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Photography Tips and Tutorials for Beginners

Photography Tips and Tutorials for Beginners

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How to Take Creative Landscape Shots using Intentional Camera Movement Many photographic situations rely on keeping your camera as still as possible during exposure for pin-sharp images. You may have practiced hard to develop a steady hand and you’ve probably used tripods, remote shutter releases or image stabilisation to reduce the risk of camera shake. But, is keeping your camera still always a good thing? Every now and again, why not throw caution to the wind, move your camera while the shutter is open, and explore the range of creative opportunities this offers you as a photographer. What is Intentional Camera Movement and why use it? Intentional Camera Movement (or ICM for short) is a photographic technique where the camera is moved as the image is being taken. Home : The online print lab for serious digital photographers nationwide. Pro of the Month As a commercial photographer in LA who travels all over the country shooting celebrities and pro athletes, I find a very useful resource. I can upload from anywhere and have prints sent to my clients around the globe!

Digital Camera Modes A Post By: Darren Rowse This week I did an informal survey on a few of my digital camera owning friends and asked them to nominate which shooting modes that they most commonly use on their digital cameras (they use a range of point and shoot and DSLR digicams). The results of this little survey didn’t really surprise me – Automatic Mode was the overwhelming response from both beginner and the more advanced users alike (a little surprising to me). In fact three of the people I questioned responded by asking ‘is there any other non Automatic mode?’ As a result I’ve decided to take a run through the basic shooting modes that most digital cameras have (both point and shoot and DSLRs have most of these). While this is pretty basic information for many readers I hope it will be helpful for those right at the beginning of their digital photography journey who are yet to venture out of Automatic Mode.

5 Situations When Manual Focus is Better than Auto Focus Digital Cameras present photographers with an ever increasing array of Automatic and Semi Automatic shooting modes. Most of these center around different ways of exposing your shots – however many cameras also give options for different focusing modes (auto, continuous focusing for moving subjects and manual). It’s no wonder then that many photographers never make use of their camera and lens’ ability to focus manually. Nikon D90 Digital Camera Review - Nikon DSLR - Digital Camera Reviews, Ratings of Digital Cameras & Comparisons of Popular Cameras - Introduction In many ways the Nikon D5100 is what the Nikon D5000 should have been: an evolution of the D90, made lighter and cheaper, with video recording capabilities that stretch beyond gimmickry. The Nikon D5100 is one formidable camera. With full-time autofocus during live view and video recording, the same 16.2-megapixel image sensor as the Sony A55V, the Nikon D7000, and the Pentax K-5, and a host of creative new image effects, this is a camera that, quite simply, blows past most of the sub-$1000 competition. Sprinkle in some fine image quality and you're on a roll.

10 Questions to Ask When Taking a Digital Photo What goes through your mind in the moments as you raise your digital camera up to take a shot and before you press the shutter? If you’re like many digital photographers you’re not thinking about too much – you just want to capture the moment and then move on. However getting in the habit of asking some simple questions can help take your images to the next level. Here’s 10 questions to get in the habit of asking while framing your shots. I’ve included links in each one to further reading on the topics. I hope you find them helpful:

The HDR Look in ON1 Effects 10 - f64 Academy Learn More about ON1 Ever since I started using the Sony a7Rii I have found myself bracketing images less and less. There is a plethora of dynamic range information in every file that thing pumps out, which is awesome, but the file sizes are huge! I once bracketed a series of images, ran it through Photomatix, saved it as a 16 bit Tiff, applied the Zone Systems and then saved it. The file was over 1.8 Gigabytes…. yes, 1.8 gigabytes for a single image, not a panorama.

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Understanding Flash Metering modes Flash Metering Systems TTL, A-TTL, E-TTL and E-TTL II Terms used in this article are Canon specific but there are the same or similar terms for Nikon, Sony, Olympus and other camera manufacturers. When you use your camera’s metering system, the meter will measure the reflected light from your subject (see: Metering Modes and How Your Camera Meter Works). This is not the case when you use your camera with a flash, either a pop-up or mounted on your camera’s hot shoe and set to one of the TTL modes. (TTL is an acronym for Through The Lens) Irrespective of which TTL flash mode you choose, the exposure is not based on reading the ambient light, (see: Balancing Flash and Ambient Light with a Light Meter) it is based on the flash output. Measuring flash output can be achieved by either measuring a fixed output pre-flash and evaluating the exposure, or by measuring the flash output as it is fired.