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What is program mode and how do you use it?

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What is program mode and how do you use it?

Unless you exclusively shoot landscapes and still-lifes, you know that photography is an art of capturing life in motion. People are always moving – their faces change expression, their interest shifts from one part of a scene to another, they walk away, they run off or they simply stop being interesting. If you’re going to capture that once-in-a-lifetime moment, you need to be quick. And for many of us, that means there just isn’t enough time to mess around with dials and settings.

Contrary to popular belief, though, you don’t need to go fully automatic to achieve that faster-than-mere-mortals ability to capture the moment as it happens. Fortunately, modern camera manufacturers give us a range of settings to choose from, from auto to full manual and several in between. But when should you make that switch from auto and what mode should you try first?
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What is the Neutral Density Filter?

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What is the Neutral Density Filter?

Photoshop has replaced a lot of the gadgets we used to depend on as photographers. Colored and soft focus filters are now no longer needed because their effects can be duplicated easily in post-processing. Warming/cooling filters for different types of light are also no longer useful because most digital cameras have a white balance setting that makes them completely obsolete. But some filters can’t be easily replaced with a simple Photoshop command, and one of the most practical is the neutral density filter. In this article, I’ll explain what a Neutral Density filter is, and when it’s helpful to use one.
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Some In-Camera Adjustments For An Image That Goes POP!

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Some In-Camera Adjustments For An Image That Goes POP!

What makes an image beautiful? For many, it’s color. But your camera isn’t going to give you great colors out of the box. It’s a ‘dumb’ piece of equipment. Even with all of our sophisticated computer technology, your camera is still guessing which settings will reveal the best photo. Most of the time, it’s wrong, and that’s why you get a lot of grey and washed out images when you use automatic settings. Other camera settings are much more ideal for creating heightened color contrast. Let’s have a look at them.
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Why Don’t You Tell Us Which Settings To Use?

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Why Don’t You Tell Us Which Settings To Use?

Hey guys. I just want to start by thanking you so much for your feedback on all of my articles. I’m excited that they’re helping you out as much you say they are. Over the last few years, I’ve gotten a bunch of fairly common questions. More than one of you has wondered why I don’t give out specific camera settings in my articles. By that I mean telling you exactly which aperture, shutter speed, or ISO speed setting to use to get a certain photo. Hopefully I can clear things up by explaining why I can’t do that. Rather than just being a nay-sayer, I’ll also tell you how YOU can find the appropriate camera settings to use for your photos.
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What is Exposure Bracketing?

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What is Exposure Bracketing?

If there’s one point I keep mentioning over and over again, it’s this. Automatic mode doesn’t always give you the best images. It can get very close to what you want, but because it can’t gauge the light perfectly, you sometimes end up with images that are either too bright or too dark. Your subject might have his or her face blacked out while the sunset in the background is a perfect orange. That’s why I’ve encouraged so many of you to learn manual photography. And guess what? Exposure bracketing is what I’ve been telling you to do all along.
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Some Tips For Snowy Day Portraits

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Some Tips For Snowy Day Portraits

When you think of cold temperatures and snowfall, you rarely think “hey, what a great opportunity to snap some portraits of my friends.” Most of us are a slave to the notion that cloudy weather equals bad photography. We somehow believe the color will be washed out or everything will look gray. Not so my friends. I want to challenge that idea and show you why a snowy day can yield some pretty fantastic results.
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Should I Set The Sharpness Level On My Camera?

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Should I Set The Sharpness Level On My Camera?

Your camera does a lot more to your images than you think. Just as you take a picture, your camera adjusts the white balance and the sharpness for you. How much it does this depends on the settings you give it. With that, many readers have wondered if they should even bother setting the sharpness level on their cameras. Is it worth it, or does it just end up giving you a lot less freedom later on?
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I Challenge You To Try These 5 Things In Photography

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I Challenge You To Try These 5 Things In Photography

Do you remember when you were a kid and totally afraid to jump in the water and swim? We’ve all been there. In life, some things just freak us out, and it’s no different in photography. I know it sounds strange, but we all need to be pushed sometimes. We need someone to force us to do something in a new and different way. So today I’m going to act as that person. I want you to try these 5 things.
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Why You Can’t Use An Exact Shutter Speed of 1/346 sec

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Why You Can’t Use An Exact Shutter Speed of 1/346 sec

Have you ever wanted your pictures just a little bit brighter or darker than what your camera gives you? Sure, you can always go into Photoshop Elements and adjust it after the fact, but shouldn’t the camera allow you to do it as you’re taking the photo? Why can’t you just pick an exact shutter speed, aperture, or ISO speed and use that to control the brightness? Allow me to explain.
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Your Camera’s Settings: ISO Speed

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Your Camera’s Settings: ISO Speed

Shooting in low light situations is difficult. It presents a combination of problems for which there is no single quick fix. You can decrease the shutter speed, but if you don’t have a tripod, your image will be blurry. You can bring a flash with you, but if you’re too close to your subject, you’ll overexpose the shot. And you can always open up the aperture, but when you do that, you lose your depth of field.
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Five Simple Steps To An Awesome Photo

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Five Simple Steps To An Awesome Photo

Stop right now! Wherever your photography is right now, it doesn’t matter. You could have ten years of experience with your camera, or you could be a total beginner. I am about to show you five simple steps you can take to get a good photo right now. If you follow them every time you’re out in the field, you’ll notice a dramatic improvement. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, give these 5 steps a try.
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Changing The Flash Output – Why and How

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Changing The Flash Output – Why and How

Flash is a very powerful tool in photography, but it only works as well as the person behind the camera. Great pictures are destroyed with flash as easily as they are created. Most of time, I advise you to avoid flash altogether. This time, I’m going to show you an alternative that might just allow you to have your cake and eat it too. We’re going to learn how to change your camera’s flash output and why it’s important.
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Why Use Auto Exposure Lock?

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Why Use Auto Exposure Lock?

Here’s a handy one for you point-and-shoot photographers. Have you ever wanted to get one part of the scene just right, but you could never get the colors to pop out? Sometimes you know more about the thing you want to photograph than your camera does. You know you want the sky to be blue, really blue, but your camera assumes you want everything to have equal importance. How can you put an end to this? Auto exposure lock, that’s how.
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Ask David: Why Do I still Get Red Eye in Night Shots?

Ask David: Why Do I still Get Red Eye in Night Shots?

This question comes from reader Rick Bergesio. He’s tried the red eye flash setting on his camera, and it hasn’t done much to reduce red eye in his night shots. If the system isn’t working as advertised, then what’s going on? Why do his photos still have problems with red eye?
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The Photographer’s Trinity: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO

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The Photographer’s Trinity: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO

The Photography Trinity are three aspects of photography that go hand in hand: the aperture, the shutter speed, and ISO. Whenever you make a change to one, you have to make a change to the others in order to balance everything out. In this tip, we’ll have a look at how all of this comes together to create the perfect image.
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