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Download a FREE ebook - The Nikon Creative Lighting System. In association with Rocky Nook publishing and our friends over at N-Photo magazine, we’re giving away a FREE digital copy of The Nikon Creative Lighting System, 2nd edition. This definitive guide to getting more creative with flash provides practical, step-by-step guides to using all of Nikon’s current Speedlights, both on their own and alongside other flash units.

To get hold of your free copy, simply fill in the form below, verify your email address and you’ll be sent a link to download this free digital book. Happy shooting, and we hope you enjoy it! Get more of our FREE eBooks! Download our free eBook, You Can Master RawHow to shoot just about anything! The Complete Dictionary of PhotographyDownload our free eBook, A Photographer’s Guide to Sharper Shots. How to use a camera: exposure modes made simple. Buying a good camera and staying on auto settings is like buying a Porsche for the school run. In our latest Shoot Like A Pro series we show you how to use a camera in a more meaningful way that lets you take control of the picture-taking process.

In this series we’ll run through all of your camera’s exposure modes and explain when – and why – you should use them. This week we’ll start with Program Mode. Your digital camera’s auto settings make it easier to just point and shoot, and often that’s enough to capture a moment in time. If you’ve started to feel as if you’re missing out on photo opportunities because you can’t work out how to take control, it’s time to master your camera’s creative shooting options. Choosing and using the different exposure modes can transform the pictures you take, but venturing off fully automatic modes can be daunting, and even experienced photographers can find choosing the right settings tricky. How to use Program mode Program Mode Pros and Cons.

Free Cheat Sheet: what your camera captures at every lens' focal length. Knowing how much of your scene you can capture at each lens’ focal length is a conundrum every photographer has come up against. In our earlier post earlier answering the question, ‘What is Focal Length? ,’ we looked at some of the differences and capabilities of using a telephoto vs wide-angle lens. A wide-angle lens exaggerates perspective, while using a telephoto lens gives the effect of compressing perspective, bringing elements closer together in the frame.

In the latest of our ongoing photography cheat sheet series we aimed to illustrate some of the differences a different lens focal length can have both in terms of how your image looks and how much of your scene your camera is able to include. In our infographic below you can see just how much of a scene your camera can capture at different focal lengths starting from an ultra-wide 10mm all the way up to 400mm. 40 More Portrait Ideas: part 2 of our free downloadable posing guide. Recently we shared with you our free posing guide with 54 different portrait ideas to try at home. It was so popular, we decided to share some more portrait ideas from that shoot! Our latest photography cheat sheet is another visual posing guide that you can download and use as inspiration for your portrait photography.

Sometimes we can get too bogged down in the technicalities of lighting (check out our 3 stupidly simple lighting techniques that will transform your family portraits) or exposure that if we don’t get it right the first time, we lose the ambition to shoot. We may find ourselves paralysed in our home photo studio (find out how to master your home photo studio – setup, settings, accessories explained). Often, though, a simple, new pose you’ve never tried before can give you the burst of inspiration you’ve been needing. We’ve also explored how different hair styles can add different moods to your portraits. 6 weeks to go! 10 camera settings you need to learn to master your Nikon (and 10 you can manage without) Confused by the options on your Nikon camera? The experts at the Nikon magazine N-Photo explain which camera settings you really need to get to grips with, and which you can manage without… The vast array of buttons, menus and other features available on even the most affordable Nikon DSLR can sometimes seem pretty daunting, especially if you’re just starting out.

Understanding which features are worth exploring, and which are best left alone, is fundamental to getting the most from your camera. So, we’ve come up with the 10 most important camera setting that you need to get to grips with to use your Nikon to its full potential. We’ve broken these down into five sections, where you’ll find out how to use the different focusing, exposure and other modes to help you really take control of your camera. There are also suggestions for other features to try once you’ve mastered the essentials, to enable you to take your photography to the next level. Essential Nikon camera settings: 01 Focus lock. 49 awesome photography tips and time savers. Fitting your photography around the demands of family life (check out our ever-popular free family portrait photography cheat sheet) and the working week is often more difficult than figuring out the technical complexities of your camera.

To help you get the absolute most from your photography time, we have come up with 49 of the best photography tips and time savers that are guaranteed to get you better results, help you edit your shots with ease and simply enjoy your picture taking more. From checking your kit before you leave the house to setting up your camera on location and tips for improving your photo composition, you’ll find plenty of suggestions for saving yourself time and getting organized – thereby reducing the chance of missing out on shots – long before you even press the shutter release. And of course, no matter how much preparation and care you’ve taken when shooting, you’ll need to store, sort and edit the images you take. Before you shoot Camera settings.

Camera metering and exposure explained. The first step to getting better exposures is to understand how your camera’s metering system interprets a scene. In this beginner’s guide we answer all the common questions and provide a handy series of cheat sheets to help you along… All images by Marcus Hawkins What does a camera meter actually do? The meter measures a subject’s brightness so that the camera can determine how long the sensor needs to be exposed to record a picture.

The problem is that the metering system doesn’t always work flawlessly, and you may end up with pictures that are either too dark or too bright. For more refined results, you can correct these errors using exposure compensation, or dial in the exposure settings – aperture, shutter speed and ISO – manually. SEE MORE: Canon metering modes – how to get perfectly exposed images Why does the camera meter get things wrong?

Camera meters are calibrated to what’s called ‘18% grey’. Obviously, not everything you photograph falls neatly into this mid-tone range. 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. Camera sensor sizes explained: what you need to know about Four Thirds, 1/1.7, full-frame and APS-C format.

Confused about Four Thirds, 1/1.7, full-frame and APS-C format and why it matters? Don’t worry, here’s everything you need to know about camera sensor sizes. Sensor size is important in photography because it has an impact upon image quality. If you have two cameras with the same pixel count, but one has a physically larger sensor than the other, the one with the larger sensor will usually produce better quality images.

This is because the photo receptors, which are commonly called pixels these days, are larger on the bigger sensor. The main purpose of a photo receptor is to receive light and generate an electrical signal that is converted into a digital image signal. A strong signal requires less amplification and this means there’s less opportunity for image noise to introduced or enhanced. SEE MORE: Full-frame sensor size explained – how to exploit its advantages and cool effects SEE MORE: Full-frame DSLRs – do you really need one? Bigger camera sensor or fewer pixels? What size is it?

6 ways to keep shooting in harsh light. 1. Work with it The most obvious way to shoot in harsh light is to work with it rather than against it. This doesn’t mean plough on regardless, but to think about what the light is doing to your subject and use it. At midday the sun is at it’s highest point in the sky, which means that although shadows will be very strong, they may also be quite short. If you’re shooting a portrait in full sun you can expect to see deep, unattractive shadows under the eyebrows and nose.

However, if the model tips their head back and they look towards the sun these shadows will disappear. The obvious problem with this is that the model’s eyes will immediately screw up against the harsh light if the try to keep them open, but this is one occasion when closed eyes looks natural. We all like to turn our faces to the sun and close our eyes once in a while. Meanwhile in the city there’s a great mix of deep shadow and strong highlights that can look very effective in black and white. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Back-button AF: how to master this professional time-saver. Avoid switching between AF modes and ensure sharp images with this clever back button focus technique.

In this tutorial we’ll explain why professional photographers often rely on back button AF to guarantee best results. If you watch sports photographers, they’ve often got a thumb hovering over the back of the camera, as well as a finger over the shutter release button. This is back-button focusing, a technique that keeps autofocus locked on a moving subject; locks focus on a stationary subject and recomposes; or keeps focus on a subject if something else enters the frame. With back-button focusing, you simply press the rear button to lock focus on your subject, take your thumb off and you’ll always keep your original focus point.

If your subject is moving around a lot, you need to keep the back button pressed down all the time to keep focus-tracking (in continuous or AF Servo focus mode), then press the shutter button when you’re ready. How to set up back button AF on your DSLR. 3 ways to affect depth of field: free cheat sheet. Depth of field, or ability to control which parts of your pictures are sharp, is one of the main advantages of owning an SLR camera. Look at a scene with your own eyes, and everything from your feet to the horizon is usually in focus. But your pictures do not need to look like this. You can set up your digital camera so that only certain parts of the shot are in sharp focus, and others are artistically blurred. This allows you to create emphasis where you want it – and to hide elements that would otherwise prove distracting. Your lens can only focus sharply at one distance. Our latest photography cheat sheet examines three common ways you can affect depth of field.

Simply drag and drop this cheat sheet on to your desktop to save the larger version as a handy reference. Common mistakes at every shutter speed (and the best settings to use) Metering Mode cheat sheet: how they work and when to use them Digital camera effects from A-Z 99 common photography problems (and how to solve them) High contrast photography: how to expose a forest scene in strong light. Venturing into the woods to capture the first light streaming through the canopy is one of the special moments in photography. There’s a true feeling of satisfaction in shooting forest photography, particularly on bright autumn mornings, but it also presents its share of challenges – namely, how to get a good exposure. In this tutorial we explain how to set up your camera to shoot high-contrast photography, and then edit your bracketed exposures on the computer.

To demonstrate the challenges of high-contrast photography, we visited Stockhill Woods in Somerset’s Mendip hills for our shoot – you’ll need to find a bit of forest where the canopy isn’t too dense, so the sunlight can get through, and which has attractive ground cover. You’ll need to check a few things before you head out for your shoot. First up you’ll need to keep an eye on the weather: you’ll want a mostly clear sky, although if there’s a bit of early morning mist this will add some atmosphere to your image. Tips for Black and White Photography. A Guest post by Elja Trum from Photo Facts. You might be one of those photographers who decide to convert a photo to black and white in post production.

Trying if it ‘works’ for a photo you took without thinking about black and white at the time. Nothing wrong with that, but have you ever tried to go out and shoot specifically with a black and white photo in mind? It’s worth doing so and I’d like to give you some tips for when you do. Shoot in color Most camera’s have a black and white preset that lets you take photos directly in black and white. There is an exception to this rule; if you shoot in your cameras RAW format, you can use the black and white preset on your camera. Keeping control over the black and white conversion Shoot at your lowest ISO setting I know the grainy film look is popular in black and white photography, but I’d recommend on using the lowest possible ISO setting when taking your shots. Grain added in post Shoot on those gray days Learn to see black and white.

Understanding Flash Metering modes. Flash Metering Systems TTL, A-TTL, E-TTL and E-TTL II Terms used in this article are Canon specific but there are the same or similar terms for Nikon, Sony, Olympus and other camera manufacturers. When you use your camera’s metering system, the meter will measure the reflected light from your subject (see: Metering Modes and How Your Camera Meter Works). This is not the case when you use your camera with a flash, either a pop-up or mounted on your camera’s hot shoe and set to one of the TTL modes.

(TTL is an acronym for Through The Lens) Irrespective of which TTL flash mode you choose, the exposure is not based on reading the ambient light, (see: Balancing Flash and Ambient Light with a Light Meter) it is based on the flash output. Measuring flash output can be achieved by either measuring a fixed output pre-flash and evaluating the exposure, or by measuring the flash output as it is fired. This data is then used to calculate the flash output required to expose the scene correctly. Conheça a diferença entre imagens .RAW e .JPEG | Fotografia Arte. 5 digital camera features no photographer should be without. 99 Common Photography Problems (and how to solve them) 10 reasons why your photos aren't sharp (and how to fix them) Fotografia – TechTudo » Zoom: hora de entender o X da questão » Arquivo.

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