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If you're using a consumer grade point-and-shoot Canon digital camera, you've got hardware in hand that can support advanced features way beyond what shipped in the box. With the help of a free, open source project called CHDK , you can get features like RAW shooting mode, live RGB histograms, motion-detection, time-lapse, and even games on your existing camera. Let's transform your point-and-shoot into a super camera just by adding a little special sauce to its firmware.
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Capturing Moving Water in Photography By Rivers, waterfalls and gently babbling streams are soothing even in photographs.
Learn how to take and edit digital photographs using visual tutorials that emphasize concept over procedure, independent of specific digital camera or lens. This is a complete listing of all tutorials on this site; click the drop-down links in the top menu to see particular topics . Photography is going through an exciting transition period as many film photographers are beginning to explore the new capabilities of digital cameras.
<a href="http://adserver.adtechus.com/adlink/3.0/5159/425846/0/16/ADTECH;loc=300;key=key1+key2+key3+key4;grp=[group]" target="_blank"><img src="http://adserver.adtechus.com/adserv/3.0/5159/425846/0/16/ADTECH;loc=300;key=key1+key2+key3+key4;grp=[group]" border="0" width="1" height="1"></a> by Derrick Story , author of Digital Photography Pocket Guide, 3rd Edition 10/22/2002 Revised 09/06/2005, 11/05/03 You've heard this before: Digital cameras do all the work. You just push the button and great pictures magically appear. The better the camera, the better the photos.
Do you flip through your photo albums and/or online gallery and sigh at the fact that all your photos look the same? The vacations all might blend together into an array of similar photos. It’s easy to fall into a rut of taking the same types of travel pictures, especially when our point-and-shoot cameras seem to do all the hard work of shooting. That’s the fun of it though. Rather than photographing the same old pictures from summers past, try out some of these improvement techniques from our top 10 tips for using your digital point-and-shoot this travel season. 1.
Just because you've got a relatively inexpensive point-and-shoot camera and not a $1500+ DSLR rig doesn't mean you can't take awesome photos. Here's a look at how you can elevate your regular old point-and-shoot shots to greatness. As popular as they've become in some circles, most people don't own a DSLR camera. They're expensive, they're bulky, and they're entirely inconvenient for toting around in many situations. I'm a professional photographer, but despite owning multiple DSLRs and a bevy of lenses for them, I often slip my daughter's Finepix Z30 or my wife's Canon PowerShot SD780 into my pocket before we go out for dinner or on a walk.
Whether making your own lens hood to create custom bokeh, breathing like a sniper to get a blur-free photo, or angling your body to look the best in pictures, we shared some great photography hacks this year. Software and Photoshop tricks are great, but they're a poor substitution for doing things in-camera. Over the last year we shared a variety of hacks for taking better photos, looking better in photos, and ways to get professional results without spending your rent money on camera accessories. Create Your Own Bokeh for Beautiful Photo Effects What's a bokeh you say?
In this post, Steve Berardi from PhotoNaturalist talks about three ways to get better control of autofocus. Sometimes autofocus can be really annoying. For some shots it’ll focus on the right part of your subject, but then the very next shot it may choose to focus on something far and away into the background. Sure, you could avoid this problem by always using manual focus, but autofocus is great when you need to focus quickly or when you’re photographing a landscape and you need to focus on a certain spot in the scene.
Self-portrait shooters usually rely on the trial-and-error method of focusing. Shoot, shoot, and shoot again until the perfect combination of pose, exposure, and focus are achieved. But there is a better way (several, in fact)! All of these methods are quick and easy and will give you accurate focusing without a lot of frustrating trial and error. Before you begin, you’ll just need to acquaint yourself with how to put your camera into manual focus mode. You won’t actually use manual focus for focusing —you’ll just use it to keep the focus once you’ve got it set just the way you want.