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Mistakes new digital camera users make

Take better photos after taking time to understand the mistakes many new digital camera users often make.

Confused?Here are some of the most common mistakes new digital camera users make:

  • They don’t read the manual – it doesn’t have to be read all at one time. Honestly. But do read and refer to it often until you become familiar with your camera. It contains lots of good information and tips about using the camera correctly.
  • They keep the camera on full automatic mode – if your camera has a program mode (often called P Mode) switch to it. It is fully automatic but provides more creative control so you can change settings such as changing white balance or exposure compensation.
  • They set the camera to take low resolution/highly compressed photos – sure you’ll be able to fit more images on a memory card but if you ever want to print, enlarge or crop a photo, image quality may be degraded. Set your camera the best quality and resolution.
  • They shoot with the digital zoom – a digital zoom simply pre-crops the central portion of an image and reduces its resolution giving an appearance of zooming in. Image quality is degraded and contains increased noise. For the best possible images, use the optical zoom.
  • They don’t reduce the size of photos before sending by email – it shouldn’t take forever for family and friends to download your favorite photo. It’s easier than you think to reduce the size of digital images. Many photo editing programs will resize them automatically.
  • They edit original image filesAlways edit copies of original image files, rather than the original itself. If you make a mistake that can not be undone, you can work on another copy of the original. Back up favorite photos in case your hard drive ever fails.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.