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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

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.

Food Photography Techniques and Tips Today food photographer Jonathan Pollack shares some wonderful food photography tips (and some positively mouth watering photos. Also check out our previous Food Photography Tips.. The food photography techniques in this post are ones that I use in photos I take for both a local food magazine and my wife’s cupcake blog. Styling Your Food for Photography I’ve never had the luxury of working with a food stylist; if you aren’t well-known, you will most likely take on this role yourself. Place solid or simple patterned papers (available at a scrapbooking store) as a background. Food Photography Composition My natural inclination when I started photographing food was to anchor myself somewhere, pick one zoom length for the entire shoot, center the food in the frame, and look down on it at a 45-degree angle – after all, this is how food appeared when I sat down to eat dinner. Zoom – with both your lens and your feet – to put the food in its place. Remember Established Photography Techniques

Digital Photography Tips: Digital Photography School Tasteful Food Photography Food photography traditionally has been the realm of a handful of weathered professionals well versed in their niche profession, armed with high-end, medium-format cameras and a ton of expensive studio gear, and flanked by a small army of dedicated chefs and food stylists. You can see their work in ads, cook books, and high-end glossy magazines such as Sunset, Gourmet, Bon Appétit, and Food & Wine. So for the casual shooter or even the ambitious amateur, getting great food shots can seem like an intimidating and daunting task at best. But it doesn't have to be that way. The digital frontier has changed the way we shoot and the things we can shoot successfully. This article will show you how you can achieve professional results with a minimum of equipment, some budget-conscious props, a little technical know-how, and a big dash of creative fun. What Makes a Great Food Image? I love food. So what does all of this have to do with food photography, you ask? Equipment

Best Places to Find Copyright Free Clipart More and more people these days are creating websites, posters, and greeting cards on their computer. So what do websites, posters, and greeting cards have in common? They all make use of both text and images. Now, most of us have reasonably strong English skills; hence, we are able to create our own sentences, paragraphs, and headings. The same can not be said in regards to artistic skills. What does Copyright Free Clipart mean? There are a wide variety of websites on the Internet which provide both clip art and photorealistic graphics. The problem is that free of charge doesn’t mean exactly what you think. Give attribution to the image creatorPrevent you from manipulating the imagePrevent you from using the image for commercial purposes. A copyright free image, one which is said to have been placed into the public domain, has no such restrictions. The Best Place to Find Copyright Free Clipart 1) The Open Clip Art Library 2) Clker 3) WPClipart Summary

10 Ways to Know You Made a Good Picture Copyright Scott Bourne - 2009 All Rights Reserved How Do I Know if I Shot a Good Photograph? My pal Rick Sammon gave his take on this subject a few days ago here at Now it’s my turn. Here are 10 things to look for in a good photograph. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. _______________ This post sponsored by the Digital SLR Store Like this: Like Loading... Related 10 Tips for Photographing Wildlife Copyright Scott Bourne 2008 - All Rights Reserved Careful readers of this blog know that I am primarily a wildlife photographer. In "Shooting" Photo Critique Guidelines Photo critiques are a good way of learning more about photography. In "Technique & Tutorials" 25 Photo Composition Tips ADDITIONAL PHOTOS by Nicole Young, Rich Legg & Other iStock Contributors One of the most common problems facing new photographers - and some of us OLD photographers - is finding…

strobist: When you absolutely, posit... Ten Things I’ve Learned About Food Photography Sometimes I look back at my older food posts on The Pioneer Woman Cooks…and cringe. I knew nothing about photography in general…let alone food photography. I want to reshoot all those old recipes. But I know I’ll never have the time. So I just keep those old photos in the archives, referring back to them whenever I need proof that my photography has improved through the years. Today, I feel more confident with my food photography than I probably do with photography outside of my kitchen. I’m no expert—not by a long shot. Disclaimer: Don’t listen to me. 1. Step back a bit, Ree. (Photo taken in February 2007.) 2. This is how I posted my Apricot Bars on my site back in (I think) 2008. This is after applying a curve lighten just now. Lightness. 3. Blech. 4. Artificial lighting environments can be created to try to replicate the look of natural light, but I’ve found it to be very difficult. 5. This is where I shoot most of my final food photos—the shots of the finished dish. 6. Emphasis on not.