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What Works in Black & White

What Works in Black & White
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100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals Photography as both a profession and a hobby is an incredibly expansive topic that covers a remarkably vast range of subjects from science and art. No matter where you lie on the professional spectrum, there is simply always more to learn. We spent countless hours scouring the web for the best content we could find and share with you, and today we'll help you expand your knowledge with 100 photography related tutorials! "There are many composition guidelines which can be applied in almost any situation, to enhance the impact of a scene. "Graphic illustrations [and explanations] of the difference between RAW and JPEG (also called JPG). A basic discussion of white balance and how to respond to different lighting situations. "Use a simple device to get perfect color in all of your shots" "What you need to know to get the most from today’s amazing high-ISO settings" "A beginner’s guide to focal lengths and how they affect photographs" "Ever wonder what it is that actually makes a camera work?

Photography: How to Take Sharper Pictures Welcome If I had a nickel for every time someone with a new camera blamed the camera itself as the reason why their pictures aren’t coming out as crisp as those seen in photo books, magazines, or even this website, I’d be able to pay someone to write this guide for me. Unfortunately, I don’t. So here I am. Here are some easy, but essential tips on achieving the best (and by best, I mean the sharpest) results from your digital camera. Is it the Camera or the Photographer? If you are new to photography I would suspect your technique first. If you did your research and paid good money for your camera (and lenses) and still aren’t getting good results, you have to wonder, is it really your camera? There could be several reasons why a camera may not be shooting sharp. Do you know all the features and buttons your camera has? Know your camera Before you set off to photograph anything, you should get to know your camera. Set the picture quality and compression Memory cards are cheap. Focusing

44 essential digital camera tips and tricks Our collection of top digital camera tips and essential photography advice will have you improving your photos in no time. Culled from experts and photographers who have been taking pictures for quite some time, they all agree that these 44 camera tips are essential knowledge for honing your craft. So feast your eyes below, check out some of our best photography tips on everything from setting up your digital camera to honing your photo composition, and by the end you will learn the secrets and shortcuts to getting high-quality pictures every time. Digital Camera Tips: 01 Always reset camera settings There are few things worse than taking what you think is a stunning picture, only to find your camera’s ISO and saturation were cranked right up from a previous shoot and you’ve missed the moment. Digital Camera Tips: 02 Format, not erase Formatting your memory card wipes it clean and rewrites any pertinent camera information. Digital Camera Tips: 03 Update your firmware

How to Take Great Portraits Outdoors Have you ever taken a picture outside, only to realize afterward that the sky is white instead of blue? Or the subject of your image is too dark? Or that everyone in your picture is squinting because of the sun? These are common photography problems, but fortunately for you, there are easy solutions, following these few tips: “Amanda and Taras” captured by Tatiana Garanina (Click Image to Find Photographer) The first thing to learn is that your camera (no matter HOW expensive it was!) To compensate for this, your camera does something called “metering,” which means the camera picks a part of the image and tries to expose it correctly (not too dark and not too bright), and trusts that the rest of the picture will adjust accordingly. How does this translate into everyday use? Photo captured by Elena Kuznetsova (Click Image to Find Photographer) The solution to this problem is to make sure that everything in the scene is roughly the same degree of brightness. 2) Use your flash.

Focus Testing Again I'm not saying there isn't a problem with some 10D bodies, but it's yet to be determined how widespread the problem really is. Please note that focus accuracy isn't specified to be - and probably never is - absolutely perfect. From past statements by Canon it seems that the spec for focus on "consumer" bodies (and the 10D is a $1500 "consumer" body) is that focus is within the DOF. So the bottom line is that focus should be within the DOF, or to put it another way, the image should look sharp. The Chart I've written this article so that users can test their 10D under a set of "standard" conditions and compare results - or at least see if their 10D falls outside acceptable limits for focus accuracy. You can see two sets of parallel lines which are your focus indicators. The Test To use the chart you set it up at 45 degrees to the axis of the lens as shown below. Use is easy. The Results This image displays pretty much perfect focus. The Conclusion Add a comment Notify me of comments

The 20 Best Websites for Learning Digital Photography I’m beginning to warm up to cheesy stock photos… have you noticed that I’ve used some super cheesy ones the last few days? I’ve spent several days searching all over the Internet to find the very best 21 up-and-coming photography websites. Each of the sites on this list are well deserving of a good read. Here, I will use “up-and-coming” to mean websites that are not yet household names (such as Digital Photography School, Strobist, or Scott Kelby’s Blog) even if the sites are already somewhat popular. CurrentPhotographer.com – This site has a tremendous amount of quality content. EPhotoZine.com – This site has great information, especially for beginning and intermediate photographers. Photography.ca – I absolutely love this podcast by Marko Kulik up in Canada (eh?). PhotographyTalk.com – This is a large site with an active community behind it. PhotoNaturalist.com – This site is focused on outdoor photography of nature: wildlife, landscape, and macro.

Your Camera Doesn't Matter Home Donate New Search Gallery Reviews How-To Books Links Workshops About Contact Your Camera Doesn't Matter © 2013 Ken Rockwell Also in Spanish, Ukrainian, French, Italian, German, Chinese, Dutch, Hebrew, Vietnamese, Russian, Portuguese and Hungarian. Mono Lake, Saturday, 25 July 1993, snapped with a broken camera. bigger. tech details. Mono Lake, 11 August 2001, snapped with a floppy-disc camera. Dawn, Mono Lake, 12 August 2001, snapped with a floppy-disc camera. This free website's biggest source of support is when you use any of these links when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live.It helps me keep adding to this free website when you get yours through these links — but I receive nothing for my efforts if you buy elsewhere. Better Pictures: The Secret Composition Simplicity FART Shadows Lighting Adjustments It's Not Your Camera Exposure WB Don't Worry: Shoot NEW, 09 September 2013: Canon 5D Mk III/24-70 II vs. The shots at the top were shot 12 or 20 years ago. 1.)

How to Be a Curious Photographer How do some people end up more curious than others? Is Curiosity a personality trait or can it be learned? How can I be more curious? How can you add Curiosity to your Photographic toolbox? 1. There are a lot of ‘rules’ going around when it comes to photography. Rules are a great thing to know (and use) – however the curious photographer often takes great shots because they not only know the rules but because they set out to break them. 2. Curious photographers are always asking questions. Find someone with the same camera as you and ask them how they use it. 3. One of the key questions you should get in the habit of asking is ‘what if’? Many of the solutions will end up being thrown away but if you ask ‘what if’ enough times you’re bound to make progress eventually. What if I held the camera on this angle…. 4. Asking ‘what if…’ (and other questions) is not enough. 5. 6. Edward De Bono has a lot of different exercises that help people develop lateral thinking skills. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Digital Photography Tips Defying gravity and weightlessness has always captured the imagination. These surreal compositions by Hungarian photographer Bence Bakonyi explore that theme. The idea of flying becomes a reality at least in the pictures of Bakonyi as his subjects are shown floating, appearing weightless. Check Out Our Exclusive Interview with 300: Rise of an Empire Still Photographer, Clay Check out our Interview with Flora Borsi, Budapest based Fine Art Photographer (Source: exposureguide.com) Ladies and Gentleman, drum roll please… The Internet has spoken and here are our top ten most popular posts of 2013! The Nikon D7000 and Canon 60D are the Most Stolen Cameras of 2013 Creative Retouching Essentials in a Day – 50% OFF!!! It’s finally here!!! Check out our Most Popular Photography Tips on Flipboard!!! NEW EBOOK: The Art of Color Processing by Christopher O’Donnell Creative Retouching Essentials in a Day – 50% OFF!!!

Quotes From Master Photographer Ansel Adams and How You to Apply Them to Your Photography A Post By: Bruce Wunderlich The technology of photography has been evolving at a very rapid rate. Most of our cameras are almost obsolete by the time we purchase them! But one thing about photography hasn’t changed over the years and that is the art of photography. We can learn so much about the that from the masters of yester-years. Ansel Adams was one of these great masters, best known for his iconic black and white images of the American West. This image by Bruce Wunderlich was part of a digital display that ran alongside the temporary exhibition, Ansel Adams: Photography from the Mountains to the Sea on at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich from 9 November 2012 – 28 April 2013. “Expressions without doctrines, my photographs are presented as ends in themselves, images of the endless moments in the world.” You surely have heard the expression, “A picture paints a thousand words.” “Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.” What a powerful quote!

Digital single-lens reflex camera The photographer can see the motive before taking an image by the mirror. When taking an image the mirror will swing up and light will go to the sensor instead. A digital single-lens reflex camera (also called a digital SLR or DSLR) is a digital camera combining the optics and the mechanisms of a single-lens reflex camera with a digital imaging sensor, as opposed to photographic film. The reflex design scheme is the primary difference between a DSLR and other digital cameras. In the reflex design, light travels through the lens, then to a mirror that alternates to send the image to either the viewfinder or the image sensor. The alternative would be to have a viewfinder with its own lens, hence the term "single lens" for this design. The design of DSLR cameras[edit] Like SLRs DSLRs typically use interchangeable lenses (1) with a proprietary lens mount. Phase-detection autofocus[edit] DSLRs typically use a phase-detection autofocus system. Features commonly seen in DSLR designs[edit]

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