Digital Photography Tips and Tricks DSLR Autofocus Modes Explained Most modern digital SLR cameras are equipped with advanced autofocus systems that are often hard to understand. Whether you are shooting with an entry-level or professional DSLR, knowing how to use autofocus system effectively is essential to get sharp images. A badly-focused, blurry image can ruin a photograph and you cannot repair it in post-processing. NIKON D700 @ 420mm, ISO 500, 1/2000, f/5.6 In this article, I will teach you everything I know about focus modes on modern DSLRs. 1) How DSLR Autofocus Works The nice thing about digital cameras today, is that you do not have to manually focus like people used to before, back in the early film days. 1.1) Active vs Passive Autofocus There are two types of AF (Autofocus) systems – Active and Passive. By the way, if your DSLR has an “AF Assist” lamp in front of the camera, it is not an “Active AF” beam – all it does is fire direct light at your subject like a flashlight would, so it still relies on your camera’s “Passive AF” system.
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Quick Top 10 Photography Tips For those people who don't like to read a lot, here are my 'Top Ten Photography Tips'. Most of these tips appear elsewhere, in the tutorials. But here they are, all in one place. 1) Select Only Your Best Photos Select only the best of your pictures to show to others and leave the rest in the drawer. 2) Turn the Camera on it's Side At first it feels awkward holding the camera on it's side, but it is worth making the effort to get used to it. 3) Get the Framing right in the Camera One of the easiest ways to improve your photography is with careful attention to framing. 4) Direction of Lighting Photography is all about light, the direction of the light falling on your subject is most important, you must look at your subject carefully and see how the shadows fall. If you are able to choose the time of day to shoot your pictures, try to pick a time when the sun is low in the sky, either shoot in the early morning or late afternoon. 5) Direction of Lighting (2) 6) In Camera Flash 7) Camera Exposure
Nikon D300 custom settings The Nikon D300 (which superseded the highly-regarded D200), offers great image quality and offering many of the same features of the Nikon D3, but at a more affordable price – all of which will make the D300 a camera that many professional photographers will chose as their main camera. Many of the custom settings of the D300 are the same as for the D200, but there are a few differences. (eg, Auto ISO is now set in the Shooting Menu.) Here are my preferences for the Custom Settings .. and why. If you find these articles interesting and of value, then you can help by using these affiliate links to order equipment & other goodies. Thank you! The Custom Functions are grouped into 6 categories: a – Autofocus b – Metering / Exposure c – Timers / AE & AF Lock d – Shooting / Display e – Bracketing / Flash f – Controls a1 .. AF-C is the Continuous Focusing mode, where the shutter can be tripped whether the subject is in focus or not, ie, Release Priority. a2 .. a3 .. a4 .. a5 .. a6 .. a7 .. a8 ..
Digital Photography Tips -- National Geographic From Photography Field Guide: Digital Media and Ultimate Field Guide to Photography Digital cameras today offer superb image quality that competes directly with film. These cameras look and act like traditional cameras with a few extra features. Tricky camera designs are quickly leaving the marketplace because photographers want to take pictures and not be bogged down by hard-to-use technology. Many things about digital cameras are identical to film cameras, a few things are slightly tweaked from film expectations, and a number of features are unique to digital photography. For quality results from any camera, the basics of photography still apply no matter how an image is captured. The "digital" in digital camera has caused even experienced photographers to worry that this new technology will be difficult to master. Types of Cameras Digital cameras come in a variety of forms, from point-and-shoot pocket cameras to advanced digital SLRs. Shoot It Right From the Start The Basics Exposure Zoom
Photography Tips, Tricks and Techniques Nikon D200 File Format Settings Nikon D200 Image Quality Settings © 2006 KenRockwell.com enlarge I bought mine from Ritz here. I bought another D200 from Adorama here. Also try Amazon here. Adorama usually has D200/18-70 kits in stock here. What's the best image quality (QUAL) setting? JPG or raw, or raw + JPG? If JPG, should you use FINE, NORMAL or BASIC? If raw, should you use compressed or uncompressed? In a fantasy world you'd use uncompressed NEF or FINE JPG, but after you shoot for a while you'll get logjammed with all the data you have to store, forward, process and archive. Let's make some tests and compare resolution, artifacts and sharpness. The good news is the comparison images on this page are sent with extremely high quality so nothing, not even the artifacts, are altered. I used my D200's raw + JPG mode to make pairs of identical images for comparison. I've put the same 100% crops from different quality settings on top of each other so you can switch between them simply by moving your mouse over the image!
Photography, Cameras and Taking Better Pictures 50 essential photography tips - CNET Whether photography is a hobby or a profession, you'll get a whole lot more out of it if you understand how it works. With a firm grasp of aperture, shutter speed, sensitivity and focal length, the ratio of truly great to merely mediocre shots you download at the end of an expedition is all but guaranteed to climb. Here we present CNET UK's 50 essential shooters' tips. Don't uncap your lens without them. Aperture 1. The size of the opening, which is regulated by a series of fins encroaching from the edge of the lens barrel, is measured in so-called f-stops, written f/2.8, f/5.9 and so on, with smaller numbers denoting wider apertures. A narrow opening is regulated by a large amount of each fin encroaching into the barrel, and so has a high f-stop number, such as f/16, f/18 and so on. 2. Rather than being opposite ends of a single scale these describe the maximum aperture at the wide angle and telephoto (maximum zoom) lens positions respectively. 3. 4. 5. 6. Filters and lenses 7. 8. 9. 10.
Todo lo que Necesitas Saber Para Encuadrar Tus Fotografías Las fotos primero se sacan con los ojos para luego, mediante la cámara, inmortalizarlas en papel (o en un archivo digital). La diferencia radica en que la visión no tiene límites establecidos (o se ignoran) mientras las cámaras fotográficas sí y dichos límites, conocidos como bordes, serán el marco de todas tus fotografías. La forma en que utilices dicho limite a la hora de encuadrar (componer) tus fotografías puede que cambie radicalmente las sensaciones que tus fotos trasmiten, por lo que conocer los secretos del encuadre se convierte en casi una obligación. En el artículo te contaré no solo que es el encuadre y los distintos tipos de estos, sino que además aprenderás en que situaciones conviene utilizar uno u otro de modo de potenciar los mensajes y sensaciones que estas trasmiten. ¿Qué es el encuadre? El encuadre, en fotografía, hace alusión a la porción de la escena que como fotógrafo, utilizaras para tus fotografías. Tomate tu tiempo al encuadrar Dinámica del encuadre Orientación
photography.about.com/od/takingpictures/tp/pandstipslist.htm You don't have to have a fancy camera to take great photographs. Are there some limitations as to what a point and shoot camera can do? Sure, but that doesn't mean it can't take great images. You simply have to know your camera's capabilities and apply solid photography techniques. When you've finished taking a look at our tips, be sure to use the link at the bottom of this page to share your point and shoot camera secrets and tips to great images! Type of Zoom Optical vs Digital Zoom If you are using a digital point and shoot camera you may have something called "digital zoom". Using Your Flash Most cameras have a flash built into the camera body (some of them "pop up") and have much lower power than off-camera add on flashes used with SLR style cameras. Use the Preset Modes to Your Advantage Most point and shoot cameras now have preset programmed image capture modes.