I’m still in camera and photography mode. Having recently read a few books on photography, and being a frequent taker of photos, here is my list of ten great pocket/compact digital camera tips.
- Take lots of photos. It costs nothing with a digital camera. Taking more than one of the subject increases your chance of taking a good photo.
- Turn off the flash. It typically lights to around 2 metres.
- Turn on the flash for outdoor portraits. Strangely, in sunny conditions taking pictures of people with the flash on removes harsh shadows.
- Use the golden hours. The hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset give a warm and peaceful look
- Get close up. Try and get really close for portrait shots, they have greater impact
- Half press the button. Press the button half way, to ensure the most important part of the photograph is in focus. Then press the button all the way. Additional advantage in halving the shutter lag.
- Turn the dial. Turn the dial away from auto or program mode to scene mode. Select the scene and then shoot.
- Change your viewpoint. Hold camera high above your head and point down for more interesting self portrait, or shoot from low down.
- Swing the camera to capture a moving subject. This gives a pleasing blurred background to an action shot.
- Back up your photos. Don’t leave your precious images on the camera card. Save them to your computer or storage device.
Having written these, what I need to do now is follow my own advice.