Easily capture the best holiday photo, for free

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and what better time to capture the perfect moment than during the holidays?

"When you ask people, if they had a house fire, what things would they rescue first, usually all the things they would rescue first start with the letter 'p,'" said Jack St. Pierre, the owner of Gene's Camera Store. "People, pets, and pictures, because pictures, they don't define our lives, but they define what's important to us."

Too often, people wind up with unusable, blurry or boring pictures. That's why staff at Gene's Camera store in South Bend, are offering easy ways to make the most of holiday photos.

According to St. Pierre, investing in a digital camera is the best bet. Plus, adding lights with extra flash components or lighting kits can help make the sharpest picture.

If you don't have the extra funds to invest in photography equipment, the following tips can still make a photo more interesting.

-Get closer to the subject
-Concentrate on the essentials in the photo
-Experiment with and without the flash
-Ensure settings are correct
-Focus on the composition: avoid straight lines and put people on different levels, heights and shapes

Gene's Camera Store offers classes to help people work their digital cameras, learn how to use editing software online and set up better photos. They also have studio space, available for rent.

For more information, check Gene's website.

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