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Tips for Having Great Shots August 18, 2008

Posted by C0Y in Photos, Tips & Tricks.
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I’m planning to buy an entry-level camera like this (above) one. It’s a Canon Powershot A630 with 8 megapixels, 2.5″ LCD screen, 4X optical zoom, full manual controls. In short it’s fast, nice, and has a good price.

Most of you might have doubts on buying entry-level cameras thinking it wouldn’t make good shots, but actually, ask any enthusiast (or pro) and they’ll say cameras don’t make good shots, people do.

So here are some tips to get those great shots using entry level cameras: (from experts?)

  • Interact With Your Subject – having that chemistry between you and your subject brings out the comfort and the smiles you wanted to get.
  • Try Capturing Subjects in Motion – take shots in low light w/ flash turned off, and take shots on moving object.
  • Make You’re Subject Stand Out – try playing with the zoom & focus options to get that desired depth of field (clear subject w/ faded background or vice versa).
  • Angle and Crop – sometimes capturing the entire subject just seems so basic, so try not taking the entire subject, and it really helps to capture it in different angles.
  • Use Other Features – some cameras have a lot of added effects (colorize, sepia tones, desaturation, etc..) and they are built to be used. Using them would give some great shots.
  • Follow The Light – with the right position at the right time, a flare or ray of light can give added drama to a subject. it’s best to follow the light.

Here are some photos I took from my bothers camera (a Canon A630 too). Just to support my ideas 🙂

3 Critical:

  1. Creativity is A Must – creativity is actually the most powerful tool in photography.
  2. Take Your Time – just like in real life, patience is also a virtue in photography. It is essential to wait for the right moments.
  3. Start Here – if you’re starting to make photography your new hobby, or profession… I suggest you start with entry level cameras. The photos taken by professionals (that you were impressed with), you don’t get to make them overnight. Practice Practice Practice.


1. gem - August 19, 2008

hey, I have the Canon IXUS 80 which I bought a few months ago and it does me fine. Great little camera. I’d def recommend Canon.

2. everydayman - August 19, 2008

Thanks man. I’m actually looking for other alternatives.

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