Focus and Recompose Technique One of the requests we have been getting lately from some of our readers has been to provide more simple and easy to understand photography techniques. So far this year we have covered a lot of complex topics that are for more advanced users, thanks to such new fine tools as the Nikon D800. So for the remainder of the year, we decided to focus on photography basics again, covering simple and basic techniques and tips for beginners. In this article, I will go over the focus and recompose technique, which can be quite useful when photographing in various environments – whether shooting in low-light situations, or composing your shots with the subject in the corner of the frame. 1) What Recomposing Means Before I talk about this technique, let me first explain what the word “recompose” stands for in photography. For example, let’s say you started off by placing the subject in the center of the frame and focusing on the subject’s eyes. 2) Why the Need to Recompose? 3.2) Autofocus Lock Method
Understand Exposure in Under 10 Minutes A Post By: Annie Tao There are countless Photography books and classes that explain exposure, yet after reading or attending them, your photos may not have improved because…well, let’s be honest… some of us Right-Brainers aren’t super technical! I recently taught a small photography class to newbies. I tested this theory by explaining exposure to my 8-year old daughter and then quizzed her. A 10-minute lesson that will change your Photography Your DSLR camera is like your head with the LENS being your vision and the camera BODY is your brain. Just like when you look at something – let’s say, a flower – your eyes see it and send information to your brain that the flower has long petals and that it is yellow. The “exposure triangle” is about how 3 things — aperture, shutter speed and ISO — work together to provide enough light for your brain (the camera) to record what you see. Good exposure Too dark, or underexposed Too bright, or overexposed APERTURE = how WIDE you open your eyes Final Quiz:
10 landscape photography mistakes every photographer makes (and how to fix them) Landscape photography is one of the most popular photographic subjects and there are superb images everywhere to inspire us. But there are a few pitfalls that can trouble even experienced photographers. Don’t despair, though; our head of testing, Angela Nicholson, has put together a list of the most common landscape photography mistakes every photographer is guilty of at one point or another, and has some great advice to help you avoid any landscape errors in the future. Landscape Photography Mistake No. 1: Wonky horizons Some people seem to have a gift for holding a camera level, while others appear have the complete opposite blessing. Getting the horizon level when you’re shooting from an unusual angle is especially tricky, and if you don’t get it right you’ll have to rotate and crop the image post-capture, especially if there’s water in it. The easiest solution is to use a level to indicate when the camera is on an even keel.
Ten Things to Remember As You Begin Your Photography Odyssey [Editor’s note: When I asked Don Giannatti of Lighting Essentials to be a guest blogger, I knew that the piece would be good and honest (he tells it straight). I did not anticipate how honest he would tell it this time. If you are a long time photographer, I am sure you can relate to the writing below, if you are struggling now, it would be a great inspiration and if you are considering if a professional photography business is the thing for you, know that it is not always a rosy road, you may wanna wait with this post till you are further down the path. All Don from here…] One day I simply stopped doing what I was doing and began to be a photographer. But when I talk to a lot of photographers who are starting out, they have a false idea of the business. Right. I have ten principals that will keep you going when you start out. Here we go… 1. NOTE: If working harder than you are working now doesn’t appeal to you, go ahead and skip the other 9… take a nap or something. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
Finding New Photography Locations Just Got Easier With ShotHotspot A Post By: John Davenport There are many ways to go about finding photography locations, but if you’re struggling to find new locations I’d suggest giving ShotHotspot a try. Five Reasons to check out ShotHotspot? #1 Great search functionality Search locations, keywords, and type of photography The standout feature of ShotHotspot has got to be the search functionality that they have built into the site. Search within a drawn box As if that wasn’t enough, it gets even better!. By far they have one of the best search engines I’ve come across for finding locations to photograph, and with time it will only get better. #2 Crowdsourced corrections from all visitors One of the problems with pulling data from sites like Flickr and Panoramio is that you rely on the accuracy of the photographer’s location data and key wording. ShotHotspot asks for help from a human brain when it needs it #3 User generated hotspots and information Add information to locations to help make the database stronger
Are you having focusing problems with your DSLR? - Page 2 of 2 - Modern Lens Magazine The solution is setting and using the back button focus on your camera. This way you can both focus recompose and continuous focus with the same button with no need to switch settings. In this video professional photographer and author Tony Northrup teaches: Why you should be using back button focusThe situations it works best inHow to set and use it Check it out
Lens Filters | Camera Lens Filters Explained Screw-in Filters Screw-in filters fit directly onto your lens, in the threads at the edge of the lens barrel. Each screw-in filter is a specific width, so the more lenses (of different widths) you have the more filters you’ll need. Screw-in filters are ideal, and make polarizers and UV filters easy to swap in and out. Slot-in Filters For slot-in filters, a filter holder is placed on the lens’ adapter ring and filters are dropped into the holder. Filter Factor Filters change the dynamics of the light entering the lens and usually require you to alter your exposure to compensate for this fact. UV Filter Ultra Violet filters are transparent filters that block ultra-violet light, in order to reduce the haziness that is noticeably apparent in some daylight photography. Polarizing Filter A Polarizing filter can be used to darken overly light skies as it increases the contrast between clouds and the sky. Color Balancing Filter As you know, visible light is made up of a multiple color spectrum.
Nikon metering patterns: what are matrix, centre-weighted and spot modes? What are Nikon’s matrix, centre-weighted and spot metering modes (and when should you use them)? In this quick tutorial written by our friends at the Nikon magazine N-Photo you’ll find out everything you need to know about Nikon metering patterns. The light metering systems on modern digital SLRs are complex and sophisticated, but they’re still not foolproof. That’s why your Nikon has a choice of metering patterns for use in different situations. By default, Nikon DSLRs use so-called ‘matrix’ metering. The camera then builds up a picture of the distribution of light in the scene and checks this against an internal ‘database’ to try to work out what kind of subject you’re shooting and the exposure that will give the best result. It sounds really clever – and it is – but ultimately the camera can only guess at your intentions. That’s why your Nikon camera also has centre-weighted and spot metering modes. SEE MORE: DX format vs FX format – what you need to know about Nikon’s sensor sizes
5 Simple Yet Clever Ways to Impress Your Photography Clients A Post By: Julia May While a satisfied client is the fuel for further sales and word of mouth, an excited client is the jet engine for your marketing. Unfortunately, many photographers don’t know how to turn regular customers into fans. In this article you’ll find five simple, time-proven techniques of impressing your photography clients and building a long-lasting relationship from an ordinary photo shoot. 1. Be Professional Image by niekverlaan You should portray a professional image of yourself right from the beginning. Another factor contributing to your professional image is your website. Also, take care of your outfits and your entire appearance. 2. Image by tpsdave Give your clients an additional reason to book your service by providing exclusive, helpful information. 3. Every business is interested in long-term relationships with their customers, and photographers should be no exception. Image by GLady Remember that bonuses don’t have to be monetary. 4. Image by Alejandro Escamilla 5.
Top 10 Tools for Managing Social Media Accounts Attempting to juggle each and every one of your social media accounts can be tricky, scary, and time-consuming. For example, while you’re busy updating your Facebook status, you might have forgotten to favorite a tweet. Speaking of tweets, when is the best time to send one out to followers? Ugh. Thankfully, we live in a world and time where developers are rectifying that problem! But, that doesn’t mean there isn’t awesome software still available to manage all of your social media accounts. To make your life easier, are here the top 10 tools for managing your social media accounts. 10. Unlike other selections on this list, Crowdbooster focuses on gathering data from your Facebook and Twitter feeds. Other features include being able to analyze impressions, total reach, and engagement. Unfortunately, Crowdbooster does not offer a free option, but the lowest plan will only set you back $9 a month and allows up to 50,000 followers. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. Buffer offers a short free trial period. 4. 3.
How to Take Photos in Fog, Mist or Haze Photography in fog, mist or haze can give a wonderfully moody and atmospheric feel to your subjects. However, it's also very easy to end up with photos that look washed-out and flat. This techniques article uses examples to illustrate how to make the most out of photos in these unique shooting environments. Clare Bridge in the fog at night (version 1) - Cambridge, UK Fog usually forms in the mid to late evening, and often lasts until early the next morning. Photographing in the fog is very different from the more familiar photography in clear weather. Examples of photos which appear washed-out and de-saturated due to the fog.Both photos are from St John's College, Cambridge, UK. In essence, fog is a natural soft box: it scatters light sources so that their light originates from a much broader area. A Lamp or the Sun on a Clear Day(High Contrast) Light in the Fog, Haze or Mist (Low Contrast) Mathematical Bridge in Queens' College, Cambridge. Southwest coast of Sardinia in haze.
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