Other Equipment and Camera Features
Tripods should be utilized whenever possible because they:
- Reduce camera movement and improve image quality.
- Allow for smooth panning in the case of panoramic shots.
- Allow for angles beyond your own reach while maintaining stability (i.e., below or above eye level).
- Allow you to more easily focus on elements such as lighting or composition since your hands are free!
Selfie sticks are a good option if you need to take your own headshot as it creates distance between you and the camera, reducing the informal, social media-esque appearance of the photo.
We recommend using flash when taking photos in the dark, at night, indoors, or if there are a lot of shadows in your environment. If shadows are an issue, take the photo with flash opposite any light source within your surroundings. This will help to fill in the lighting gaps.
An optical zoom lens is a true zoom lens, typically an attachment like the kind you see for professional film cameras. Optical zoom lenses allow you to zoom in a manual sense, producing better quality images than a digital zoom feature, which is what most people use on their smartphones. (Digital zoom uses in-camera processing, which enlarges the pixels and ultimately reduces the image quality.) If you do not have an optical zoom lens, it is better to take photos without using digital zoom and crop the images as needed later.