Focus and Recompose Technique

focus_miniOne 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. I personally use this technique quite a bit in event photography and it saved me a number of times when the light conditions were extremely poor and my camera could not properly focus.

1) What Recomposing Means

Before I talk about this technique, let me first explain what the word “recompose” stands for in photography. When you take a picture, you carefully frame your shot and place

Understanding Metering and Metering Modes

1-understanding-metering-patterns-of-photography-on-your-cameraEvery modern DSLR has something called “Metering Mode”, also known as “Camera Metering”, “Exposure Metering” or simply “Metering”. Knowing how metering works and what each of the metering modes does is important in photography, because it helps photographers control their exposure with minimum effort and take better pictures in unusual lighting situations. In this understanding metering modes article, I will explain what metering is, how it works and how you can use it for your digital photography.

When I got my first DSLR (Nikon D80), one of my frustrations was that some images would come out too bright or too dark. I had no idea how to fix it, until one day, when I learned about camera metering modes.

1) What is Metering?

Metering is how your camera determines what the correct shutter speed and aperture should be, depending on the amount of light that goes into the camera and the sensitivity of the sensor. Back in the old days of photography, cameras were not equipped with a light “meter”, which is a sensor that measures the amount and intensity of light. Photographers had to use hand-held

Understanding Aperture

what-is-aperture2Aperture is one of the three pillars of photography, the other two being ISO and Shutter Speed. Without a doubt, it is the most talked about subject, because aperture either adds a dimension to a photograph by blurring the background, or magically brings everything in focus. In this article, I will try to explain everything I know about aperture in very simple language.

1) What is Aperture?

Simply put, aperture is a hole within a lens, through which light travels into the camera body. It is easier to understand the concept if you just think about our eyes. Every camera that we know of today is designed like human eyes. The cornea in our eyes is like the front element of a lens – it gathers all external light, then bends it and passes it to the iris. Depending on the amount of light, the iris can either expand or shrink, controlling the size of the pupil, which is a hole that lets the light pass further into the eye. The pupil is essentially what we refer to as aperture in photography. The amount of light

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Should You Consider Majoring in Photography?

Thinking about turning your photography hobby into a real career? Then you’re likely considering taking photography programs from institutions like the University of Texas and University of Cincinnati. You may even be thinking about majoring in it, but is this really a good idea? Some will argue that you can have a successful career without obtaining a degree in photography, and others will say that it can be really helpful, especially if you don’t have a lot of knowledge about photography and are just winging it. If you’re looking to compete with the top dogs in the industry, then your chances improve when you take a formal course in photography.

Whether or not you decide to major in the field will be entirely up to you. Meanwhile, the following benefits of pursuing college coursework in photography have been noted.

Improve Your Knowledge and Skill

Do you know all the parts of the camera, why one is better than the other and what type of shots are best for outside and indoor shoots? How about lighting and other mechanisms that you can use to improve your shots? There’s a lot to learn about photography that can be taught in a program.

4 Benefits of a College Degree in Photography

If you love photography, you may be thinking about getting your degree in the field. Of course, you can always study photography on your own, but when you are in a dedicated photography program, you will learn so much more. Plus, employers are looking for photographers that have an educational background. If you want to become a photographer, you can either enter the commercial photography world or you can go the route of fine art. Of course, the latter is much more competitive and you may be struggling at first, but you can always take pictures commercially to support the fine art practice. Many photographers hold a regular paying job, or freelance jobs, to support their artistic practice. Whatever the case is, getting your degree will offer a lot of advantages. Not only will you get to stimulate your artistic side – you will also have a skill that will open you up to a wide range of opportunities. Here are four benefits of a college degree in photography.

  1. Creative Stimulation

One of the biggest benefits of getting your degree in photography is that you will get to practice your art. If you go to University of Texas and

Event internet rental

Whatever kind of event you are planning, internet is an essential aspect of your arrangements. Every industry will be focused on different kinds of things, but all of them use the internet to accomplish their goals. As a result, it is no longer simply optional that a robust internet connection is part of an event.

In fact, many venues have installed their own, hard-wired internet solutions. While these require no more effort than simply adding them to your bill, they may not actually be the best option. Renting temporary internet service at events can be more effective because portable solutions are less expensive and can be kept up-to-date easily through upgrades. The same can’t be said of the kinds of permanent solutions that are part of facility infrastructure.

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Whatever kind of event you are planning, internet is an essential aspect of your arrangements. Every industry will be focused on different kinds of things, but all of them use the internet to accomplish their goals. As a result, it is no longer simply optional that a robust

Things You Have to Be Wary of Cash Advance Loans

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Photography: The digital revolution

The changes in the field of photography have swept us into a new age. Gone are the days of 35mm film developing, and long waits in the print shop, to be replaced by memory cards and display devices. The digital revolution brought hi resolution and hi definition technologies, into the field of photography. This rapid transition opened the door to all kinds of possibilities, with applications like Photoshop arriving on the scene; images could be altered, and enhanced in many creative ways, allowing the artistic abilities of the photographer to really shine through. The quality of media shots today are outstanding, all in hi definition, which makes watching sport an entirely new experience. Images can be printed, displayed, stored, transferred and edited using the latest image software.

Photography as a profession

Becoming a professional picture taker has never been easier, hi end, digital SLR cameras take all the strain out creating that perfect shot, with full automatic settings, and a range of lenses and filters. If you are looking for photography courses in London, a few reputable, institutions offer a comprehensive range of courses to suit the professional image taker.

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How To Find The Right Venue For Your Wedding

Well, if you are planning for your wedding, booking the wedding venue early is certainly important. If you are marrying in a peak season, there are maximum chances that most of the best wedding venues will be booked quickly, and hence to not to miss the best venue for your wedding it is really important that you make your pick early. Here is a guideline to help you find the right venue for your wedding,

  • Chalk out your requirements: This is the first step at your part and you cannot move forward about selecting a venue unless you have chalked out your own requirements. The requirement details need not to be exact at this stage but they should be a calculated guess. You need to consider the number of guests you will be attending in the venue, the style of your wedding, how much control you want to have on the planning, the budget and others.
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Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL) launched its much awaited compact SUV, the Creta on the 21st of July. There was plenty of buzz before the launch; the pre-orders were booming, and there was a 10-month waiting period. Hyundai Creta is available between a price tag of INR 8.59 lac and INR 13.60 lac. You can also check out the Hyundai Cars in India, Prices, Reviews, Images, Models.

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How to Spot Dust on Your DSLR Sensor

Are you getting frustrated with seeing small dark spots in your images that seem to show up in every image? If you see them consistently in the same location (the size and darkness of the spots can vary depending on aperture), you are most likely dealing with dust particles on your camera’s sensor. In this short article, I will show you a quick and easy way to identify sensor dust when shooting outdoors.

What is sensor dust?

If you own a DSLR, you will at some point have to deal with sensor dust, whether you like it or not. Dust is a normal fact of life and it is all around us, even at our homes that we try to keep clean at all times. The dust lands on both the lens and the camera body and due to the “breathing” mechanism of the lens while zooming in/out and focusing, the small dust particles end up getting sucked into the camera body. All lenses breathe one way or another or else the internal elements would not be able to move for autofocus and zoom functions. If you use more than one lens, the dust might be able to get into the camera

How Phase Detection Autofocus Works

When it comes to DSLR technology, there seems to be quite a bit of confusion on how exactly phase detection autofocus works. While for most people this might not be a topic of great interest, if you are wondering how and why a camera could have an autofocus problem, this article will shed some light into what happens inside the camera in terms of autofocus when a picture is taken. There is an overwhelming amount of negative feedback on autofocus issues on such fine tools as the Canon 5D Mark III, Nikon D800, Pentax K-5 and other digital SLR cameras and it seems like most photographers do not seem to understand that the underlying problem is not necessarily with a specific model or type of a camera, but rather with the specific way these cameras acquire focus. If you search on the Internet, you will find thousands of autofocus reports on all kinds of DSLRs dating back 10+ years. Hence, the front focus and back focus issues we see in modern cameras are not anything new – they have been there ever since the first DSLR with a phase detect sensor was created.

How DSLR Cameras Work

To understand this issue in

Under and Overexposure

In our continuous effort to cover all the photography basics, we’ve found ourselves looking for the simplest topics to write about. We already have articles on such subjects as the exposure triangle, what is a DSLR and how is it different to mirrorless cameras. Most recently we covered the ever-popular topic of crop-factors (in an easily comprehensible manner, no less) and a useful guide on using tripods. In this article, I will discuss the topic of under- and overexposure. Now, on one hand, there’s not much to actually discuss – a simple explanation of the terms is what interests most beginner photographers. But here is my slightly-absurd-at-first-glance introduction to the article – there is no such thing as under- and overexposure. Dead serious.

Still, before we get all philosophical, understanding the two basic terms is quite necessary, if not for your creativity and ability to come up with gorgeous, moving, brilliant photography, certainly for being able to communicate with fellow photographers (I promise, we are not as boring as it may sound).

Understanding the Terms

As you may already know, there are three things that influence the “brightness” of an image in any given level of light – aperture, shutter speed and ISO

Understanding Digital Camera Modes

Having a good understanding of the digital camera modes is essential to control the exposure in photography. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced amateur, you should know what each camera mode does and when it should be used, under what circumstances.

1) What are Digital Camera Modes?

Digital Camera Modes allow photographers to control the parameters of an exposure, specifically, Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO. While certain modes can fully automate the camera exposure, there are other modes that let the photographer manually control some or all parameters of the exposure.

Back in the old days, there was no such thing as a camera mode – everything was manual. Photographers had to manually set the aperture, shutter speed and choose the right type of film for their cameras. To evaluate the intensity and the amount of light, they used to carry special light metering devices that measured the light and provided the exposure information, which they would then use in their cameras. In 1938, Kodak introduced a film camera with an integrated light meter and in 1962, a Japanese company called “Topcon” introduced the first SLR camera that measured the light coming through the lens into the camera. What this meant,

Exposure Stops in Photography

There is so much duality in photography. On one hand, it’s the light and the subject, it’s the story we tell and the story the viewer sees, it’s a feeling, an emotion, a state, a symbol, a metaphor. Sounds poetic, doesn’t it? On the other hand, it’s pure science, every single bit of it – from the said light traveling through a complex lens design, all the way to the scene being imprinted whether on a piece of light-sensitive film or, temporarily, on a digital sensor. And that scientific part of photography brings all sorts of terms with it, terms that may not be necessary for the creative process, but as far as skillful execution goes, you can’t do without understanding them for very long. A painter needs to know his brushes at some point, right?

And so we are back to covering basics, something you surely must have noticed. In this article, I will talk about yet another, confusing-at-first-encounter term used in photography, more specifically – exposure stops. I will try to explain what they are and how stops of different exposure parameters – shutter speed, aperture and ISO sensitivity – correlate, as well as give you examples of what

Understanding Shutter Speed

Shutter Speed is one of the three pillars of photography, the other two being ISO and Aperture. Shutter speed is where the other side of the magic happens – it is responsible for creating dramatic effects by either freezing action or blurring motion. In this article, I will try to explain everything I know about shutter speed in very simple language.

1) What is a Camera Shutter?

Before reading this article, I highly recommend reading about what a DSLR is and what it consists of. Simply put, a camera shutter is a curtain in front of the camera sensor that stays closed until the camera fires. When the camera fires, the shutter opens and fully exposes the camera sensor to the light that passes through the lens aperture. After the sensor is done collecting the light, the shutter closes immediately, stopping the light from hitting the sensor. The button that fires the camera is also called “shutter” or “shutter button”, because it triggers the shutter to open and close.

2) What is Shutter Speed?

Shutter speed, also known as “exposure time”, stands for the length of time a camera shutter is open to expose light into the camera sensor. If the shutter speed is

Understanding ISO

It is challenging to take good pictures without a good understanding of how ISO works and what it does. Camera ISO is one of the three pillars of photography (the other two being Aperture and Shutter Speed) and every photographer should thoroughly understand it, to get the most out of their equipment. Since this article is for beginners in photography, I will try to explain ISO as simple as I can.

Before we go any further, you should first understand how DSLR cameras work.

1) What is ISO?

In very basic terms, ISO is the level of sensitivity of your camera to available light. The lower the ISO number, the less sensitive it is to the light, while a higher ISO number increases the sensitivity of your camera. The component within your camera that can change sensitivity is called “image sensor” or simply “sensor”. It is the most important (and most expensive) part of a camera and it is responsible for gathering light and transforming it into an image. With increased sensitivity, your camera sensor can capture images in low-light environments without having to use a flash. But higher sensitivity comes at an expense – it adds grain or “noise” to the pictures.