Actually, there are two golden hours—the half-hour before and after sunrise and the half-hour before and after sunset.  

woman holding Senior Olympic medal

Have you ever used your camera’s flash out of doors? Flash provides a boost of light when there is insufficient light on the main subject. It also evens out the harsh contrast of highlights and shadows caused by sunlight. But your flash won’t go off in bright light if it’s set to the “auto” flash position.

prints, mattes, frames

Photos look best framed and matted. And they make great gifts for your loved ones.

When prints are commercially made, you will generally be limited to two choices of photo paper: glossy or luster. Glossy paper shows colors more vividly; photos also appear to look sharper. Luster paper is more flattering to landscapes and portraits of people.  

portrait of man

If you have an occasion to be the subject of a portrait, here are a few tips about what to wear and how to present yourself that might be useful. 

photo with grid marks

One of the basic guidelines for creating strong compositions in the visual arts is the rule of thirds. Imagine two horizontal lines and two vertical lines dissecting a photograph like a tic-tac-toe grid. Place important compositional elements on the horizontal or vertical lines, or the points where they intersect, to make a photograph more interesting, more pleasing.

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Your camera probably has a built-in or pop-up flash. Each is designed to provide a burst of light to help create more pleasing photos in dim light situations. Their farthest most effective range is generally 15 to 20 feet. There are four basic flash functions:

1. Auto—flash will fire automatically when the light level is too low as determined by the camera

close-up photo of man

When a painter creates a painting, he puts precisely what he wants on the canvas—only those items that express his vision.  So, too, should you try to include only what you intend the viewer to see in a photo. One way of accomplishing this is to fill the frame as best you can with objects of importance by cropping out unwanted clutter and distracting background objects.

twins in stroller

Taking photos of grandchildren has got to be one of the joys of life.  

A couple taking a photograph in the snow

Fog, rain, and snow can produce enormous photographic opportunities. While landscapes may appear mysterious and moody, the muted colors create beautiful, if not different, images unmatched in bright sunlight. The absence of extreme highlights and shadows generally found during inclement weather produces a neutral scene, which the digital camera system handles with ease.