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How You Can Get The Most from Your Point-and-Shoot Camera

Jun 14th 2015 at 9:25 PM

How can you learn to take great photos with your P&S camera?

Let me start out by saying that I am an amateur photographer. I take photographs as a hobby, not as a profession. As such I am very comfortable using a Point-and-Shoot camera in most instances.
Just because you've got a less expensive point-and-shoot camera and not a DSLR with a selection of lenses that cost you an arm and a leg, doesn't mean you can't take really great photos. Let's take a look at how you can get the absolute best from your p&s and take some truly awesome photos.
When we see professional photographers you might think that only the DSLR cameras and the variety of lenses are what makes them capable of capturing really great images. Not entirely true.
Most amateur photographers want to take good pictures too,preferably without spending a lot of money on specialised photographic gear.
The camera is simply a tool, and learning how to use that tool is how you can create memorable and pleasing images.
I started my working life as an apprentice carpenter, and over the course of my apprenticeship I learned to use a variety of tools of my trade proficiently.
I didn't just pick up a wood plane and know everything about using and caring for the tool. It took time and application to become adept at using all my tools. That said, it wasn't tools that created my 12 foot long solid timber table, it was me – the craftsman using tools that created it. Pots and pans don't create great meals, great cooks do!
Most people don't own a DSLR camera. They're expensive, and bulky, and they aren't very convenient for carrying around.
So how can you learn to take great photos with your P&S camera?
First, thoroughly study the handbook that came with your purchase. Obvious? Yes it is, but I find that most people don't even read it. They may take a casual overview to find out where the main bits are, but then they discard it and never look at it again. Mistake- the manufacturer knows exactly what this tool is capable of and it is all in the handbook.
Grab a good how to book, like”Digital Cameras for Beginners” available free from GKCameras You can also collect a different one on each page of the site.
Most important way to learn any tool is to use it! When I first started out, I would grab a box of films then go out and take shots until I had used them all up, go home and process the film and finally get to criticise my own work. Nowadays all you need is an extra fully charged battery. No limits, just get out there and start shooting!
Oh yes, one more thing -HAVE FUN!

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