Amid my various writing projects I’ve been out taking pictures. Some turn out good, some not so good, and some are flat-out awful. I have to admit that, as a photographer, I still have an amateur mindset. I point and shoot without much thought to staging or even to what I’m actually shooting. The evening sun lends golden hues to the distant hills–beautiful, I think as I point and shoot. The finished product, however, shows none of the detail visible to my naked eye and I bemoan the fact that I can’t replace my camera’s lens with a high-powered zoom.
Then last week I discovered, quite by accident that my camera, a Canon PowerShot S3 IS, has a digital zoom when, while photographing windmills, my shot went from this:
Same shot, same angle. . .but I accidently pressed or turned something, which brings out another glaring mark of an amateur: READ THE OWNER’S MANUAL!
While my S3 IS has been discontinued, I think it is still a pretty good camera. A lot of my close-ups, like the one below, would stay in focus if I used a tripod:
I love moonrises but have never been able to get a really good shot. This is one of my better shots, but it looks grainy, almost like it was taken through a screen:
I had not yet discovered my camera’s digital zoom when I took this. I’ll engage that feature during the next full moon and see if that helps. In the meantime, I need to learn about shutter speeds and filters, among other things. I also wonder–and I welcome feedback on this–as to whether there is any benefit to purchasing a camera with interchangeable lenses. Some that I have looked at include: Canon Powershot SX530 HS; Canon EOS Rebel T5; Nikon D3200 CMOS DSLR.
Before tackling anything more involved, however, I intend to read the manual for my current camera and find out just what it can do. It may just surprise me.