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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Fumbling Around

We have a Canon Power Shot Elph digital camera that we purchased before hubby went to Iraq in 2003 (actually more like the "Wait and See program" while sitting in Fort Hood). It only has 3.2 megapixels, but it's a decent camera. Not to mention we can take short video clips for Gramma to see him while she's in CA. For the longest time, I complained about how it didn't take pictures very well, so you would always find me with the SLR 35mm. However, I think I finally figured it out.

My biggest complaint about this camera was how washed out the flash made everything. For example:

Poor Little Man A's eyes. And that was on red-eye reduction mode.

After reading the manual last year, I gave up and just dealt with the pictures that it gave me. Especially when Little Man was constantly on the move, like this...

However, having a digital camera does have its advantages. It's nice to be able to take 100 or so photos and just delete the ones you don't want aka. are so horrible you wouldn't even show Grandma.

The other day, it finally clicked. I was reading, but what else? Creating Keepsakes - my scrapbooking magazine that I have a subscription for the next 15 years or so. Anyways, in one of their articles about how to take great photos, with whatever kind of camera you own, I found the answer. My shutter speed was WAY too slow! So I turned off the auto mode, switched to manual, and upped the shutter speed to 400, not 50! This is what I came up with...

Beautiful, clear shots, that aren't blindingly harsh on Little Man A's eyes. Uncle C - aren't you proud?!?!


Wenderina said...

I so need to try this with mine! Great shots. And I am SOOO jealous of the daffodils.

Carl said...

Uncle C... (Me) is wicked proud. Way to go. Little Man A never looked better. I love natural light portraits at the window. I'll show you another trick to do with them next time we visit!

Jude said...

Me too! I am wondering why all my shots keep coming out blurry....I kept blaming it on my eyes (not my age of course)...I'll be bring my camera this weekend and you can show me.