From reading all the submissions for Rachel's question last week, the delay in her digital camera--better known as the "shutter lag"--unfortunately cannot be eliminated or shortened, unless of course you buy an expensive high-end camera. However, don't be disappointed: Rick provides solutions in this week's winning answer, and the honorable mentions will definitely help too. From what I gathered, it's all about learning how to anticipate the shot, and practice makes perfect, so take a look. Thanks for all the great answers!
I'm having a frustrating time using my digital camera to
photograph people. There's a 1-second delay from when I press
the shutter to when the picture is actually taken, so I keep
missing my shots. Is there anything I can do to shorten the
by: Rachel C. of Lansing, Michigan
The shutter lag on a point-and-shoot camera is mostly a function of the autofocus process.
You can usually compensate for this by prefocusing the picture.
Point your camera at your intended subject, and depress the shutter release
halfway. This activates the autofocus process and locks the camera's
focus and exposure. The camera is then ready to take the photograph
immediately. When the action you wish to capture occurs, depress the shutter
release the rest of the way. The photo should be captured within 1/10 of a
second or less than the time it would take for the shutter-release button to reach the fully depressed position.
by: Rick von G. of Parker, Colorado
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