Getting the most out of your camera is not a mammoth task, you can maximize your photography skills just by following some simple steps that could make a big difference.
If you have an inexpensive point and shoot camera, it doesn’t mean you can’t take amazing photos. There are several things you can do to take your photography with a point and shoot camera or a budget camera to the next level.
Let’s have a look.
In this new age, people are talking a lot more about DSLR cameras, but most people don’t have one unless they are a professional photographer or a serious photography hobbyist. These basic rules even apply to mobile phones as well
DSLRs are bulky, heavy, expensive, and inconvenient. On the other hand, a point & shoot camera is so much convenient. So if you are one of the many who owns a point & shoot camera, read on.
I would only recommend buying a DSLR if you’re serious about getting into photography.
Some Useful Tips
Follow these simple tips to get the most out of your budget camera:
1. Read the manual
Start by reading the camera’s manual if you want to know it inside out. It tells you about all the features of your camera and how to use those features. You may even find some tips or tricks on making the most out of your camera.
If you can’t find the manual or lost it, just go to the official website of the brand, and try to find it in the support section of your product page.
You can also find the latest updates of your camera in that section.
2. Be familiar with the menu
You must understand the features of the camera on its menu. It is better to know your way around in advance rather than fumbling around when you need to capture that rarest moment.
Try to understand and get involved with terms like:
- Shooting modes
- Jpeg format
- Metering modes
3. Play with your camera
It is very important to play and experiment with your camera to get to know its functionality and get adjusted to it.
Try out every mode of the camera and all the various scenes such as sunny days, low light, or portrait photography mode, meant specifically for taking headshots.
Also, try shooting in different formats of image quality and check which one of them delivers the best quality and serves the purpose for you. You can also try some built-in filters on the camera if it has some.
4. Learn the basics of photography
It is important to take some time to work on your photography skills and techniques. One of the first things that you can do is to observe great photographs and try to recreate their work. Nothing is better than self-taught photography.
ISO, aperture, and shutter speed are the three main pillars of photography. Even though you can’t control all of them manually in some point & shoot or budget cameras, you can still understand various built-in modes that automatically adjust them for you.
Once you understand how to use and control these pillars, no one can stop you from taking great pictures, no matter the camera equipment you have.
5. Experiment on photography composition
Try to do something different by experimenting with different things. Find out which mode of the camera works better for a particular type of shot.
While you are at it take some time to play with the rule of thirds. Imagine a nine-square grid on every photo you’re going to take and try to avoid putting things right in the center square. You can even enable photography grids on your camera screen as well
Try playing with angles and don’t be afraid to shoot from above, below, or well just about anywhere.
6. Invest in a budget equipment
Tripod is the most basic equipment a photographer should invest in because it makes photography shine out like anything. Although it takes some time to set up the outcome quality of the image, it is worth all the effort.
If you think a tripod is bulky and heavy to carry around try using a monopod which gives extra stability. These things are especially useful in very low light situations.
If you’re interested in buying a tripod, always look for a sturdy and heavy tripod because if it is weak it might get easily pushed by a breeze of air and damage your camera as a result.
A cheap five in one reflector can also be a useful resource. It can be used as a reflector, diffuser of light, and improve image quality at the end.
7. Get inspired
You can learn a lot of basic as well as new things by following photography experts in the industry. Most of the photographers are on social media, for example, Instagram, Facebook, etc.
You may keep a check their social profiles.
Always remember one thing, you don’t need expensive gear to capture stunning photos.
- Get yourself familiarized with your camera
- Learn photography basics
- Experiment with what you have
- Invest in a tripod
The thought process takes place in the head, ideas come from within us.