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CARDINAL RULES

Steady hand: Hold your camera with both hands. A jittery camera creates blurry pics, especially in low-light situations. Even better than two hands: placing your camera on a solid, flat surface (basically mimicking a tripod).

Follow the Rule: The Rule of Thirds, that is. Imagine your photo divided into nine squares on a grid. Now line up the most important elements on your screen or viewfinder so that they intersect with vertical and horizontal lines.

Light it up: Use a flash or always try to make use of available light. That said, avoid shooting facing a window, which creates a washed-out glare; have the window at your back so that you can use the light but not face it.

Wipe the lens: There’s a good chance your lens (especially on a camera phone) is smothered in dust. Gently wipe it using a lint-free cloth. If there are smudges, fog it by breathing hot air against it and then wipe.


TAKE A SELF-PORTRAIT

Snap yourself without the picture looking like someone holding a camera

  1. Use a plain background: Because you’re the star of the photo, a plain background will highlight you best. A busy background distracts from your face.
  2. Back off: While extreme close-ups can look good, taking a flattering self-portrait means not zooming in. Besides, you can always zoom and crop afterwards, once the photo’s on your PC for editing.


NIGHT PHOTOS

Shoot better nighttime shots with these Top 3 tips

Use the Mode:
The “night mode” setting sets up your shutter for low light, typically outside shots. Use this setting for taking shots at dusk, when you don’t want the photo to be too bright from a flash.

Plan for Shutter Delay :
Shooting in low light elongates the time between pressing the button and the camera actually taking the shot. Keep the camera steady until you’re certain the shot is finished. Even better: use your camera’s self-timer mode and choose the longest exposure time possible.

Experiment:
Nighttime photography can create unexpected results, such as trails of light from delayed shutter speeds (e.g., shooting cars on a highway). Play around until you find your desired effect.


BEST PHOTO APPS

Pro Zoom Camera 5X app for Android Pro Zoom Camera 5X
Android | $3
With eight filters, white balance and fast sharing (upload pics online with ease), this app makes the grade. Also features special effects, timer, geotagging and more.
PhotoClub App for BlackBerry PhotoClub
BlackBerry | $7
Fun and functional, this app allows you to add effects (frames, clip art) while also offering the nuts and bolts needed for taking regular, straightforward shots.
Pro HDR App from iTunes Pro HDR
iPhone, Android | $2
Bright background with people too dark in the foreground? This app lets you take the shot twice – for the right exposure on both – and blend the pics together.

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