Sunday, October 18, 2009

how to use a point-and-shoot camera

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I'm getting more and more frustrated with the condition of my point-and-shoot camera every day. The lens only pops out correctly 30% of the time now and doesn't focus as well as it used to. I've always thought about getting a DSLR but I was so attached to and content with the little bugger that I always dismissed it. I mean, why bother when most people are surprised to find out that I don't already own a DSLR? But now... well, now that it isn't working it seems necessary. Since it's so close to my birthday (November 29th) I'm just going to ask my dad for one but I'm starting to get a little impatient and I'm tempted to ask for it a month early.

The secret behind making a point-and-shoot camera work well is simple: take advantage of every setting possible and know how to manipulate the light around you. Ideally you want to aim for taking photos in really good lighting; the more lighting you have, the less you have to adjust the shutter speed and end up with blurry pictures. Tripods are also useful since they help produce clearer photos and are more reliable than a hand attempting to be steady. The above photos were taken in a well lit place using the macro setting (usually indicated by a flower) and a tripod. The more familiar you are with your camera, the more reliable your photos will be so play around with the settings and find out what works best for you. DSLRS don't automatically produce spectacular photos and it's up to the user's ability to use it to its fullest extent and the same applies to point-and-shoot cameras.

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Taking these photos took two or three times longer than usual because of my broken camera but I managed to pull it off somehow. I just put up a ton of items for sale on my blog so go check them out! Somehow this batch seemed to take the most effort out of me because they're things I'd love to keep but just can't because of the space in my closet. It's already taken a lot to stop myself from taking down at least two of the posts! I listed mostly fall items which are perfect for the weather right now including a couple sweaters, jackets, and tops.


Anonymous said...

great tips!

Annie said...

I love those pictures. And I wish I could afford to buy all your clothes!

Anonymous said...

I want a canon just because of the pictures it can take!!! but..... I'm not getting it for my birthday (nov.15) and my point and shoot still works ha. good luck with getting yours early! :]

the desert foxx said...

Dude I totally thought you had a DSLR too, your food photos some pages back look really sharp.

Argh! Haha you really tempt me with that nordic cardigan... but I must save money for... college? (lie) Oh btw, did you ever receive my weird email about cal?


G Tauberge said...

I know what you mean, I just got a DSLR and I'm still getting used to it! I absolutely love it though, it's totally a worthy investment =]

Lily said...

Ohh I love all the stuff in your closet store thing. Such a good idea!!

Lily said...


Katrina said...

Excellent tips! My p&s produced nice pictures in good lighting, but I was always frustrated when taking pictures in low light and wanted to expand my creative possibilities, so I took the plunge and bought a DSLR. Best purchase I ever made!

P.S. I think you mentioned in a post that you're turning 21? If so, we have the exact same birthdate (11/29/88)!

Anonymous said...

so you think you're some photographer or something?


thanks for sharing your knowledge!

___ said...

what camera do u use?

DENNI said...



l said...

Haha I actually used these tips today and ended up taking some good pictures :] But yeah, i'd rather have a dslr too.

Anonymous in Wonderland said...

I used a point and shoot for the longest time, and like you said, if you know how to work it and manipulate it, you can get some really amazing shots. It just takes some practice. I would never have guessed your shots were from a ps, so kudos to you!

Leanne said...

Thank you so much for your tips. My point and shoot camera takes the shittiest photos - but now I can safely say it's probably my photo-taking abilities and I'm going to try again using your advice. Love the blog Annabelle!! xox.

STARR said...

This makes me want a new camera haha

Anonymous said...

I took your advice and my photos turned out sooooo much better! TY!

Patricia Ann said...

Sigh, having a crapola of a camera is definitely annoying and frustrating. Can't believe you still bother to post your own photos or blog nonetheless. :/ Time for a new camera indeed!

the goorgeous said...

Really cute! I love specially the vintage mustard and nordic cardigans :(. Gorgeous blog!!

Andrea said...

Great photos!
Great post.

Anonymous said...

It's really all about lighting, folks.

finance jobs said...

Thanks for the sharing with us the secret of point-and-shot and why is it very important for photographers. This gives me additional knowledge hence I’m just starting to learn the art of photography.

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I hope you will get these point-and-shot techniques. I’m sure you will get what you ask for on your birthday just have a little more patience.

ScribbleBabbles said...

your photos are the best annabel :D did you ever take photography lesson before? or you just learn it all by yourself?? thanks for the tip anyway :)

Luxe. said...

I like this post alot. I really need to play around with my camera more...

Nickie Frye said...

I have a super crummy point & shoot too. My pics don't turn out as nice as yours b/c I don't have a lot of great light where I shoot. Oh well, it still works & the photos are good enough for government work.

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Hey are you a professional journalist? This article is very well written, as compared to most other blogs i saw today….
anyhow thanks for the good read!

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