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Ebay Sellling: Use a Digital Camera

  Digital Cameras and Ebay Auctions

Digital Camera Tips

12 Tips for Taking Great Pictures

Avoid Buyer's Remorse:  Top Tips on Choosing a Digital Camera

Get the Most Money out of your Digital Camera

Take Better Pictures:  Digital Camera Basics

Top Tips for Selecting Batteries for your Digital Camera

Digital Camera Memory

Common Mistakes to Avoid when using a Digital Camera

Digital Image Formats Decide Image Size and Storage Space

Don't be an Amateur:  Learn the Terms the Pros Use

How to Make Your Pictures Look Fantastic on the Internet

Digital Cameras and Selling on eBay

If you are interested in making money by selling on eBay, a digital camera is a must have.  You can get a digital camera fairly inexpensively and it will make a big difference in building trust with people interested in your auction.  People are much more likely to buy if they can see what they are buying, rather than buying something based on your description.

Do you want to learn to take great pictures?  The three key features that make a memorable photograph are: light, focus, composition. If you get this right, then your job is done. You can be assured of a great photograph. If, however, you let the camera’s automatic functions carry out these tasks then you will get a photograph, but not a great photograph.

Light, needless to say, is the most critical element in photography. There can be no picture without sufficient light. When shooting, you must make sure that the light is falling on the subject (s). If you place the subjects in the shadow then you will end up getting dark faces only.

Sun is the best source of light. However, you must avoid taking pictures at full noon because then the sun is at its zenith. It throws very short shadows and produces an intense, white light which is not good for photography.

The best light is when the sun is lower on the horizon - either in the morning or in the evening. During these hours, light has a soft golden red hue that adds to the colors in the picture.

The availability of light becomes even more critical in indoor photography. One way to overcome the paucity of light is to use a flash. The other is to go for a longer exposure so that the sensor is sufficiently charged. However, when doing so you should use a tripod. This takes away the possibility of the camera shaking in your hands.

When it comes to focus you need special skills. One way is to let your camera do it, especially if it can set the aperture and shutter speed automatically for portraits, landscapes or group photographs. But then you don’t learn anything.

Some of the points that you need to keep in mind while fixing focus are:

a) A small aperture will produce a wider depth of field. This is most suited for landscapes. To narrow the size of the aperture you need to increase the f-stop settings.
b) For portraits or single subjects you need wide aperture. This will reduce the depth of field and the focus will be sharper.

Composition helps you frame the photograph by removing the extraneous elements from the scene. You can place the subject in the middle of the frame, along the diagonal or in the corner. You can use light falling through a window to make the frame or use a car’s rearview mirror to frame the subject.

Your effort should be to get as many different angles of your subject, and then select one which focuses best on the subject. Remember, the best composed photograph is that which draws your attention immediately to the subject.

Once you have mastered these three -- light, composition and focus - you can safely say that you have become a good photographer.