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5 photos tips as of 07 Feb 2009

Tip 136 (Flash and burst mode): Another problem with burst mode is regarding the flash. If you are shooting in broad daylight and do not need a flash, then you have no issue. However, if you are shooting in a light condition where you need a flash, most flashes will not be able to keep up with burst mode. Burst mode shoots photos at a speed that is higher than the chargeability of flashes, and the Flash will most likely work only for the first photo of the burst sequence.

Tip 137 (Burst mode and Shutter lag): Many of you would know about the shutter lag that you find in a lot of point and shoot cameras. So, you are attending a school football match, and can see a lot of action just about to happen. You press the shutter, and find that the activity / action passed by and your camera had not yet captured the moment. Can be pretty frustrating, right ? Well, this is something that you would need to get more experienced at. Calculate the approxmate time of shutter lag, and then press early. However, because of this advance button pressing, you can never be sure that the camera captured the shot at the precise desired moment. With burst mode, the camera captures more shots during such periods, ensuring that you have a greater chance of capturing the precise desired shot.

Tip 138 (Steady hand): Sometimes, you will find that shots of some important events are unusable because they were blurred. Blurring happens either because the target was moving, or because your own hand shook. Typically, hand shaking starts to affect a photo when the shutter speed falls to below 1/30 of a second. However, you can do a few things to lessen a hand shake. You can either hold the camera with one hand, with the hand resting on any stationary object, or even on the other hand. You can stand with your back against a hard object, that seems to lessen the overall body shaking that translates into hand shake.

Tip 139 (Compensating for low light): An ideal condition is when you can set the aperture and shutter speed as per your own needs. However, this is not always the case, and in many cases, you need to generate as much light as possible because of overall low light conditions. So what do you do ? You set aperture as large as possible, and then start twiddling with making the shutter open longer. Once you get below 1/30 however, shaking is likely to happen. At this time, you can either use a higher ISO (changing ISO is not available in all cameras, but cameras do their own adjustments), or you can use a tripod to keep the camera steady.

Tip 140 (Noise problems with low light): Once you are in low light conditions, you will start to encounter noise in your images. Noise happens in parts of the photo that have low exposure, and can be combined with JPEG artifacts to reduce the overall quality of your photo. What can you do ? Well, if you have a higher ISO, then the chances of increased noise also increase. What other options do you have ? Well, you are left with no other option other than using a tripod to gather the required amount of light. If you use a tripod, then you are greatly reducing the chance of both noise and shaking; consider a tripod an integral part of your photo gear.

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