Use Technology to Get the Shot from Unusual Angles

There are only a few digital cameras that allow you to see what you're about to shoot without having to look through a viewfinder or at the LCD's live view. Live view is a video representation of what your photos will look like before you take a shot. One way to expand your options is by using a flip-out viewfinder, which can be found on some DSLR and point-and-shoot digital cameras from Sony and Olympus. Another option is from Zigview w2.2 . The product is a digital angle finder that attaches...

Take Control of Your Exposure and Focus Options

Setting and controlling your exposure and focus options are impor- 19 tant if you want to get the most from your camera. If you plan to use manual focus or autofocus on your DSLR or point-and-shoot camera, the main modes to choose between are single shot or continuous shooting. Single shot will allow you take one photo at a time, and you'll need to take your finger off the shutter release and depress it again to take another picture. Continuous shooting (called burst mode on some cameras) will...

For Better Portraits Use Flash When Shooting Outdoors

Electronic flash has many uses when outside. On the topic of raccoon eyes mentioned in the previous tip, there are a number of ways to avoid the problem. One way is by using fill flash when outdoors. Fill flash can be enabled in several ways by using the small flash found on many point-and-shoot cameras by using a DSLR's pop-up flash with a detachable, on-camera flash unit or with an off-camera flash unit w3.1 . The icon on most point-and-shoot cameras to turn on fill flash is usually a...

Photograph Your Pet Straight On Eye to

You can get great photos of your dog or cat or a group of pets by sitting on a low chair or staircase step, and looking directly into their eyes, or by having them sit on a chair or table to raise them up to a level that allows you to take their photo straight on without having to crawl around on the floor. It also helps to have someone else entice your pets from behind the camera with toys or noise-makers, or by calling their name. I photographed this kitten at a client's home playing on her...