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Photoshop Tutorials. Best camera settings for astrophotography. Take a shot in the dark… but make sure you’ve set up your camera first. Our series of pre-shot checklists comes to a close with a look at the best camera settings for astrophotography. You’ll need to find a really dark location for successful starscapes, which means that you won’t want to be changing too many settings in the pitch black, so setting up your camera in advance can be a life-saver. SEE MORE: How to shoot a landscape using the moon as your only light source Things you can pre-set Shooting in almost complete darkness means that you will need to set your camera to manual mode.

However, unlike with most other night photography techniques, to get successful starscape images you can’t use really long exposures as this will cause the motion of the stars to be recorded as star trails in your final image. To avoid this you should set the ISO to a high value such as 3200, the shutter speed to around 5 secs and the aperture to the widest available on your lens. File format RAW. Nifty Fifty: The Benefits of a Fixed 50mm Lens - Tuts+ Photo & Video Tutorial. Can't figure out why your photos are not tack sharp? Overheard people talking about prime lenses but don't know what the big deal is all about? This article will help you learn all about prime lenses and how they compare to zoom lenses. Also, you'll discover a few great techniques for achieving a wonderfully sharp, crisp finish to your photos.

When I was just getting into photography, all I was exposed to was zoom, zoom, zoom. Everyone had one, and it was said to be a photographers must-have. I was a studying film production, and all I heard about getting a better looking image with more depth was to push back and zoom in. When I first discovered the notion of a fixed, 50mm lens, my world was flipped upside down. I thought my shots to be well composed and well lit, but they didn't seem to stand up to other photographer's work.

I was a little skeptical when I first heard this, but decided to take that challenge for myself. So much more light was let into the camera with an f1.8. ShotRockers » Exposure Cheat Sheet. 4 big reasons you look fat in photographs. | The Haute Girl. Update: You know how you read buzz feed or something like that and there is this really shocking title, but when you go to read it its nothing about what you thought it was going to be? And it ticks you off? Well this article is not like that, but the title is like that for a reason.

It’s what brought you to read this today. I had some unsavory comments about people not liking that I used the word fat, or upset that I would use this word in a negative context. Just to be honest – a man responded to this article saying ” or start working out and don’t be fat ” Ouch. So to give you a little background, I have been a professional photographer for 8 years. So as many of you know, if you have been following this blog, that this is my own journey to loving myself and finding a way to encourage other women to love their bodies through fashion. The funny part about that is, anyone can look photogenic or un-photogenic depending on who is taking the photo of them. So #1- Camera Distortion. Alea. Photo2Mesh. Photo2Mesh – taking you to the next dimension Convert your digital drawings and photographs into 3D printable STL files.

You can create objects to print straight away, or add it to your existing 3D models. Lithophanes A lithophane was originally hand made out of thin porcelain. An image would be carved into it, which could only be truly appreciated by having the object back lit Now with Photo2Mesh you can create your very own! By using your 3D printer and white ABS or PLA filament, you are able to print out your photos in 3D! It is simple as exporting the photo from Photo2Mesh to an STL file, and then just printing it. Logos Take your company logo or artwork, digitize it.

Bring them into Photo2Mesh and export the STL file. Fun objects Using your digital photographs you can create awesome gifts. The example here is taking the photograph of an eye, and placing it on a spher e to give you an eyeball! Here is a fantastic example of a Lithophane cube. Lithophane box with no backlight – Idea Beans.

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. There are all sorts of theories about the ‘Rule of Thirds’ and more complex ‘Golden Mean’, for example. 10 rules of photo composition (and why they work) Photo Composition Tip 1: Simplify the scene.

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... Better photo tips: 60 of the most amazing, surprising, incredible bits of photography advice you'll ever read.

Following on from our popular 77 photography techniques, tips and tricks for taking pictures of anything post, we’re bringing you this list of 60 incredibly useful bits of photography advice. If you’re new to photography, this resource of surprising camera tips and time savers provides an invaluable shortcut to better photos and a smarter workflow. If you’re a more experienced photographer, there’s still plenty of technical and technique refreshers here. We’ve separated the advice into three key sections, covering camera settings, composition and exposure, and general photography tips.

If you find the advice useful or you want to share your own little-known photography trick, please leave a comment below… Camera set-up advice and tips for essential settings Tip 01: Zoom first, focus last Zoom lenses typically exhibit focus shift when they’re zoomed. SEE MORE: 44 essential digital camera tips and tricks SEE MORE: Shooting raw format photos: 8 questions every beginner wants answered. 10 photography techniques you can use everyday. Use these ten techniques everyday to help improve your images and become a better photographer. 1. Rule of thirds The rule of thirds is an extremely useful compositional tool that helps you produce images with elements that align well.

In the past you had to imagine dividing the scene into three equally sized columns and three equally horizontal slices, but these days most cameras have a ‘rule of thirds’ view that places a grid over the image in the screen, or even the viewfinder. Then all you need to do is make sure that the horizon (for example) lies along one of the horizontal grid lines and that key elements such as trees in a landscape fall where the grid lines cross (aka the intersection of the thirds). While it’s called a rule, you don’t need to follow the rule of thirds slavishly.

Some scenes call for a uniform composition for example, where the main subject is at the centre of the image instead of at the intersection of a third. 2. Pages: 1 2 3 4 5Next. Free portrait lighting cheat sheet. Feeling in the dark about portrait lighting? Whether it’s a flashgun or a softbox, off-camera lighting has confounded many aspiring portrait photographers.

But your portrait photography doesn’t need to suffer because of this. Portrait lighting need not be so complicated. Whether you’re in a professional studio or shooting a model in your home photo studio (see our 10 tips for setting up your home photo studio), often the simplest portrait lighting set-ups yield the most classic and dramatic effects. By experimenting with different poses you can see what works and get new portrait ideas to apply to your next shoot. To help you along we’ve put together our latest photography cheat sheet, a visual guide taking you through several simple portrait lighting set-ups, and showing the different effects they create. Feel free to drag and drop our infographic on to your desktop and save it for a handy reference the next time you have someone in your home photo studio. How to hold a camera: getting started with your new DSLR. More so than any of your new camera’s features, learning how to hold a camera properly will ensure you get the sharpest pictures possible.

Therefore it’s worth taking a few minutes to practise holding your camera before you start shooting. When upgrading to a DSLR from a smaller model, it might not feel natural at first where to place your hands. In this quick visual guide we’ve illustrated the different ways in which you can hold a camera, and how to hold a camera so it’s secure. How to hold a camera: free photography cheat sheet Click on the infographic to see the larger version, or drag and drop to your desktop to save.

Finger The camera body is designed to be gripped with your right hand and your index finger over the shutter release. Hand Rest your lens in your left hand. Elbows Tuck your elbows into your body to keep your camera sturdy. SEE MORE: First camera crash course – simple solutions for mastering your new DSLR Legs Place your legs a little apart so you’re balanced.

52 photography projects: a photo idea to try every week in 2015. Taking on a photography project is a great way to get yourself out of a photography rut and to bring some focus to your picture-taking. Placing some constraints on what you’re going to take photos of or what camera gear you’ll use really does force you to become more creative, too. We’ve prepared 52 fantastic photo ideas – one for every week in 2015. These are split into three sections: easy home projects you can do today, ideas you can try outdoors at the weekend and a series of ongoing photo projects that you can start now but keep topping up in the coming weeks and months. We’ve also added a sprinkling of links to other project ideas and photo tips and techniques to try in 2015. Bookmark this page and you’ll never be short of inspiration… SEE MORE: 77 photography techniques, tips and tricks for taking pictures of anything Home photography projects SEE MORE: 5 cool water drop photography ideas and 1 really simple set-up.

Famous Photographers: 100 things we wish we knew starting out | DCW. Lighting Tips “Try to think in terms of light and palettes of colour to achieve consistency.” – Sam Barker “Unless I’m shooting at night, the camera settings don’t even cross my mind. All I concentrate on is finding a subject that will make a strong image. As for shooting at night, you have to work harder, because the light drops every three or four minutes and you have to run through all the camera settings to make sure it’s set up right.” – Jason Hawkes “In order to capture a truly memorable photograph, you really need to pay close attention to the light, and learn as much as you can about not only your subject, but the location itself. “I prefer to shoot in ambient light and rarely use flash.” – Suzi Eszterhas “I’m no good at setting up lighting, so I just used the light that was available throughout. “Sometimes you can achieve dramatic results by placing yourself so that your subject is back-lit (shooting with the sun facing you) or side-lit.” – Suzi Eszterhas Lighting for portraits.

Famous Photographers: 100 things we wish we knew starting out | DCW. Camera Exposure Tips “Manual gives you total control. Automatic, or semi-automatic, modes like Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority, just can’t keep up with the constantly changing lights. I tend to use a fast, wide aperture lens and open it right up to f/2.8. Then I will click the shutter speed up and down, depending on what’s going on.” – John McMurtrie “You still need to take a correctly exposed image in-camera. A good image at the beginning of post-shoot editing will always give you a better image at the end of the process.” – Robert Wilson “In 99 percent of situations, I am shooting in Manual exposure mode, rather than Automatic, Program or Aperture Priority. “Be aware of your possible exposure settings in varied or changeable lighting.

“Set your camera to Program mode for street photography, as you don’t always have time to worry about aperture and shutter speed. “If you aren’t confident with manual exposure then learn how to use the Exposure Compensation dial. Famous Photographers: 100 things we wish we knew starting out | DCW. Photo Composition Tips “Always fill the frame with your subject.” – Jason Hawkes “If there is something distracting in the background, such as a road or a mass of branches, change your position.

Move to the left or right, stand on your tiptoes, or even lie down on the ground.” – Suzi Eszterhas “Look around at what everyone else is doing, and then do something completely different.” – David Clapp “Camera position is the key, whether it’s a landscape or a person that you’re trying to photograph. Develop a good work ethic too. One cannot be lazy – if you see a hill, climb it.

“Don’t cram all you can see into one shot. “For the best compositions, get out of the car and walk.” – Simon Butterworth “Make sure the subject is big enough in the frame and think about what the subject will do next. “Personally, I think the emotional content of an image is more important than the image being technically perfect.

Composition for landscape photography Composition for live music photography. Famous Photographers: 100 things we wish we knew starting out | DCW. Tips for Managing Your Photography Workflow “On a big tour I know what the band will do, so I set up presets for quickly editing a batch of shots. Typically, these will address colour balance and noise reduction, boosting the blacks and the shadows.” – John McMurtrie “For me, the biggest advantage of digital is being able to shoot in raw format – it gives you so much latitude and is very forgiving!” – Suzi Eszterhas “I use Photoshop for basic adjustments or removing a srtray blade of grass.

“I shoot in Raw and then go through a rather contradictory process of putting more contrast into the images in Photoshop, while simultaneously opening up the tones. “Get it right in-camera. “I do very little to my images with software, except for minor adjustments using Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop.

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