Know your flash's range. This is a very important technical aspect, that is mastered by experience.
However simple or snazzy your camera, the basics of taking a great photo remain the same.
Follow our seven rules and you'll soon have a brilliant collection of pictures that you'll want to share with your friends.
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So what's stopping you? Snap to it!
Seven ways to the perfect shot1 Get a grip
A firm but gentle grip on your camera will ensure sharper pictures. Stay steady by tucking in your elbows and keeping your feet slightly apart, and make sure your fingers are not over the lens.
2 Compose yourself
A few seconds spent on composition can transform a dull picture into something magical. Don't just point and shoot - assess the scene and find the best bits. Then frame your picture carefully. Put your subject to one side, rather than bang in the middle, as this will add impact.
3 Another point of view
Too many pictures of pets and children are taken from above. Go down to their level to capture them looking more natural. Then get in close. Instead of squinting at the distant figure on your picture, you'll be dazzled by the detail.