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If you're the proud owner of a compact camera or starter DSLR, and have no idea what to do next, you've come to the right place.

By Mason Resnick - September 7, 2009


You don't have to be a technical genious or graduate from some fine-arts program to take great pictures. Just a few simple tips are all you need to get started shooting family, vacations and holidays and end up with a collection of pictures you would be proud of.

 

People Picture Tips

If you are looking for tips to help you take better pictures of your friends and family, be sure to check out Family Photo Basics, how to take better baby pictures with First food and nap, then photos, and How to dress for a family photo.


Fix the Pix!

We recently a special 14-part series about how-to tips to help snapshooters get great shots and avoid typical snapshooting mistakes or overcome challenging shooting situations. Check it out!

 

Learn more about your digital camera

 

We've also published many articles about using digital cameras, including Troubleshooting your Digital Point-and-Shoot camera, which offers invaluable advice just in case something goes wrong, an article that answers the question "Does face detection really work?"

 

If you're ready to take advantage of one your camera's more advanced features, or are thinking about stepping up to a Starter DSLR, be sure to read Digital Camera Basics: What is Depth of Field to learn how to fine-tune the look of your photos.

 

If you are still thinking about which camera to buy, check out Six features to look for when buying a compact digital camera, if you're still deciding and our many camera The Best...Right Now buying guides.

 

Enjoy using your digital camera!

-Mason Resnick, Editor, Adorama Learning Center

 

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Winter photography tips: Protect your gear in extreme cold

How to keep all of your camera gear running smoothly when the weather outside is frightful

ArticleBeginner Techniques and How-Tos - by Bob Atkins, January 23, 2013

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Working in cold weather presents problems for both photographers and their equipment. Here are some tips from an expert.

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TAGS: digital,  camera,  winter,  cold,  condensation,  bob atkins 

Take Pictures of Fireworks You Can Be Proud Of

How to capture the rockets' red glare...and more!

ArticleOutdoor and Travel Techniques and How-Tos - by Mason Resnick, June 29, 2012

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No matter what kind of camera you own or your level of photographic knowledge, you can capture stunning fireworks this 4th of July!

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TAGS: digital camera,  tips,  fireworks 

FAQ: How do you control shutter speed to minimize camera shake?

The "one-over-the-focal-length" rule for handheld photography, explained

ArticleComposition and Exposure Techniques and How-Tos - by Mason Resnick, February 6, 2012

Here's a modern modification of a rule of thumb for shake-free handheld photos.

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Teaching Children To Take Pictures

They're never too young to learn!

ArticleBeginner Techniques and How-Tos - by Mason Resnick, September 20, 2011

“First, I took picures. Then I learned to walk so I could get a higher point of view.” That's what I say when someone asks how long I've been into photography. When would be an appropriate time to teach your child photography? No matter the age, my answer is: NOW!

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TAGS: camera,  family,  parents,  photography tip,  children,  basic 

Perfect Beach Exposures Every Time

No more grey sand!

ArticleComposition and Exposure Techniques and How-Tos - by Mason Resnick, May 29, 2011

The problem with beaches (or snowy landscapes, or any scene where there’s a lot of white or light colors) is that they mislead camera meters.

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TAGS: digital camera,  exposure,  summer,  beach,  snow 

Six Ways to Hand-Hold Your Camera

Shake-reduction photo techniques

ArticleBeginner Techniques and How-Tos - by Mason Resnick, March 29, 2011

When the light gets low and you don't have a tripod, you need to get a better grip on your camera. Here are a few tips to help you and your camera go steady.

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TAGS: shake,  handheld,  anti-shake,  Focus on low light photography 

Hold Your Camera Steady

Hand-holding tips

ArticleBeginner Techniques and How-Tos - by Jason Schneider, July 2, 2010

Very few photographers use a tripod or monopod to take all their pictures, and even the best built-in anti-shake systems have limitations. That's why it's still very important to hold your camera steadily when shooting pictures.

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TAGS: digital,  camera,  steady,  image stabilization,  hold 

Off-color remarks: Fix the Pix, Episode 14

What to do when the color in your photos has an unnatural tint

ArticleBeginner Techniques and How-Tos - by Mason Resnick, September 25, 2009

Are your pictures coming out too blue or orange? It's time to learn how to set your White Balance.

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TAGS: tips,  beginner,  white balance,  tip 

Don’t overuse your zoom lens: Fix The Pix, Episode 13

Superzooms are very tempting, but there's a downside

ArticleBeginner Techniques and How-Tos - by Mason Resnick, September 24, 2009

At the longest focal length, zoom lenses on compact cameras produce darker images, especially when shooting with your flash.

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TAGS: flash,  beginner,  snapshots,  tip,  Fix the Pix 

Don't let far flash foible leave your subject in the dark: Fix the Pix, Episode 12

Your flash has limits. Here's one of them, and how to work around it.

ArticleBeginner Techniques and How-Tos - by Mason Resnick, September 23, 2009

Have you ever shot pictures of a ballgame or a concert at a stadium or arena—or just across a room—and were disappointed to see...not much of anything?

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TAGS: flash,  beginner,  snapshots,  tip,  Fix the Pix 

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