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7 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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Canon T3i Review: Full Review - Menus Canon EOS Rebel T3i Modes and Menus The Mode dial on the right side of the Canon T3i's top panel lets you select various exposure modes, and most options are the same as on the earlier Rebel T2i model, although the order has been changed slightly, and the Full Auto mode replaced with a new Scene Intelligent Auto mode. Canon divides the dial into "Creative" and "Basic" zones. The Creative zone includes settings for Program Auto-Exposure, Shutter Priority AE (Tv), Aperture Priority AE (Av), full Manual exposure, and Automatic Depth-of-Field AE. The Basic range includes the Scene Intelligent Auto, Flash Off, and Creative Auto modes, plus the five Scene modes in what Canon refers to as the "Image" zone Finally, there's one Mode dial position that's not considered part of either the Basic or Creative zones: the Movie mode.

Phase detection autofocus: how your DSLR's AF system actually works Have you ever wondered how your DSLR’s AF system works? Unlike other types of digital cameras, DSLRs use a phase detection autofocus system to get your subjects pin-sharp. Knowing how this works helps you learn how to focus more efficiently, and our latest photography cheat sheet illustrates exactly what your camera is doing when you half-press the shutter button. What the Numbers on your Lens Mean Some things seems pretty straight forward and like they’re common knowledge, but I’ve run into this a few times with my students that feel embarrassed to ask what all the numbers on the lens mean. There is no reason to feel stupid or embarrassed if you don’t know this, it is sometimes confusing. So I’m going to run through them one by one. Common settings seen on newer digital lenses If you have a zoom lens you will have a ring that turns to zoom in and out and it will also indicate what focal length you are currently set to. For example of your lens is a 70-200mm like mine you may see this which indicates I’m at 100mm currently.

A Photographic Exploration Of The Oldest Living Things In The World For nearly a decade, photographer Rachel Sussman has been traveling the globe in search of the world's oldest living things. From the Mojave Desert to the Australian Outback to Greenland's icy expanses, she captures portraits of life forms so relentless they've managed to survive eons of planetary change. An 80,000-year-old colony of aspen trees in Utah and a 43,600-year-old self-propagating shrub in Tasmania rank amongst Sussman's unlikely subjects, just two of the many plants, fungi and invertebrates catalogued by her lens. 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.

Buying new lenses: 7 questions to ask yourself and key features explained Key lens features explained What are some of the key features you should look for when buying new lenses? Our latest photography cheat sheet breaks down the anatomy of your lens so you understand just what it is you’re getting with your new optic. To see the larger version of this cheat sheet, simply click the infographic to expand the file – or drag and drop it to your desktop. Your lens markings explained Our second cheat sheet aims to break through some of the jargon that comes with buying new lenses.

How to take photos of the stars - part 1 Note: this is part 1 of the tutorial. Click here to read part 2. You can also proceed to part 3 by clicking here. 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.

How to Do Levitation Photography Tutorial Trick I had one of those flying dreams, the kind that we all have at one point or another. This one though, felt particularly special, and I felt the need to record it somehow. Words would have failed to capture how I felt, so I decided to illustrate it in a photo. My photo turned out much better than I thought it would. What is a macro lens? Magnification and minimum focus distance explained In our latest photography cheat sheet we answer the question ‘What is a macro lens?’. In our infographic we explain some of the finer points of using macro lenses and illustrate the effects different magnifications can produce with your subjects. The official definition of a macro lens is that it should be able to reproduce a life-sized image of an object on the recording medium – in this case the image sensor. True macro lenses offer a magnification factor of 1.0x or 1:1 at its closest focus setting. Fit one of these lenses to a DSLR like the Canon EOS 60D, and a standard UK postage stamp will fill the whole frame. That might not sound particularly impressive, but when you consider that the 18Mp sensor in cameras like enable very large format prints, the potential for creating massive enlargements from shots of tiny objects is really quite astonishing.

Levitation Photography 7 Tips for Getting a Great Image Levitation images are magical! They draw the viewer in and make them think about what’s not quite right. If you search the internet for levitation photography, you will find amazing examples. However, levitation photography hasn’t become wildly popular yet. EXposed; The Art & Science of Light Master the Lost Magic of Light? EXposed is the fastest way to master light; No matter what you shoot! Seim’s international award winning series is changing how photographers across the globe work.

Secrets Of The Best Levitation Shots Shared The first time I saw a levitation shot, I stared at it for 15 minutes in astonishment. I could not conceive how the image was captured; I was captivated by the story it conveyed, it was surreal, magical and awe-inspiring. Conceptualizing the image and executing it can prove to be rather difficult and meticulous. Thankfully, photographers who have mastered the techniques involved in levitating have decided to share their secrets with us. Peter Hurley: The Art Behind The Headshot Peter Hurley spent the early part of his life traveling the world as a professional male model. During that time Peter was photographed by some of the top fashion photographers in the world. As a model Peter was forced to understand the subtle movements of his own face but he was also able to learn the technical side of photography from some of the best in the world. Peter moved to New York city and saw a nitch in the market that he thought he could fill. "I thought that if I could shoot actors headshots like commercial photographers shot celebrities I could be successful." Over the past 8 years Peter has become what many argue is the top headshot photographer in the world.