Question by vera: what settings should I use for my sony DSC-W220 cyber-shot camera?
Every time I take pictures they are really really great or just look like crap. I can’t find anything on the internet that will give me some type of setting mode. It almost seems like I can take 20 pictures and about 2 of them are good. It is really upsetting because this camera (again) can take really good pictures.

Best answer:

Answer by selina_555
There never IS a single best setting in photography, you always have to judge every situation individually and act accordingly.

You have two basic choices:

1) Set the camera to Auto and let it make all the decisions. This will work quite well as long as the lighting conditions are perfect. You will always be totally at the mercy of your camera, but you’ll never ever have to think for yourself.

2) Learn about photography. With a big of knowledge, you’ll have great photos most of the time, and you can take pride in the fact that YOU had a big part in this. The downside is you might have to sometimes think about stuff.

If you’re going for option 2, here is how you can start:

Learn about your camera !!!!

Read your manual !!!! Read it several times, and practice in between. If you don’t have a book, download a PDF version from the manufacturer’s website.

Attend a class, read some books, read/watch online tutorials.

The major camera manufacturers (like Canon, Nikon, Olympus etc) all have very useful sections on their website for learning about photography.

http://www1.nikonusa.com/slrlearningcenter/index.php

http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/oima_learn_center.asp

http://www.usa.canon.com/dlc/controller?act=HomePageAct

http://www.webphotoschool.com/all_lessons/free_lessons/index.html

Understanding at least the basic principles of photography (as well as being familiar with your camera) will enable you to make the most of your gear, and will make a HUGE difference to your images.

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