TOP 10 WAYS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR POINT-ANDSHOOT CAM­ERA

New Zealand D-Photo - - TOP 10 GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR POINT-AND-SHOOT CA -

We’re al­ways told that we don’t need the most ex­pen­sive, high-tech piece of equip­ment to take beau­ti­ful shots, and it’s the per­son be­hind the cam­era that mat­ters. But, how ex­actly do you use your point-and-shoot cam­era to cap­ture the shots you’re vi­su­al­iz­ing?

Whether you’re us­ing a DSLR or a point-andshoot cam­era, to get your im­ages colour­cor­rect, it’s im­por­tant to check your white­bal­ance set­tings. De­pend­ing on the type of cam­era you’re work­ing with, you may have var­i­ous types of white-bal­ance set­ting op­tions. If you sim­ply use the auto op­tion, your cam­era will fac­tor in the tem­per­a­ture of the colour of what you’re shoot­ing and se­lect a set­ting to suit, or you could take it a step fur­ther and man­u­ally ad­just your white bal­ance. What this in­volves is get­ting a piece of white card and hold­ing it in front of your lens. Then, all you need to do is take a photo, which will se­cure a colour tem­per­a­ture and white bal­ance for the im­ages you take in those spe­cific light­ing con­di­tions go­ing for­ward. Make sure that, when you find your­self shoot­ing in dif­fer­ent light­ing con­di­tions, you re-en­act the process, so that, when you’re in cooler light­ing con­di­tions, you warm up the colours in your im­age, or, if you find your­self in warmer light­ing con­di­tions, you ad­just your white bal­ance to cool the colours down. If you’re not go­ing man­ual, you’ll prob­a­bly (de­pend­ing on your cam­era) find set­tings such as Tung­sten, Day­light, Cloudy, or Flash avail­able. These set­tings will ad­just the colours within the im­age ac­cord­ing to your light­ing sit­u­a­tion. Make sure you play around with the dif­fer­ent set­tings, and keep an eye on the screen of your cam­era to en­sure that it’s re­flect­ing the colours that you’d like to see in your end-re­sult im­age. When us­ing your point-and-shoot cam­era (or any cam­era for that mat­ter), nat­u­ral light is re­ally your best friend. If you rely heav­ily on the built-in flash on your de­vice, it’s likely that you’ll find your­self with un­sightly shad­ows, in­cred­i­bly washed-out faces, and an over­all un­ap­peal­ing im­age — and the mo­ment would have passed you by.

De­pend­ing on the type of cam­era you’re work­ing with, you’ll dis­cover you may have lim­ited con­trol over the way you can in­tro­duce flash into your im­ages, in­clud­ing how you di­rect the flash into your photo. If it’s not the type of flash that can be ro­tated, you won’t be able to bounce it off a wall, for ex­am­ple.

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