Tips On Getting Great Shots With Your Digital Camera

United States
March 18, 2007 8:44pm CST
I got a digital camera for Christmas. It seems many people got digital camera’s for Christmas. I had never even used a digital camera before. After everyone went to bed, I sat down at the kitchen table with all my instructions and my camera. I would read awhile and them practice what I just read. I was amazed at all the things that my new camera could do. I am having a hard time getting used to not putting the camera up to my eye to get the shot. If you are like me, you want to learn everything you can about your digital camera, I want to know every trick there is to using it to take great pictures. So after I finished with all the instructions, I got bored. I was ready to learn more than the instructions offered. I went online and found this wonderful site called Photon head . If you have a digital camera, you will love this site. This is a site stuffed full of digital camera tips and tricks and it has an awesome Beginners Guide to Photography! The Beginners Guide to Photography – Even you are familiar with photography or just brushing up on your theory or are brand new to it, you may find something interesting here. For a beginner to the camera, this section offers very helpful information. In The Camera section, you get a brief history on how the camera came to be, as well as, how digital cameras compare to regular cameras. You do remember the camera’s that take film don’t you. Well in a few years people will no longer be using those anymore. Digital is the new wave for camera users. In the Camera Modes section you will learn about the common modes that you will find on a camera and the icons that may represent them. I was intrigued by The Half Press theory it is so interesting and now that I know how it works, I will most definitely be trying it out. It’s a method of half pressing your button so that you get a better response time and can take faster pictures. It also gives you more control over the focus. This isn’t even half of the information you will find in the Beginner’s Guide area, but as there is much more to this site than that, I can’t focus solely on that. You will just have to check it out for yourself! The Digital Camera Buying Guide might be quite useful for you if you are buying a camera or if you can’t decide between a few you have already picked out. You may find a review of a camera here that helps you pick the one you want with more ease. I actually found the “What Kind of Camera”? section here most useful. It tells you the difference between different types of cameras that take digital pictures. Wonderful info there. Well, if you already know the basics and have a digital camera. The Photography Tips section may be for you. Here you can refine your camera technique and really get the most out of your camera by following the tips that are offered. Learn how to avoid the camera shake, how to take better landscapes and much more. I am bad about shaking when I try to take a picture and this is not good! You have taken the pictures, but now you want to edit them and you aren’t quite sure how or where to start. You are gone to love the Photo Editing section. Here you can learn not only how to edit them, but what software you might want to use to help you make the most of your pictures. The SimCam is one of my favorite sections on this site. It is a camera simulator that you can use right online from the comfort of your computer chair. It is designed to teach you basic photographic principles. Wow! I am ready to learn now! Read the explanation and follow the directions so that you can see the theory applied and then you can change the variables as much as you want as you experiment with the theories presented. So, whether you are a new camera user or an old hand at photography, I think this site offers a little bit of something for everyone. You will be glad that you took the time to Check it out! http://www.photonhead.com/ Another great site that has tips and photography helps is http://www.pcphotomag.com/
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12 responses
@greengal (4288)
• United States
19 Mar 07
That is an awesome description of the site village, I'm sure gonna take a peek. I love to take pictures and we've had a digital camera for over a year now. My hubby is a good photographer and he would love to learn more. Thanks for the link dear!:)
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• United States
19 Mar 07
while I was taking time off from mylot, I was still doing discussions on my word and I have about 50 of them ready to submit now. I worked really hard on my Spirital health and cleared my mind with discussions that were of interset to me. I enjoyed my time off. But I am back now.
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• United States
16 May 07
Did you find this site useful
• Canada
19 Mar 07
Villageanne , thank you for this most informative article on digital cameras. I just bought my third digital camera at Christmas. The first one broke and I could not get it fixed, the second one I broke the battery cover and had to tape it. I wanted a better camera so I taped the door shut and passed it on to my sister . I am impatient when it comes those things , I started using my camera before I even read the instruction book. Of course I had to go back and read it , when my picture was not what I wanted. Then too my new camera has a whole lot of new features on it that were not all the camera I bought in 2002. So I have the instruction book handy all the time. There are still some features that I don't know how to use , so I will have to study my book some more . I would not know what to do without my digital camera I use it all the time, it saves me oodles of money . I love the fact that I can take a dozen or more pictures of one thing , and pick out the best shot and delete the rest . Thanks for the information on this new website. I will bookmark it and check it out .
• United States
20 Mar 07
LOL You sound alot like me. I am usually the first one to figure something out and I hate to read the manual. lol With my digital camera, I did read the manual. My husband spend so much money on it that I did not want to take a chance of tearing it up.
@whykay (35)
• Malaysia
19 Mar 07
Great shots or lousy shots, you must go out and experiment it! It's difficult to follow everything in the book, as per my experiences. A lot of times I tried to recall the f-stop numbers, the shutter speeds for certain shots, under certain lighting conditions, but it will not turn out to be exactly tp be the same. I think the best way is keep shooting, adjust the dial and look for the best composition. I am glad I have the DSLR, where I can happily shoot and delete at the same time...
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• Singapore
19 Mar 07
Thanks for the site, my friend! I just got a new camera phone so I will check out the site to see if I can get some tips there. The half press trick you mentioned is only for real digital cameras though.. I don't think I can do a half press with my phone. :P
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@byfaithonly (10717)
• United States
19 Mar 07
Some really great tips, I have 2 digital cameras and right now neither of them are working :( Going through photo withdrawal right now.
• United States
20 Mar 07
Oh MY! YOu neeed one that works at all times. LOL Welcome to the photography group. lOL I love to take pictures. this is my first digital camera though
@gsnarayanan (1705)
• India
19 Mar 07
You have taken a lot of time and collected information on degital camera. The material will be very useful for all. Thanks.
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• United States
20 Mar 07
I hope you enjoy the site
@asish1672 (339)
• United Arab Emirates
19 Mar 07
First of all, I would like thank you a lot. I really appreciate that you have written such a bi post just to guide others. I have lot of interest in photography and will find your recommendation, useful. Thnks to you again.
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
19 Mar 07
I also recieved a camera for Christmas. I read my manual over and over. I got some great shots from it. Then I searched the web and also found these 2 sites and many more. But these were 2 of the better more informative sites. I can vouch that they WILL help an amatuer as well as an accomplished photographer in helping get those great shots and effects. Thanks for this as I lost it and forgot about it. Now I've got them bookmarked. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!
• United States
20 Mar 07
I think these are the best ones on the net also. Glad you have them bookmarked now
@cblackink (969)
• United States
1 Apr 07
Have you considered (or do you already) write and post articles to article sites? You have a wonderful ability to write and give instruction. If you haven't already done so, I would encourage you to. Many of them pay. I can send you a list of them.
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@cnetboss (2477)
• Philippines
29 Mar 07
White Balance - White Balance Settings on a Camera
Here is my tip: Learn to harness the White Balance functionality. Don't be dependent on the Auto settings of White Balance because it's never a reliable setting. Always set your white balance depending on the scenery.
• Malaysia
19 Mar 07
hello.. wow,that is thoughtful of you to share this meaningful texts.i do have a digital camera,its sony.i love it so much that i would go around and take many picture and photo as many as possible.at the beginning, i just followed the handy instruction that comes together with the camera.then..after i hve explored there and here..i managed to 'intimate' myself to it..
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@vasimb (244)
• India
19 Mar 07
villageanne thanks for your lovely tips. Now i think, i will be a good photographer instead.