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Getting Pro Results from a Compact Camera
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Getting Pro Results from a Compact Camera

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So here's a fun tip for you. It's a beautiful day like this. You're walking around. You have your shades on. You have your compact camera with you. You see a shot that you want to take like this shot over here or maybe this shot right behind me here. So you align it up, you shoot it and when you get home, it doesn't look the same. Well, think about it. When you are not walking around, you had you shades on and the colors are saturated, there was less glare, everything looked great. You took the shot and your camera didn't have the same benefit that your eyes did.

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Getting Pro Results from a Compact Camera
1h 1m Intermediate Jan 27, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Understanding ISO
  • Stitching a panorama
  • Using exposure lock
  • Using the flash indoors and out
  • Adapting professional techniques to small cameras
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Photography Cameras + Gear
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Derrick Story

Using sunglasses as a polarizer

So here's a fun tip for you. It's a beautiful day like this. You're walking around. You have your shades on. You have your compact camera with you. You see a shot that you want to take like this shot over here or maybe this shot right behind me here. So you align it up, you shoot it and when you get home, it doesn't look the same. Well, think about it. When you are not walking around, you had you shades on and the colors are saturated, there was less glare, everything looked great. You took the shot and your camera didn't have the same benefit that your eyes did.

So why not take off your sunglasses and use them as a polarizing filter. That way when you take the shot you'll reduce glare and you'll have more saturated colors. All you have to do is just line it up, just line this, get the lens of your camera in the center of the lens of your sunglasses and take a photo. Now, if the shot doesn't look exactly the way you want, the camera may be compensating too much for the shades here. So what you can do is use your exposure compensation and just backed it off a little bit a half a stop, -5, -.5 or -1 and then you'll get more that of sunglasses effect.

Either way when you're out shooting and you have your shades on, remember they can also be a useful filter. Now if you have prescription glasses, what you might want to do is borrow the glasses from your friend that doesn't have prescription glasses, because that will make them more like a filter and won't change the optics of the shot. Either way this is a fun technique. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Give it a try and see what you think.

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