By Argiris Malapanis
In photography, equipment matters, but some truly great pictures can be coaxed from even the cheapest point-and-shoot digital camera with some patience and a bit of know-how. Try some of the following tips.
Tip #1: Learn your camera’s settings: light, flash, depth of field, and so on. Practically every digital camera comes with a number of useful features for improving color and focus in your pictures. For example, by changing the camera’s light settings from “automatic” to “cloudy,” you can force it to produce extra-warm tones in outdoor shots, even in the sunshine.
Tip #2: If you can’t attach a polarizing filter, make one. A polarizing filter helps make colors pop in a very dramatic way under bright light conditions, producing lushly saturated pictures. An ordinary pair of sunglasses held over your camera’s lens can produce a strikingly similar effect.
Tip #3: Invest in a tripod, if you can. It doesn’t have to be expensive. Just find something that will hold the camera steady, and your options will increase tenfold. If there is one truly necessary piece of camera equipment for any photography enthusiast, this is probably it.
Tip #4: Remember to take multiple shots of each subject so that you can choose the best final picture from among them.
About the Author:
Argiris Malapanis is a carbon nanotube research assistant at the SUNY Research Foundation in Albany, New York. He is an avid amateur photographer in his spare time.