Per a customer request , I just got Scott Kelby's The Digital Photography Book in at IdeaBooks4u. It is filled with wonderful tips like this:
1. How to get a group shot in focus? Try an aperture setting of f/11 and focus on the eyes of the people in the front row.
2. Trick to keep people from blinking: When shooting in groups, Kelby says "Okay, everybody close your eyes. Now open them on 3-2-1 . . . open!" Then he waits one count after they open their eyes before he takes the shot. He says it works wonders.
3. Here's a trick for great baby shots: Have the parents wear long-sleeved black turtlenecks (available at Target). Zoom in really closely and you'll get a sweet little baby resting peacefully in her mother's (and father's) arms.
4. Want to freeze the action in your kids' soccer game?: Shoot at a speed of at least 1/640 of a second (or faster) to stop the motion and keep your image sharp.