- Read your instruction manual to familiarize yourself with your cameras features and settings.
- Use the hand/neck strap that is included with your camera to prevent it from dropping. This will also ensure that the strap will stay out of your shots.
- Set your camera on the maximum resolution. You can always lower the resolution on your computer later, but you can never raise the resolution once it is taken.
- While you are learning, set your camera on AUTO mode. This automates most settings such as shutter speed and whether a flash is used, allowing you to focus only on taking pictures.
- To prevent blurry pictures, hold your camera with both hands and keep your elbows close to your sides. In low light situations using a tripod will help make your images much sharper.
- Don't run out of power! Keep extra batteries or bring your a/c adapter if you are traveling.
- Hold your camera at the subject's eye level to capture the power of those magnetic glazes and mesmerizing smiles.
- For kids and pets that means getting down on their level to take the picture.
- Before taking a picture, check the area behind your subject.
Lookout for trees or poles sprouting from your subject's head. A cluttered background will be distracting while a plain background will emphasize your subject.
- Even outdoors, use the fill flash setting on the camera to improve your pictures.
- Use it in bright sunlight to lighten dark shadows under the eyes and nose, especially when the sun is directly overhead or behind your subject.
- Use it on cloudy days to brighten up faces and make them stand our from the background.
- Avoid taking pictures directly into the sun.
- To create dynamic pictures, move a few steps closer or use the zoom until the subject fills the viewfinder. For small objects use the camera's Macro or "flower" setting.
- Take some vertical pictures,turn your camera .
- To lock the focus.. center the subject, press the shutter half way down. While still holding the shutter halfway, reframe your photo and then take the picture.
- Move your subject off center. Imagine a tic-tac-toe grid and place your subject on one of the intersecting lines.
- Take LOTS of pictures! You aren't wasting any film, and you can always delete images you don't like.