Very few of us are professional photographers and when you look at our snapshots or photos you can see why. Something just seems to be a little off, but what? Well actually, it doesn't take all that much to transform not so good snapshots into beautiful photographs. In fact, just a few tips can get you well in your way to turning out great digital photos.
1. The first tip that could greatly improve many snapshots is to make sure that the background in your photos doesn't compete for attention. Much of the time, folks are paying too much attention to the main subject of the photo without giving enough regard to what is going on in the background. And oftentimes, the background can greatly affect the appearance of the main subject. For instance, when you don't notice the telephone pole in the background that looks like it's coming right out of your subject's head. So the quick fix for background problems is that if you are trying to stage a photograph, just remind yourself to look at the background first. If it seems too busy, or could be competing for attention, either change your angle for taking the photograph or move to a different area.
2. Not using fill in flash outdoors during the daytime results in dark and featureless faces. This usually happens because your subject is standing between you and a bright light source, usually the sun. So when the camera meters the exposure, it decides that it has to make the scene darker in order be correctly exposed. And that in turn means that your subject's faces will be very dark and almost indistinguishable. The good news is that almost all digital cameras come with a little pop-up flash unit that will let you light up your subject even though the camera may be metering for the bright light source. So before you take your snapshot, just take a look at where the sun is in relation to your subject and use your flash if needed. Remember, flash is not just for indoor shots.