Image Size Generally you will want to shoot at the highest resolution possible with your camera. This means the “large” setting, at the highest quality. This will give you the most information and allow you to make the largest sharp prints. If you are posting the images on the web you may need to resize to a smaller resolution and file size.
<ul><li>The higher the number, the less light it takes to take the picture. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are in a low light situation, RAISE your ISO to avoid blur </li></ul><ul><li>Normally shoot at 200 or 400 (higher increases noise in shadow areas) </li></ul>ISO Settings
Camera Functions F-Stop : Aperture Size of the opening: controls light and how much appears to be in focus. Shutter Speed Speed of shutter opening and closing: determines stop action or blurred motion, as well as whether or not you need a tripod to avoid camera shake.
Focal Length of Lens To Zoom or not to Zoom . . .that is a question.
Auto Mode When you use this setting, your digital camera automatically sets the exposure, the focus, and the flash. With auto mode, you may override the flash's automatic options and choose to turn the flash off, use fill flash, or red eye reduction.
Landscape Mode With landscape mode you can capture subjects that are a great distance away from you, such as mountains, city skylines, and expansive vistas. Sometimes a slow shutter speed is chosen automatically in landscape mode, so you should use a steady support, such as a tripod. Camera shake may blur your final image without that support.
Sports Mode Capture subjects that are on the move such as cars, athletes, and children, with this mode. Try panning when using this mode. Preset the exposure and focus by pressing the shutter button half-way down. When you're ready to take the picture, press the shutter button all the way down.
Night Mode Use this mode to capture night scenes or low light conditions. The flash will illuminate subjects that are close to the camera. A longer exposure will capture details in the background. It is a good idea to use a camera support such as a tripod or a flat surface.
Sometimes it pays to stay INSIDE the car - and shoot through a sunroof.
Zoos and parks are great places to shoot “wildlife”
Shoot and keep shooting If you wait until you are “close enough”, the bird or animal will get away before you get your shot. Shoot, move in, shoot again, repeat until the creature runs away or you are at the edge of the safety zone.