Originally Posted by Sodalink;11978032
I suck at taking pics lets see how I did. It was hard to play with lightning and I think I should have moved the computer to a place with a better background?
I read all your tips then when I had the computer w/o monitor I completely forgot about them
If I could add a few tips- In a situation like this you should probably move in closer and/or crop to at least minimize the distracting background. With this angle, you are not going for the case exterior, so mostly eliminating the background might be more appropriate.
It would also help the camera with the exposure setting. Large light colored background area can throw the exposure off. I'd advise using manual exposure setting if available, or at least using the exposure compensation feature. This is particularly helpful when there is case lighting involved.
If the camera has light balance controls, you can set it to tungsten, daylight, or any other settings to try and get the most pleasing effect.
Without flash or strong lights, the camera really needs to be on a tripod or a beanbag, anything really, as long as it's some kind of stationary support. Then use the camera's self timer to avoid movement when snapping the picture.
Taken in daylight from a couple of windows across the room. About 1 second exposure, so the camera had to be absolutely stationary.
With colored lighting and automatic light balance, the camera will try to wash the color out. Forcing a daylight setting will cause the color to maintain its intensity.
This was a a balance of the same window lighting as the picture above, with the addition of the internal blue lights. A slight exposure adjustment was the only camera setting changed.
I confess these weren't taken with a P&S.
but the principles are the same and a lot of P&S cameras have some sort of manual settings.
One last tip- Large pictures like the first one in this post are best resized and compressed before uploading. There is free JPEG resizer software available for download (google it) if you don't have a photo program that can do it.Edited by denydog - 1/11/11 at 9:49pm