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5 Photo Tips as of 05 Feb 2009

Tip 121 (What is the RAM Buffer?): Many cameras have enhanced functionality such as Burst mode or shooting of movies (not all cameras have them though). The technology for these is based on using the Random Access Memory on the camera. What happens is that the camera can write to the random access memory much faster than it can write to the card on the camera. In burst mode or movie mode, when the camera needs to capture a much higher amount of data, it writes the data to the RAM buffer first and then takes a longer period of time to write this data to the camera memory card.

Tip 122 (Using a remote): If your camera supports a remote control, get it (in most cases, a remote is an optional acceesory, which means you may have to buy it separately). A remote allows you to take a photo when you want to take a self-portrait and no one else is there to oblige (you and your partner have gone to a beautiful location and can’t find anybody to take your posed photo); it also allows you to avoid shaking the camera when you want to take a photo that needs a longer exposure.

Tip 123 (Half click on the shutter): This is information for beginners. Almost all cameras have a functionality whereby the auto-focus feature of the camera is activated when the shutter button is pressed halfway. Point the camera at the desired object for which you want to take the photo and then half-click the shutter button, and presto, it gets the focus.

Tip 124 (Focusing on objects that are to the side): In the previous tip, focus was obtained when you center the object and half-press the shutter button. However, this requires that the object is at the center of the frame. If you need to keep an object in focus that is at the side of the frame, then the way to do this is by first centering the object, pressing the shutter button half-way to get the focus, keeping the shutter button half-pressed and then moving the camera so that you get the desired frame. This keeps the focus depth on the desired object, and lets you also get the correct frame.

Tip 125 (Camera mode settings): In advanced point and shoot cameras, and in Digital SLR’s, you will find some camera modes on the dial (or through settings) that are called as M, A, S and P. These are different modes, meant for the level of control you need for exposure. Amateaurs typically are fine with P (Program Mode) while advanced users and experts are more comfortable with the other 3 modes.

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