- Good lighting. This is crucial. I avoid flash photography or artificial lights. Prefer a bright cloudy day. Nothing beats natural daylight.
- Watch out for reflections and bright light fogging out an object. It is better to shoot back-to the main source of light. Avoid taking shots too near a bright object unless you want reflected light to soften harsh shadows.
- Use the highest resolution setting. This can usually be found under ‘portrait mode.’ Avoid poor light settings and action settings unless the effect is intended. This will cause the photograph to appear grainy.
Just action the following when taking shots for your book.
- Hold the camera steady. Squeeze the shutter gently.
- Take several similar shots to offer a choice, if some pictures don’t work out.
- Try different angles and lighting for your photographs.
- If the photograph looks bleached-out or lacks contrast, increase the contrast a tad in Pictures. This will deepen shadows and bring out highlights.
- If the colours are too garish, tone down the saturation.
- PaintShop has an array of artistic effects if you want to give the image an aged look or emulate brushmarks. Remember to save the original image first.
Images might be poor quality when viewed in print: low pixilation, resolution or sourcing from the Net are common culprits. I prefer to provide my own images for my print books. Taking good photographs are possible with minimal equipment and with simple practices. Scanning is recommended if inserting illustrations or paintings into the book.
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