Amazed at the photos of breathtaking landscapes and buildings, mouthwatering food, and gorgeous beaches you see on the internet and magazines? Want to achieve the same thing when you take photos of your next vacation?
Know that you don’t have to invest in an expensive professional DSLR camera just to capture the best moments of your travel. With a simple compact digital camera, you can become a travel photographer.
Want to know how? Here are six tips on making the most of your point-and-shoot camera:
Know your camera’s features
The first important step in maximising the use of a point and shoot is getting to know its features. Read the user manual of your camera before you use it on your trip. Learn about the function of every part and feature of your digital camera. Be familiar with the different preset modes (such as Auto, Sports, Landscape, Portrait, Night, and Macro) and how each one works, so you know which one is best to use for a particular shooting situation.
Some point-and-shoot cameras like a Fujifilm digital camera can shoot in Manual mode. If yours has this feature, try it out! Training yourself to shoot in Manual mode allows you to learn how to adjust the ISO, shutter speed, aperture, and even the simple focusing of the lens for an excellent image quality.
Use the flash sparingly (or don’t use it at all)
The problem with point-and-shoot cameras is that their flash produces harsh lighting, which will make your images look really bad. Especially when the background is dark, using the camera flash on a point and shoot can result in flat and lifeless photos.
If you think you’ll need a little light that can illuminate your subject with a dark background, it’s better if you cover the flash with a tissue or a folder to soften the light produced by it.
Focus on point
Before you take a photo, make sure that the focus of your camera is spot on so that your snaps won’t come out blurry. To achieve that, press the shutter button halfway, and when the box on the LCD screen turns green, fully press the button.
Typical point-and-shoot cameras have three autofocus modes: face detection, centre spot, and continuous focusing. If yours doesn’t have the manual focusing feature, use the autofocus modes to make your camera automatically focus on the subject you’re photographing.
Keep still when taking photos
Shooting with a point-and-shoot camera can be challenging because even the simplest movement can blur your shot, especially when it’s dark.
If you hold your hand out straight while taking a photo, your arm or hands might wobble, which will cause the camera to move and produce out-of-focus images slightly. Keep your camera stable and steady while you’re shooting by holding it as close to your body as possible.
You can also find a sturdy and even spot (such as a table or chair) to place your camera on as you compose your shot.
Be creative with your shots
Think outside the box! The way you arrange the different elements on your shots can make or break your photos. If you see a potential frame (like an arch, door, or window) within the background of your subject, use it to your advantage.
You can also try shooting in different perspectives. Whether it’s from above or below, as long as you’re comfortable with how you shoot, do it.
With proper framing and creative composition, you can be among those who are already professional in the field—even if your digital camera is as simple as a point and shoot.
You don’t need a high-end, expensive camera just to create great and memorable photos of your travel adventures. With a bit of reading, understanding, and practice using your point-and-shoot camera, you’ll be surprised at how flexible a hundred-dollar gadget could be.