Many people consider digital photography to be a sort of “cop out” type of photography. The common notion is that since the equipment is digital, there is very little room for error, and all you will need to do is set the camera to take the type of shot for you and you can just point and click away. However, to take truly stunning digital photographs, the first thing you will need to do is to get rid of this idea. Digital photography involves a lot of tweaking as well, and here are a few tips to help you get started.
One thing you will want to try is to fix the tones of your digital camera. If you notice, your white balance setting is set to “auto.” With the white balance on this setting, you will find that many of the pictures you take will seem a bit cold, or icy in terms of tone depth. If you set your white balance to the “cloudy” setting, it will function as if you have a warming filter on your camera, resulting in deeper, richer red and yellow tones.
For even better pictures, you might want to try buying a polarizing filter. This type of filter is probably the most important and most versatile filter to get for a digital camera. Used for landscapes and general outdoor photography, a polarizing filter is something that any aspiring photographer should have. The polarizing filter acts in such a way that it reduces glare and reflections, giving you richer, more saturated photos. In this way, your photos won’t have that glassy feel to them. If you own one of those point ad shoot digital cameras that cannot accommodate a polarizing filter attachment, don’t panic. In lieu of a polarizing filter, you can always use a pair of sunglasses. Be sure to place the sunglasses as close to the lens as possible when shooting for maximum effect. Just be sure that when you take the shot, you check the LCD so that the rims of the sunglasses are not seen.
Automatic flash may sound like a great feature to have, but again, you want to take control of the way you shoot pictures. Make sure that the camera will flash only when you want it to. You will want to control the flash so tat, when taking an outdoor shot, the camera will expose for the background first, after which it adds just enough flash to illuminate your subject. This is a technique quite commonly used by most wedding photographers, and the result is a picture that looks very professional in composition.
One of the better features of modern digital cameras is the inclusion of a macro mode. In this mode, the camera operates in such a way that the finer details of your subject are brought to light, especially when taking it from a close-up angle. You may surprise yourself with the photos you take, as all the fine detail of your subject become even more apparent in the picture.