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There are many tricks and skills needed to take great photographs. Regardless of the subject matter, here are a few tips to help you capture the perfect image.

Create Great Compositions With the Rule of Thirds
A great photograph works when it contributes to strength to its subject. Many photographers apply the Rule of Thirds to compose dynamic. To use it, one must look at the object of interest and imagine an invisible 9-square grid across it. Each square represents a section of the entire item. Rather than positioning the object in the center, the rule calls for it to remain off-center within two-thirds of the scene.

Master Exposure: Aperature, Shutterspeed & ISO
Understanding the relationship between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO is vital to the correct exposure. Aperture determines how much light enters the lens. Shutter speed controls how long the aperture remains open, and ISO brightens or darkens the aperture/shutter speed sequence.

Master Depth of Field
Besides exposure, it is vital to learn Depth of Field (the distance between the closest and farthest objects in focus). Aperture determines how far or close an item is in focus. The size of each F-Stop controls the amount of light that enters the lens. The smaller the opening, the closer an object comes into focus while its background blurs out. Higher F/Stops blend the foreground and background.

Secure the Camera
Reduce camera shake by using a tripod. Slow exposure settings of 1/30th of a second or longer require the camera to be secured to a tripod to avoid a blurry exposure. During typical exposures, photographers grip the camera with one hand secured to its bottom.

Pay Attention to Your Camera Settings
Camera settings vary depending on the time of day. Shooting on a cloudy day requires more prolonged exposure than a sunny day. Before pressing on the shutter release, pay attention to the exposure setting. Set the ISO first, followed by exposure.

While these tips help create great photos, learning how a camera works manually is essential. Automatic modes ensure correct exposure, but that is all. By operating the camera manually and following the tips above, the photographer has the creative control to produce exceptional images.