We’re approaching the fall, and that means that before you know it, the holidays will be upon us! Digital cameras have become ubiquitous vessels for our memories, but it’s important to make sure you’re doing everything possible to get the best out of your device. Here are five ways you can avoid common digital camera mistakes:
1) Using a High ISO: In order to help out in low light situations, you can up the camera’s ISO. But that will seriously degrade the image quality. Try slowing down the shutter speed instead, while making sure to keep the camera as steady as possible.
2) Squeezing Too Many Photos On The Memory Card: When you lower the resolution of the photos in order to get a couple of extra photos on the memory card, you also make it so that you can’t get prints of the photos as big as you’d be able to otherwise. Who knows when you’ll take the perfect photo that you want to blow up to an 8″x10″ print and put on the mantle?
3) Not Reading The Manual: There are so many features available on even the most basic digital camera. Make sure that you’re getting everything you can out of your camera by checking out the full manual.
4) Using Flash When You Shouldn’t: If you’ve got enough light, don’t use the flash. If you’re taking photos of something in the distance, don’t use the flash. It washes out skin tone, it eliminates depth of field (makes everything look flat) and can cause red-eye.
5) Not Bringing A Spare Battery: Digital viewfinders and video capture in particular take up a lot of battery power. Always have backup batteries ready in case that special shot comes far from home.
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