Thursday, January 18, 2007

So, what is your camera good for?

Feeling a little camera envy because you don’t have the latest and greatest or a boatload of accessories? Not confident your camera is able to take great pictures? Try this for a little inspiration (this only works for digital cameras – sorry, filmies):

Head over to Flickr.com. In the lower right corner of the home page, click on “Camera Finder.” Click through the various camera model lists to locate your camera and click the link. Then scroll to the bottom of the page that pops up.

You’ll see some amazing pictures that have been taken with YOUR model of camera and posted to Flickr. A drop-down menu lists various categories of photos that you can explore. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the pictures or click on the photographers’ names to see even more good stuff.

Then come back here and ask me how you can take pictures like that.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Curly Mommy said...

I have a Kodak Easy Share DX6490.

January 18, 2007 at 4:00 PM  
Blogger james said...

The Easy Share is a nice series of cameras. It can take some amzing photos:

http://flickr.com/cameras/kodak/dx6490_zoom/

January 18, 2007 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger Curly Mommy said...

I've tried to take pictures of flowers and they end up looking muddy and boring. I haven't tried any of the manual modes.

January 18, 2007 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger james said...

Muddy pictures can result from one or a combination of several things.

Wrong exposure – your light meter is being fooled by the lighting conditions – set your exposure value (EV) to +1 or +2 depending if the picture is slightly dark or very dark

Camera shake – close up settings magnify every little movement of the camera. Use a tripod to steady the camera, or set your camera to shutter priority and use a shutter speed of at least 1/125.

Digital zoom – muddy pictures are guaranteed with this setting. Don’t use it. Ever. Stay within your optical zoom range.

Feel free to email me a sample picture and I can give you more detailed information.

January 19, 2007 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger Curly Mommy said...

Ok. It sounds like I need to venture out of the automatic settings and actually learn to use the camera. I'll give it a try. Thanks.

January 19, 2007 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger JAM said...

Fantastic advice. I try to tell people these things but they think "other people" have magical photography skills. I'll have to start telling them to do this so they can see for themselves.

One of my favorite photo sites is by Faustina Black, a lady from Georgia, who only has a point and shoot. (Last I knew that's all she used, anyway.)

January 22, 2007 at 6:30 AM  

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