Generally, when you see an image captured by professional photographers for a moment you would think that they have used a high-quality DSLR camera. But, your guess might be wrong. It is true, DSLR cameras fitted with super-fast lenses are capable of capturing marvelous pictures. But, it doesn’t mean all great images must be of DSLR cameras. Even a simple Point-and-Shoot camera can produce truly stunning photographs.
So, even if you wish to take awesome pictures without spending a lot for expensive photographic gear or without learning any photography schoolings then your Point-and-Shoot camera is enough ample. There are a lot of tricks you can do in your Point-Shoot camera to develop most beautiful images. Nobody can guess, using what camera the pic was taken (except you), if you implement these techniques properly in your Point-and-Shoot camera.
So, why delay? Let’s begin… here are the steps to use Point and Shoot cameras to get an incredible outcome.
It is sensible to know about your device completely before you start using it. So, give some time for reading the user manual provided with your camera. Study these aspects.
- Most Point-and-Shoot cameras come with different shooting modes like Portrait Mode, Hand-Held Night Mode, Snow or Beach Mode, Miniature or Diorama Mode etc. for distinct conditions. Understanding these things may help you in the creation of amazing shots within a stipulated time.
- Next step is to create an extra room for storage. Check, whether your camera supports micro SD or mini SD and get an apt external media card. You can get large capacity cards at a reasonable cost. Don't forget to pick a speedy and good class card for your camera.
- By default, your camera will be set for low-quality and small size images. It is useful if you are creating shots/images for social media sites. Else, it is recommended to change settings for high-quality and large size images. If your camera supports RAW media creation, then go for it.
All set? Then start creating wonderful shots and images via your Point-Shot camera by following these tips.
Hold it Firmly:
If you shudder even little while capturing, then it affects your image at great extent. And, the resultant pic will not be clear. Thus, much of blurriness in images can be eliminated by holding the camera steadily using both hands. Be still before clicking the picture. If you can’t be stiff then take help of your elbows, place it against your chest. Use a nearby steady object to take support during the shoot.
This entire tip applies to take images in normal lighting conditions. But, in low lighting situations if you are not using flash then you need to be very focused and keeping your camera stable is must. You can also use a tripod.
You may lose priceless moments if you are not focused. You need to focus your camera before capturing the shot. Thus, if the camera is off then you will miss some astonishing shots. So, always be ready. Pre-focus the camera before the shot – follow below steps.
- Focus the camera on some object
- Slightly press the shutter key down
- Release it after camera makes some din
Inbuilt flash makes the image blur and leaves shadows behind the object. Not just image, flash affects even your camera. Here, camera delays to involve shutter till flash comes into action. Thus, it damages the battery. But we can’t eliminate the flash completely. So, try to spread out flashlight using a small slice of tissue. Later, you can brighten the created image via editing preference.
Zooming in Point-Shoot camera results in low-quality images as it trims and enlarges the photo (it basically reduces pixel size of the image). Instead go close to the object, use optical zoom and capture the photo.
Go to Settings and opt daylight, cloudy and fluorescent to change white balance according to your situation. Tungsten helps to get rid of yellow hues during the indoor shot with more incandescent lights. You can also do a white balance from custom settings.
Keep your Battery Full Always:
Before you start capturing videos / photos make sure your camera battery is full. Just imagine, in the mid of a wonderful shot your camera battery goes down and switches off!! Or you are transferring a video that you shot last night and all of a sudden your battery switches off due to low battery!
These instances will make your video unplayable on any players. Then, you will have go for a video repair program that repairs your MP4 videos or MOV videos generated on your camera. Hence it is better to have an eye on your battery before starting of any shoot. It’s always a best idea to keep it full.
Apart from above techniques, you need to also concentrate on other factors like dynamic range, performance during high ISO etc.
"The more you work the more you learn” yes, the more images you create, a lot information you are going to learn. Try capturing the same object with different settings, thus you can get minute differences of each feature. Play with your images and that’s how you make it. Your Point-and-Shoot camera is a great way to give wings to your creativity. Just go for it and get more notable photos.
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