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In today’s digital world, cameras give people instantgratification. Ten years ago, digital camera technology was stillbeing developed and people had to take film to a store to get theirphotos developed. Now all you have to do is plug your camera intoyour computer and you can easily upload and print pictures from thecomfort of your own home.

If you’ve taken any formal photography classes, you probably have a pretty goodunderstanding of the way different types of cameras operate.However, if you haven’t, or if you need a refresher, here is ashort guide to operating your digital camera and taking qualityphotographs.

How to operate your digital camera

Read the owner’s manual and get to know your camera inside andout. Once you become familiar with the settings and options on yourcamera, you will be able to take better pictures. You should beable to adjust the settings according to lighting and color toensure that you take the best picture possible in each situation.The normal or basic setting on many digital cameras is “auto.” Thisoption will automatically place your camera on the best setting. Ifyou don’t have an owner’s manual for your digital camera, searchonline.

Learning how to take a clear picture

Have you ever taken a picture that turned out blurry and youcouldn’t understand why? The following steps can help you fixblurry pictures:

1. Make sure your camera is focused before snapping apicture.

2. Use proper lighting techniques. If a room offers ample light,do not use a flash. If a room is darker, a flash is required.

3. Knowing what setting your camera should be on can help incapturing a clearer photograph. For example, the “action” settingwill allow you to take a photo of a person or an object inmotion.

4. Keep your hand steady while holding the camera.

5. Take your time. If you rush and take a photograph quickly,your picture could turn out blurry.

Instantly review and retake photos

Did someone make a funny face or did you snap the photo whensomeone was blinking? Before, you would have to wait until you gotthe pictures back from a film developer to see these imperfections.One of the biggest advantages of a digital camera is that if youdon’t like a photograph, you can simply delete it and takeanother.

How to hold your digital camera

Some of the best pictures are taken when the camera is in anabnormal position. However, most people will hold a digital camerain the standard position. Be creative with your shots. Exploredifferent angles and try to find a unique way to take yourphotographs. It is important to remember to adjust your camerassetting accordingly.

Digital camera memory

Instead of film, a memory card is used in a digital camera.These cards come in a variety of sizes depending on your storageneeds. Digital cameras come with a connection cord that makes iteasy to connect the camera to a computer. Once the pictures aresaved on your computer, you can delete the photographs off thememory card. This process will free up room on the memory card toallow for additional photos.

Capturing important moments with your digital camera doesn’thave to be just a hobby. If you find that you have a passion andtalent for taking pictures, you may want to consider pursuing aphotography degree. There are a wide variety of photography schools to choosefrom, so you can easily find one to both challenge and exciteyou.

Information in this article was provided by the InternationalAcademy of Design & Technology – Tampa. Contact IADT – Tampatoday if you’re interested in developing marketable knowledge andcareer-relevant skills with an industry-current degree program.(IADT – Tampa does not guarantee employment or salary.)

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