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Lee's Camera Center - Photographic Tips


No matter how many mega pixels your camera may have, the higher the resolution, the better the picture. You may be tempted to lower your compression, or use a smaller file size, in order to have more pictures on your memory card. Odds are that the picture you shoot at a lower resolution, will be the picture that you want to do something special with, such as a big enlargement, cropping in really close to something, or for that special holiday card or announcement. Always have a spare memory card, rather than sacrifice quality. High resolution gives you the opportunity to crop, enlarge and manipulate your picture without losing quality.


Use the SCN or Scene setting on your digital camera. This setting will enhance colors and light balance on your photos. For example, BEACH will help faces from getting darker with all the direct light at the beach. SNOW will help balance the color and take the bluish tint from the snow. SUNSET will help pop the vibrant colors at a sunrise or sunset. There are many different Scene feature that you can use depending upon the subject matter or where you are taking the picture. It is an easy effect that will enhance your photos.


This is a great feature to use when shooting outdoors with a bit of shade, or in a room where the bright daylight may be flooding in a window or door. Put your comera on “P” for Program, or on the Manual setting. Then, force the camera to flash when it does not want to flash. Do this by hitting the lightening bolt symbol until you have just the bolt. You are now forcing the camera to flash by over-riding the auto flash. Do not stand too far away when using fill-in flash. Your flash cannot shoot across a field or room! The normal range of a flash is 10 feet or so. Have fun, experiment…you are not wasting any film!


What a fun mode for getting really close up to a beautiful flower, or a little insect, or whatever you want! This is the Tulip symbol on your digital camera. Turn the tulip on, turn your flash off, and get up close, focus, and shoot. You do not need to zoom in macro mode, in fact you don’t zoom in this mode. If you need to crop even closer, do that on your computer, or at our print station when editing your photos. One other thing to remember, at all times, but especially in macro mode….steady hands. When you are extra close in macro, or the other extreme of really zooming all the way out, you want your hands to be really steady. The closer you hold the camera to your face, the steadier your hands will be.


Speaking of steady hands, that is easier said than done in many cases. This is where a tripod or monopod comes in handy. We have a full selection here at Lee’s, from a mini-tripod to large heavy-duty tripods, as well as monopods. Tripods can make a world of difference in your photographs, which leads us to…


Most Canon digital cameras have three different self-timers. Two of the timers are on fixed delays of 10 or 2 seconds. These are for single shots only. To add to the fun, you will find a Custom timer in your Menu. This allows you to control the time of delay before the first shot, and to then have the camera take multiple shots in a row! For example, you could set your camera for a 15 second delay, followed by six consecutive shots. This keeps the photographer from having to jump off the couch to reset the timer. Ready, set, smile! Some of the newer Canon cameras have an additional self-timer that will not shoot until the next face, hopefully the photographer’s face moves into the picture. This is called a Face Timer.


Here at Lee’s Camera Center, we recommend that you turn off the red eye features on your digital camera. It is easy to eliminate any red eye when you are editing your photos. Many Canon cameras also have a red eye correction feature in the Playback mode. The reason we recommend turning the red eye feature off is to eliminate the delay that often occurs when you press the shutter to take a picture. Most people find the delay annoying, and turning off red eye will take care of that for you. You can also have your subject move to a brighter area in the room, or turn on a light. The pupils in the eye will become smaller and the red eye less noticeable.


Stop by the store, or download from our website, the same software we have on our print stations. The software is free, and it enables you to send orders to the store from the comfort of your home, and at your convenience. We will call you when the photos are done. This software works with Windows 2000 and Windows XP. Sizes from 3 ½ x 5 to 12 x 18.


Believe it or not, Lee’s Camera Center still stocks 35mm film in color and black & white. We also have our Pro-lab on the premises to process your film.