Easy does it
with the compact
THE PHOTOJOURNALIST ARTHUR FELLIG, better known as Weegee, is
often credited with this bit of legendary advice for photographers: “f/16 and
be there.” These days the camera will take care of the exposure settings for
you, but the “be there” part is, of course, still a key to getting great photos.
It’s also one of the best reasons for buying a compact digital camera.
Small and lightweight, compact digital cameras are great for turning
moments into memories. Best of all, packed into these smart wonders is the
power and performance to capture those moments in all their vivid detail.
Pick up a compact camera and the possibilities seem endless, thanks to
a wide range of standard features. You can expect: wide range of standard features. You can expect:
• Automatic face detection
• Automatic red-eye fix
• Brightening of dark scenes
• Image stabilization, minimizing the effect of camera shake
• Preset exposure choices that match the situation—portrait, landscape,
beachscape, fireworks, close-up, cuisine and more
• Movie mode, complete with sound
Choosing the right compact digital camera for you
Pick one up and check it out.
• How intuitive are the controls and menus?
• How easy is it to set the functions and choose the features?
• How does it feel in your hands?
• How many megapixels do you want—or need? Any 6-, 7- or 8-megapixel
compact is going to give you stunning images. If you’re thinking about big
prints and blowing up sections of images, the more megapixels, the better.
Once you’ve chosen the right model for you, how do you get the most
from your new camera? Try thinking about your subject and letting the
camera’s auto features take care of just about everything else for you.
How you creatively approach your subject is what will make your pictures
really special. A
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