So we just took a two week vacation flying to California and as hard as it was to NOT leave with my nice digital SLR, I DID NOT want the weight of it with me on the trip and having to take such care to keep it safe. I was determined to capture our memories and still be artsy but NOT have the weight and hassle of my big camera.

I had SO MUCH FUN learning little tricks on my new point and shoot to document our trip which include a stop at DisneyLand!

I used different settings like +/- exposure to get brigther or darker pictures where with my digital SLR I would have adjusted my shutter speed or aperature. I used the different auto settings to get the effects I wanted and it was so fun to see the differences.

One of my favorite pics was a nighttime shot of California Adventure waiting for the parade. I wanted to show all the people lining up and the beauty of street but with the auto setting it would flash and I could only see a few feet in front of me. With night setting well I could not hold steady UNTIL I put my camera on the ground! I set to the program setting of NIGHT and then put the camera on the street before pushing the shutter! This was the picture! Nothing going to a magazine but more than usual with a point and shoot.  Looking at this picture again I am not sure if the light above us lit up my sweetie that much or if I had it on NIGHT PORTRAIT which is really cool because you get the beautiful background and the flash fires at the end to light your subject!

If you have a point and shoot, be sure you are maximizing what that fun toy can do! If you are all SLR, it is FUN to have a small camera that stays with you always and you could catch some memories you might otherwise miss…may be fun to play!!!

Have fun and share some of your favorite photos and tricks with us in the forum here!