywhere. Believe me, it will save you hours of frustration and help ensure you take pin-sharp photos. Every time.

Get Active
Have you seen photographers lying down to take a shot? Or hanging precariously on the side of a cliff or building? How about hanging on a rope? Yes, photographers usually do that just to get the shot they want. And no, you don’t have to be that photographer if you simply want to take a photo of your child playing. The “get active” simply means to get out of your usual box when it comes to taking pictures. It could mean get low, get high, run alongside your subject, explore other angles and point of views, that sort of thing. It’s what photographers do. Once you get into the habit of moving around, you can expect a pay off in the form of creative and out-of-the-ordinary beautiful shots of your loved ones.

Take a Class
Want to take your photography to the next level? Take a photography class. There’s one everywhere nowadays. Online, at your local recreation center, or school. There are photography classes and workshops for beginners, advanced, and even professionals. There’s really nothing quite like continuous learning. It’s the only way to develop your craft. Combine this knowledge with constant practice and you’ll be on your way to becoming a better photographer.

But after all’s been said and done, keep in mind that it takes time to hone any craft. You definitely won’t turn into an expert photographer in your first week. Simply keep trying new techniques each time you’re using your camera and, very soon, your family and friends will be admiring your newfound photographic skills and will always be calling on their favorite photographer.

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February 4, 2016

Thursday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 326

Gospel - Mark 6:7-13

Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits.
He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick – no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave from there. Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them.” So they went off and preached repentance. The Twelve drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.