The Essentials of Using Your Digital Camera’s Built-In Features to Improve Your Pictures

You paid for them, so take advantage of your camera’s many features! Even the simplest of today’s digital cameras have bells and whistles that improve your photography, if you know how to use them. Discover what all the buttons and dials on your camera actually do.

Using Professional Tricks to Create Interesting Pictures

Do you know how to take great pictures with your digital camera? Digital cameras are easy to use, but you still have to figure out what to take pictures of [more…]

The Difference between Optical Zoom and Digital Zoom on Your Digital Camera

Zooming on your digital camera involves getting a closer view of far-away subjects. Optical zoom gets up close and personal by using an actual lens adjustment and digital zoom adjusts the image in the [more…]

Taking Digital Photos in Scene Modes

Many cameras now offer scene modes. These special picture-taking modes automatically flip all the available focus and exposure controls to settings that work best for different types of subject matter. [more…]

Using Histograms to Correct Your Digital Images

A histogram is a chart with 256 closely spaced vertical bars, usually forming a curve. In a histogram of your digital image, the left side of the curve represents the darkest tones in your image, the right [more…]

Choosing a Digital Camera Metering Mode

Many digital cameras offer a choice of autoexposure metering modes. Metering mode means the way in which the camera’s autoexposure mechanism meters — measures — the light in the scene while calculating [more…]

Reducing Red Eye in Your Digital Photos by Using the Flash

The so-called camera red-eye problem happens when the flash reflects in the subject’s eyes, giving them a red glint. Your digital camera’s red-eye reduction mode aims to thwart this phenomenon by firing [more…]

Adjusting Your Digital Camera’s Light Sensitivity by Changing Its ISO Setting

Many digital cameras offer a choice of ISO settings, which indicate the light sensitivity of the camera’s imaging sensor. The higher the ISO number, the more quickly the camera reacts to light. A high [more…]

Using Different Exposure Methods on Your Digital Camera

The brightness or darkness of your digital camera’s image depends on exposure — the amount of light that hits the image-sensor array. The more light (the greater the exposure), the brighter the image. [more…]

How to Change Your Digital Camera’s White Balance

Digital cameras use a process known as white balancing to tell the camera what combination of red, green, and blue light it should perceive as pure white, given the current lighting conditions. With that [more…]

Tweaking How Your Digital Camera Processes Pictures

In your digital camera’s menu, you can probably find options to tweak processing features, such as color saturation and contrast, adjusting the default processing settings. You can control how your camera [more…]

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