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Heading to Alaska....photo tips PLEASE?

I'm leaving for Alaska on Sunday night. I've never been before and although it's not my dream itinerary (it's for work) it's my dream destination. I am so freaking excited you guys have no idea.

I'm no Ansel Adams or anything, but I'd like to come back with a few great pictures that I can eventually frame. I have a Canon PowerShot SD600. Again, not the best camera, but not the worst. I take decent pictures (i'm good at choosing subjects and framing them and what not....) but any tips on how to get great pictures with my camera (using manual settings, etc.) would be greatly appreciated.

I would especially like advice on taking pictures at night and zooming on subjects-- I'm hell bent on getting the elusive moose pictures that I somehow always screw up. Damn mooses.
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WOW that came out a little large

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Shoot with the sun to your back if you can.

At night, put it on something steady and don't move it, turn the flash off.

Zoom, turn the digital zoom off, that is just a crock (of shit).
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Use the rule of 3rds...your main object that you're shooting doesn't have to be centered, try setting it to the left or right third of the frame.

For landscape shots, try taking them from a different height. Perhaps get real low to the ground so you can see lot's of ground that leads up to some cool view.

During the day if there are lot's of shadows on the object you're trying to shoot, try turning your flash on...it acts as a sort of filler to give a bit of light to places that would look very dark otherwise.

And yea, at night, things always look better if you can use the natural light. So putting the camera on something and doing a slower shutter speed when taking shots of still objects is good.
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Where in Alaska are you going. Isn't it still always dark in upper Alaska

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Make sure the lingerie blends nicely with the hair and eye color........ er wait what kind of pics we talking about here?




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Lighting is key. Morning shots will be cool and evening shots will be warm. Diffuse lighting helps prevent harsh shadows and blown-out contrast. Bright lighting contributes to high contrast. Make sure your metering mode takes into account the exposure for the subject matter you care about most in the shot. Consider manual modes or semi-auto modes (e.g. shutter or aperture priority) to achieve the trade-offs you want for the shot.

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thanks guys...but could you all talk a little slower for blondie here? For example, don't just tell me to use a slower shutter speed but perhaps tell me how to do that on a camera?
I have my manuals and I'm reading them on the plane.
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thanks guys...but could you all talk a little slower for blondie here? For example, don't just tell me to use a slower shutter speed but perhaps tell me how to do that on a camera?
I have my manuals and I'm reading them on the plane.
Slower shutter means the shutter takes longer to open and close. On your camera, the knob where it's usually set to that green auto mode you MIGHT have A and S modes and should for sure have M mode. 'A' mode allows you to control the aperture, how wide the shutter opens...the smaller the number, the bigger it opens letting in more light. 'S' mode allows you to control the shutter speed. The fastest your camera can snap a picture is 1/1500 of a second which means that it stays open for that amount of time. The slowest it goes is 15 seconds. That means that you can click your shutter button and it will stay open taking in light for 15 whole seconds. 'M' mode allows you to adjust both aperture and shutter.

So for something like a night shot, let's say there's a pretty building lit up all nice you would use your camera in 'S' mode ideally, set the shutter speed to something like 2 or 3 seconds, set the camera down on a steady object that's completely stationary, set the camera timer delay, and snap your picture. Best to use a timer delay because by pushing down on the shutter button it can cause enough vibrations to blur your picture.

But this is all starting to get more technical...practice on the plane ride and see what happens when you make the shutter really really fast or very slow. That's when it will start coming together.
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That's actually really helpful, Mike. Well-written, concise, and easy to understand. I give it an A+
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That's actually really helpful, Mike. Well-written, concise, and easy to understand. I give it an A+
ok now lets get to the gettin with the lingerie shots on the moose




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ok now lets get to the gettin with the lingerie shots on the moose
Be careful! Putting lingere on a moose can make it really pissed off!!!

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Be careful! Putting lingere on a moose can make it really pissed off!!!
i knew I worded that wrong..........












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Oh dont you give me that mean face. Todays steak and BJ day it's a happy day




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Oh dont you give me that mean face. Todays steak and BJ day it's a happy day
I'm in an airport- how the hell am I supposed to cook a steak?!!
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meh, the steaks not the important part




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I don't get what's so special about this day? In my house, every day is BJ day...isn't everyone's?
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Oh dont you give me that mean face. Todays steak and BJ day it's a happy day
i have yet to get either steak or bj so far today.. however, the day is not over.

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And, THE OTHER VIEW from my hotel room looking NE:


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