My blogging friend Brandy suggested to me that I should post tips on how to take quality pictures with a point and shoot camera. A point and shoot camera is one of the most simple cameras. It has an automatically adjusting focus, which can sometimes be difficult to work with when trying to take nice pictures. So here are some tips for beginner photographers that don’t want to or don’t see the need in investing in a fancy camera just yet.
1. Take your time. I think this is the most important tip for any photographer with any camera. Make sure everything is centered and balanced in the photograph, make sure the brightness is set at a reasonable level, etc.
2. Get to know all of your settings. Know what each setting is for and know when you should use them. Using a macro setting isn’t recommended or necessary when taking, for example, a picture of a sunset. The macro setting is for close up and detailed photographs. Practice taking different pictures with and without different settings and see which one comes out the best.
3. Take a bunch of different pictures of the same thing. With a point and shoot camera, I find sometimes if you take a few different pictures of the same thing, they all come out looking a little bit different. Doing this can help you decide which one looks the best and what you did to make it look the best.
4. Adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation, etc. Sometimes the picture’s color doesn’t come out perfectly. This doesn’t mean you have to delete the picture always. If it’s too blurry or the saturation is too high for some reason, sometimes the picture can’t be saved. In the cases where they can be saved though, you can use a website like PicMonkey… It’s almost just like the well known picture editing website Picnik that shut down last April. Just upload your photo and very slightly adjust the different color or lighting options on the “Basic Edits” page. If the picture still doesn’t look good after trying different options, it’s best to just start from scratch… delete the picture and try taking it with better lighting, on a steadier surface, with a different camera setting, etc. Experiment and have fun!
I hope this is a help to anyone who’s looking into photography, as a hobby or a career. If you have any other tips or something you’d like to add, feel free to comment!