Applying lipstick underwater in the 1940s.

Photo: © J. Baylor Roberts/National Geographic

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Camera Symbols
Point-and-shoot photography is supposed to be simple, and knowing what the symbols on your digital camera mean will make it simpler.
  • 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.
About the photo: 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.
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