Take a lot of photos. Save the best.

One photo is never enough.

Take at least several of each scene you want to capture to ensure you get as perfect a shot as you can. This is especially true if you want to later frame that photo or use it as part of a photo book or other photo memory project. Sometimes you don’t know what you’ll be doing with photos until much later, so it’s a good idea to get the best shot possible.

Say “Chee-ee-eese”

Taking a family shot? You know that someone will move, sneeze or close their eyes while you snap the photo. Taking a second and perhaps a third photo helps ensure you’ll get one decent shot to use later. The same is true when photographing a pet. And with a digital camera, it costs you nothing but an additional moment in time to snap a few more photos. (You can see that I should have taken a 2nd or 3rd photo of Cooper — it’s a fun shot, but just too fuzzy.)

Scenic photos need multiple shots, too.

Taking a picture of the Grand Canyon? Good luck, it’s a pretty expansive shot. But you can get some excellent photos by snapping 3, 4 or 5 shots of the same view, moving the camera only slightly one way or the other. Until you get those digital pictures on your computer, you won’t know if a bird flew into the scene or  if you jostled the camera, slightly blurring the picture. Sometimes a tree branch or other scenic element slips into the photo that you really didn’t anticipate or want. I play it safe by taking several shots and selecting the best one later.  Then I can crop or resize as needed to achieve the desired look.

Plan ahead — take a few snaps of the same scene and you’ll have more photo options to work with later.

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