A Selection of Digital Camera Photography Tips from the Camera Insurance team

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Digital Cameras have vastly increased in popularity in recent years. The Camera Insurance team have put together the following tips to help you produce even better digital photographs:

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Tips for the Digital Photographer

The digital camera has completely changed the way we take photographs

Digital photography tips from the Camera Insurance team.

The digital camera has completely changed the way we take photographs. Gone are the days of sending film off to be developed while hoping that all - or at least most - photographs are clear enough to have captured those special moments. Now people can take as many photos as they wish, download them to their computers, and just discard poor quality pictures while saving the rest or even printing them at home.

To help make the most of these benefits, the Camera Insurance team have put their heads together and come up with the following photography tips, with digital cameras in mind:

  • When taking outdoor photographs, try (where possible) to make use of the golden hour, which is one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset. The light at these times is less harsh and the colours will appear richer compared to those taken in full sunlight.
  • Digital cameras have a shutter delay, which you may be able to adjust. The photograph is not taken the instant the shutter button is pressed. Practise a few times first and always take this into account when taking photographs, especially at sporting events.
  • Digital cameras often have a digital zoom and optical zooms. A good tip is to go into the camera settings and turn off the digital zoom. Digital zoom works by the camera cropping off part of the picture and enlarging it by adding in extra pixels. The result is a slightly blurred image and a loss in detail. Optical zoom uses the lens within the camera to enlarge the image. Detail is not lost and quality remains the same as the full resolution of the camera can be used.
  • It can sometimes be a good idea to use the flash when taking pictures in daylight. Any shadows that might spoil the photograph would be removed. The result is nice bright photographs.
  • Digital cameras have all sorts of modes on them to add effects, such as black and white, sepia and solarise. It is usually better to always take photographs in normal colour mode, then convert them by adding effects later. If a photograph is taken while using any of these colour effect modes, the colour cannot be put back later.
  • Checking photographs on a digital camera screen can use lots of battery power. It can often be better to download them all to a computer first, and then decide which ones to keep. The larger screen will also provide a better display for the photo's. A large camera memory is essential if taking lots of shots.
  • When taking group photographs, take multiple shots so there is a choice for the final one. Take the photo from as close as possible, so that the people in the picture are as large and clear as possible. Think about the light beforehand, so that the sun, for example, is not directed straight into the camera lens, and also not straight into the eyes of the subjects. Squinting is not a good look! It is very hard to take a photograph of a large group of people as they all have to be staggered in order to get everyone in. Why not try taking the photograph from an elevated height, looking down at all the people. The effect is unusual and usually more people can be seen clearly.
  • For the perfect photograph try using a tripod. This essential piece of equipment will remove any accidental blurring from handshake.
  • Lack of sharpness ruins so many photographs. The main causes of this are: poor focus, subject movement and camera shake. To avoid this, make some preparations before taking the shot. Using two hands on the camera rather than one, or preferably a tripod, will reduce some of the shake. If using auto focus, give the camera time to adjust before fully pressing the shutter button. If the subjects are people then warn them before taking the shot. 'Say Cheese' is the traditional warning!
  • Finally, see if the camera has a continuous shooting mode. This is sometimes referred to as the 'burst' mode. The result is a series of shots that can look great framed and displayed next to each other. This effect is particularly good when photographing animals, children, or sporting events.

The final tip is to make sure that the digital camera is insured. This great piece of equipment should provide you with many treasured memories, and can often be quite valuable! Camera Insurance can protect against loss, theft and accidental damage.

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