These challenges in photography are your worst enemies in photography basics, such as sand, sticky fingers,ambient light and battery charge. The first two you can control, the others are not so easy.
Dirt, Salt Spray, and Mud
Dirt, sand and mud are among a photographer’s continual challenges that you need to be aware of. Greasy and sticky fingers also apply. You may be romping through the country side or be at a BBQ but cleanliness is essential in photography. Carry a handy-wipe with you for cleaning.
- at a beach, dropping the camera into the sand OR wind driven sand can get into your lens mechanism and stop your lens from moving. It’s unlikely that warranty will cover that occurrence.
TIP – unless it’s obvious that the camera has been dropped, the only way you’ll be aware of a sand issue is hearing the crunchy sound of the lens operation. DON’T FORCE the mechanism! Brush off your camera with a lens brush or a make-up brush. There is sure guarantee!
- salt water spray in the air, at ocean side, is equally damaging to the entire camera.
TIP – it will be obvious from the sticky salt coating on the camera body that salt is a problem. DON”T DRY WIPE the lens system; use a clean moistened handkerchief, not paper tissue, to clean the lens front and gently wipe the entire camera body.
For each of these conditions including mud, get yourself a waterproof camera such as the OLYMPUS TG610. It’s shockproof, waterproof and can simply be washed under running water, towel dried & you’re good to go. I’ve done it & it works!
- sticky fingers from chocolate, ice cream, or BBQ ribs don’t help your camera. Avoid these if you want to enjoy photography.
TIP – it will be obvious to you. Again, with a clean moistened cloth wipe the entire camera body GENTLY! And let it dry.
Some views of the beautiful Canary Islands.
Ambient or Outside Light
Basically, sunlight is the issue causing overexposed shots.
- when shooting in AUTOMATIC mode, avoid directing your lens view into the sun.
- when shooting a contrasting scene, i.e. dark foreground with bright sunlight in the background decide which of the two you want. Unless you have a reasonable DSLR camera and photo editing software, you won’t be able to compensate for the lighting differences.
- there is a correction you can try, switching your Function from AUTO to PROGRAM (P) mode and decreasing your aperture lens opening. In addition, use the highest available ISO setting of 1600 or 3200, take a shot & see if that helped.
TIP – Since your point-and-shoot camera won’t have a lens hood as with DSLR cameras, shield the camera lens with your hand or hold a hat over it. That’s only good for sunlight. Contrasting scenes still require some manual compensation on your part.
If that didn’t do it, adjust your camera function and take the dark scene, and then the brighter scene. With Photoshop you can then blend the two scenes & create a good shot. That takes practice!
Both of the above shots are from Watkins Glen, NY. Notice the high contrast in the scenes. The left, waterfall, could have been retaken from a different angle to avoid the strong daylight. It wasn’t obvious at the time in the view finder that the light intensity was so severe. That’s what these photography TIPS make you aware of.
The scene on the right, I adjusted the aperture in PROGRAM mode & was able to compensate for shooting up from dark bottom of canyon into bright sunlight.