How to Take a Digital Photo

Do you want to take an outstanding digital photo to show your friends or maybe even enter in an art show? Then follow these easy steps to success.


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    Turn on your digital camera. Make sure your camera has healthy batteries. Set your camera to camera mode.
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    Find your subject. Try to look for something interesting--it can be a person, a location, or an inanimate object.
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    Find an emphasis for your subject. For example: the eye on a dog, the cherry on a sundae, the head of a horse, or the ladybug on a flower.
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    Ensure proper lighting. If you are indoors, it might be best to use your flash (bounce off a wall or a roof if possible). If you are outside, your back should be to the sun and the flash should be off (make sure you don't get your own shadow in the picture).
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    Utilise lighting. Your photo should have some dark areas and some light highlights. The best way to do this is to imagine your photo in black and white. You should have a white spot, a black spot, and a gray spot in your photo.
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    Many good photographs use the rule of thirds. Your emphasis shouldn't be in the centre of your photograph. Imagine a Tic-Tac-Toe across your photo. The emphasis should be at one of the four points where the lines cross.
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    Make sure to fill the frame. Make the subject take up the whole photo. Unnecessary empty space can take the emphasis away from your subject.
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    Keep perspective in mind. Looking at something from eye level is often boring. Try taking the photo from above or below eye level--unique angles are always interesting!
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    Avoid shaky hands. Shaky cameras make blurry photos. Hold the camera close to your body for stability. You may also purchase a tripod to rest your camera and keep it still.
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    Take the photo. Utilise stability, setting, photography and snap your desired photo.
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    Review your photo. You may have to snap a few more photos to ensure quality and satisfaction, so do not get frustrated if your photos do not turn out well the first few clicks.
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  • Keep the camera stable throughout the entire shutter time. Some cameras lag and can often blur your photos unintentionally.
  • High quality cameras are best. Some cameras take better quality pictures than others. Cameras with more pixels (MP) have better picture quality.
  • Go with what you feel. Photography is art, and art is an endless path of imagination. Take photos from multiple angles, distances, colour schemes, and effects. All of these options are there to create unique photos.
  • Tripods are used to keep the camera steady when taking photos. It is best to invest in a tripod should you be snapping photos that are difficult to capture without one.


  • Avoid deleting pictures from your camera. Always backup your photos onto a computer, USB drive, or other external hard drives.
  • Most cameras are not waterproof, so be careful when taking pictures near a stream, lake, or other water source.
  • When taking a photo of something that might harm you, it might be better to use the zoom.

Things You'll Need

  • Digital Camera
  • Fresh batteries (in case of dead batteries)

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Categories: Digital Photography