Video:Digital Cameras 101with Brett Larson
If your digital camera features are still a bit overwhelming, we've got a few tips on how to get the shot you're after every time.See Transcript
Transcript:Digital Cameras 101OK, so you've taken the leap into the 21st century and bought yourself a digital camera. So far, the auto-everything setting has worked just fine, but part of you knows there is a budding photo-artist inside of you and to bring your vision to reality, you need to learn a bit more about how your camera works.
Combatting Picture-Taking LagOne of the most common complaints about digital cameras is the noticeable lag between the moment you press the shutter button and the moment the picture is actually taken. But, here are a few tips to make sure you get your shot:
Camera AimThe first tip is to point your digital camera where you will soon be taking a picture and press the shutter button halfway down just before the action starts. This causes the camera to get ready by setting the exposure and focusing ahead of time. Then when the magic moment arrives, you press the shutter button the rest of the way down, the picture snaps almost immediately and voila... a smiling baby.
Prepare for Red-Eye FlashesThe red-eye reduction feature has become pretty standard but be aware that it also causes a lag before the picture is snapped. In order to "get the red out," the flash flickers for a moment prior to the camera actually taking a picture. There is nothing you can do about this, but it helps to know what is happening. You might even warn your friends that there will be extra flashes so they don't turn away just before the actual picture is taken.
Experiment with SettingsAnother tip to get a faster pic. is to play around with your image quality settings before your first big photo shoot. The higher your setting, the higher quality picture you'll take. But the slower the speed at which the camera can save one image and more importantly, get ready to take the next. On the flip side, if you 'lower' the quality setting, the size of the image is smaller which results in a lower resolution picture, but you'll get to snap your next shot sooner.
I'm Brett Larson, About Gadgets.
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