Your phone beeps for a new notification: your friend just uploaded their photos whilst abroad. The strong vibrant colours, the perfect portrait, the wonderful landscape and a picture of your friend in the middle of somewhere wonderful, you just wish you could have the same quality of photos as the ones they’ve took. The problem is, your camera is a simple point-and-shoot camera and your friend is using an upscale DSLR. It’s just a shame that your camera’s capability isn’t as great DSLR model.
BUT, hold on just there. Your camera isn’t as limited as you may think it is. Just because your camera costs about a hundred dollars doesn’t mean it’s that mediocre compared to a $2000 camera because it isn’t. DSLR cameras are for professional photographers but it takes more than just a camera to make someone a professional photographer.
Professional photographers will commonly use point and shoot models along with their DSLRs. They love the fact that it is portable and easy to handle. DSLRs may be a great catch in taking great photography but these cameras are just plain huge. They can’t be put in a pocket and they attract unwanted attention.
One of the professional photographers, Corey Rich, loves using point-and-shoot cameras. He said:
“Be it high on the side of a cliff climbing for fun, at a friend’s wedding, walking my dog or at Snoop Dog concert. My point is sometimes the best images happen when you least expect it and if you don’t have a camera then you simply miss the opportunity.”
He always has a point-and-shoot camera at hand, in order to preserve the present.
Here are ways for you to turn you inexpensive point-and-shoot into a silent DSLR camera.
1. Know Your Camera Like You Know Your Self
Read the manual! Face it. You don’t always know what your digicam can do. Take your time in knowing the presets of your camera. Read the manual and see which menus are available to your use. Some Digital cameras can also take manual photos, you can ditch presets and go for manual settings where you can control the aperture and the shooting speed of your camera.
If your camera is less capable of doing this, then focus on the things your camera can do. Check which filters are available to your point-and-shoot use them whenever possible. When you know what the settings are used for and which menus are needed in a certain scenarios then will be using your model to the fullest.
Remember: Don’t just use your camera when something is happening. The best shots are always shots of something ordinary. No matter how uneventful something is, take a picture. Play around with your settings and see which would be best in taking a picture when it’s dark and when it’s bright. It’s your camera, you should know what you can do with it.