Nikon Canada shares some tips with our readers on how to get the most out of your easy-to-use compact and digital SLR cameras. The following article is submitted to DPTnT by Nikon Canada’s public relations company.

It’s that time of year again for shorts, sandals, t-shirts and sun! With days at the beach and cottage getaways approaching, there will be many photo opportunities to take advantage of this summer. It’s time to grab some sunscreen and your digital camera, and start capturing memories to last you all season long. See below for some tips to keep in mind when taking photos this summer.

  1. Pick the right camera for you: It’s important to choose the camera that’s right for you. Are you looking for a super zoom to get that front row view at the game? Something to record HD videos with sound for a summer concert? A camera with special photo effects for a day at the beach? Whatever your photo needs are, compare a few models to see which one will work best for you. Can’t decide? Check out online reviews to see what users have to say about them.
  2. Use colour effectively: Summer is the season of rich, saturated, bright colours. The tones, shades and hues you use in your photographs can make a big difference. Warm colours (orange, red, yellow) bring on the sense of summer, while cool colours (blue and purple) create the impression of refreshment. With a digital camera, many colour features are available at the touch of a button.
  3. Zoom in: Don’t be afraid to get right up to your subject. Some of the best photos are taken just a short distance away. To capture those beautiful roses in your front garden or that delicious ice cream sundae, experiment and get up close. For the moments when getting up close isn’t an option, consider using a camera with super zoom capabilities – this will let you capture action easily from the sidelines, photograph an animal without disturbing it, or snap photos of your favourite band no matter where you’re sitting.
  4. Timing is key: In the summer, take into consideration the shift in daylight. Shoot more often in the half hour to two hours before and after sunrise and sunset. The low-angle light at these times produces dramatic and pleasing results. If you’re experimenting with different shots over a period of time, try using the best shot selector to help you select the perfect shot.
  5. Explore your cameras features: Many cameras come pre-loaded with settings to aid users in taking better photographs. Auto modes detect scene and apply appropriate settings to achieve a balanced, crisp photos. Some features will even ensure a photo is not taken until everyone’s eyes are open or everyone is smiling. For those who want to take their photography skills to the next level, manual mode allows users to familiarize themselves with other settings such as shutter speed, aperture and white balance. Play around with these settings to capture the vividness of the summer months or to create lasting memories by photographing special vacation moments in their truest form.
  6. Edit as you go: Using your cameras best feature – in-camera editing – will save you a lot of time in the long run. In camera red-eye reduction is a great tool as well as the quick retouch option which creates a retouched copy with the best balance of contrast and saturation. Whether you’re away from home on vacation or just spending a day at the beach, in-camera editing is the best option for users on the go this summer. Need a closer look? Plug your camera into a television using the audiovisual cable or to your computer with the USB cable.
  7. Photo effects: Summer days turn into summer nights, creating the opportunity to capture those great moonlit moments. Night Landscape Mode and Night Portrait mode are two great features that ensure exceptional photo quality in low-light settings for nights around the campfire. Some units can adjust the recording speed while recording videos to create slow-motion or high-speed special effects. If you are still not achieving desirable photos in low light, trying shooing in HDR, which combines a scenes lightest and darkest parts to create a balanced photo.
  8. Pack enough memory: If you know you will be travelling for a long period of time and plan to take a lot of photos, be sure to pack an extra memory card. The summer time can be busy and you wont always have time to upload your photos immediately onto the computer. Always plan ahead, this way you will have enough space to capture summer memories. To save memory, delete images you don’t need and get a good idea of what shots you have and which ones you still need to take.
  9. Know your camera: Understand your camera’s manual options. Use a fast shutter speed to stop action in the outdoor soccer match or a slow shutter speed to create a pleasing blur when shooting a waterfall at the cottage. Learn which scene mode works best with what you are looking to shoot, and explore the different manual settings to get that perfect shot. If you need additional help, look online to see how other users have used that model to ensure you’re getting the most out of your shooting experience.
  10. Share what you shoot: What better way to end your summer than by sharing a photobook of your captures with friends and family? You can also create a DVD slideshow with music accompaniment on your computer to share those special summer memories. For instant photo sharing, consider projecting your photos for all to see. Pico projectors are small, portable devices developed for this purpose. Invite your family and friends over for a barbeque and relive all those special summer memories.

Nikon has an assortment of COOLPIX cameras that will allow you to capture every moment and tell your story this summer in the highest quality. The Nikon COOLPIX P500 features a 36x wide-angle optical zoom and a new Easy Panorama mode that automatically creates dynamic panorama photos with a choice of directions and angels. For the digital SLR lovers out there, the new Nikon D5100 offers a wide range of options users can apply to photos and videos as they shoot, or in-camera after the shots have been taken, transforming them into works of art. Take advantage of the new 3-inch, sharp 921,000-dot Vari-angle LCD screen and full 1080p HD movie recording with full-time autofocus to ensure your memories last all season long.

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