Tips and Tricks from Photo Professionals Taken from all across the Web

These tips, taken from a WP site,  I can not for the life of me find again. It was here one minute then gone. It was my intention to include a link to his site and not just steal his stuff. I will try for another time and then if I can not find it I will cut his stuff. That’s just rude. If this is your info please let me know. I will keep it if you wish or drop it. Sorry again I did try to link I am just not that good at this.

  1. A Glossary of Camera Terms – What Those Big Words Really Mean

    17 hours ago ago by Harry Flynn. Spam? Tags: Photography News

    When you are trying to get to grips with your new camera you might find it difficult to understand all the terms that are used to describe the various functions. This article will simplify many of those terms and give you greater access to unleash the digital imaging power beneath your fingertips.

    Aperture: This is the hole that allows light into the camera. Its size is measured in f-stops, for example, f2.8, f5, f8. The bigger the f-number the smaller the aperture. Most cameras will adjust this automatically although some do have a manual override.

    Autofocus: This will lock onto the object in the frame – normally by half pressing the shutter button.

    Burst mode: Sometimes you may want to take a sequence of shots in quick succession. Burst mode will do this as you keep the shutter button pushed down.

    Compression: The digital images taken by the camera may be compressed so you can store more on a memory card. Jpegs are often used. The greater the image compression the more image detail is lost.

    Composition: This is the art of framing your picture. A simple guide is the to use the rule of thirds. Place an object of interest a third of the way along and a third of the way up, or down. It makes a big difference.

    Depth of field: This is how much of your picture is in focus. In most compact cameras this is not really an issue as the wide angle lenses keep most of the picture in focus. The depth of field is bigger when the f-number is large. If your f number is small – say f2.8 – then focus about a third into the picture.

    Digital zoom: This allows your camera lens to zoom in digitally to make the image appear larger or closer. This is not as good as optical zoom which uses the camera’s optics to achieve this.

    DSLR: A digital single lens reflex camera. This will allow much greater control over the image making process, from full manual control of all exposure settings to changing the lens for different focal lengths.

    Exposure: This is the amount of time the shutter is open. It can be changed manually to give different effect. For example in sports you may want to freeze the motion so you want a short exposure time. A long exposure time will make flowing water look silky and smooth.

    Image stabilisation: This prevents blurry images due to camera shake. When novices take pictures they often do not relax with the camera and this can lead to the camera moving when the shutter is pressed.

    ISO: This measures the camera’s sensitivity to light. At high ISO settings you can use a shorter exposure time – useful if the light levels are low. However, high ISO settings can give more noise in the image.

    Lenses: A long focal length lens allows you to get closer in to the action, and a wide angle lens can see a wide angle all around and are good for landscapes. You can change lenses on a DSLR but on compacts you generally have a zoom lens.

    Memory card: This is the bit that stores all the images. Their size is measured in gigabytes. The number of images you can store depends on the size of the card and the resolution of the image.

    Noise: This is seen as randomly coloured dots in the image. You get more of it at high ISO settings. To keep noise levels down, keep the ISO setting as low as possible. It is not so important unless you want to print your pictures out at A4 and above.

    Panning: This is a great effect where you track a subject with the camera with a long exposure time.

    Pixel: This stands for PICture ELement. They make up the building blocks of the picture and can be seen as small dots or squares as you zoom in.

    Red eye: When the flash bounces off the inside of the eye you can get a red reflection. Many cameras can give a pre-flash to try and avoid this.

    Resolution: This is measured in millions of pixels or megapixels. The more megapixels the more detail is captured. 12 to 14 megapixels is currently the upper limit for compact cameras. If you get many more than this you get more noise in the image.

    Scene selection: Modern cameras have a scene selection mode, for instance, portraits, landscapes or night scenes. Choose these if you would rather the camera took full control.

    Shutter speed: This determines the exposure time. The faster the shutter speed, the shorter the exposure time.

    Uploading: Once you have taken your pictures you will need to upload them to a computer.

    Take a little time to find out what all these terms mean and you will soon be taking pictures that are the envy of all your friends.

  2. 5 Practical Digital Photography Guide Tips You Can Use

    17 hours ago ago by Harry Flynn. Spam? Tags: Photography News

    Are you looking for a digital photography guide that can help you eventually develop your skills in photography? As most experts will tell you, being able to take good pictures is a skill that you’ll be able to easily master as long as you know the basics that most professional photographers already know. So if you’re ready to take your skills to the next level, here are the 5 most practical tips that you should always keep in mind.

    Always plan out your shots – though it may be tempting to just snap away, it would be best if you learn how to carefully compose your picture together. Not only will you be able to discipline yourself this way, but you’ll also lessen the bad shots that you take.

    Find a good angle to shoot from – look for interesting angles that you can take your pictures from in order to give your subject a new dimension. Knowing the different possible angles to shoot from will definitely make your pictures much more dynamic.

    Don’t be picky with your subjects – just by learning to look around you, you’ll be able to see that even the most mundane subjects can surprisingly turn out to be something very interesting to you. Always remember that there’s no such thing as a boring subject, just a photographer who lacks creativity.

    Shoot at the perfect moment – when taking pictures of people, most professional photographers believe that it’s the candid shots that lure in an audience better. In order to become a good photographer, you need to learn when’s the right moment to take a picture of your subject. Since a digital camera will be able to make this task easier for you, all you need to do is to know how to properly work with your equipment with the help of a digital photography guide.

    If you’re really serious about becoming a good photographer, you need to arm yourself with all the important information that you should know. From the basic techniques to the more advanced trade tips, look for a digital photography guide that will give you all you need to know and more.

    Photography can either be easy of hard to master, depending on the person who’s decided to take it up. Don’t allow your lack on knowledge hold you back. As long as you listen to expert advice and you have a positive mind frame in tow, you’ll never have to take another ugly picture ever again.

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