- By fortalwhyno
- On 23/06/2018
Hi, guys these days it seems like everybody owns a mirrorless camera or a DSLR but most of us sitting in a drawer somewhere still have a compact point-and-shoot. Whether it's the only camera you use, or it's your backup for your backup that you rarely use anymore. They're underrated today's modern point-and-shoot cameras can produce beautiful results. If you know what you're doing with them but I think a lot of people don't make an effort. So today I want to run through five tips to get the best out of your point-and-shoot camera.
How to Take Good Photos With a Digital Camera
1. Use Flash Sparingly : This Skills required to be a photographer
Okay now, number one and I think this is the most common mistake is when you don't need to be using your flash turn it off. Cameras like this one doing a reasonably good job of getting the flash up above the lens barrel. But a lot of them like this guy is right there beside the lens, and it's not a great light they're not very powerful, and the fact of the matter is that a lot of pointed cameras still have the flash set as default.
So when you take a shot, it will use it whether it needs to or not. If you don't have a subject that's in within you know a few meters of the camera that you want the flash on, turn it off. You'll often find that you overexposure shots if you leave the flash on when you don't need to it's not because the flash is adding too much light to the scene. It's because once you turn the flash on the camera can only use a relatively slow shutter speed. Soon a bright day it's you know it wants to be using a thousandth of a second but it can just use you know one two hundred Thor less than that once you've got the flash on. So it slows everything down, and it can make your shots look overexposed. Don't use it unless you need to.
2. Get a Tiny Tripod is basic of photography
To second thing is I think the reason why people don't use these that much is that they believe it doesn't give them the creative control. A lot of compact point-and-shoot fairly budget cameras now give you full manual control, but people don't have the accessories to go with them. So I suggest going out and buying just a cheap and cheerful tiny compact tripod. Something like a gorilla pod, even so, you can do long exposures without the camera moving. You know they don't have a high ISO there are times when you're going to want to be using longer shutter speed. So if you're going to carry this, you can genuinely get little tripods of it like the size of three pencils that then extend out to a couple of feet. They'll be useful in a lot of situations. So consider getting one.
3. Consider File Setting
If you're running out of card space or you don't want to take huge files. There are two variables to think about. Do you want to reduce the quality of the image or the size of the image? so, for example, you might normally set it on great and highest quality but if you want to save space and you could drop it down to medium size or small size or drop it down to medium quality or low quality. Now my personal preference is to shoot at the high quality but drop down the size often if you're not going to be large files a medium-sized image is going to be just fine. So I would rather keep the compression down. Keep it in high quality but a medium-sized rather than going the other way and keeping the large size with the medium quality.
4. Use The Zoom
Another thing you want to keep in mind is wherever possible zoom in on your subject rather than coming up right on top of it. These sort of cameras tend to suffer from quite a severe distortion. If you come right in on top of something you can get a funny perspective and with the lens barrel being so long and these cameras often focus in quite close you can cast a shadow on the shot especially if you're using the built-in flash. If you get in closer than say a foot. Your lens is going to be obliterating half of the glow from the scene to start off. Take for example this little ladybug who walked on to my bag today.
I went out close with the point-and-shoot using the flash to fill it in because in the shadows and you can see that shadow in the bottom right-hand corner. Well, that's from the lens barrel, and here if you position it in the wrong place, it can completely ruin the shot. In any case, it looks terrible.
A couple of things you need to think about though are a lot of these are variable apertures. So once you zoom to the long end, you're likely to be dropping your gap. So you may need to consider stabilizing it. As I said maybe a tripod is a good option for you. The exception to that though is if your camera has a macro mode or a super macro mode as they often do now.
That will often want you to be at your widest setting, and for that, there is a real chance that you're going to cast a big shadow on your subject especially if you want to keep even the sunlight. So try and find an area of diffuse sunlight like under the shade with still somewhere quite bright and then you'll be able to get your camera nice and close without casting a massive shadow on it.