Digital Cameras & Photography For Dummies Cheat Sheet
You may already have your first digital camera, or you may be ready to get a new one and are looking for some guidance on what type of digital camera to buy. Or maybe you’ve taken a few pictures with your new digital camera, and the results were less than stellar. You can most likely fix them during editing.
Comparing Digital Camera Types
Shopping for a digital camera is like choosing any device. You can carefully weigh multiple criteria considering expert reviews, or you can buy the blue one. All cameras have features that will be more or less important to you. The following table breaks down the pros and cons of each digital camera type.
|Basic Point and Shoot (P&S)||$125 to $250||Small size. Simple operation. Perfect for snapshots.||Limited features/flexibility.|
|High-end P&S (bridge cameras)||$250 to $500||Multiple automatic and manual modes. Powerful zoom lens for
getting closer to distant subjects.
|Larger than basic P&S.|
|Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR)||$500 to $5,000||Large photo sensor yields high quality images. Faster
operation. Interchangeable specialty lenses (macro,
|Takes time to master. Expensive.|
Editing Your Digital Photos
When you’ve been taking photos with your digital camera for a while, you may not always be thrilled with the outcome and may wonder, “Can this photo be saved?” The answer is often “Yes.” Use the tricks in the following table to edit your digital photos in your favorite photo editor.
|Resize||Reduce large photos.||For e-mailing or the Web|
|Auto adjustments||Automatically perform standard fixes, such as the ones in this
|Let the program make the decisions.|
|Crop||Select an area of the photo to keep while deleting everything
outside that area.
|Crop photos to emphasize the subject.|
|Red-eye fix||A flash causes red-eye or red spots in eyes.||Convert red spots into black pupils with this function.|
|Exposure adjustment||Adjust photos which are too light or too dark.||Fine tune brightness, contrast, shadow, and highlight.|
|Straighten||Fix photos that show a tilt.||Adjust along horizontal or vertical lines.|
|Panorama||Shoot a scene that is too wide or tall for one photo.||Stitch separate, overlapping photos together into one.|