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Point and Shoot Part II

October 12, 2009 at 10:55 AM

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It is important when getting to know any camera to attempt to learn its strengths and weaknesses. A point-and-shoot camera will lack some features, and depending on how sophisticated it is, it may not do well in some lighting situations. Many have a tendency to produce noisy pictures in low light. Most do great in routine situations like the canoe on the Sangamon River in broad daylight (below). Other situations will require some exploration on your part.

Illinois hunting and fishing

The picture at the top of the page was the result of an experiment where I shot into the setting sun at varying angles to see how the lens handled backlight and the exposure. I moved the sun in and out of the frame to see how the lens flared. This one turned out best with the sun just out of the frame. I also experimented with fill flash.

Illinois hunting and fishing

The photo of the grey tree frog sitting on an oak leaf is a good test of the camera’s close-up capability and its ability to render details. Again, we have to experiment to see what the camera can do and what it can’t.

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Interestingly enough, the picture at the top of the page was taken with a Kodak Easyshare camera that often doesn’t do well in low light. The others were taken with my Lumix. Find a camera that is easy to use and get out there and experiment. None of us gets any better at anything - from trapshooting to photography - without practice…

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