20 Tips for Everyday Point-and-Shooters

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20 Tips for Everyday Point-and-Shooters

Want to achieve a perfect shot at your everyday photography?   Want to know the best point-and-shooters’ tips that will improve your images?

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We always like to look at pictures, don’t we?  That is why we have pictures of ourselves, our food, our travel, friends, and family and post them on our favorite social media.

But if you are like me, I appreciate really good pictures.  I see the creative art in every frame even on my point-and-shoot photography. And that’s just the creative artist in me.

Most often I get attracted to something really spectacular and then when I come to review the photos, I tend to see something not right and it doesn’t seem appealing to me anymore.

Sometimes I wonder why I snapped it in the first place.  Yet surprisingly, those are the pictures that get the most likes on my Instagram.

In my quest for a perfect shot, I experiment with trial and error.  Good thing that we are already in the digital age where I am no longer wasting film and developing prints.

For my own pursuit to better photos, I also seek expertise from more seasoned photographers.  I study their technique, color combinations, balance, and texture.  Andhttp://www.shawacadamy.com that’s why I have this compilation of tips that I want to share with you to become a better Point-and-Shooter.

Whether you are using your Android camera phone, iPhone, tablets, portable camera or a DSLR, these tips are for everyone who wishes to take a good shot that you can cherish for years.

Good photography needs some forethought. By understanding a few rules of composition, you will start to take far superior photos than the ones you took before.

20 Tips for Everyday Point-and-Shooters

A. Tips On Using Your Camera:

  1. Get to know your camera. Test out its various modes (panorama, video, etc.) in different conditions – like low light, direct sun, and when your subject is moving.
  2. Always keep the lens clean. A tiny speck of dust on your lens may produce a flare on your image.
  3. Enable the gridlines on your camera to have a guide on straightening those lines on your image (like horizons, trees, etc.)

B. Tips On Utilizing Your Flash:

  1. As much as possible, DITCH the flash. Flashes are only good when the background of your subject is brighter.
  2. Use a flash when the subject is behind a window inside the house. This is a good way to lighten up the color of the skin for a portrait.
  3. Pay close attention to the position of your flash. If your flash is close to your lenses or right above your lenses, try to lessen your use of the flash.
  4. Taking a picture with the flash on would remove the shadows of your subject creating a flat lifeless picture.
  5. You may dim your flash a little by putting a semi-clear folder over the flash or even a thin piece of tissue. This will lessen the strength of the light making the picture more realistic.

C.  Tips On Maximizing Your Composition:

    1. Simplify: this is the number 1 tip I got from my mentors.
    2. Get closer to getting a good photo.

      Flower in Bloom
      Flower in Bloom
    3. “Crop” not “Zoom.” Even when your camera has the zoom capability, get closer to your subject rather using the zoom lens. You will get a better and clearer image that way.
    4. Hold your camera as still as you can so you don’t get a blurry image.
    5. Invest in a portable tripod.
    6. Fill the frame with the subject unless you intend to crop your image later.
    7. Unless you were trying to do a silhouette, which is a technique, take a picture with the source of light behind you (the photographer).
    8. Look at the entire frame the camera sees.
    9. Use natural light as much as possible.
    10. Get closer to the subject when there are parts of the background that you do not want to be included in the frame.
    11. Do not put your subject in the dead center. This is usually the misconception from among the beginners but it’s about time to change this belief.
    12. Do not cut the person’s photo by the waist or the knees. It does not seem natural – it can destroy the sense of completeness and continuity of the photo.

 There you have it!  In addition to the 20 tips above, I have 50 more for your everyday point-and-shoot photography – including for SMARTPHONE users like you that I compiled in an eBook format.
Click here to request the complete 70 Tips for Everyday Point-and-Shooters eBook for free.

I hope you will start integrating any of these tips, one shot at a time.

If you have any other photo tips not covered here, just comment below for our community of traveling photographers to benefit.

In the meantime, keep on taking pictures and keep on taking pride in every shot you take. That’s how you develop your eye for great photos!

And above all . . . have fun!

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12 thoughts on “20 Tips for Everyday Point-and-Shooters”

    1. Great Rea! I hope you were able to download the rest of the tips? The 50 more tips are in composition and smartphone photography.

  1. Awesome tips! I don’t travel much, but as an artist I take a lot of pictures for art references and these tips definitely help! At the moment I am making a lot of studies of plants and flowers so I have to take good pictures to work from! Thank you!

  2. Great tips! I take most pictures with my phone, but your tips still work well and benefit others who take a lot of photographs on their phone. 🙂

  3. I travel a lot and am always taking pictures. Up until my trip this past weekend, my photos have been from my iphone and gopro, but I just used a canon for the first time this weekend and I think I did pretty decent for knowing absolutely nothing about it. I don’t plan on being a photographer (for other people), but I really need to learn for my own blog so I can have nice quality pictures and since I want to make income with my travel blog. These tips were so awesome and I need to learn so much more as I haven’t learned anything yet. I will check out your other tips as well, but do you have any suggestions for an online course or for free youtube videos I could watch to learn how to use it? It’s a canon rebel I believe. Purchased in 2011, but hardly used. (It’s actually my Moms but she never used it.)

  4. Great tips! I also take most of my photos with my phone and keeping the lens clean makes such a huge difference. I noticed my photos starting to look blurry because of fingerprints on the lens, so now I make a conscious effort to wipe it off before I take a picture.

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