Expert Photography for Non Expert Photographers
An Introduction to Photography
from a common sense perspective. What is the difference
between Photography and Picture Taking?
kind of camera should I buy?"
Don't know anything about cameras and cannot decide
what is best for you? It's a daunting question for the
novice or the newcomer to photography. Some cameras
are simple, requiring you to simply point at the subject
and press the button. Others look like they require
an engineering degree to learn. They really don't, they
just look that way. Which is the right one for you?
"I want to upgrade to a digital SLR camera but
I am not sure what to look for" This question
is often accompanied by a statement such as, "I'm
new to photography and I don't know much about SLR cameras."
At some point in time, you will discover that the simple,
easy to use camera you are now using is not allowing
you to control your photography and what you now want
to do photographically, you cannot do with your current
camera. Chances are you will be looking at moving to
a digital Single Lens Reflex camera.
the Right Lens
The choice of lens will be determined by the kind of
photography you like to do. The kind of pictures you
want to make will determine the best type of lens to
use. One type of lens will be useful for close-up photos
of flowers. That will not be the same type of lens you
would use for shooting at sporting events or wildlife.
A lens suited for long distance wildlife shots may not
be the best lens for photographing flowers close up.
It certainly would not be the chosen lens to shoot landscape
scenery. What lens should I use to take portraits of
What is The
Best ONE Camera Lens For Travel? You can carry
your entire bag of lenses and accessories or you can
carry one lens which will cover it all. Is one lens
of Light and Dark Photography is a matter of
light and dark. Sunlight gives light and night and shadow
gives you dark. Your pictures turn out too dark or too
light. What is this thing called "exposure"?
We talk about exposure and what we need to do to insure
that the camera sensor sees the proper amount of light
for the subject. There is also that pesky problem of
extremes of light and dark in a scene.
of Speed "What do you mean when you say
a lens is fast? It doesn't look fast. What about
this thing called ISO?"
You Have Been Exposed
You can let the camera make all the decisions for
you, or you can have a say in how the picture turns
out. All modern digital cameras have a fully automatic
mode, but to really release the artistry in your camera,
you have to become it's master.
Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs
with Any Camera
Macro photography is a broad term
most often simply meaning close up photography. When
we position the lens of a camera close to a subject
so that a small part of that subject fills the frame
of the viewfinder and thus the whole of the digital
sensor, or else the subject itself is rather small,
we are accomplishing in the broad sense, macro photography.
A Deep Subject Sometimes
you want to see more and sometimes you want to see less.
Depth of Field - How much to see and how much to blur.
You mean some blur is ok? Yes.
Focus, Focus, Focus
There is a time for blur but this is not
it. Don't be a dullard.
I don't mean rows of corn or wheat in the field. Sometimes
we only want a part of the whole picture.
Don't Cut Off Your Subject's
Head When you point
your camera at your subject, be sure you know what you're
pointing at. What's in the viewfinder? What's missing?
For that matter, why are you "pointing" the
camera rather than aiming it? There is a difference.
Don't be a pointer.
Down on Your Pet
Get down on their level for shots which will reveal
their personality and put them in a better light.
Summer Fun, Just Add Water
It is not necessary to leave the camera at home when
you venture out on the water. Or even under the water.
Good waterproof cameras are available and there are
good waterproof housings made for non-waterproof cameras.
|There are a number of
compact cameras which are built with housings which
are waterproof and allow for shooting in or out
of water. For the most part, these cameras fall
into the compact "pocket" camera class
and though these cameras are handy and simple to
use, for the more discriminating photographer, they
will not produce the quality of photo images the
more advanced photographer expects. For the casual
shooter who otherwise prefers a more compact camera
with ease of control usage which can make for truly
automatic shooting, keep it simple.
For the shooter who demands more control of the
camera and a higher level of picture quality a better
option is to select a good camera which has an available
optional waterproof housing. The camera by itself
will serve well for general purpose photography
and then when water proofing is needed for water
sports such as snorkeling, diving, swimming and
even just as protection while boating, canoeing
or kayaking, slip it into the waterproof housing
and feel secure that your camera is safe from water
G12 10 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized
Zoom and 2.8 Inch Vari-Angle LCD
WP-DC34 Underwater Housing for Canon PowerShot G11/G12
Shots "I just bought a new telephoto lens
to shoot pictures of birds and other wildlife. A lot
of the pictures turn out looking a little fuzzy. Could
something be wrong with my lens or am I doing something
"That's a Big Tilt
Sometimes a straight line is not really straight.
A common mistake made in photography is tilting the
camera during the shot causing the horizon, or other
surface horizontal lines to lean rather than be horizontal.
Super Moon Over Texas
The news reported what is called a "Super Moon"
last night. Thankfully the skies were clear here in
the North Texas area allowing for a clear shot of
There are tricks to photographing the moon. Our cameras
will not automatically see the light reflected from
the moon in the right way to expose photos of the
moon correctly. As amazing as modern cameras are,
they are no match for the ability of the human eye
to handle the extremes of light and dark in a scene.
You can obtain good results shooting photographs of
the moon if you will follow some simple rules.
Focal Length and Its
Relation to Picture Size
and Lens Sharpness The sharpness of a lens
is not equal at all aperture settings. There is an
optimum aperture (f-stop) setting for any lens.
Limited Aperture (DLA) Because of diffraction,
all lens start to become less sharp as the aperture
is closed down more and more. The aperture size where
this affect starts to occur is dependent on the camera
rather than the lens. That f-stop value is known as
the Diffraction Limited Aperture or DLA. There is
much debate as to whether it is a matter of concern
Originally the term was ASA. Over time it has changed
from ASA to ISO. ISO refers to the sensitivity of
the digital sensor. The more sensitive the sensor
is, the "faster" it registers or "collects"
light and thus the more the picture is exposed.
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