Posted on April 28th, 2014
The majority of still digital cameras are just point-and-click models — you just point them at the subject, click the shutter button, et voila — you’ve taken a nice picture. Although this simplicity can be extremely advantageous for those of us who are less artistically (or technologically) inclined, it can also be detrimental. Those who rely on the “auto” mode of their still digital cameras simply aren’t getting their money’s worth from their photographic investments.
While it’s perfectly fine to use still digital cameras this way, it’s easy to learn how to take full advantage of all its different features. That being said, here are a few simple tips to help you do just that!
Invest in a Tripod
People investing in still digital cameras may as well invest in a tripod or monopod, too. You see, still digital cameras need more light than film cameras, which is why it takes about a second longer to take a picture–because the shutter stays open longer. If your hand shakes during that one second delay, you’ll blur the picture. Even just a small movement will lessen the quality of your photos. If you use a tripod or monopod, though, your pictures will never be as blurry again.
Focus Before Taking a Picture
No, don’t focus yourself — focus your camera. The majority of still digital cameras can be focused by pressing the shutter button down just halfway. This helps your camera define the subjects better, and will dramatically improve your photos. Plus, it reduces the amount of time it’ll take for it to shoot the actual picture.
Use the Other Presets
The still digital cameras’ manufacturer built those presets for a reason, you know. Take some time to get familiar with them, so that you know which one to turn on when the occasion calls for it. For example, you’d use the “action” setting if you want to take some pictures of your kids’ soccer game. If you want to take a picture of your kitty as it softly naps, try using the “portrait” setting. If you want to take a nice shot of the whole family, switch to the “landscape” setting.
Even if you searched all of the digital camera stores you could find online for the most valuable deal, chances are you want to get the most out of your camera as you possibly can. Following these tips will not only help you do that, but also help you become a better photographer. If you have any questions about still digital cameras, feel free to ask in the comments.