<center>Picture Perfect Photos</center>

  • You have your camera charged and your subject posed and smiling...but, is there anything you can do to improve the photo you are about to take?

    Here are some basic tips that will help you to produce a great looking photo.

    Hold your camera steady

    Camera movement causes most of the blurry pictures you see. Tuck your elbows in close to your sides and plant your feet firmly on the ground. If you are unsteady on your feet, lean against a wall or use a tripod. Press the shutter release gently in one motion. Pressing too hard will cause the camera to jerk downward.

    Get closer

    Stage your distance within two to four feet of your subject or use your zoom feature on your camera. Your subject should fill your frame. A rule of thumb for an ideal photo composition is 90 percent subject and 10 percent background.

    Remove the clutter

    Take notice of objects in the background that may detract from your subject. You may also have to move objects or relocate your subject. Your wouldn't want your background to interact with your subject in a way that may look odd in your photo. For example, a pole in the background may look like it's growing out of someone's head.

    Find the right lighting

    When photographing people, use the flash sparingly. Natural light provides a more flattering tone.

    Red-eye

    Red-eye is caused when the light from your camera's flash is reflected off the retina of your subject's eye. Try avoiding red-eye by taking the following measures:

    • Turn off your camera's flash
    • If a flash is required, have your subject look toward the camera, but not directly at the lens
    • Stand farther away from your subject
    • Use your camera's red-eye removal feature