Tips to Take a Professional Photo

Before you can be paid to take a professional photo, you must learn the best ways to work your camera and pose your subject. There are many new skills you will have to master to take high quality photos. If you can master these skills, you will be able to start your career as a photographer.

Step 1 - Focusing

Almost every camera available on the market these days already has auto focus feature, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't learn how to focus manually. Manual focusing makes images much more clear. Auto-focus is a useful feature when pointing and shooting, however it can often make mistakes. 

If you do want to use auto-focus, you should set it into spot focus mode. This will allow you greater control over what your camera actually focuses on. Take a look in the manual of your camera to find out whether it supports the mode. Spot focusing will ensure that the person you are taking a photo of is perfectly in focus. When you look through the viewfinder, you should see where the camera is focusing. Position the person so they are in the center of the shot, press the button down half way and move it to compose the shot how you want it to look.

Step 2 - Flash

The built-in flash on your camera is not really powerful enough to use at night, but it can be used as a fill in flash when it's day light. When taking a photo against a light background the manual flash override function can help to keep the face brighter.

Step 3 - White Balance

When taking photos indoors, you will often experience a color cast across the whole photo. The cause of this is an incorrect white balance setting. You should change the white balance setting every time you change where you are taking photos. Auto white balance will normally work pretty well, however if it's not accurate enough then you might need to manually change it. It's also possible to manually adjust the white balance to create a certain look for a photo.

Step 4 - Quality of Pictures

Your camera will have an option to change the quality of the photos that you take. There's no point to set this any lower than the highest rate. After all you've spent a lot of money on a good camera, so why would you wan to limit yourself and restrict yourself to creating a lower quality image. Even if you are sending these over the internet you can reduce the size of the image on the computer at a later date.

Step 5 - Adjusting ISO Settings

The ISO settings is the sensitivity of the digital sensor, there are many reasons why you should adjust this. Shooting at a high ISO in low light conditions will allow you to avoid using the flash, however a high ISO will create a grainy image. A lower ISO will provide better detail when used in daylight conditions.

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