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Capture your subject in the best light with these photography tips that cover everything from nature and still-life photography to fashion photography.
You Will Need
- A camera
- Subject in the shade or shadow
- A tripod
Pick a subject
Identify a subject.
Pick up camera and set to lowest ISO
Pick up your camera and for digital camera users, select the lowest possible ISO for the current lighting conditions.
Steady your camera
Steady your camera by propping your camera on a sturdy object, or by using a tripod, to reduce any unwanted camera shake.
Compose your shot
Compose your shot.
Focus on subject
Focus on the subject.
Take a light reading
Take a light reading by metering the subject.
Set camera mode to “spot” for correct exposure
Set your camera’s metering mode to 'spot' or 'center weighted' in order to get the correct exposure of the main subject.
Select shutter speed and aperture
Select your shutter speed and aperture, based on your readings.
Shoot until you run out of disk space, film or your subject’s patience.
Shoot variations in stops
With each pose, bracket 1- to 2 stops in either direction to ensure you nailed the correct exposure of your main subject.