Tutorial: What makes a great photo


Some of the best photos come from experimenting; trying features on your camera and discovering how they change your image.

Gale in Livorno, You Connect member Pietro Costanzo, Canon EOS 7D
“Impactful colour and dynamic shape make this image striking. Unusually only the centre is in focus leaving the image around slightly blurred. This draws your eye to the railing but in getting there you take in the reflective surface of the wet, chequered floor set off by the yellow light.”

Here are some of the areas to try out:

Metering mode:

Evaluative metering is the default setting on your camera. It takes readings from a number of points across the frame, adjusting the exposure readings to compensate for unusual lighting situations.
Center-weighted metering checks the whole scene, but places an emphasis on the central area – useful for landscape photography.
Partial metering takes readings from just the central area of the scene, useful when you want to obtain correct exposure for a specific area of the subject.

    Exposure compensation:
This feature usually offers the option of up to ±2 stops compensation so that you can lighten or darken the image. Plus (+) compensation gives extra exposure, making the image lighter. Minus (-) compensation gives less exposure, making the image darker.
    Shooting modes:
Moving from the Basic to Creative Zone on your EOS lets you take control of the exposure of your photo. Adjust shutter speed with Shutter-priority AE (Tv), aperture with Aperture-priority AE (Av) or both with Manual (M).

Take a last look
Before you upload your photo to the Gallery have a good look at it on your computer screen. It might well benefit from some post-exposure processing; check the previous tutorial to learn how you can fine tune the image.

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