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Travel Tips For Compact Users - How to make the most of what your compact camera has to offer when taking holiday shots.
At The BeachA sunny beach can be a challenging location for most cameras as a reflective, light beach can confuse it into thinking that underexposing the shot will produce the best result. To prevent this, compact users can switch to the snow / beach scene mode which will overexpose the scene by 1-2 stops, capturing the scene more accurately. Some cameras also adjust the white balance in this mode so the sand looks more natural. If you're wondering why snow is included in the scene mode's name it's because snow causes similar exposure problems to a beach.
Get InvolvedDon't think you always have to be behind the camera as most, if not all, models feature a self-timer mode which means you can put your camera on a tripod, get in-frame with your family or friends and actually show you were on holiday too! Various timer lengths are available but it's best not to go too long as people tend to fall into fits of giggles if left posing for a while.
Try Adding Frames & StylesOlympus compacts come with various Digital Filters which give you the chance to get a little more creative with your shots. Have fun turning holiday scenes into miniature, model-like towns or add a pin hole effect to give beach shots with deckchairs and beach huts a more retro feel.
Use Your FlashEven though the built-in flash can sometimes produce results which aren't too pleasing, there are times when switching your camera's built-in flash on will produce better results.
This includes shooting portraits on the beach when harsh shadows can appear under the nose and chin. Although, you can move them under a brolly or other shaded area where light is more even.