ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to take great pictures with your point and shoot camera

Updated on March 14, 2015
Las Vegas
Las Vegas

Photo projects

Book on special landscape projects that will make you a better photographer.

Better pictures with a Point and shoot camera

Almost everyone has a point and shoot digital camera nowadays. Most people use them for taking shot of family and vacation, and just everyday things to remember their life. Many of the pictures I see people taking with a point and shoot camera have flaws that make them disappointing to the person taking the shots. Which makes them not good for memories. I will tell you how to get good pictures out of your point and shoot camera that you will be proud to show everyone.

The first and most important thing to do is to take some time and read the manual with the camera in hand, so you can test and learn how the features work. Knowing how to use the features of the camera will go a long way to improving your pictures.

Most point and shoot cameras come with 5 to 20 shooting modes that will help you have the setting correct for the type of picture you want to take. The shooting modes are normally portrait, landscape, indoor, snow, beach, and a variety of other choices. What they do is optimize the camera settings for the pictures you are taking.

The landscape setting will set the aperture and shutter speed at the best settings to get you the best in focus shots from front to back of your picture, (depth of field), so you can have foreground objects in focus as well as the far away objects. For landscapes focus the camera about 1/3 of the way into the shot. The other shooting modes do the same thing for the other types of pictures.

Use the flash. Get as close as you can when taking shots of people, then use the flash to fill in shadows and make the overall lighting of the picture better. If shooting at night, use the night shooting mode or slow sync mode. It will allow you to get the person in the front lit with the flash as well as the background lighting.

The picture will not be of a person standing in a black nothingness. If the subject is too far away, don't use the flash. Steady the camera against something so it will not move and slowly squeeze the shutter release, I even hold my breath when I am shooting the shot.

Better Shots with a Point and Shoot Camera

Look behind the person to make sure the shot is not ruined by something that will look like it is coming out of their head in the background. Look around the rest of the shot through the viewfinder or the screen to make sure that there are not other distracting objects in the picture. Using bright colors as the focus of the picture can also lead to enhancing the shot.

When photographing people, focus on the eyes.

Try to frame the subject with something, some trees of a wall or something that will draw the viewers eyes into the picture so they will see what you want them to see. Anything that will enhance the subject.

Try to use the rule of 3rds. Get the subject out of the center of the shot. Picture a tic tac toe game drawn in the viewfinder, try to put the subject on one of the crossing lines.Your pictures will be better if the subject is not in the center of the shot.

Look through the viewfinder, think about how you want the finished picture to look. Try to frame the subject, use bright colors, focus on the eyes, use the shooting modes, use the flash when it will help, be creative, and most of all read the manual, so you know how to use the features on the point and shoot camera that are there to help you get better pictures.

Experiment with the camera. Go out alone on a nice afternoon and spend a couple of hours just shooting whatever you see interesting. Try to make the shot the best shot you can of the subject. If your camera has any manual settings, try the different settings and see what happens. Change the ISO setting. Try different angles of shooting, get low, shoot down on subject. The great thing about digital camera's is that you can just delete them and it costs nothing to experiment and learn.

I spent hundreds of dollars experimenting with film back when I was learning. Not many people wanted to do that then, now anyone can learn to take the best shots you possibly can.

Some good tips on getting better pictures

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Johan Smulders profile image

      Johan Smulders 

      6 years ago from East London, South Africa

      A good overview of point and shoot cameras. Thanks!

    • ShonEjai profile image

      ShonEjai 

      7 years ago from California

      Thanks for these tips. I practice digital photography too and have found that textures help. Visit my website for examples of textures. Best of luck! www.picture-speak.com

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)