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Guide To Better Pictures
Top 10 Techniques from Kodak


Top 10 Techniques

Our most helpful advice to amateur photographers is distilled in these select techniques. No matter how experienced or inexperienced a photographer you may be, these tips can increase your yield of pictures you will be proud to show and share!

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Keep Your Camera Ready

How many once-in-a-lifetime pictures have you missed because you didn't have a camera with you? It's easy to avoid that frustration by keeping a camera handy

Spontaneous moments make priceless pictures. To capture them, you need a camera with you. If your regular camera is too large to carry conveniently, consider a low-cost pocket-sized model as a stand-by.


Keep People Busy

When photographing people, keep them busy! Your pictures will have a feeling of lively spontaneity.

To avoid stiff, static poses, prompt your subjects to be active. Their expressions will be more relaxed and natural.


Use a Simple Background

A simple background focuses attention on the subject and makes clear, strong pictures. Take control and move your subject or your camera to find a simple, uncluttered background.


Place the Subject Off-Center

There is nothing wrong with placing the subject in the center of your viewfinder. However, placing the subject off-center can make the composition more dynamic and interesting to the eye.


Include Foreground in Scenics

When taking scenic pictures, try including objects in the foreground. Elements in the foreground add a sense of distance, depth and dimension.


Look for Good Lighting

Adequate lighting is essential to expose film, but good lighting can make your pictures more interesting, colorful, dimensional, and flattering to the subject. Strong sunlight is only one of many types of good lighting.

Some people are surprised to learn that cloudy, overcast days provide the best lighting for pictures of people. Bright sun makes people squint, and it throws harsh shadows. On overcast days, the light is soft and flattering to faces.


Hold Your Camera Steady

Sometimes good pictures are missed by overlooking the basics. Holding the camera steady is vital for sharp, clear pictures. When you push the shutter button, press it gently rather than jabbing it. Even slight camera movement can rob your pictures of sharpness. Use a brace to steady your arm or use a tripod, if available.


Use Your Flash

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You can improve your pictures by taking full advantage of the flash built into most cameras. It provides extra light when you need it, especially indoors, and it freezes action for sharp pictures.

Be sure to stay within the "flash range." This is the range of distance which will be properly exposed. A typical range is four to twelve feet. Check your camera manual for the effective range of your flash.

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Flash can improve pictures outdoors, as well as indoors. Using flash outdoors will soften shadows and brighten colors.


Choose the Right Film

100 ASA Film

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It is the best in bright sun delivering bright, clear pictures with a striking combination of vibrant, accurate color, and vividly sharp detail. Great for close-ups and still-life shots.

200 ASA Film

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When you need an all-around performer, this is it. It turns up the color in variable light with good all-around sharpness. Great for slow to moderate action, this film works in a variety of indoor and outdoor situations.

400 ASA Film

When you want a film that does it all with rich color and great sharpness. Ideal for extended flash range, as well as outdoor shots. It has outstanding flexibility in a variety of lighting situations that makes it perfect for sports and action.

800 ASA Film

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Great for pictures in most light and action conditions. Truly, it’s the film that adjusts to the widest range of picture-taking conditions.


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