Wednesday, January 17, 2007
10 Top Digital Camera Shooting Tips
Shoot it right from the start and get better images for use in the computer
9. Think ahead as you shoot. As you learn more about digital photography, you'll begin to alter the way you photograph in order to get the most from the subject. You'll think about the shot in terms of exposure, color, noise and more so that you're dealing with the best image you can get for work in the digital darkroom. This isn't a new idea. Ansel Adams called it visualization. In his book The Camera, he defines it as "the entire emotional-mental process of creating a photograph." It includes the ability to anticipate a finished image before making the exposure, so that the procedures employed will contribute to achieving the desired result."
10. Compose to get the best shot from the start. Visualization or planning of your shot should include getting the best possible composition of your scene. If you casually shoot a scene knowing you can correct composition in the darkroom by cropping or rotation, that image hasn't been fully visualized. The question comes, then, that if the composition was missed, what else was missed when taking the picture? In addition, there's little sense, to me, in making more work in Photoshop than necessary.
This article is based on an excerpt from Rob Sheppard's book, Adobe Camera Raw for Digital Photographers Only. His website is .
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