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PostPoints tip: Don't fret about fixable photo flubs

Ever-cheaper memory cards make it all too easy to take picture after picture of the same scene, in the hope that one of them will be perfect. But if you think about what mistakes are trivial to correct in a photo-editing program--and which ones are difficult or impossible to fix--you can avoid coming home with 20 nearly-identical shots of the same person/place/thing. First, if your camera is at all new (and therefore has more resolution than you know what to do with), don't worry too much about framing the photo precisely; as long as you've got all the important details in view, you can crop the picture at will later on. The same goes for keeping the horizon level, as photo-album applications like Google's Picasa or Apple's iPhoto have simple "straighten" tools for that issue. But incorrect exposures are tougher to clean up, so it's worth taking multiple shots with varying settings and with the flash on or off. And there's almost nothing you can do with a photo where the subject is out of focus, so you really want to get that part right (don't forget to use your camera's macro-focus mode, often indicated with a flower icon, for close-up subjects).

By Rob Pegoraro  |  September 15, 2009; 9:42 AM ET
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