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Important tips for better point-and-shoot photography by a beginner
Often when someone buys a digital camera, he or she indulges recklessly in point-and-shoot photography. Consequently, all the photographs taken this way look similar. By following a few tips and techniques, one can take varied and reasonably good shots.

 It would be better, if you switch the camera setting from ?auto? to "program" or ?manual? mode. These days, most digital cameras have the built-in manual modes to provide some control on aperture and shutter speed. 

You can access aperture and shutter speed usually through menu settings and then via a zoom button. Also, look for controls of ISO speed (usually 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, and sometimes 3200), flash (On, Off, Auto, Red-eye Reduction), and exposure stops between + 2 and - 2. 

So, when you get hold of a new camera, experiment with the manual modes by first playing with the menu items. Change your menu settings by adjusting the zoom and / or main four-way controller. It would be advisable to read the whole manual guide and the feature set, usually listed in the index. 

Since most outdoor situation require little flash compensation as the subjects are well lit. Better shut off the automatic flash by pressing a lighting bolt icon button. Better change the ?Flash On? setting to ?Flash Off? when there is enough natural light. 

One can also turn off the flash for night-time shooting by boosting ISO or slowing down the shutter speed. But in such a case you would have to use a mini-tripod and set the camera to an automatic timer mode. In fact, turning off the flash provides the ambient light for more natural-looking pictures. 

Also, practice zoom-in photography by taking pictures of small flowers, insects, flower buds and finger rings. At times, instead of putting the lens too close to the subject, move back a little and then zoom-in using the lens. 

One of the easiest ways to vary perspective is to take photos from below or above. Try getting down on the ground, kneel or crouch and point your camera upwards to make things in the foreground appear bigger. 

Climb to the second level of multi-floor venues and shoot down below to get the bird's eye view. Zoom out, and keep your camera parallel to the ground. 

At times, try framing your subjects off center and keep the shutter halfway depressed to focus. This should keep the focus on the subject and add a dynamic element to the photograph. 

If one practices these tips and mix them a bit with varied angles.  Knowing tips and planning can go a long way to get good point-and shoot images

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