This was my favorite of a series of lily pictures I took at various camera settings. I have a Canon PowerShot 710. Settings for this photo: ISO=80, Colors=Vivid Red, White Balance=Day Light, Tv (Shutter Speed) 1/1600, Av (Aperture Value) 4.0. I lightened it in Photoshop.
These lilies are an example of how the photo looks if the camera settings aren’t right. Settings for this photo: ISO=200, Colors=Vivid Red, White Balance=Day Light, Tv (Shutter Speed) 1/500, Av (Aperture Value) 4.0. Setting the ISO to 200 was too high, so that’s when I took the two photos above.
Clarification: I’ve had this camera for over a year, but this is the first time I’ve had any success with the Manual settings. Other settings include Scene settings, like Beach (used that in Israel a lot), Kids ‘n Pets (I mostly use that one), Foliage, Night, Landscape, Indoor, Fireworks and Portrait. I mostly use those settings, and I use good ‘ole Auto, as well.
A friend suggested I buy a digital SLR camera. Maybe. I’ll think about it.