|I added a soft textured layer to this.|
If you are taking photos using your camera's Automatic setting - Don't. You will be disappointed in your images. The automatic setting can easily misread exposure settings and other important setting information. Don't panic - keep reading.
Here are some tips using the photos above as examples: (the tips work for Point&Shoot and dSLRs)
For Photo 1:
Set your camera to manual mode if you are comfortable shooting manual. If not, use your landscape mode. The landscape mode will bring out all the bright, glorious colors of nature. It's one of your camera's semi-automatic settings. I also took a couple of shots with the semi-automatic mode set to action mode. That way, if the horses moved I'd have caught the action without blur. Digital is free - I always take extra shots.
For Photo 2:
Manual or Landscape mode are perfect.
Macro mode or a macro lens is ideal. Notice the nice soft background which puts all the attention on the leaf.
Suggestion: Take a series of photos with your camera set to Automatic. At the same time, use your semi-automatic settings to take the same series. Compare the photos and I bet you will see a distinct difference.
Check out how to set the various semi-automatic settings in your camera's manual.
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