Digital Photography Tips

04 Jan

Inside a Gazania.., originally uploaded by ~Dezz~.

I stumbled upon this awesome site which is a must for beginner photographers like myself that oftentimes get overwhelmed with the amount of information there is to learn.  It’s written in layman’s terms and well worth your time regardless of skill level.

Macro Photography

Much has been written on the topic of Macro photography for those photographers fortunate enough to own a DSLR with macro lenses – but what about if you own a compact point and shoot camera? Can you get great macro shots too?

While the results achievable with a point and shoot camera in macro mode probably won’t compare with a DSLR with a purpose built macro lens I’ve still seen some remarkably good shots with compact cameras (all three shots in this post were taken with compact cameras). Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of yours:

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Select Macro Mode – this is a fairly obvious first step but I’m always surprised by how many digital camera owners haven’t explored the shooting modes that their camera has. Macro mode is generally symbolized with a little flower and when selected it will tell your camera that you want to focus on a subject closer to your lens than normal (the minimum distance allowed will vary from camera to camera – consult your instruction manual to find yours). Macro mode will also usually tell your camera to choose a large aperture so that your subject is in focus but the background is not.

Use a Tripod – in macro photography a tripod can be particularly useful, even if you’re just shooting with a compact camera. Keeping your camera still not only improves your shots (getting rid of camera shake) but it allows you to play around with different settings without losing your composition.


I like this question:

Over at Neatorama there’s a great list of 13 Photographs That Changed the World.

It is an interesting collection of photographs from the last two centuries that beautifully illustrates just how powerful an image can be in spreading news, opening eyes, changing opinion and starting movements.

While many will argue over whether other images deserve a place in the list – I think it’s a wonderful start.

I would have included the picture of the Napalm Girl which is one of the most chilling images that has influenced many.

Another that comes to mind is the Tiananmen square image of the student standing in front of the tanks.

What others would you include?




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5 responses to “Digital Photography Tips

  1. penseroso

    January 4, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    “beginner photographers like myself”?? Listen to Miss Modesty! 🙂 You shoot circles around most photographers!

    Anyway, I think this resource is more for me than you because, although I do have a dSLR, I don’t have macro lenses and I don’t know what I’m doing, so thanks for the link.

    Regarding the Napalm girl, she lives in Canada now and she’s a published author. Her memoir is called “The Girl in the Picture.”

  2. Gracie

    January 4, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    Only in my fantasies, Penseroso. You just don’t see ALL the photos that don’t get posted because I couldn’t capture the right shot. There are tons of them that aren’t even focused so the site is a great resource for all of us.

    Thanks for the tid bit regarding “The Girl in the Picture.” I appreciate it. 🙂

  3. Suresh Gundappa

    January 6, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    Some how my long earlier comment is missing here. Am i on your list of spam?:-)

  4. Gracie

    January 9, 2007 at 4:57 pm


    If you have time, could you comment again with those photography tips? I’m sorry you ended up being included with all the porn and garbage that’s been bombarding my site recently.

    Not to worry, I pulled you out so all is fine now.

    Sorry about that!

  5. chill

    January 15, 2007 at 12:59 am

    You just don’t see ALL the photos that don’t get posted because I couldn’t capture the right shot. There are tons of them that aren’t even focused so the site is a great resource for all of us.

    Well that’s quite normal. The “pros” have all these extra pictures too, when they use digital cameras. That’s the beauty of digital photography (one of) : you can pick one picture out of a hundred. And focusing (you mention that many of your pictures are out of focus) is a lot more trickier with digital than 35 mm. It is much more easier for me to get the right focus with my 35mm camera than with my digital one. And you do so much macro, with what seems to be natural light : all the more difficult.

    I agree with penseroso here : you are as good as a pro, and I do mean by pro someone who makes a living with taking gorgeous pictures. You are so talented… It’s a feast to come in here, for both pictures and words, and for the vibes too.

    ps : global warming makes it hard for me to take pictures of snow… in Québec, and I haven’t taken my camera out of the appartment yet.


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