December 28, 2006
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Taking better pictures
One of the things that I want to improve is my pictures taking. It's really bothered me when other people have been able to take better pictures than me on the same camera.
Some simple changes like knowing about using fill flash.
Another thing to be aware of is where you flash is with respect to the lens. If we turn our camera to take a "portrait" layout photo and have the flash underneath the lens, you have a huge shadow over the person's head. Not cool.
I'm sure that there are a ton more helpful hints to allow me to take better pictures, but until I can use a point-and-shoot camera well, I'm not going to upgrade to something fancier like an SLR.
Posted by jim at December 28, 2006 12:50 PM
I find that there are only a few helpful hints (such as rule-of-thirds, leveling horizons, and fill-flash as you mention) that can help when on a P&S camera since it's so limiting. To really have control of better pictures requires an SLR. I'm sure there are many out there who can take great photos on a simple Lomo camera, but the style can get boring fast.
So I say go out and buy that SLR. You'll be able to learn a lot more, and more quickly with it.
I've got a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P73. I guess it's not *totally* a P&S camera. It's got a manual setting that allows me to adjust the ISO level, F-stop as well as other settings. I just have to figure out how to use them well.
I think that my next steps should include reading a book about photography or taking a course.
Thanks for the advice though! ;-)
No problem. :) If you have manual settings already, you'll be able to learn very quickly if you take your camera with you everywhere, shoot as much as possible, and analyze your pictures. I also like to check the dpreview Canon forum to get an idea of what my camera is capable of.
The dpreview forum for Sony cameras is here
No book or course needed. ;)
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