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How to take great outdoor photos and videos with one camera

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[Howdini, get yourself a guru] [♪ guitar music ♪][people talking and laughing] [Nigel Barker, Professional Photographer] Hi, I'm Nigel Barker. Today I'm going to show you how to capture great outdoor photos and video using a single camera. And a camera like this doesn't just shoot incredible photos, but full, 1080 HD video. Here are some tips that work for both stills and video. These days, the camera does a lot of the work for you. One of my personal favorite shots is a panorama. It gives you more than the eye can see. [Tip, Take panoramic shots] You get a true sense of the location and there's room for the people too, all with the push of a button. And I love to contrast that with photos that focus on a single detail, person, or subject. This helps give the image a story. Some cameras like this one have spot focus ability. You just touch the area on the screen where you want to focus and the camera does the rest for you. [Choose a focal point] Consider using the camera's preset modes, as well. [[Tip, Use the camera's auto mode] It takes the guess work out of adjusting your digital camera's settings to help ensure you come away with a great shot. As a general rule, though, and there are exceptions of course, it's best to put the light source behind you, so that it illuminates your subject. [Tip, illuminate your subject] Also, try using the flash during the day. I know it might seem a little odd switching the flash on in bright sunlight, but it's actually one of the best times to use it. The added light will help eliminate harsh shadows on your subject's face, especially under the eyes. [HD movie mode] I love to shoot video to complement my photos. Cameras like this one are designed to let you shoot full HD video. That means you're recording video of the highest quality for playback on your HDTV. One minute you're shooting the action, and the next minute you're watching it on your TV right from the camera. [Tip, Get a sense of place] And don't forget wide shots. It establishes a sense of the place. Get some stills and video of the environment around you. [Tip, Get a variety of shots] Get closeups to show details of the game or the emotion on someone's face. And that's how you capture the great outdoors. This is Nigel Barker with Sony for Howdini. For more great tips visit

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Duration: 2 minutes and 23 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Producer: Howdini
Views: 82
Posted by: howdini on Sep 24, 2010

Today's digital cameras take the guesswork out of getting the perfect outdoor shot. Professional photographer Nigel Barker explains why you should consider letting the camera do the work. Don't worry, you'll still get the credit for capturing the winning team pic!

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