Making the most of your digital camera

CNET Senior Imagaging Editor Lori Gruning (Photo CNET)

CNET Senior Digital Imaging Editor Lori Grunin (Photo: CNET)

Just about all digital cameras — even the inexpensive point and shoot ones — have controls that you can use to fine tune your pictures. Sure they have an automatic mode and, sure, that mode can give you great results, but Lori Grunin, CNET’s Senior Editor for Digital Imaging says that it’s worth experimenting with the various controls on your camera. “There are all different modes that a lot of people get intimidated by,” but she added, “there’s no reason to get intimidated  She recommends that you “experiment a little bit” by turning the mode dials and trying out the manual settings.

Screen Shot 2012-11-15 at 12.41.29 PM1-minute CBS News Radio Segment: Digital Camera Advice with CNET’s Lori Grunin

It helps to understand the basic settings for all cameras (not just digital) such as shutter speed, aperture and exposure compensation, which Grunin explains in this CNET post and to help you learn the basics, Grunin also wrote a Photography 101 post for CNET.

Even basic point and shoot cameras like this Sony DSC-WX150 let you adjust your shooting settings (Photo by Larry Magid)

Even basic point and shoot cameras like this Sony DSC-WX150 let you adjust your shooting settings (Photo: Larry Magid)

 

Many cameras have a mode knob to provide more control (Photo Larry Magid)

Many cameras have a mode knob to provide more control (Photo: Larry Magid)

 

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