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It's all about distance — Cornicello Photography. Notice that as the camera is moved back away from the subject a few things happen. One, the look of the face changes radically in the first couple of frames. When in close the nose is much closer to the camera than the eyes and the ears, making the nose seem larger in comparison and also making the full face look narrower than it really is. this is caused by the camera being in close. The same relationship will be there with longer lenses, but their limited angle of view, greater magnification, and further closest focusing distance may not allow you to get the photo. You have to trust this condition being caused by distance and not focal length. In the subsequent frames you see the look of the face compressing. As the camera moves back the relative sizes of the nose, eyes, and ears become closer and the image "compresses" even though I am still using the same wide-angle 35mm lens.

Just for comparison, here are a few more images. Learn how aperture, shutter, and ISO affect exposure. From the example of the sunset picture in installment #1 of this photography basics series, you have learned the importance of taking full control over the exposure on your camera. Now, it's time to dig into your camera and learn the three most basic tools available to you in controlling the exposure. Those tools are shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. After I explain what each one does, I'll explain why we need three separate tools to control the brightness or darkness of the photo. Aperture A small aperture in a camera lens. The aperture is a small set of blades in the lens that controls how much light will enter the camera.

So suppose you take a picture that is too bright. Let's test your knowledge to make sure you have it down. The aperture also controls the depth-of-field. Shutter Speed The shutter is a small “curtain” in the camera that quickly rolls over the image sensor (the digital version of film) and allows light to shine onto the imaging sensor for a fraction of a second.

101 Photoshop tips you have to know. Are your photo editing skills a little on the slow side? Could your Photoshop knowledge be better? If so, you’re in the right place. Below we’ve culled from experts 101 of the best Photoshop tips and tricks you need to streamline your photo editing skills and start working faster and smarter. We’ve broken our list down into categories of Quick tips, Adobe Camera Raw and Bridge tips, Tips for using Layers, Tips for using Photoshop’s many tools and, finally, Tips for using Brushes. Quick Photoshop Tips 01 Combine images with text There’s a really easy way to overlay an image on top of text. 02 Rotating patterns You can make amazing kaleidoscopic patterns with the help of a keyboard shortcut. 03 Bird’s Eye View When zoomed in close, hold down H and drag in the image to instantly dart out to full screen then jump back to another area. 04 Quick full Layer Masks You can Alt-click on the Layer Mask icon to add a full mask that hides everything on the layer.

Adobe Camera Raw and Bridge Tips. 54 Portrait Ideas: free downloadable posing guide. Are you stuck for portrait ideas? Sometimes we’ve found that you can over-think these things. When you put so much thought into backdrops and colour schemes and following others’ portrait photography tips, you can overlook some of the fundamentals of portrait photography, such as your subject’s pose. We believe our posing guide below should help! A great way to reignite you portrait photography with new portrait ideas is to shoot a model in your home photo studio, using as minimalist a set-up as possible. To help you along we’ve put together our latest photography cheat sheet, a visual posing guide that you can download and use as inspiration. To create our posing guide we shot our own examples of some of the more traditional portrait styles – full-length portraits, seated portraits, high and low perspectives and head-and-shoulder shots – and then some suggested poses within these genres.

Click here to download the large version of our portrait photography posing guide. 7 daily exercises that will make you a better photographer. The saying ‘practice makes perfect’ is as valid for photography as any other activity, so we’ve put together a collection of exercises that will help you become a better photographer. 1. Spot meter Modern metering systems have great general-purpose modes, often called Evaluative, Matrix or Multi-area, which do a great job of accessing a scene and setting good ‘average’ exposure settings in many situations. However, they’re not 100% foolproof and very dark or very light scenes, or backlighting can trick them into over or under exposure. They’re also not psychic and don’t know what you’re seeing in your head when you take a shot. DON’T MISS: Discover how Canon’s irista platform can simplify your photo management Switching to spot metering puts you in control of where the camera meters from and helps you develop a much better understanding of the tonal range in a scene.

Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7Next People who read this also liked... 49 awesome photography tips and time savers. Sharpness 21 Use Depth of Field Preview The amount of the scene that is captured in focus from front to back can be difficult to predict, especially using a zoom lens. So it’s worth experimenting with the Depth of Field Preview function offered by many cameras, which allows you to predict how your shot will look (learn more about depth of field with our guide Depth of Field: what you need to know for successful images). Using the normal viewfinder you’ll find that the preview image will get pretty dark, especially when using small apertures, but with practice you can get used to this. Remember that you can also use the Live View image to assess depth of field (not all cameras offer Live View, so check your manual). 22 Go slow without a tripod While we always recommend using a tripod for long exposure/slow shutter speed shots, you can often get away without one if you have to.

The anti-shake or image stabilisation systems can help you shoot handheld at shutter speeds slower than normal. What is ISO: camera sensitivity settings (and the best ways to use them) What is ISO? Discover how your camera’s sensitivity to light is measured and when you should increase your camera’s ISO setting. Click on the infographic to see the larger version. What is ISO? The camera’s ISO setting is its sensitivity to light. The higher the ISO, the more sensitive it is. This is measured according to international standards, so ISO100 on one camera will be exactly the same as ISO100 on another. Each ISO setting is double the one before: if you increase the ISO from 100 to 200, you double the camera’s sensitivity; and if you increase it from 200 to 400, you double it again. This is deliberate. For example, if you want to use a faster shutter speed without changing the aperture, you could increase the ISO instead.

This relationship between lens aperture, shutter speed and ISO could quickly get complicated, but there are drawbacks to changing the ISO which mean that in practice you tend to change the ISO only when you have to. PAGE 1: What is ISO? 10 rules of photo composition (and why they work) In photography, it’s not just what you shoot that counts – the way that you shoot it is crucial, too.

Poor photo composition can make a fantastic subject dull, but a well-set scene can create a wonderful image from the most ordinary of situations. With that in mind, we’ve picked our top 10 photo composition ‘rules’ to show you how to transform your images, as well as offered some of our best photography tips from the experts who do it on a daily basis. Don’t feel that you’ve got to remember every one of these laws and apply them to each photo you take. Instead, spend a little time practising each one in turn and they’ll become second nature. You’ll soon learn to spot situations where the different rules can be applied to best effect. Photo composition doesn’t have to be complicated. In the real world, you’ll be working with a wide range of subjects and scenes, and this requires a more open-minded approach. 10 rules of photo composition (and why they work) Image copyright Jure Kravanja.

Digital cameras: what the manual doesn't teach you. Here on Digital Camera World we get lots of emails from readers who are daunted by the complexity of their new digital cameras, unsure of the best way to capture the best shots, and confused about which settings to use. Considering the plethora of buttons and functions packed into today’s cameras, this is totally understandable. Even getting the strap onto your new bundle of joy can sometimes seem like mission impossible! Well fret no more; below we’ll guide you through the process of getting to know your digital camera beyond what the manual teaches you. We’ll help you identify key buttons and setting and explain how to get them to work for you to produce different effects. Master your digital camera’s top dial Choosing which exposure mode to use isn’t just about your technical ability; it’s also about selecting a mode that gives you the freedom to stop worrying about settings and start concentrating on taking great shots. 1 Auto/Green square This is the ideal mode for complete beginners.