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Archive for April, 2011

Your Camera’s Settings: Aperture Priority Mode

Your Camera’s Settings: Aperture Priority Mode

Your camera has a bunch of different modes, probably many more than you would ever care to learn. Each of them is designed to help you out with one or more shooting situations. In this article, we’re going to take a look at aperture priority mode. It’s one of the main shooting modes on most digital SLR cameras, and it offers a handy way to isolate one variable in your photography. Let’s have a look under the hood to see what it does!
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Ask David: I want to upgrade from my 18-55mm lens. What’s next?

Ask David: I want to upgrade from my 18-55mm lens. What’s next?

This question comes from reader Heart Cruz (awesome name by the way). Heart owns an 18-55mm digital SLR kit lens, and although she’s gotten a lot of use out of it, she’d like to know which lens she should purchase next. This is an easy one. You should get a 55-200mm lens. Here’s why.
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Where do you put the focus in the picture?

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Where do you put the focus in the picture?

Photography is the art of deciding what you want to emphasize and what you don’t want to emphasize. When it comes to pointing out what’s interesting, there is no better practice than focusing. Whatever is in focus tends to be emphasized more than what is not in focus. To create emphasis, we need only know where to place the focus. Here are a few pointers.
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Is Post-Processing Evil?

Is Post-Processing Evil?

Artists can be a self-righteous bunch. There will always be the purists, those who don’t even own a digital camera, and then there are those who recognize the importance of Photoshop and other tools. When it comes to the ethics of photography, post-processing tends to get the bad end of the stick because it involves the direct manipulation of a photo after it’s been taken. There is always the opportunity to cover up bad photography with computer-generated effects, so some consider it to be evil. But is it?
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How To: Rural Photos

How To: Rural Photos

Everyone is familiar with urban photography, but very few know about its cousin, rural photography. I know what you’re thinking. Rural photography is about landscapes, right? So, to be a good rural photographer, you just need to be an experienced landscape photographer, right? Well, not exactly. As you’re about to find out, rural photography is in fact, a genre unto itself. I’ll show you why.
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Spectacular Night Shots In 5 Easy Steps

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Spectacular Night Shots In 5 Easy Steps

With the night comes the interesting light. Street signs, lamp posts, passing cars, and even the moon, all put out colorful light that can create some very impressive photos. You don’t need to be a photography expert to capture amazing night shots. Just follow these five easy steps, and you’ll have it made.
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Ask David: Continuous shooting mode only takes 5 shots and then starts to buffer. Why?

Ask David: Continuous shooting mode only takes 5 shots and then starts to buffer. Why?

This week’s “Ask David” question comes from Dean Sheard. He’s a big fan of action photography, but whenever he sets his camera to continuous shooting mode, it only takes five pictures before it starts “buffering.” What’s going on here? Can he do anything to take more pictures, or is he stuck in limbo between his camera’s image sensor and his memory card (the digital equivalent of a rock and a hard place)?
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Knowing your limits as a photographer

Knowing your limits as a photographer

As a general rule, you’re used to me being the ever-optimistic “go for it” guy who tells you that you don’t need to best camera setup to take great photos. And, for the most part, this is totally true. There are a lot of cases where you don’t need the fanciest setup, just a knowledge of what works and what doesn’t, in order to get your shot. Wielding a scratched up point-and-shoot someone was about to toss in trash, you can still get a decent image.
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How To: Sunset Photography

How To: Sunset Photography

Very few things are as beautiful as the sunset. The pinks, the oranges, and the yellows burn an image in our minds that is unlike anything else. It’s easy to appreciate the beauty of a good sunset when it’s happening right in front of your eyes, but it’s much more difficult to capture it with your camera. If you’ve ever been dismayed with a so-so picture you’ve gotten back after seeing the best sunset of your life, this article is for you.
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How To Take Pictures Of Flowers

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How To Take Pictures Of Flowers

Spring is in the air, and that means it’s time to refresh your memory of the art of flower photography. With all the blooms just around the corner, there will soon be more than enough subject matter to help you warm up from the long winter. If you’ve never photographed flowers, or you just want to get back into it, try out these flower photography tips. You won’t be disappointed.
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Ask David: Is There A Way To Take Good Pictures On A Cruise Ship?

Ask David: Is There A Way To Take Good Pictures On A Cruise Ship?

In this week’s Ask David column, we have a request from a reader who would like to know if I have a few tips for taking better pictures on a cruise ship. Jackie plans on sailing away for a few days, and I definitely have some thoughts. If you’re planning on taking a cruise anytime soon, try out these tips.
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Photography Game: Try to describe a subject without photographing it

Photography Game: Try to describe a subject without photographing it

Do you see the possibilities before you leave the house? Having a clear vision of what you’re about to photograph is just as important as actually photographing your subject. So I suggest we all play a game. What’s the premise, you ask? Before we leave the house to take photos, we’re going to write down a description of the subject we plan on shooting.
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Practice, Experiment, Delete – Enjoy the freedom of going digital.

Practice, Experiment, Delete – Enjoy the freedom of going digital.

The wonder of owning a digital camera, the thing that always struck me as so special about it, is the fact that you can take unlimited photos. Ever since I was a little kid, I dreamed about it, and for the last 15 or so years, that dream has been a reality. With digital cameras, you get to experiment as much as you want. So why not do it? Go hog wild. Keep snapping. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. Here’s why.
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