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photography : a really easy fix for instantly better photos

okay, so i am seriously not an expert. i don't even know the correct terminology. but i thought this might help some of you who are scared of the manual setting on your camera! just having an expensive camera does not equal awesome photos. the little dial that has "auto" and "m", "a", "s", "p". yeah, you're supposed to use that! i've been trying to figure out how to take better photos in bad lighting [without hurting my brain too much in the process]

so, after a seriously two minute lesson from my brother, i learned that in areas of low light [where your point & shoot will use its flash and take horrible photos] you can just lower the shutter speed and things will look great. this allows the camera an extra split second to take the photo, letting more light in. yay! here's a quick example of what i did:

turn that dial to "m". now, you'll see a screen with a bunch of nonsense on it. you want to turn the other dial or press the button [however your camera works] to make the "shutter speed" number lower. on my camera, this is the number on the right. the number on the left is the "f/stop" or something like that. [i'm sorry that i don't know the terms, or the correct steps for each camera- you'll have to experiment on your camera, but at least you know what you're trying to accomplish, right?

here's an example of three photos i took, lowering the shutter speed in each one. you'll have to click on that to make it bigger, sorry!

now, do the opposite if you're shooting with a bright window in the room. this takes out that crazy sun glare that you can get sometimes. make the "shutter speed" higher, so that it takes the photo faster, letting less light into the camera... does that make sense?

i hope that helps some of you who were looking for a pretty easy fix. [i'm sorry if it makes it worse that i am a complete dork and can't explain it at all] i hope to keep learning more, and i will definitely share it here!


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