Want to take better pictures with your digital compact camera? Here are some simple tips that will hopefully enable you to make better use of your compact camera.
The best camera is what you have with you
There is no point in having a nice and expensive camera if you are afraid to take it with you on a trip or because it is so big and heavy that you do not bother to carry it with you. The best camera is what you have with you. Take advantage of having a small camera and take it with you wherever you are. If there is a new camera and you are afraid that it will be destroyed or stolen, you can take a reasonable value insurance with your insurance company.
Make the most of natural light. Taking pictures in the daytime can be advantageous to utilize light from large window areas without direct sunlight. Turn the person toward the window and make sure they get a steady light on the face. If you are taking pictures outside, it may be a good idea to draw in the shade to avoid cuddly eyes and strong shadows on the face. The shade will give a uniform light which is suitable for portraits. Also, see if you can find natural reflectors nearby that can give a uniform light to the face, such as a large white wall. If you need to take the pictures in bright sunlight, it may be a good idea to turn on the flash to lighten shadows on the faces.
Many compact cameras have a finished setting for portraits, often symbolized with a face. If you turn this feature on, the camera will select the largest aperture to provide a blurry background to highlight the subject. In addition, if you zoom in completely (and take a few steps back if needed), the background will be even more out of focus. Take lots of pictures and remember to focus on the eyes.
One of the great advantages of compact cameras is that most cameras have an excellent macro feature that allows you to take great close-ups. The macro feature is often symbolized with a flower and allows the camera to focus even if you get close to the subject, often only a few centimeters away. Obtaining something similar on SLR cameras often requires the acquisition of an additional macro lens. It costs as fast as a good compact camera.
Photography in a dark environment
The compact camera’s perhaps biggest challenge is low light photography. You usually want to maintain the mood while avoiding the typical flash image where the person you are photographing becomes pale and illuminated against a completely black background. Try to experiment with long shutter speed (1 / 10-1 / 30 sec) and flash if you are shooting in such a dark environment. The long shutter speed allows you to capture details from light in the surroundings, while the flash makes the one you are shooting frozen and sharp. With a little training you can get both atmospheric and stylish images using this technique. Moving the camera slightly while the exposure is taking place can result in light streaks from the light in the room which can produce cool effects.
See light and shadows
You don’t need a perfect camera to capture good subjects. It is much more about seeing the motives, being creative and trying new things. Play with lights, shadows, reflections and abstract motifs.
Vary the cut and camera angle
Take some photos close by, and some photos far away. Some from below and some from above. Vary the way you shoot. It gives a more varied and exciting result from holiday pictures, pictures of grandchildren or whatever it may be. Take lots of pictures so you can pick out the best ones in hindsight.