How to Shoot Great Photos with Your Pocket Camera

Waiting fishing boats
by Eliza Donovan, taken with Samsung ST88

Sooner or later all amateur photographers start thinking about getting a dSLR because they think that it’s impossible to shoot great pictures with their pocket or mobile cameras. Yes, dSLRs are great. But this doesn’t mean that you have to go and get one (and spend hundreds on dollars on it). You can take amazing photos with a cheap camera, especially if you follow¬†these simple tips.

1. Use the Built-in Scene Modes

Most point-and-shoot cameras and even mobile cameras have scene modes for shooting landscapes, portraits, sports events (read fast moving subjects) close-up shots, sunsets and so on. My suggestion is that you take advantage of all these modes and don’t always stick to Auto. True, Auto usually produces very decent results, but often it makes a total mess of your photos. That’s because unlike you, your camera doesn’t know that you are trying to photograph a beautiful flower with a bee in it or a racing motorbike. Your camera only sees bits of light and it’s trying to make the best guess. The scene modes actually tell your camera what sort of¬†exposure, shutter speed and aperture you are most likely to need. The scene modes make your camera a bit more clever and help it choose the right settings. And that can make a real difference. Read more