Mover closer to your subject! Use the zoom lens to get closer.
For really close-up shots use Macro Mode.
IMPORTANT! When taking close-ups of people and animals, make sure you turn off the FLASH!
Think composition. Try not to centre your main subject. Apply the Rule of Thirds.
Think vertical. Take “portrait” (vs. landscape) type photos for vertical-based subjects (people, trees, flowers, etc.).
Working with lighting. The best quality photos are taken outdoors. If you have to take a photo indoors, remember that your flash is only good up to 10 feet distance.
Photographing people. Once again, move closer to people when taking their photo. People doing activities make good photos. For portraits, “head and shoulder” shots are the best (crop the feet out).
For creative photos, try photographing above or below your subject. Get on your hands and knees, typically not at “eye-level,” for those award winning shots.
When photographing animals, look your subject in the eyes. (Compare the meerkat images below)
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