Believe it or not, March officially sees the start of British Summer Time. OK, if you were one of the many people who opened their curtains to see a sheet of snow a few weeks ago, you might not believe it just yet but at the end of the month, the clocks spring forward and BST officially begins.
March and April is the time that travel companies look forward to more than any other as the bookings begin to flood in for summer getaways. If you’re just one of the many people who plan on jetting away, have you thought about how you are going to capture those precious family memories or stunning sights?
The choice of digital cameras has grown astronomically in recent years, with cameras to suit all tastes, uses and budgets. The growth in high quality digital SLRs has really added something to the digital camera market But contrary to popular belief, you don’t need an expensive, clunky camera with specialist lenses to take a high quality picture. In fact, a great picture needs little more than a clever ‘point and shoot’ camera and a bit of creativity!
“Point and shoot” cameras are so called because they allow you to do exactly that – point at something and then take your snap. They’re portable, lightweight and they pack some clever features into a very small package – all attributes that makes them perfect for taking photos on the go, holiday snaps and those memorable nights out.
They also tend to be a lot more stylish than their bigger, more professional counterparts. The Canon IXUS 115 HS for example comes in a funky pink colour whilst the Samsung ES75 camera comes in a fiery red. If you want a camera in electric blue, take a look at the Panasonic FS30 but if you’re still looking for a small, feature packed camera in the classic black, we particularly like the Canon IXUS 220 HS.
Of course, one thing that many people look for when they search for a new camera is megapixels. This is a measurement of the camera’s resolution – effectively how many “dots” of colour that it can see in a given space. The higher the number, the more crisp and clear your images should be.
Another key stat to look for is the zoom. This measured in two numbers, optical and digital. Optical zoom is where the lens of the camera physically moves to or from a subject and this form of zoom offers the best results. Digital zoom refers to how much the camera can ‘blow up’ an image and whilst it can be useful, it does tend to distort some images. In both cases, the bigger the number, the better.
Other features to look for could be the camera’s video capabilities, with cameras like the Panasonic Lumix TZ10 offering HD video recording or front facing screens, such as the one found on the Samsung PL150, which make those spontaneous self portraits so much easier.
So you’ve got your camera, you’ve got the perfect scene, how do you make that picture special? Well, just a few simple techniques can make all of the difference.
To start with, look your subject in the eye. Eyes are a powerful tool in photography and can make for a much more engaging photo. You should also try placing your subject off-centre, which can add much more depth to your image. Also try and experiment with the flash, even in daylight – doing so can remove some of those unsightly shadows.
With those tips and a great little camera, you have everything that you need to book that holiday and come back with some fantastic summer snaps!