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hello, I have 2 cameras. a Nikon Coolpix AW 100 and a Sony 12x Cypershot DSC-H!, I am going to Alaska in June and need opinions on those cameras. I am NOT a good photographer, I rely on the camera to use the best setting.


If anyone can help direct me with easy laymens photography terms on HOW to make sure I get good photo's I would appreciate it.


thanks and I hope that makes sense!

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The three basics for a good photo is exposure, composition, and lighting.


Since your cameras are automatics, you have little control over exposure, you should concentrate your efforts on the other two... composition and lighting.


For composition, I know of no other better beginner's guide than Bryan Peterson's "Understanding Composition". Unfortunately, some of the techniques he shows is going to require a camera with manual controls, but a lot can be done without having that capability.


Here is also a website that shows some composition ideas without necessarily needing manual exposure capability in your camera. Take these ideas and practice them - you will have better photos as a result.




Lighting does not necessarily mean using a flash, but knowing what time of day is best for good photos, paying attention to shadows, and so on. The best resources for this topic is to google it.

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We just got back from Alaska in September and it was spectacular!


Here are a couple of beginner-friendly articles I wrote based on questions like yours that have been asked over the years"





Getting the most out of autofocus:



A little more advanced but lots of info on how to shoot when light isn't so good:



Another suggestion for taking better photos is look through other people's photos and see what you like and get ideas for composition and subjects. There are a lot of people on this forum who take great photos and the links to their galleries are usually in their signatures at the bottom.


Here's a link to my galleries from the aforementioned Alaska trip: http://galleries.pptphoto.com/alaska2013


Be sure to practice with your camera in preparation for your trip. Learning what does and doesn't work isn't something you should do while on vacation! :D


Enjoy your trip!




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