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By: Danette Mckay
Digital cameras are becoming more and more sophisticated. On one hand they allow high quality automatic point and shoot. On the other hand they allow full manual control of their settings. Regardless of the mode you use there are some scenes that require special care. Without such care your digital photos will be of poor quality regardless of how sophisticated and automatic your camera is.

New digital cameras include sophisticated hardware and software that allow a simple point a shoot usage and result in high quality digital photos. Such high quality digital photos are achieved in most scenarios but in some scenarios solely relying on the cameras automatic feature is not enough. In such scenes the camera hardware and software will make the wrong decision as to the optimal camera setting for the best digital photo. The result will be a poor quality photo.

Being aware of such scenarios can help in avoiding such poor quality digital photos. When you identify such a scenario you can use some simple techniques, by manually setting the camera, by changing the photo shooting angle or by manipulating the scene.

One of the common problems with automatic digital camera photo shooting is shaded objects in digital photos. A good example of shaded objects in digital photos is when taking a portrait photo in daylight. The digital camera ambient light sensor measures enough light to set a relatively low exposure value. But even scenes with that have enough ambient light can result in shades that appear on the object depending on the angle of the light source relative to the object. For example if the object is a person with his face lit from the side the object’s nose can create shades. Another example is if the object is a person that is wearing a hat and is lit from a light source above – in such a scene the hat can create shades on the object’s face.

The camera can not automatically identify such problems and correct them. One way to easily eliminate the shades on the objects is by using the camera fill-in flash. Turn the fill-in flash on. When taking a photo the fill-in flash will fire and will light the shaded areas on the object. One limitation of this solution is that the objects must be within the fill-in flash effective range. Otherwise the flash light will fail to light the object and the shades will not be lit.

The best way to learn how to avoid Shaded objects in digital photos is by experimenting and practicing. Try to find scenes that will confuse the digital camera into taking digital photos with Shaded objects. Take a few digital photos using the camera automatic mode and review the results confirming the expected poor quality. Now correct the problem and take a few more photos. Review the new digital photos and make sure that indeed the Shaded objects problem is gone. Practicing in a controlled environment will help you be prepared to quickly and efficiently handle such scenes in real time photo shooting.
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