Point-and-shoot photography is supposed to be simple, and knowing what the symbols on your digital camera mean will make it simpler.
About the photo:
- The icon of a flower signals the macro mode. It allows your camera to focus very closely.
- The lightning bolt icon controls the flash—either on, off or automatic when it senses limited light.
- The icon that looks like a clock is the self-timer mode.
- The "+/-" button allows you to override your camera's automatic exposure settings, to correct photos that are too light or too dark.
- The icon that looks like stacked photos allows you to take rapid-fire photos.
Taken in January 1944 by photographer J. Baylor Roberts, this photo captures performing swimmers applying lipstick on a set—located in Wakulla Springs, in northern Florida—used for underwater films.
Photo: © J. Baylor Roberts/National Geographic