Great Pictures From Point-and-Shoots

Cameras are everywhere these days.  I heard something like 6 million new pictures are being added to Facebook every day.  Wow!


I’ve developed some tips from watching how people use their cell phone or point and shoot cameras, and from the sometimes blurry or out-of-focus pictures I see posted around the internet.  There’s nothing terribly complicated, it just takes a few seconds of patience.


If you follow these tips you’ll see the percentage of ‘keepers’ go up!


Scenario: you’re out to dinner with a few friends and want to take a picture of them.  Here’s what you do.

  1. Have your camera turned on in advance.
  2. Have the lens set at the zoom level you desire – again, in advance.
  3. Aim your camera at the group and press your finger down halfway on the shutter button.  You’ll see the camera’s auto-focus begin to work.
  4. After the camera has locked focus, start your one-two-three countdown with your friends.  Don’t take your finger off the botton.
  5. On ‘three’, press the button down the rest of the way.
  6. Pat yourself on the back for taking a great, sharp, in-focus picture!


This works in most situations.  Make sure the camera is turned on, focused, and ready to fire before the decisive moment!

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