Beyond Automatic Mode

One of the issues with digital cameras and their availability is actually that they are capable of far more than they are used for. Even older digital cameras are capable of great shots when set up in the right way for each situation, yet many owners are unaware of how to use them or what to use them for.

While the Automatic Mode is a powerful setting, it is not ideal for many situations. It is great for shooting pictures on the fly and in repetition, but often fails when lighting circumstances are not ideal.

Here is where one can really explore the limits of a digital camera. There are pre-set modes to choose from depending on the setting and location. Most cameras come with a mode for sports in particular, which will focus on quickly capturing a picture in an outdoor setting in order to avoid motion blurring or missing a crucial moment.

Another variety of modes is often aimed at time of day and setting. Indoor lighting is vastly different to outdoor lighting, and outdoor lighting changes depending on time of day. Indoors there is fluorescent and iridescent lighting, and so on. Some people find that pictures taken in certain lighting makes them look unflattering, and choosing the right mode on the camera can mitigate that effect by treating light differently.

Of course, many manufacturers make different modes for their digicams, but there should always be a manual one that you can modify to your heart’s content. Learning how to do so can really make a low-priced camera take amazing photos.

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Shooting Fast Action

actionshotsMost digital cameras have a setting that sets the shutter to a faster speed to capture active events such as sports and many others. This is similar to the ability of analog camera’s to get sharp and crisp images without the blur, adjusting the shutter speed and aperture size as desired. The digital system makes this all easy for the ranging system determines the distance through an infra-red beam, adjusts the optimum lens position, to attain maximum efficiency, a split second as you push the button. The major limitation is when you are using too much zoom which the IR ranging system may not be able to handle and the details turn out blurred and grainy. [Read more...]

Tips for First Time Users of DigiCams (Part 1)

Here are things you need to know outright when using a digital camera:

– Enter the date or time (if this is the first time you will use your digicam or if the batteries have been dead for a long time already. It will be easier to organize, find and identify your images.

– Learn what the icons mean. Check the camera settings on the control panel and viewfinder. The number of pictures you can shoot will depend on your settings and status of battery change.

– Remember, if you are storing an image and you turn off your camera, the image will continue to be saved before your camera fully shuts down.

– Generally, shutter buttons have two stages. Press your camera halfway down–the camera will set a focus and exposure. When you are ready to capture your picture, press the button the rest of the way. With some cameras, you can press the button all the way. A delay will occur before the picture is captured, in order for it to focus.

– See if the camera has a diopter adjustment that will make it sharper, if you notice that the view finder is blurry.

Christmas Accessories


Because during Christmas time, everything gets a bit more awesome! Some people, the very few who gets super excited with customizing everything and making it look Christmass-y then you are in for a treat. and if you are a lover of digital cameras, then this is a double treat! HighKey has produced different kinds of clever camera straps. They have readily made or you can choose to have a strap made with any image of your choice. They provide a Photoshop template to make things a bit easier for customers. It is made of good quality and durable. It costs around 20 pounds. Another item available are custom engraved leather camera bag. Krintech offers leather engraving service, which uses a laser to cut designs into leather. The price here depends on what you want engraved and the size. Last minute shoppers also don’t need to worry because they do one-day service.



If you love traveling like me, you would agree that a camera is an important traveling companion. It is your aid to capturing the most memorable moments of your trip. But I’m pretty sure you would not want to carry bulky equipment all day everyday during your trip. Thank goodness for Nikon Coolpix S510.
This camera is arguably the smallest one in the market today. It easily fits into your pocket. It is light, flat and easy to carry. Don’t let its small frame fool you because this camera is highly efficient with its 8.1 megapixel capability, capturing those wonderful moments in a trip has never been more easy.


With manufacturers like Sony and Nikon offering more fashionable and stylish digital cameras, it is no wonder that people are crazed with accessorizing them. However, before you rush into you nearest store to get you own camera jazzed-up, here are some helpful reminders.Make sure that the accessory you will buy is functional. See how you and your camera can maximize the use of this accessory. Weigh its value against need and want.Make sure that when you accessorize it will not harm the system of your camera, or the body. You want to be able to accessorize and preserve your camera at the same time.

Tips for First Time Users of DigiCams (Part 2)

- Hold the camera with your right hand. Support the camera or lens with your left hand. Do not block the autofocus, flash, port or lens.

– Photos are stored in the camera’s buffer–internal memory. When the buffer becomes full, one or more image will be transferred to the memory card before more pictures can be taken.

– Do not open the battery or the covers of the memory while you are saving images. This will cause failure of the image to be saved, and cause damage of the memory card.

– You can adjust the brightness of your monitor.

– Turn off the camera when not in use.


Are you planning to get a new digital camera? Are you confused about the different models out in the market? You are not alone. Manufacturers are always trying to outdo one another. It can easily confuse even the most savvy of shutterbugs. So how do you know which one is right for you?Know how you are to use the camera. Set a price ceiling that is good for you. Do research on your choice. Go to a store and try it out, the feel and the grip are equally important to design and technology. Remember even the high-end models could be a worthwhile investment if you make the most of your purchase.

Limits – Know them for Best Pictures

blurredimage2Your digital camera has limits as to the maximum distance and other factors that should be considered for great pictures that captures all the details. For standard off-the shelf ones with a built-in flash, it is most surely well suited for daytime settings as the flash unit seldom has the power to illuminate wide areas at night. Professional cameras can overcome this withe the addition of additional remote flashes that are triggered by radio transmitters synchronizing them with the camera and other flash units. When taking pictures in the dark, it is also harder to capture a sharper image for any movement would be reflected as blurred resulting in, well, blurred shots. Chose a camera that fits your intended use and they can come in all shapes and sizes. For most of us, the off-the shelf units are the best for they are the simplest to use, you simply point and shoot. [Read more...]

Digital Camera Care

cameracleaningDigital cameras come in all shapes and sizes and if you could only open the case, you’d be amazed at the amount of technology crammed into their ever smaller cases. The imaging sensors have become more sensitive and now have the ability to capture more pixels per image. The microelectronics allows more components onto a smaller area, and more. All this technology results in one powerful gadget that is quite robust yet any sudden fall can result serious damage, a chipped board here, a misaligned lens there and you’d sure be on your way to get a new one. These camera’s are also on the side of disposable gadgets for their compact size means there is little you can do to remedy say a failed chip other than replace the whole board which would set you back a lot of money, almost the price of the camera itself. They are rated for drop tests which can be found in the manual though the quick guide would surely recommend that you do not drop it anyway. [Read more...]