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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 people ask me, what's the one thing I can do to take better pictures with my camera? I answer, learn how to work the flash. Knowing when to turn on your flash and when to leave it off can change the look of your images in a dramatic way. I am going to show you a few basic flash techniques that you can use with your compact camera. Some of these work in conjunction with other techniques that we've discussed, such as changing your ISO settings. You will quickly see how mastering your flash will change your photography with a compact.
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