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How To Create A Balanced Picture

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Image is everything when it comes to your photographs. You can have the most expensive camera, and all the modern trimmings, but this will not make a difference to your picture. Only you the photographer can make the difference, and creating a balanced picture will help you do that.

So how do you improve this and capture that beautiful image? A few minor tricks and adjustments will help you do this.

1. Adjusting the settings: With most digital cameras the white balance setting is set at "auto" This will produce a "cooler" picture. If you want to bring out those warm reds and yellows set this feature to "cloudy." Compare pictures taken on "auto" and "cloudy" and you will see the difference. The reds and yellows will be more apparent, giving you a "warmer" image. This will work especially well when you take outdoor portraits and photographs of sunny outdoor landscapes.

2. To add subtlety to the colors of your outdoor shots you will need to use a polarizing filter. This will filter out glare and reflections resulting in a unique balanced picture. A simple way to create this effect is to use a good pair of sunglasses. You place your sunglasses as close to your camera lens as possible, make sure you position them right and do not include the frames in your photo. Be careful to position yourself so that the light is over your left or right shoulder for maximum effect. Then see how the colors of your image are enhanced when you use this technique.

3. Another way to create a balanced picture is to use the "fill flash or flash" feature on your camera: Make sure you are in control of this feature for better exposure. When you are taking portraits outside be sure the "fill flash" or "flash" is turned on.

4. You can experiment with light variations. Position the person so the sun shines on the hair from the side or back. This is called "rim lighting." You can place them under a tree then use your flash feature to add extra light.

5. An important point in creating a balanced picture is positioning. Most cameras have a range of barely 10 feet so do not stand too far away when you use your "fill flash" outdoors.

6. Macro Mode: Activating the close-up feature on your camera. Get as close to your subject as possible. Hold the shutter button down halfway to allow the camera to focus. When you see the confirmation light press the shutter down the rest of the way. Focus on the most important part of the subject and let the rest of the image go soft.

7. Creating unusual shots when balancing your picture: Moving water is a challenge but here is a way to simplify it and get a "just painted" effect. Find some running water; force the camera's shutter to stay open for 1-2 seconds then rake your picture. This will create the soft flowing effect of the water and leave the surrounding scene looking sharp.


With these tips you will be able to enhance your images and create a balanced picture just be using simple techniques and the basic features on your digital camera. They say a picture is "worth a thousand words" make your photographs the conversation piece of the party.


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Cheryl Miller is an entrepreneur specializing in niche markets. For more information about photography please visit Photography tips at: http://phototoppapers.com/index.htm Cheryl is also the Publisher of the "Phototoppapers Photography Tips" A free newsletter about photography

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