1 “Full Auto” is OK if the photo taker has been consuming adult beverages and oesn’t want to think about it.
2 “Shutter Speed Preferred” (TV for Canon; S for every other manufacturer) is a much more useful auto setting. Use this to stop motion — bicyclists during
a race or the 2-year-old who is moving at close to the speed of light. Set it and then
increase the setting until the motion can be stopped.
3 Avoid situations where there is backlighting until you know how to use the man- ual functions of the camera, or if the camera has the ability to do “fill flash.”
4 Start taking pictures of your kids when they are young and involve them in the process. Kids pick up the technology fast and will want to join in.
5 Don’t buy mega memory cards; they are a waste of money. The bigger/faster/ more expensive cards are for shooting movies.
6 Never “modify,” “change” or “adjust” any image in camera. Download your images after every photo shoot and use post-production software such as
Photoshop Elements or Picasa.
7 Buying a better camera will not make you a better photographer, unless you are moving up to a camera capable of manual settings and are determined to learn
how to use them.
Photography is no longer a hobby reserved for the artistic set. With
social media quickly becoming the primary means of keeping up with
friends and family and high-quality cameras readily available, snapping
lots and lots of photos has become second nature. We asked Glen Graves,
local photographer and founder of Photo Arts Marin, to share his top
three SLR and point-and-shoot camera tips for the burgeoning image
addict. ggravesphoto.com C.V. P.
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