How To Take the Perfect Picture

Digital technology has made it possible for even the most untrained photographer to capture great shots. Follow this guide on how to take the perfect picture.

Step 1

Compose the perfect picture. Before you even click a button, you have a lot of power over how a picture turns out. It's up to you to make the objects of your picture look as good as they can. For this, you need to consider your background and your lighting. If your picture doesn't have a great natural background, make one using a sheet or a tablecloth. Natural lighting is always better than artificial, so position your subjects in natural light whenever possible. Your digital camera will also likely have a color corrector on it (or even just a light balance option) that will show you several options for color and lighting with your shot. Play around with these settings.

Step 2

Turn on your red-eye reduction. Most new digital cameras come with an option to reduce red-eye. The closer your flash is to your lens, the more likely you'll be dealing with red-eye. So it's important to take advantage of this feature in order to take the perfect picture.

Step 3

Find the right angle. Not every picture needs to be taken head-on. Try standing at an angle to the objects, either left or right, or above or below. This provides a different perspective, and often a more perfect picture.

Step 4

Frame the object with other objects. Use natural objects in the surroundings of your shot to add depth to the picture. A branch, a tree or even the side of a building act as a great frame that will really draw attention to your focal point. As well, any good photographer knows to compose a picture using the rule of thirds. When you are framing your picture in your viewfinder, don't put the subject directly in the center of the picture. Instead, divide the picture into thirds, and have the focal point in the lower or upper portion of the frame.

Step 5

Zoom in and out. Decide whether you want a close-up shot or not. Use your zoom button to get the objects in your picture to the perfect size. Keep in mind that this may adjust your rule of thirds, so reposition your subjects accordingly.

Step 6

Make lines in the picture lead to a focal point. If your picture has natural lines in it (roads, fences, stripes, or something else), make sure that they lead into the shot. That is, any line that you are taking a picture of should lead toward your focal point and not away from it.

Step 7

Take a few pictures. Even with much preparation, the perfect picture doesn't usually come with the first shot. Try a few different combinations of camera settings, backgrounds, lighting and positioning. Chances are after multiple attempts, you'll end up with at least one perfect picture.


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