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10/18/2005 07:22:32 PM · #1
Hi everyone! I am new here and have a basic p.a.s. type camera. Although I like it for snapshots I really have a hard time getting crisp shots (until a brotha' gets paid and can afford a step up!) Any suggestions on how I can maximize its potential until I can afford better?
10/18/2005 07:24:53 PM · #2
use a tripod... it really helps!
10/18/2005 07:26:28 PM · #3
Really? That much? Hmm....never occurred to me....
10/18/2005 07:27:46 PM · #4
Ansel Adams did some work with poloroids (sp?) that was fantastic, many Large format and Medium format(i think) cameras have attachmets to use poloroid film (mostly for testing). Point is the camera isnt the limitation of the photography it is learned skill and repetition. So get some books on photgraphy and read up on how to make good photos and how to do diffrent things, and try them as you read, then keep trying them and do it alot. Basically Pratice. I think you will find doing that with a P.A.S and then moving to a SLR will help you learn the SLR side, no matter what having a good "eye" and training it is Key!
10/18/2005 07:30:25 PM · #5
Does your camera have any other modes besides "Auto" and "Scene Modes"?
If it has a "Program" "P" mode, then make sure to use it, set your own white balance and ISO, don't let the camera choose for you..
My LAME 2-Cents..
And try to avoid the Onboard Flash if you can..

Message edited by author 2005-10-18 19:31:25.
10/18/2005 07:38:01 PM · #6
Originally posted by buzzrock:

Does your camera have any other modes besides "Auto" and "Scene Modes"?
If it has a "Program" "P" mode, then make sure to use it, set your own white balance and ISO, don't let the camera choose for you..
My LAME 2-Cents..
And try to avoid the Onboard Flash if you can..


It does have some ISO settings, but I pretty much DO let the camera choose unfortunately. Some of the settings don't work....DAMN YOU POVERTY!!! :)
10/18/2005 07:52:03 PM · #7
Cheap enhancement for "Low End" Digital Cameras.
10/18/2005 07:57:09 PM · #8
Just read a review of the camera, is really just apoint and let the camera do the work Kinda camera. Dont fret, just prstice and not like all the "fancy" stuff or lack there of get in the way.
10/18/2005 09:44:59 PM · #9
As someone who very much deals with a P&S camera, I can't stress how much difference a tripod makes - ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD! Sure, you'll get some strange looks carting around a huge tripod with this little thing attached to the top (just ask anyone around me at NotaCon), but when you download and start processing you'll really notice a difference!

Also, read your camera's manual and familiarize yourself with every button/feature/etc. It may sound lame, but experiment and really work every aspect of your camera until you really know it well.

I honestly believe that if you do those things and have a decent eye for composition, you can hang with the big dogs... Maybe not all the time, but you can get your moments in the spotlight too! :-)

I'm still learning the ropes of my little camera - not ready to jump up to a more expensive version yet (and I'm selling quite a bit of stuff locally - I've gotta get off my a** and load prints online).

Keep on shooting!
10/19/2005 09:59:53 AM · #10
Lighting is important--generally, the more light the better with a P&S. And avoid backlighting. For example, if you're inside, turn on all the lights you can that are between you and your subject.

Since you're new, some basic advice is to be aware of the background. For example, I saw a guy taking pictures of his kid on a ride at a carnival. But in the background were the carneys' trailers and a port-a-potty. Had he moved to the "back" of the ride, he would have gotten his kids in the foreground and the action and excitement of the rest of the carnival in the background.
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