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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.
As you've seen looking at the various shots we have captured, you can shoot like a pro with a compact camera. You just have to learn a few basic techniques and camera controls. Chances are some of these techniques may interest you more than others. Maybe you're intrigued by macro photography and want to get nice and close, or maybe you like taking low light shots at night or by candlelight. You want the ability to take high ISO shots that don't have a lot of digital noise in them. If you get hooked on a specific technique, make sure your next camera is well equipped for that type of photography.
The key is to take these techniques, try them with your equipment, and then be ready when the opportunity for a great shot presents itself. So now it's your turn. Go out there and take some pictures.
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