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Take faster pictures

Speed up your digital picture-taking by pressing the shutter only part way down for focusing; then press all the way down to snap the shot.

If you find that it takes too long for your digital camera to take a shot, it may be that you’re asking the camera to do too much at once. In many cases, pressing the shutter all the way down at once forces the camera to focus, make exposure adjustments, and capture the image all at once–this takes time for many digital cameras. Try pressing the shutter only part way down in order to focus. When you’re focused, press the shutter down completely to capture the image. This allows your camera to process pictures more quickly. Alternatively, you can turn on the “quick shot” mode to take pictures quickly (if your particular camera supports this mode).

Formerly part of Computer Currents, Stephen J. Bigelow’s Computer Advisor column has been resurrected on as a daily tech tip column. Find Stephen at

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