Using a point and shoot camera – my tips and advice

posted by: Richard P.

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Many people believe that with the new DSLR technology, using a point and shoot camera is simply a waste of time and energy. But I’ve discovered you can take extraordinary photographs with the compact camera, as long as you follow some special instruction, that I’m going to lay down before you right here.


fr4First of all, having the flash on at all times results in overexposed photos, mainly because while the flash is on, the shutter speed decreases, letting more light in than you’re counting on. If it’s daytime and you’re having a surprise slow shutter speed on a previously balanced aperture, you will get way too much light in, ruining the picture. However, the flash can come in handy when you want to counterbalance a strong, rough natural light.


fr5Secondly, for night time photography, try a tripod. As true as it is that a tripod will help you in any situation, nighttime photos require the camera be as steady as possible for long exposures. Which brings me to the specific shake that pushing the shooting button causes. If you can, use the remote timer feature, that will allow you to have a few seconds at hand for placing the camera in the right position before it shoots the picture by itself.


While working with a compact camera, you have the choice between working with the auto mode, and operating the settings manually. I say you should take control, and work your way through the different lighting modes and different apertures, and after a period of experimentation ( you can see the results of the experiment on my blog where I write just about point and shoot cameras), you will have gained a sense of your device, what it can do and how you can get the best out of it.


Lastly, while this goes for every type of camera, it is very important when using a point and shoot device: don’t be afraid of using the light sources around you. From the natural light of the sun, to lamps or surfaces that can simply reflect the light, all these can be used to create the best context for your picture without having you decrease your shutter speed, thus falling into the despair of the blurred photos.


Photography is in the eyes of the photographer, but it has always been my belief that knowing and respecting your tools can bring the image closer to your standards.

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