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Easy Photo Tips for better web pics

Use a camera with at least a 2.4 megapixel resolution

For a quality photo, use a camera with at least a 2.4 megapixel resolution, not your camera phone. Why?

Because your typical 4 x 6 inch (printed) photograph requires 4.8 Megapixels for acceptable clarity. For web photos, approximately half that is necessary for clear photos. Camera phones mostly come with inferior lenses and less than 2.4 megapixels.

Always use your flash when photographing people outdoors

Always use your flash when photographing people outdoors , even on a
sunny day. Why?

It fills in the shadows on their faces and puts a sparkle in their eye. This makes for a much more flattering photograph of your subject.

Exterior Building Photos on a sunny day

For exterior photographs of a building on a sunny day, choose the time of day when the sunlight provides maximum illumination of the side you’re photographing. Overcast days are always good. Why?

This will yield a shot in which the building will be nicely lit up, and the sky will appear its bluest. Other times of day may produce unwanted shadows and a less flattering shot.

Prepare for your shot. Hold your camera steady

Prepare for your shot. Hold your camera steady and press s-l-o-w-l-y on the shutter button. Why?

A gradual press of this button gives your camera time to focus on the subject. A quick press will usually result in an out of focus photo.

Bring extra batteries for your camera

Bring extra batteries for your camera. Think of this almost like bringing
extra film. Why?

These days, digital cameras have ample space for photos, but often run out of juice when you need them most. Also, if your camera has an eye piece, use it and turn off the LCD display. This can save you a lot of power.

Get up close – Clients want to see details

Get up close – Clients want to see details Why?

All too often, photos of professional equipment or products are taken from too far away. When resized for web pages, these photos become too small to show good detail. Get in close! Experiment with your camera’s Macro Mode to get in tight for more impact.

Go Beyond Auto Mode - Digital photos don’t cost anything

Go Beyond Auto Mode - Digital photos don’t cost anything. Experiment with different modes in different environments and have fun! Why?

Auto mode is a safe place to start taking photos. However, you may find you get better results by tweaking settings like Exposure, ISO , and Color Balance. It’s nice to be surprised with cool results.

 
Tips Courtesy of JP Hamel Photography
John Hamel has photographed notable figures such as Paul Newman, John Denver, Arlo Guthrie, Mike Farrell, and gold medalists Dan O'Brien, Marty Nothstein, Matt Biondi, Bonnie Blair, as well as the Dallas Cowboys. His photographs appear in over 300 books, with 100 book covers and 700 magazines with 120 magazine covers in 8 countries. He has been distinguished with many Advertising Awards from The New Jersey Art Director's Club, The Philadelphia Art Directors Club, and The New Jersey Ad Council. His photography is part of the permanent collection of The International Center of Photography in New York.

Visit JP Hamel Photography at www.jphamelphotography.com.
 

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