How to Perfect Your Photography Quickly In 5 Easy Steps
Are you always getting compliments on the quality of your photographs? Would you love to make your digital camera create stunning images that don’t require any additional processing once you transfer them to your computer? Most digital cameras need to be adjusted in some way [and sometimes multiple ways] in order for them to take the best image possible. With these simple tweaks, you can make sure your images are the best they can possibly be!
#1: Overexposure Is Extremely Common
Unless you’re a professional photographer, there’s a good chance you don’t just carry a light meter in your pocket. Because of this, most people judge the light based on what they see and then use the auto settings of their camera to compensate for this. The only problem with this is that it causes your image to become overexposed by about 10 to 20 percent. Reduce the exposure levels through your menu settings so that your automatic settings can be a better replication of what your eyes can see.
#2: Muted Colors Are About Saturation
The amount of color saturation that is within your image is often dependent on the color levels your camera is set to pick up. A good number of digital cameras have a default setting that mutes the green and red levels of the colors that you pick up, creating images that are unnecessarily dull and lifeless. Consider pushing the saturation levels up by a point or two in the green or red spectrum to breathe new life into an image. Every camera is different here, so it will take some experimentation.
#3: The Temperature Is Too Cold
Did you know that there are temperature settings in the menu of your digital camera? These are based on the type of light that your image is being taken in. If you’re taking an indoor photo with fluorescent lights, for example, you’ll need a different temperature setting than you would with a lot of natural sunlight. It takes a little extra work, but change the settings based on your lighting and you’ll create a better overall temperature and hue in your image.
#4: The Image Is All the Same
If there is no definition in your image, then what you’ve got going on is a contrast issue. This setting is a compliment to your brightness or exposure settings. It will help to emphasize the shadows that are seen in the image and unless you’re shooting in a white box with light bathed over the subject material from all directions, you’re going to have shadows. A slight increase here is often all that is needed to create just the right image.
#5: There’s No Detail
The worst feeling in the world is to have a stunning close-up image that your eyes can see, but the focus on your camera can’t see at all. Instead of leaving the auto-focus on your camera, try using the focus settings through the back of the camera. A manual focus will give you more control and let you really manipulate the image in a custom way.