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