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Compact, point-and-shoot cameras are convenient, travel-ready, and inexpensive. They're also more capable—and complex—than ever. In Getting Pro Results from a Compact Camera, photographer Derrick Story shows how to use a compact camera to take photos that rival those of far more expensive cameras. Derrick shows how to get the most out the camera's lens as you shoot wide-angle, telephoto, and even macro shots. Derrick also discusses the camera's exposure system and clarifies the differences among ISO settings and scene modes. He also shows how to get the best pictures in a variety of lighting conditions, including making judicious use of the flash to supplement existing light.
When you turn on your camera, it makes all sorts of exposure decisions for you, which is great if you're in ordinary light on an average day. But what if you're indoors? What if you want do something different such as turn off the flash? What do you do then? Well, I have three things I want to show you: ISO control, exposure lock, and scene modes. By mastering those three techniques, you can better adapt your camera to different lighting scenes, and that's exactly what we're going to do right now so let's get started.
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