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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...

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49 awesome photography tips and time savers Sharpness 21 Use Depth of Field Preview The amount of the scene that is captured in focus from front to back can be difficult to predict, especially using a zoom lens. So it’s worth experimenting with the Depth of Field Preview function offered by many cameras, which allows you to predict how your shot will look (learn more about depth of field with our guide Depth of Field: what you need to know for successful images). In photos: Classical music on Egypt's balconies In four Egyptian cities over a weekend this month, one could be walking down the street and all of a sudden hear a violin, a percussion beat and the soulful singing of a trained soprano. This is what’s been happening in Port Said, Damietta, Mansoura and Cairo as part of Mahatat's third Art of Transit tour, which took place between March 12 and 16. Since the first tour in October 2014, Mahatat for Contemporary Art — an organization working on decentralizing the arts and diversifying art presented in public space — invites a group of artists to tour these four cities and show work.

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DSLR vs Mirrorless: understanding the key differences In this DSLR vs mirrorless comparison we explain the key ways in which compact system cameras differ from DSLRs. We’ll explain how they work, features unique to each and everything else you need to know about DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Buy a DSLR on Amazon USBuy a DSLR on Amazon UKBuy a mirrorless camera on Amazon USBuy a mirrorless camera on Amazon UK Compact system cameras (CSC) are often referred to as mirrorless because, unlike single lens reflex (SLR) cameras they don’t have a mirror to bounce light from the lens up into a pentaprism (or pentamirror) viewfinder. The fact that this mirror and pentaprism is missing from compact system cameras means that they can be made smaller than digital SLRs. Compact system cameras differ from compact cameras in that they can accept interchangeable lenses, hence they are part of a system.

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What is maximum aperture? Which lenses go widest (and why it matters) What is maximum aperture? It’s a question we often hear from new photographers who are getting to grips with their lenses or trying to understand depth of field. In this guide we explain what it means to set the maximum aperture, which lenses go widest and what you actually gain in terms of your images. Click on the infographic to see the larger version, or drag and drop to your desktop to save. The aperture setting of the lens controls the amount of light that passes through, so you can use this setting as part of your exposure adjustments.

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