You don't have to be professional
with an expensive camera to get a great photo. It does take a little planning and some
practice but you can take great photos by following a few simple guidelines:
If all your pictures will be taken outside on
a bright sunny day 100 speed is your best choice. Use 400 only in low light. When in
doubt, choose 200 speed.
Whenever possible, shoot outside on an overcast day. Bright sunny days will create
distracting shadows and make your subjects squint. When shooting indoors, use as much
natural light as possible. Take your pictures in a bright room near a window with indirect
Check the range of your flash in the owner's manual. Shooting too close with a flash will
overexposure your film and your photo will be washed out. Too far away and the picture
will be too dark even with the flash.
Generally, you want to be as close as possible to your subject.
There are endless possibilities for taking an interesting photo. Until you are ready to
experiment, you can get good results by choosing a single strong subject for your picture.
Your subject can be one person or a group of flowers but make sure you have something that
stands out in the picture.
For more interest, try placing your subject off center or
shooting with something in the foreground.