New Guide to Digital Camera Modes from the Camera Insurance Team

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The Camera Insurance team have released a new guide to the different shooting modes available on most digital cameras.

Digital Cameras have different  Modes

Digital Cameras have different Modes

If most digital camera owners are honest, the only mode they use is the automatic one

If most digital camera owners are honest, the only mode they use is the automatic one. Even more experienced photographers will admit to using this one easy mode.

The new Camera Insurance guide lists the most common modes available on digital cameras and an explanation of what these modes actually do.

Portrait mode

This mode is ideal when photographing a single object or person. It adjusts the camera so that it focuses on the object in question and not on the background. When using this mode get as close to the object as possible, or use the zoom if required.

Landscape mode

Think of this mode as the opposite to Portrait mode. Using the landscape mode will set the camera up to focus on as much of the scene as possible. For example, if using the camera on a skiing holiday, try the landscape mode when taking photos of the mountains. For an even higher quality photograph, slow down the shutter speed when using this mode and use a tripod.

Night mode

No surprises here as this mode is for use when the light is very poor, such as in nightclubs, parties and evening scenes. This mode will keep the shutter open for longer so that the background is included in the image. Then the flash fires off so that the foreground is illuminated and included. Ideally a tripod should also be used as the shutter is open for a longer time, so any movement will affect the shot. However some really interesting effects can be obtained if the camera is hand held using this mode.

Sports mode

This is sometimes called the action mode and is used to photograph fast moving objects, for example, moving cars, flying birds, running wildlife, sporting activities of all kinds and aircraft displays.

Macro mode

This mode will allow close up pictures of very small objects such as insects, flowers and patterns and textures on fabrics. Be careful when using this mode as it can be more difficult to focus the camera. However, with care, great quality close up shots can be obtained.

Movie Mode

This mode changes your digital camera into a video camcorder. The quality of the film may not be as good as an actual video camera, and a large camera memory may be needed to use this mode frequently.

Manual Mode

When using this mode on the camera, adjust all other settings before taking any pictures. For example, shutter speed, flash, white balance and focus. Nothing sets up automatically.

Automatic Mode

This is the mode this guide is trying to avoid! In this mode, the camera automatically adjusts all other settings itself to try and produce the optimum shot.

Hopefully this Camera Insurance guide will inspire experimentation and result in some great photos. For more information and the full guide, see our website.

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