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Photography Tips: How To Take Good Photos With Any Camera

We get photos of different individuals who use different cameras in different lights. We are adding this section to this website to help you take better photos. If you are taking photos in good light, most cameras will shoot good photos. However, when the light is dull or artificial, the quality of photos can be very different with different cameras. Different cameras react differently to different lights because they have different logic to process the warmth of the light. This is called White Balance.

Here are some tricks to get more natural colors in your photos.
White Balance is essentially the color temperature of the light, and most cameras provide some sort of functionality to control the 'color' of the shots they are recording.
Some White Balance tricks:

1. Always start with Auto (AWB). The Auto White Balance (AWB) setting tells the camera to set the white balance automatically. This is a good place to start. Take a photo in a new situation or a place. If the photo turns out well in your preview, then there is probably no need to further adjust the white balance. Or, when taking photos outdoors, try with Cloudy setting. This normally gives warm nice colors in outdoor photos.

2. The Auto White Balance doesn't give you accurate colors, here are some tricks. If your picture has a red or orange tint, the Tungsten setting (usually a light bulb icon) adds blue to the photo to compensate. Regular (tungsten) light bulbs give off an orange tint, so this is a good setting to use indoors when photographing under incandescent lights.

3. If your picture has a greenish tint in it, use the Fluorescent setting (usually a fluorescent bulb icon) which adds magenta to the photo to compensate for the green tint given off by most fluorescent light bulbs. Use this setting indoors under fluorescent lights.

4. If your photo has a Blue tint, the Cloudy setting (usually a cloud icon) warms the photo up by adding orange to compensate for the blue tint given off by clouds. Use this setting when photographing outdoors in cloudy or overcast situations.

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