Tips For Taking BetterStory and Photos By Pat Ford
Published: June/July 2012
This story won't help you catch more fish on your line, but it sure will help you capture them in pictures.
For Point-And-Shoot Digital Cameras
There are many good waterproof point-and-shoot cameras on the market today, which are excellent choices for boaters. Any point-and-shoot camera over six megapixels will make a fine 8x10 print. Here's how to make your pictures pop:
- Set your camera to the highest resolution/quality JPEG. Set the image to the largest size. You'll get fewer photos, but you'll be able to enlarge them later to any size you like.
- Set the ISO (which governs the camera's sensitivity to light) to auto, or 400. No need to go below 400.
- Avoid using the "digital zoom" feature, which decreases picture quality. You can always zoom and crop on your computer later.
- The fill-in flash makes a big difference in lighting up the boater's face. The hats we wear aboard make dark face shadows. For shots of people or grip-and- grin photos of your catch, go to the "portrait" mode on the scene selector and then set the flash to "on."
- Tell your friends to stay put till they see the flash go off. There's a delay between pressing the shutter release and the shutter actually taking the photo — this is the major drawback to point-and-shoot cameras and makes action shots more difficult to capture.
- Bracket your shots. Take one without a flash, the same one with a flash, and yet another from a different angle (higher, lower, or from one side), to make sure one of them gives you what you want.
- Shaking up the expected angle makes for more interesting shots. Instead of the straight-on shot, go up to the bridge and take the photo, with your subjects looking up and smiling.
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