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Archive for May, 2011

Which mode is better? Aperture priority or shutter priority?

Which mode is better? Aperture priority or shutter priority?

Digital cameras come with a variety of different automatic modes, each with their own distinct purpose. By learning some of these modes, you can ease the transition from automatic photography to manual photography. That’s certainly the case with shutter priority and aperture priority modes. I’ve recently discussed both those modes in my newsletters, but which one is better and why?
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Ask David: Memory Card Speed, RAW Images and Macro Lenses

Ask David: Memory Card Speed, RAW Images and Macro Lenses

I find that I get a lot of common questions from my Ask David page. By answering them here, I hope to help everyone else who might have this problem, and not just the person who asked the question.

Today, we’ll answer questions on memory card speed, RAW images, and macro and telephoto lenses.
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How To: Photograph Your Dog

How To: Photograph Your Dog

Your dog is an important part of your family. She’s the first to greet you when you get home, and she’s always excited to see your face. Why wouldn’t you give your dog the royal treatment with a professional photo shoot? It’s not that difficult. You just need to know a few things about lighting and your dog’s temperament. The rest is a piece of cake. I’ll show you how.
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How to Correctly Expose An Image

How to Correctly Expose An Image

Exposure is everything in photography. If your images are too bright or too dark, you lose a lot of the information and contrast that makes a good image worth viewing. You may have heard me talking about exposure before, but now it’s time to go into more detail. There is a way to ensure that every picture you take is correctly exposed. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how.
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Why does some of my image flash in the LCD?

Why does some of my image flash in the LCD?

Have you ever found yourself looking through your photos on your camera’s LCD, only to find certain parts flashing white? A lot of people wonder what’s going on and whether there is something wrong with their camera. Well, don’t worry. Everything is fine. What you’re looking at is known as “highlight mode,” and it can give you some insight into the photo you’ve just taken. In this article, I’ll show you how to use highlight mode to take better pictures.
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Manual Mode: A Primer

Manual Mode: A Primer

It’s funny. You’d think that with all the technology we’ve invented, there would no longer be a need for manual mode in photography. We’ve got cameras that can detect faces, cameras that can get rid of red eye, and cameras with a gazillion different shooting settings. How hard could it be to make a single automatic mode that always works no matter what situation you’re in?
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How to use trap focus to get better sports and wildlife shots

How to use trap focus to get better sports and wildlife shots

Before I start this tip, I should mention that trap focus mode is only available on some camera models. It is an advanced feature that will take a little technical expertise to master, but once you figure it out, it will improve your accuracy when you’re taking pictures of moving subjects. Let’s have a look.
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How To Take Unique Photos – Don’t Do What Everyone Else Is Doing!

How To Take Unique Photos – Don’t Do What Everyone Else Is Doing!

I want you to try this right now. Go and get some pictures you’ve taken of a famous place while on vacation. Got them? Okay, now I want you to go to Panoramio and search for that place. Are your vacation photos an identical copy of what you see online? If not, that’s awesome! But if you’re tired of taking the same old pictures everyone else takes, I’ve got a few tips for you.
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What Is Bulb Mode? Where Is It Used?

What Is Bulb Mode? Where Is It Used?

Your camera is so full of settings that it often takes years for most amateur photographers to figure them all out. One of those is bulb mode. It’s hidden deep within the recesses of your camera’s shutter speed settings, and it can help you take some amazing pictures of the stars at night. In this short tutorial, we’ll have a look at bulb mode, what it is, and what it’s used for.
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Ask David: Blurry Images, Optical Zoom, and Seeing Double

Ask David: Blurry Images, Optical Zoom, and Seeing Double

Today I start a new regular column answering your photographic questions. I find that I get a lot of common questions from my Ask David page. By answering them here, I hope to help everyone else who might have this problem, and not just the person who asked the question.

Today, we’ll answer questions on blurry images when taking photos of children, how to get sharper images on your camera, using Optical Zoom, what to do when your camera saves 2 copies of your image, and how to take great indoors photos.
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Your Camera’s Settings: Shutter Priority Mode

Your Camera’s Settings: Shutter Priority Mode

Your camera has many automatic modes to make your life as a photographer a little easier. Each of these automatic modes was designed to isolate one or two of the many variables and settings you’ll encounter while taking pictures. Today, we’re going to look at Shutter Priority Mode, an automatic mode that isolates the shutter speed setting. You’ll learn how to use this mode to take anything from action sequences to unbelievably smooth images of flowing waterfalls. I’ll show you the secret to getting the most out of your camera’s shutter priority mode.
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Ask David: Can I Retrieve Deleted Photos From My Memory Card?

Ask David: Can I Retrieve Deleted Photos From My Memory Card?

This week’s Ask David question comes from one somewhat panicked Bekka Jacobs. After having accidentally deleted a few photos from her memory card, she wants to know if there is a way to get them back. It’s a problem that’s pretty common to all of us. No matter how hard we try to avoid deleting the good ones, we inevitably press the delete button one too many times.
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How To Photograph Your Cat

How To Photograph Your Cat

Have you wanted to get a good picture of fluffy but don’t know where to start? Cats are a notoriously skittish subject. They can be a real challenge to pose. But with enough time, patience, and creativity, you can create some very interesting cat photos without purchasing any more equipment than what you already have in your home. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how.
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Your Camera’s Settings: Aspect Ratio Selector

Your Camera’s Settings: Aspect Ratio Selector

Among the many settings you can modify from your camera’s main menu, one of them can have a dramatic impact on the pictures you take. By changing the aspect ratio, you are changing the width and the height of the image as it is taken. Not all cameras allow you to do this, but some of them give you the option. In this article, you’ll learn when it’s a good idea and when it’s a bad idea to change your camera’s aspect ratio settings.
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