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By: Danette Mckay
Taking good photos is something every photographer inspires for. A photo is good or not when judged in context of what the photographer goal was and what camera was used. Here are some ideas for taking good photos with the Canon Digital SLR.

You can take digital photos of everything. You can take digital photos outdoors capturing nature landscape and animals. You can take digital photos indoors capturing people home decoration furniture and more. There are many other objects that you can photograph and for each there are good practices that can help you achieve the high photography quality that you are looking for.

The Canon Digital SLR is well suited for taking photos in diverse scenes. You can use the Canon Digital SLR to take digital photos outdoors and indoors. You can use its built in flash to take photos in the dark and its automatic settings and continuous focus to take quick snapshots at sport events. The Canon Digital SLR has a large number of settings that allows you to customize the digital SLR camera behavior to different scenes. Choosing the correct setting is critical to achieving the best digital photo quality for ant specific scene.

The Canon Digital SLR can also be used to take close up photos of objects using its macro setting. A very popular example of close up photos is taking photos of flowers. We have all seen those photos of a flower in great focus and great details and colors filling up the whole digital picture frame. In order to take such photos you need to set the camera to macro mode. This will automatically allow you to get very close to the object and will also set other photography parameters such as lighting and focus. Correct lighting is crucial to any digital photo. When taking macro photos it is best to use natural light as opposed to using the Canon Digital SLR flash. Using the flash at a close distance might result in washed out too bright photos.

Another example of common photos people like to take are portrait photos. Portrait photos emphasize a person face either from the front or from a profile angle. Portrait photos usually include an effect of a blurry background. Blurry background is achieved by setting a small depth of fiend and focusing only on the portrait object. To achieve this effect you would need to set the camera to either shutter or aperture priority and then try to force the fastest shutter speed or the widest aperture opening. The Canon Digital SLR will then set the other parameters to best fit your manual setting.

Lighting is a crucial element in any digital photo. Although the Canon Digital SLR can automatically measure ambient light and set the optical parameters accordingly it is usually better for the photographer to check those settings and fine tune them. The Canon Digital SLR measurements can sometimes be wrong as a result of hard lighting conditions. Sometimes other issues in the scene effect lighting for example shades in the scene that the Canon Digital SLR can not automatically detect are usually best compensated for by using what is known as a fill in flash. Set the Canon Digital SLR to manual flash mode by firing the flash even when there is enough ambient light the object shaded areas will be properly illuminated.
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