Tip #5: Don’t breath when you take pictures
When you are clicking that button, don’t breath. Breathing is moving and you want to be as still as possible. Even if your camera is shooting at a very fast speed, moving is bad. The stiller you can be, the sharper the image. So don’t breathe. This habit comes from all the lessons I’ve had in target practice. (I suck at hitting targets by the way, so it nice to be getting something out of those lessons.) Whether you are shooting with a bow, a gun, or camera: aim, push out a breath (don’t breath in), and click. Then you can breath again.
Tip #6: Outside in the shade is the very best light
If you have a lighting studio then you may want to ignore this. I’m betting most of you don’t have one of those. I don’t.
Sunlight is the light that shows true color. Our eye evolved outside and that yellow-tinted light from the sun is what we see best in. Yes, indoors we can see pretty and vibrant colors but only because our brain, our built in image processor, is helping out. Cameras don’t have brains. Plus cameras don’t see as many colors as we do. Natural light helps.
The first image was taken inside with a flash. The second was outside in the shade. The blue looks decent inside/under flash but the greens are iffy and the reds are terrible. So if you can, go outside, find some shade, and take the picture.
Tip #7: Don’t be afraid of the image processor
I use proprietary image software from Cannon 90% of the time. Its what I’m most familiar with and it came with the purchase of my DSLR (digital single lens reflex). But I also use these on-line, free processing websites:
Its easy to get overwhelmed by all the options these sites offer. Don’t let that stop you. If you are just getting your feet wet, start with white balance/pick a neutral, adjusting exposure, saturating colors. Those three steps will dramatically improve a picture that didn’t come out quite right. Here is what I did with pickmoney in about five minutes:
isn’t she an angel? No. No she most certainly is not.
Go forth and take pictures of all the pretty pretty stuff you make. And all the spoiled cats you know! And anything else you like! Then come back and share them with me because you love me and want to make me happy. FYI, if you have a pic that is hosted anywhere on the internet, you can just copy the image’s specific url, paste it into a comment, and post. We will all get to see your picture!