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How to have a photoshoot with a regular digital camera?

Asked by xTheDreamer (845 points ) October 12th, 2010

I’m a student that is working on her art portfolio to apply to art academies. In the portfolio I need to have a diversity in different kind of art. I am now working on the category photography, so I need to take some great pictures.

But I am a person that does not have a DSLR camera, I only have a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3. So I was wondering how to have a great photoshoot with this camera that I have. How to use this camera to have a great photoshoot. Or what kind you suggest?

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kenmc's avatar

The camera doesn’t matter, ultimately. What does matter is your subject, composition, and editing. Focus on those and keep your camera in auto if you don’t know how to use it well.

BarnacleBill's avatar

I agree with @kenmc. If you have an iPhone, read Chase Jarvis’ The Best Camera Is the One You Have With You and use that. It’s really about the composition and how you see the light. The camera is technical stuff. You can have an expensive camera, and if you can’t compose the shot, or mess up the lighting, you still have crappy pictures.

Cruiser's avatar

Composition is a primary consideration but for great pictures, lighting is everything. Study and plan the shot by your key light source and supplement from there by adding or subtracting light sources either supplied or reflected to “compose” the light structure of your picture. Flash and back lighting can be both a friend or enemy for those killer pics. If all else fails there is always Photoshop!

Scarlett's avatar

It doesn’t matter about the camera, as everyone else above stated. If you have good lighting, an idea, then you should be find. You can still get really creative.

Scarlett's avatar

I’ve taken shots with a regular digital cam bought from Target, and those pics came out good if not better than some proff. photographers pics :)

Have fun with it and play around with the settings, but make sure you shoot in the daytime when you have enough lighting :)

Good luck

xxii's avatar

You’ll be fine with your current camera! My first camera ever was a Panasonic DMC-LC33 and I remember getting some great shots with it. As others have said, it’s all about having an eye for composition and good ideas.

Whenever I feel limited by my equipment, I get out my book of Ansel Adams photos and flip through it. It takes about a minute for me to realise that you don’t need a great digital SLR, unlimited exposures or Photoshop to make beautiful pictures.

xTheDreamer's avatar

Thank you all for the great answers and advice! (:

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

Envision… Point… Click…

nuff said

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