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Use the Presets in Difficult Lighting

SUMMARY: Your digital camera preset modes may help you take beautiful pictures in difficult lighting conditions.

Many digital cameras come with what are called preset modes. By selecting these options in your camera, you may be able to take better pictures in certain situations than if you just "point-and-shoot". Here are some modes found in popular digital cameras; read your digital camera manual for details on which presets your digital camera supports.

Night - Just what it says; takes better pictures in low-light conditions.

Portrait - Brings clarity and attention to the subject while making the rest of the picture slightly blurred.

Landscape - Sharpens the entire picture, instead of just the focus area. Use this to take better shots of mountains, the beach, etc.

Sunrise/Sunset - Adjusts the camera's settings for these trickier light situations.

Motion - Adjusts the camera's exposure time settings to allow for quicker shots of moving subjects, such as people in sporting events.

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