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I looked around and read some posts by others. Slowly figuring it out :) Thanks for the welcome

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Did you get all of your questions answered?
I saw you jumped right in this week!!!
Glad to have you join in!!!
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Did you get all of your questions answered?
I saw you jumped right in this week!!!
Glad to have you join in!!!
JO

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Please visit my Flickr Page for my photographs.
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I also have a Blog on Blogspot for my Short Stories.
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I'm new to this thread. I LOVE to take pictures and I love looking at others photos as well! Is it too late to join the weekly assignments? How do I get involved in that?

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I went ahead and brought the sony cybershot.. I am soo happy with it and it is amazing!

Now I have to learn to shoot it hahahaha

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Lens (zoom, aperture, focal length) 30x, f2.8-5.6, 27-810mm (35mm equivalent)

Highest resolution size (still/video):4,896x3,672 pixels/1,920x1,080 at 60fps (progressive; 28Mbps)
Image stabilization type Optical and digital

I am thinking this is all the camera I will ever need since I am not a professional.

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Sorry, don't have any personal knowledge of Sonys, but I'm interested in the feedback here as my poor, little (AWESOME) Canon PowerShot 230's flash just died and I don't know if I want to spend the $$ to get it fixed or go new............again............heavy sigh.

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I think I have found my camera!

I have been seriously looking at a Sony Cybershot
18mp and a 30 zoom!

I am very impressed with the qualities of this camera but know nothing about sony's ..

Does anyone have any comments about this?

Thanks

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I have a Kodak easyshare m5370. I also have a G.E. w1000. I have one with me all the time. emoticon emoticon

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I too am looking to buy a point and shoot camera, I brought one last year, it was a canon powershot and I loved it however, it broke because I went camping and it dropped breaking the lens...

I need something that is durable, outside shots active, still, landscape, people, animals is what I normally shoot..

I just take pictures to make memories and for fun...

Is there one that is more durable with a good focus and zoom, I did have a waterproof camera but it really was bad for zoom and the pixels, I would be happy with a 12mp at the most..


Any suggestions of a better durable camera.. the one I have been looking at is about $169.00 at Sam's Club is another canon one, but I am afraid I am going to have that broken as well LOL We do a lot of hiking, walking and camping not to mention I am very hard on things LOL


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I use a Fuji Film Finepix 2940. And most of the time I love it. :)



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I use one of the new mirrorless cameras (SONY alpha NEX C3). It is the best of both worlds - P&S and DLSR. Photographers are predicting that this style of camera will replace DLSRs. THey are lightweight, have interchangeable lenses and have all of the manual settings as well as presets. I can take amazing photos with it and at 16MB, I have blown them up to large canvas prints. I am trying to learn about the manual settings so the links here are much appreciated. I have a daily photoblog (post one pic a day) and I enjoy the support there of other photographers from all over the world.
I am so happy to have found this team on SP. I enjoy looking at everyone's weekly images.

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scary sometimes, but wonderful, YES!

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It even works when you just save to your hard drive. Isn't technology wonderful, lol.

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HOLY CRUD!!! I seriously NEVER noticed that! I wonderful how Flicker knew that? emoticon

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When you save the picture you can also right click and hit properties and it should have all the information you need regarding the settings you used.

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THAT'S my biggest problem too......................remembering the settings for the perfect shot that I took two months ago!!! ARGH! I know, I know, write it down! Did y'all write down every, single setting for every, single shot in the beginning?

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I am struggling with learning and remembering the technical side of photography. I also need to learn to edit photos. Sigh...........

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OMG! Paulissa! God Bless You!
What a wonderful attitude......that can certainly apply to life in general. I do totally agree however. You really have to have the eye in order to get "the shot". The bottom line is TAKE PIX!!! Lots and lots of pix, especially in the digital age where you don't have to print every, single one! is the way to find out what the camera sees vs what you see.

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I have always heard and believe that the best camera is the camera you have with you. I have had images taken with a Kodak Easyshare published in books and have had images published with my Canon Powershot SX130. It's not really about the camera. Can a camera help pick up detail? Certainly1 Yet if one's eye does not see the detail first, the camera means nothing. Shoot for your love and forget the rest.

All art is about perception and that filter of perception is different for each of us.

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Thanks for the links. I have two P&S cameras (a Sony TX-1 that's waterpoof and a Kodak EasyShare M580 that has a longer zoom). I use either of these cameras when I am walking, cycling or doing anything where there's water or possibly rain. I also have a Nikon D40 DSLR that I don't use much except or taking pictures at military retirement ceremonies (for friends) with a Nikor VR 18-200mm lens. I would love to use this camera more but don't because I feel that I am wasting the camera's abilities by only pointing and shooting. I've thought about taking a photography class to use the camera to it's full potential but never got around to it. As of today, that is going to change. I am going to use that camera in manual mode by doing just what you suggested, take one mode at a time, learn it then move on to the next one. One day I am going to make myself proud!

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BEAUTIFUL!!! Well done.

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I can't afford a DSLR, and with having to recently replace my car, it looks like the camera upgrade is undefinitely on hold. That said, I shoot a Canon Powershot DX20is. Currently one of the images I took with it is on exhibit at the St. Louis Artists' Guild at a national show. www.flickr.com/photos/-susanb-/68044
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There are several members of the Photography Section of the Guild, and of the local Camera Club, who turn their noses up at all-in-one cameras. I've met them and butted heads with them. There will always be folks like that, and I've come to realize that all I get out of "discussions" with them is a sore head. Their opinions are set in stone.

To everyone who has an all-in-one camera: Shoot for the love of capturing an image. Shoot for the rush you feel when you know you've caught the shot. Shoot *because you want to shoot.* Let the passion of photography be your guide.



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Thank you for posting this topic and links. I have been shooting digital for many years but have not gotten away form the auto mode (P&S, Green Mode) usage.

I shot a Sony F707 for many years and about a year ago upgraded to a Nikon D90. I absolutly love my D90, and have explored a little bit in the manual modes but always run back go auto mode.

Hopefully with some of these links and my involvement in this team I will start to venture out of auto mode.

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I love this thread.

I have a Canon P & S and Canon DSLR (well actually I have three P & S's and one DSLR, lol).

I still do most in AF and am trying to learn about the rest. I would love to take classes but really can't find any place that offers them.

Here are some photos that I took with the P & S, and they are with my older camera. I was shocked with what I could catch.

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The first two were taken in my house looking out the window. The one of the moon was after putting the grandkids on the bus.

That camera is still one of my favorites.

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I second that thought: all the gedgetry in the world will not create a memorable photo, it's whats SEEN and composed by the photographer

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Just remember that any camera is better than no camera. Often the person that gets the best pictures is not the one with the most fancy camera with all the lenses and settings but the person that has their camera handy when one comes across interesting things to photograph. I personally prefer a small pocket camera as it gives me the freedom to take it with me more places and get pictures of things that most people would not have thought about bringing out a camera on. Just like while they may not be winning any awards often some of the most memorable pictures that people have taken recently tend to be on their phone because that was all that was around at the time but they still got a picture on the simple camera.

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Just came across this message board. Thank you SO much for the info. Between my P&S and cell camera I take pics of everything. I have a superzoom, but my heart aches for a DSLR!!! I promised myself I would not purchase a DSLR until I've mastered taking amazing shots with my P&S and have the photography basics down. I really need to get on the ball because I know I am missing out on tons of action shots, and children grow up before you know it. I will be checking out the resources you listed. Thanks again for all the info and motivation

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Another terrific article - "11 Tips for Beginner Photographers"
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And, in case you missed it, "Get Closer"
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Just an update. I found a Coolpix S6200 at B&H for $105 delivered. It's refurbished, but the only thing I see wrong with it is a small scuff mark on the front. Works perfectly. No great low light shooter, but very few point and shoots are. The 10X zoom was the attraction (and the price). Now to start saving for a D800. (My old used car didn't cost that much!)
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FITCHICK68, you're welcome!

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Thank you for posting the links!...they are very helpful.

While I shoot with a P/S camera ( Canon PowerShot A720 IS), I find myself drooling over DSLR cameras and can't wait to get one emoticon

But you are right though...I have shot my best shots...well...all of them...with a point and shoot hehe!

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For those reading this thread for the first time, here are the links to the tips offered in the original post, all having to do with point-and-shoot cameras -

Control aperture and shutter speed
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Macro photography tips
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I will post more links to point-and-shoot tips as I come across them in the future.

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Thanks, NITEMAN3D! The Nikon S6200 Coolpix has a lot of nice features, especially the 10X optical zoom. The P80 is also an excellent P&S.

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I'm looking for a new camera for my hip pouch. Currently I have a Canon Elph (SD1100IS) and had another one before that, so I'm well pleased with them. Problem is, not enough zoom and now long zoom is available on this size camera. My first priority is size (3.5"x2"x.75" approx), then bang for the buck. I see a Nikon S6200 for around $160 that looks like it will fill the bill. Any suggestions?

Some tips that may have already been stated, but I'll repeat if so. Pre-focus/expose (see your manual) and also make sure your memory card reads faster than your camera writes. No point and shoot will compete with the DSLR's for frame to frame shooting speed, but if you do everything you can to help it along (again, see the manual), it can do an acceptable job. I have a smallish super zoom (Nikon P80) that I take to ballparks where the DSLR with long lenses is not allowed or anywhere else where I may be told the big camera can't be used. It does a real decent job with sports. The rapid fire mode is great for pitching/batting/running sequences.

Good thread. Hope it attracts new participation.



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No problem -- I know that a discussion of lens sharpness is off topic for this thread. And, to be honest, I don't really get into uber-geeky subjects! :-)

Other suggestions for beginners using point&shoot cameras...

Read the manual. When I got my first digital camera I knew nothing about photography, despite having a mother who had won awards with her photos (all I knew was that she carried around a suitcase of lenses and two Pentax bodies and was considered very good). It came as a total shock to learn that white balance could be set! I lived with blue and purple pictures for months before someone told me that my camera might have a setting to correct this! (This was long before Picasa was available.)

Second piece of advice is to accept the camera's limitations and exploit its strength. So what is a P&S not so good at? Action photography (sports, very active kids, moving animals), low light photography (especially at night, without flash or other light source), huge wide angle, and shallow depth of field (if you want a nice blurry background behind your model, you'd better make sure there's a lot of distance between the background and your model and move in close).

Where does a P&S excel? Macro photography (many of the current cameras let you move as close as an inch to your subject), bright colours, anything in good light that doesn't move exceptionally fast, portraits, flowers, street photography, and just for carrying around in a bag. You can hold a P&S in your hand, turn off all the beeps, and no one will be aware that you're taking photos. You can carry it with you and photograph almost anything, as long as it's not moving too fast and light conditions aren't too dark. (Even then, you can get around the low light problem if you use a self-timer or a tripod or a surface to stabilize your shot.)

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Prime lenses generally have an advantage with sharper optics and lens arrays, but not always. The new zoom lenses have come a long way - at least that's how I feel about my Nikkor zoom, and I have used lots of prime lenses in the past. Talk about a bag full!

I love this discussion, Avital - it's an interesting one! We should start a separate thread for it. I would like to keep this discussion focused (no pun intended) on techniques for the people who use point-and-shoot cameras to get the most out of their equipment.

Thanks!

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Just to muddy the waters further (and I admit that this is pixel-peeping), you can cover a wide range with a big zoom but not with the same degree of sharpness. I took a couple photos last night of a christmas cactus, one with a 50mm prime (the cheap f/1.8) and one with an 18-135 mm lens. The 50mm lens is sharper, but you'd have to blow it up to see the difference.

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Glass (lenses) are the one thing where it pays to invest for the best quality one can afford. Having said that, however, with a good zoom lens, you don't really need a bag full... I shoot with only one lens on my DSLR, an 18-200mm zoom with vibration reduction. It's awesome and gives me the freedom to shoot everything from landscapes to close-ups without having to switch out lenses. DSLR's take photographers to the next level, offering a range of benefits and features that give more fine tuning and control over the end results, especially in the hands of someone with experience, knowledge and skill. But, I agree with you Avital regarding the mistaken perception that an expensive camera will turn someone into a great photographer. It won't - not without the aforementioned.

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There is something I tell P&S owners who want to move up into the "big leagues" and get a DSLR (never mind whether they know how to take decent pictures in the first place; some people think that a more expensive camera will automatically turn them into incredible photographers): I always remind them that to get the range of a good P&S, from macro to pretty decent zoom, will take a bagful of good lenses. The whizz-bang camera body with all the latest features is only going to get great pictures if it has some decent lenses to work with.

I don't own a macro lens and can't afford one at the moment. When I want to get really close to something, I use a point&shoot. As for zoom, My first photo of the twin towers of Amman in Jordan, from Maale Adumim in Israel, was shot with a Canon PowerShot S5IS. :-)

Here's the Amman photo, taken with the PowerShot:

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I had a DSLR (Canon Rebel XSi) at the time but with only a kit lens of 18-55 mm, there's no way it could take this shot, 60 km away.

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We be da same. I have a D80 with a Sigma 17-70OS and a D40X with a Nikon 70-300VR that I carry in a Lowepro sling bag and I very rarely change lenses. I do carry a macro and a wide angle zoom, but they get precious little use. This bag is *not* point and shoot. This kit probably won't change till something breaks or I get crazy rich. OTH, I carry a little Canon Elph in a hip pouch with my phone and it's only a 3X zoom. They've got these tiny cameras with long zooms now that I covet.

Point of all this is getting back to your thread. The camera I use the most is the one I carry most, which is why I'm more concerned with upgrading the little one than the big ones. Point and shoots have all sorts of reasons to aspire to the faster and sharper DSLR's and rangefinder mirrorless cameras that still require lenses and don't fit in a pocket. But.. the things they have in their favor are size and ease of use, which means they're more likely to be in your hand when the picture happens. If I set out to take pictures, I take the big bag with all the gadgets and I will get more keepers per shoot than I ever would with the tiny camera. Yet the tiny camera will get me that picture of the movie star or musician that I run across unexpectedly or taking a picture of my meal before I eat it at Red Lobster so I can count my calories later or that bumper sticker or.... well, you get the idea. The best camera is the one you have in your hand at the time and knowing how to use it is *most* of the battle. Learning is the best tool in the bag.

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NITEMAN3D, "Is it the brush or the artist?" was exactly why I posted this thread. I think the P&S doesn't get all the respect it deserves and I think it gets all the blame when photographers do not get good results because they are not doing their homework in terms of reading the manual and learning techniques. I'm shooting with a Nikon D80, which is a discontinued DSLR. When it dies, I will have to upgrade but until then, I'm perfectly happy with it.

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Minicooper, I also needed a little point&shoot because sometimes it's not appropriate to lug a big camera everywhere. I'm also a Canon user. I bought a Canon PowerShot S95, which I'm really happy with. I noticed that recently Amazon was selling it at $100 off the list price (too late for me but early enough for me to recommend to someone else who was looking for a pocket camera). It has manual features, HD video, and supports both RAW and JPG. It has the usual features (color balance, override, ISO 1600) that you'd expect of a medium-range P&S. I like the fact that it has a ring around the lens that you can configure for different settings. Since I find myself fiddling with white balance a lot, I configured the front ring for WB and now I just spin it around until the colours look right.

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While you're at the DPreview site, check out their challenges. If you flip through a slide show one at a time, pay attention to the notes. Most will tell you the camera. While most of them are done with a DSLR, you'll see some done with P&S cameras (even cell phones) and if you weren't watching the camera data you may well not have noticed. Flickr will allow you to look at shots done with a specific camera using their explore option. The site below even allows you to combine cameras and lenses or just check out what's been done with a specific point and shoot or even film cameras. Remember that Ansel Adams didn't shoot with a DSLR. Is it the brush or the artist?

www.pixel-peeper.com/

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You're welcome, WeepingDaisy! Playing is a great way to learn and to practice. Keep doing that and along with what you'll learn at the site (and others like it) you will improve! Looking forward to seeing your shots!

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Thanks for this post, Vivian! I have been “playing” with my camera for the past week or so. I made a resolution to take at least one picture every day this year. I would love to take better pictures and I think digital-photography-school.com will be a great resource.

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Carla, thank you - I'm glad you're finding the articles helpful. I never owned a P&S, but I did use a friend's Canon Digital Elph from time to time and thought the size of the camera and the quality of the images was very good. I am a bit biased toward Nikon - they make excellent cameras and their optical quality is great. But, for more information and comparisons, check out www.dpreview.com/products/cameras

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Mimmica - thanks! I'm really happy that you found the site helpful. I think it's a great resource! By the way, I think it's a pretty safe bet to say that we ALL start shooting in auto when we first get our DSLR's... Nothing wrong with that!

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Vivian!
Thanks for the articles! Do you or anyone else have any good recs for a new point and shoot? I got a Canon EOS DSLR from hubby for Christmas, but I still need a little PnS for my purse. I really want something that still has manual options.
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I have a confession to make.

When I first bought my camera (Canon PowerShot SX10IS), I used it like a point and shoot camera.

I did a quick overview of the manual, and then used the camera in AF and Sports mode. It was about a year later that I finally read the manual. I went back to the manual only because I wanted to find out why all of my pictures were looking so washed out.

I only bought the Canon because I needed to replace my Kodak Z650, which I loved. (It had a piece of lint in between the lenses and every time I zoomed in to take a picture, it looked like a creature was invading.) Anyway, the Canon was the last one on the shelf, and it was a really, really, really good price, and it had the one feature I wanted... the ability to take continuous shots -- for when I took pictures at my son's football games.

Had I known that the continuous shots needed 'processing' time in between, I would have passed on the camera. I was in a fix, there was game two hours away, and I needed a camera as soon as possible.

Anyway, when I finally did take the time to read the whole manual for the Canon, I spent a lot of time that summer playing with the settings and taking pictures of the weeds growing in my back yard.

I know I have a lot to learn.

That Digital Photography School link is fantastic. When I visited the site after it was posted for the bokeh assignment, I immediately signed up for the newsletters and forums. I took the time to read a number of the articles in the beginners section, and I found the instructions extremely helpful. I've started practicing with the different settings, with a clearer understanding of what I need to do, and I'm starting to figure things out.

I love the pictures that everyone shares for the assignments. I find myself saying "WOW!" a lot when I open those links up.

I'm really looking forward to the upcoming assignments!

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I sometimes hear apologetic comments about point-and-shoot (P&S) cameras... Guess what? I've seen fabulous images taken with a P&S as well as not-so-fabulous ones taken with digital single-lens reflex cameras (DSLR's). While I shoot with a Nikon DSLR, I have always believed that it is the photographer, and not the camera, that is responsible for creating and capturing great images.

To do that, however, you cannot just "point" and "shoot" - you have to take the time to learn a few techniques and methods that will help you score a great image every time and if you decide to upgrade to a DSLR, you'll have the experience and knowledge to make it worthwhile. The first is elementary - read your manual. All those buttons, settings and menus are on your camera for a reason and knowing how to work with them will make a huge difference in your photos.

Second, practice what you're learning. Take one setting at a time, read about how it works, and shoot some images at that setting. You will remember a lot more that way and will know what effects you like and which ones you never have to bother with again.

Third, learn technique. Composition, rule-of-thirds, depth of field, all of these impact the way your images look, whether you're shooting with a P&S or DSLR. There are lots of internet resources, so take the time to instruct yourself.

Fourth, accept that post-processing is necessary. In the old days of film, we didn't need to do that. We took a photo, sent the film to the lab for developing and when they printed the images, they made all the adjustments. Today, WE are the "lab" - for the most part, digital images need a little tweaking to look their best. Check your horizons - are they level? Is there a color cast? Is the image too dark? Can cropping improve your composition? All of those things and more are handled in post-processing.

Here are two links I came across on digital-photography-school.com and thought they were excellent. I hope you find them useful and don't be put off by the recommendations to "upgrade your camera." You will learn a lot!

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