Learning How To Use A Compact Digital Camera – Understanding the Essentials


There are many great advantages of learning how to use a digital camera, even a point and shoot, or compact digital camera. Just because you don’t have an slr doesn’t mean you won’t be capable enough to take gorgeous images. The beauty about smaller digital cameras is that you can take them any where, fit them in your pocket and if you see something worth photographing, you can simply point and shoot. Once you appreciate a few useful techniques, you can then begin getting beautiful shots.

In order to photograph beautiful images you need to take a few methods into consideration prior to pressing the shutter button. As much as the camera has some fabulous technology, it can simply prove as an assistance for you, rather than take the photograph for you. It’s you who takes a superb image due to creative and scientific skills, not the camera.

On the days when you have a few moments to assess what result you are going will get you will be grateful that you stopped and really looked closely at what scene you are about to photograph. It is always from this evaluation and understanding that takes you to a higher level of skill in your photography.

To begin, let’s check out the essential mechanical foundations of your digital camera. Shutter speed and aperture. Every shot relies upon of a amalgamation of shutter speed and aperture. To understand this wholly think of your shutter speed as the measurement of time the lighting has to enter the camera sensor and then be shut out again. The aperture is the quantity of lighting that the shutter lets in. Shutter is about timing and fstop is about the amount of light.

When you have a lens fstop that is quite big, you will find you have a quicker shutter speed time. This is so that not too much light floods the camera sensor and provides you with overexposed photos. (Photos with too much light can ruin your photograph). Aperture and shutter speed continuously work together. Once you become more certain in your camera and your skills and abilities, you will be capable enough to work out the ideal blend of both. Once you get the perfect combination you will be able to improve your photography in leaps and bounds.

What about the modes on the digital camera? There are a few shooting modes you can use on your compact . Most of the time you will most likely shoot in automatic. I suggest to aim to use out the other controls if you can.

“SP” is shutter priority function. It means that the digital camera will select what it believes the best shutter speed is for your shot. “AP” means aperture priority. It will decide the aperture for you while you pick the shutter speed. You may also find a range of other scene modes such as Portrait, Landscape, Night Time and Sport. When you place your dial on any of these modes it will mean that the digital camera will look to come across the most ideal arrangement of shutter and aperture for these situations you have chosen.

These different settings bring about different things to occur within the compact itself. Portrait mode tells the camera to have a fuzzy background. Landscape sets the camera to be able to get sharp focus in the distance. Night Time function sets the compact to have a very slow shutter speed and Sports mode tells the camera to have a very quick shutter speed. Within all of these settings you won’t be able to to influence the light sensitivity (called ISO), and sometimes won’t be able to use the flash. (Based on what compact you have.)

Working to get the best image sharpness you can is the ultimate way to take pictures. It’s essential to know what kind of subjects needs what kind of focusing. For example, a close up of someone’s face needs clear, close focusing. A water fall cascading over a mountain edge needs sharp focusing all the way as far as the eye can see. (This scale of focusing is called depth of field.)

To be sure that your shots are in focus at the point you want them to be, you will see a little dot come up in your view finder or lcd screen. When the photo is in focus the little dot will come up. Some cameras don’t have a dot but may beep when the shot is in focus and it’s ready to take the image.

it’s important not to drop the focus, which is why camera making companies created a helpful little mode called “Auto Focus Lock”. This function lets you keep the focus on your subject while you get the best position, then you can photograph and still keep clear focus.

Then again you can position the camera, keep the button down half way (don’t push it yet) wait for the compact to beep, then take the image. By doing this you will also be holding the focus. This has great advantages for the reason that you don’t have to recall to take the auto focus lock off. You can just move on to the next shot.

Always keep in mind to scrutinize your light, prior to taking the shot. Check to see which mode you love photographing in and take the photo accordingly. Happy shooting!

Written by Amy Renfrey.










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Amy is an multi-award winning photographer from Australia. She teaches enthusiast photographers how to take beautiful, professional photos in easy, plain English. She has a monthly photography emagazine and ebooks to help you create stunning images every time.

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  1. Jeannie says:

    Very helpful, you have really helped me!

  2. Penny says:

    Nice post. I am inspired! Very helpful:) Thanks and good luck.

  3. Terry says:

    Awesome stuff Amy, thanks so much! I was really not sure about my camera until I came here. I’ve subscribed to your ezine and it’s the best thing I’ve done in photography.

  4. Carrie says:

    I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.

  5. Peinu says:

    Thanks Amy, I have always struggled with trying to learn how to use my new Sony. Now I found this website, I am no longer trying to work it. Youmake everything sound so simple and I understand what you say.

  6. gardening says:

    Thanks for this info Amy. I was not sure about some of the modes but you have clarified everything so perfectly. Many thanks. Keep up the good work.

  7. Henri says:

    Good job.

  8. Alian says:

    The timing of this article is great. I am buying a new digital camera on the weekend. I’m studying your ebooks with pleasure!

  9. Nellie says:

    I just bought my first digital camera yesterday and found your tutorial very helpful. Thankyou Amy.

  10. Paul says:

    Thanks, great article.

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