Whether you're shooting indoors or out, using your camera's flash can help reduce shadows and bring your subject into focus. If you're shooting towards the sun, using a flash will keep your subject from being too dark.
One trick is to find the right distance from your subject. Most flashes have a range of about 2 to 10 feet - if you're subject's more than 10 feet away, the photo will probably be dark; if it's less than 2 feet away, and your subject will be washed out.
The subject doesn't always have to be at the center of the photo. In fact, moving your subject off to one side against a simple, yet interesting background creates a really compel- ling photo.
If you move your subjects to one side, be sure that they're looking at the camera so that they'll still be the most engaging part of the shot.
Use your surroundings to frame your subjects. Including trees, a doorway or other interesting background objects adds detail to the shot and helps your subject stand out.
Framing a shot with historic or notable scenery not only enhances a photo, it will help you remember a vacation or special occasion.
Once you've framed your shot, be sure that the backgrounditself is compelling without being too busy.If you can, use abackground with solid colors, like water, a field of flowers orthe sky.
When there's a crowd of people in the background, adjust the f-stop if you're using a manual camera. If you're using an auto-focus camera, be sure to zoom in so that the focus will be entirely on your subject.
Keeping your "frame" in the shot, zoom in on your sub- ject as much as possible. If your subject is too far away, the background and even the frame can become distracting.
Whether it's a person, pet or landscape, closing in on your subject will highlight the subtleties that help tell the story. The detail of a person's eyes, a pet's whiskers or a flower's petals can turn an ordinary photo into a memorable one.
So many photos are shot straight-on at the same level of the subject - why not shake it up a bit? Angling the camera,shooting your subject from above or below and zooming in create a more memorable photo.
When photographing kids and animals, get down on their eye level to shoot the photo from their perspective. You might be surprised at how unique it is!
Even the most sure-handed photographer can wobble sometimes. To reduce blurriness, lean against a wall or ledge, or even have someone hold your arm while taking the photo.
It's especially important to steady yourself as much as you can when shootinglights at night, on a boat or uneven terrain.
Shooting photos in black-and-white creates a timeless, romantic feel, and it's especially great for weddingphotos or landscape shots. Look for a subject or scenewith some contrast between light and shadows to create a striking black-and-white shot.
If you're using a digital camera, it probably has a black-and-white setting, or you can use our free editing tools to convert a color photo to black-and-white.
One of the most common (and unsightly) flaws in photography is red-eye. To keep red-eye out ofa shot, be sure to use your camera's red-eyereduction function, if it has one.
Another trick for avoiding red-eye is to turn off your flash and shoot the photoin bright light, either indoors or out. Natural sunlight usually provides ideal lightingwithout creating red-eye.
If your photo isn't quite picture-perfect, it can be quicklyand easily corrected with our free editing tools. You canremove red-eye, crop out unwanted background objects, lighten dark photos, adjust colors and even add a sepia orblack-and-white tint.
To edit a photo that you've uploaded, click on Edit & Organize in the blue toolbar and then click the "Fix & Enhance" link.
It may seem counterintuitive, but using a flash indoors can reduce the green or orange cast created by indoor lighting. Get close to the subject and turn on the flash so that it becomes the main source of light, rather than florescent or incandescent overhead lights.
Christmas lights, campfires, and other sources of outdoorlight at night are best shot without a flash. They can getwashed-out if you use a flash, so be sure to turn it off. Use the nighttime setting on your camera to slow the shutter speed, which allows more light in, but take extra care to steady the camera so that it won't create a blur.
Photos taken in too much light often lack detail,especially on bright, sunny days. Too much sunlight canwash-out textures, skin tones and landscape colors, soshoot close to the subject with your back to the sun to getthe best shot. If you're photographing people or animals,don't forget to turn on the red-eye reducer.
If you're snapping photos outside on a cloudy day, the softer lighting can make colorful subjects stand out even more than usual. A flash can help illuminate faces, but sometimes muted lighting is better captured without a flash to make colors pop.Try taking a few shots of a green tree or a bright umbrella against dark clouds, and notice the dramatic results.
Indoors, use lamps or natural light instead ofoverhead or florescent lighting to create a light that'smore forgiving to colors and details. Outdoors, tryto take more shots early or late in the day, rather thanat midday. Direct, full sunlight can make shadowsharsh and blanch color from your shot. If you are taking photos on a bright day, turn on your camera's fill flashfeature to fill in darker areas.
Walmart Classifieds are a great way to connect with buyers, sellers and employers online, so it's important to include clear, detailed photos. When photographing a product to sell, use natural lighting or take it outdoors, if you can. Zoom in or get close, and be sure use the flash so that details will be easy to see.
You can include up to 4 photos in your classified - take a few shots of alternate views and details so that people browsing your ad can get a good look! Each photo in your ad needs to be less than 6MB, so crop your photos or save them at a lower resolution.
To get a closer look at any photo in your library, including photos that friends have shared with you, just click on the Photos tab, choose an album, and click on the individual photo. You'll see a larger preview of that photo and a blue menu of options at the right. To edit a photo, click on Edit & Organize in the blue menu. Learn more about how to edit below.
Red-eye is one of the most common photo flaws, but it'seasy to fix with our red-eye tool. While previewing aphoto, click on "Fix & Enhance" in the blue menu. Underthe Fix menu on the next page, click the "Red-Eye" icon.When you mouse over your photo, a square will appearwith a cross in the middle - center the cross on the red partof the subject's eyes, click the mouse and it's gone!
For photos that are too dark, the fill flash feature will lighten dark areas to enhance both your subject and the background. Click on the "Fill Flash" icon on the fix and enhance page and then choose "strong" or "moderate," depending on how much you want to lighten the photo.
Auto-correct and auto-contrast enhance the color ofyour photo and correct the orange and green tints thatflorescent and incandescent lighting can cause. On the fixand enhance page, click on the "Correct" icon, and thenchoose either auto-correct or auto-contrast. To revert to the original version, click "original."
You can rotate photos that are upside-down or flip a photo to its mirror image. Just click the "Rotate" icon under the Fix menu, and then choose whether you'd like to rotate it left or right, or flip your photo. Photos that are upside-down will need to be rotated in the same direction two times to face up.
Borders are a fun way to add some pizzazz to your photos.On the fix and enhance page, click on the Borders tab, and then click on a border to preview it on your photo. You can view more border styles by choosing a category from the dropdown menu above the borders. To remove a border, click the "Remove Border" link underneath the border images.
Turn a color photo into black-and-white, add a sepia tint for a vintage look and more with our tint tool. Click on the Fun tab on the fix and enhance page, and you'll see an icon for each tint next to your photo. Click on the tint you want to add to your photo, and you'll see it in the preview. Use the "Remove Tint" link beneath the tint icons to revert to your original photo without the tint.
Whether you're celebrating a wedding, family reunion or child's birthday, photo cards make unique invitations. Choose from dozens of designs, include your favorite photo and even add your own message for the perfect, personalized invitation. You can even pick them up in-store in an hour!
Personalize our frosted steins with a photo of the guest of honor for making toasts, or create a few photo mugs and fill them with flowers for unique centerpieces. Photo steins and mugs also make one-of-a-kind raffle or door prizes.
After the big event, create a private group room and invite your guests to share their own photos. Group room members can leave messages, view one another's photos and share their photo projects. It's a great way for everyone to keep in touch, even after the party's over.
Use your photos and guests' photos from your group room to create a personalized Photo Book. Tell the story of your event from beginning to end with photos and captions. Larger, hardcover books make a great gift for the guest of honor, and soft-bound Mini Photo Books are fun to share with friends and family.
Create a set of note cards with photos from the party to send a personalized thank-you to all of your guests. You can choose from dozens of designs and even type your own message inside to create a thank-you note that is sure to be remembered!
Photo Books are a unique gift for a co-worker who's retiring, a couple celebrating their anniversary or an important birthday.
Before the big day, create a private group room and invite friends, family and co-workers to share their favorite photos and messages about the guest of honor. Use their photos and notes to create a Photo Book, and then have everyone in the group sign it for an unforgettable gift.
Chances are, you've got lots of albums of old family photos tucked away in a closet - a Photo Book is a great way to get them out of boxes and on to your coffee table to share with family and friends.
If you don't have digital copies, scan your old photos onto your computer and then upload them to your account. Compile your photos in a Photo Book, add captions to help remember dates and events and you've got an archive of your most priceless memories.
Some of the best memories come from sharing great meals together, so why not turn the recipes into a Photo Book?
Take a photo of each dish and type in the recipe on the opposite page. You can also include photos from Thanksgiving, summer picnics and other memorable meals to capture all the fun of sharing your favorite recipes with friends and family. It's a one-of-a-kind cookbook that also features your favorite photos!