Hi! If you have a compact point & shoot digital camera, you know it can be frustrating when you miss a shot because the camera isn’t quite as responsive as you’d like it to be. You press the shutter release and the slight delay is maddening: faces change, the action is over, people start complaining to “take the picture already.”
Here’s a hint to deal with that crazy delay!
First, let’s look at what the camera does when you press the button to take a photograph. When you press the shutter half-way, the camera turns on, evaluates the scene for exposure and does its best to focus on what it thinks is the subject. That’s a lot to do!
So… when you lift the camera to shoot a picture and press the button, the camera has to do all that stuff before it actually fires. Add in some flash delay and you’ve missed the shot.
To improve your camera’s responsiveness, you need to change the way you use the camera, but only slightly. When you want to take a picture, get in the habit of pressing the shutter half way as you’re composing the shot. That way, the camera is on, it’s evaluating the scene, focusing on something and ready to fire.
Most cameras highlight the focus area; mine puts a green box around it. When you press the shutter half way, look at the focus area. If you’re happy, press the button the rest of the way and take the shot. If not, let go of the button, aim at your subject, and press half way again. When you’re ready, the half-press to take the photograph will happen relatively quickly.
Don’t hold you finger above the button and then push down hard to take the photo. It shakes the camera and forces that lousy delay.
You’ll be amazed at how responsive your camera can be. Get in the habit of pressing half way as soon as you pick up the camera. That way, it’s on and ready to shoot.