Help me determine which settings I should use on a digital camera to photograph buildings.
The camera is a Canon PowerShot SX130 IS
(full specs in link). 12 megapixel, max resolution 4000 x 3000, max aperture F3.4 - F5.6
I am going to buy a DSLR later this year and take a class on how to use it. Right now I am trying to figure out if I can improve the photos I have been taking with the PowerShot. I have been using the "AUTO" option which automatically determines the best setting for the camera given the conditions where you are shooting.
I am shooting buildings during the day and evening. Shooting at night seems to be something I am going to have to wait for until I have the DSLR.
Here is a link to the best photo I think I have taken
. I was using a tripod and had plenty of distance to shoot from.
How much better could this photo have been if I had used the manual controls?
Here is a photo I had hoped would come out better
. I was not using a tripod and I had to hold the camera just above my head to fit the whole building in the shot. The street is narrow so I was limited as to how far back I could stand when shooting. I know I need to do a better job cropping/centering when editing.
Again, if I had been using the manual controls, adjusting the aperture value, shutter speed, et cetera, would the photo have been better?
The whole photostream is here
I have been reading the instruction manual and playing with the settings all afternoon and am increasingly frustrated. If someone could recommend which settings I should use, it would be most appreciated.