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becomes better, the basic principles of photography are constant. The functions

and tasks the cameras can perform may change, but light is light, a subject is a

subject and the ultimate end result hoped for is a reasonable photograph.

The first step on the road to taking something even resembling a good picture is

to know the camera you’re about to use – its strengths, its weaknesses and its

limitations. How do you use any tool skillfully? Firstly, by getting to know

fully how it works, and secondly by use – that means practicing with it to

develop your skill.

There is always the option of turning to the manual. But when reading through

a camera manual, it only outlines how to turn each function on and off. It

doesn’t give you any understanding of the principle involved, or what is

happening inside the camera. Because the terminology is unfamiliar to you, or

because you don’t understand the concepts involved, the only option is to give

up in frustration.

By going through some of the controls common to most cameras, especially

compact cameras, (or ‘Point and Shoot’ cameras as they are sometimes referred

to as, because that is how you use it when on automatic settings), and by

explaining, in layman’s terms, their function and how and why they work, you

will get a good, solid photographic knowledge of how to use them properly.

Armed with these fundamental principles, you will be able to not only

understand why a picture may not turn out the way you had planned but also to
begin to work around your camera’s specifications to produce consistently

better photos.

Who knows, you may even be the next Annie Leibovitz or David Bailey!

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