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Tag: manual mode

How to Create the Perfect Silhouette

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How to Create the Perfect Silhouette

Have you ever seen a silhouette of two people embracing each other on the beach and wondered how to translate it into a beautiful image? The romance of a silhouette is rarely matched. They are timeless and mysterious. These iconic images use the shape of a person, item or structure, devoid of details to create a simple but emotional photograph. Despite their simple structure, there are some technical and artistic techniques you can use to make the process easier and the end result better.
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Take Photos in Manual Mode for a Month

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Take Photos in Manual Mode for a Month

Remember when you were a kid and your dad ceremoniously took the training wheels off your bike. You started out with him holding the back of your bike seat as he ran alongside of you as you pedaled. The next thing you knew his voice was in the distance yelling, “You did it!” What happened after that moment, whether you fell off the bike and scrapped your knew or kept on pedaling, doesn’t matter. The fact is, you rode without the assistance of training wheels.

Swimming might have been a similar experience. Whether you’re young enough to have had those flotation devices or whether you too swimming lessons with someone holding you as you tried to swim from one side of the pool to the other. Eventually, the swimmies and the hands beneath you went away and you swam on your own.

Are you seeing where I’m going with this? It’s time. Yes, it’s time to drop the “Auto” crutch and switch to “Manual” mode on your camera. In order to graduate from hobbyist or amateur to professional in training, there comes a time where you have to free yourself of the help.

Here’s my challenge for you: for one month only use Manual Mode. Of course I wouldn’t put you on a bike or in a pool without some assistance to get you started. If you’ve been a regular reader of my articles, you hopefully know a good deal of what I’m about to tell you, but perhaps have been resistant to letting go of your good friend, Auto Mode.
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How To Create Beautiful Waterfall Pictures

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How To Create Beautiful Waterfall Pictures

One of life’s simple truths: you can’t walk past a waterfall without taking a photo of it. That would just be wrong!

But you don’t often get a chance to go back and do it over again, either, so you’d better make sure you get it right. Waterfalls are elusive creatures – and by that I mean that getting to them often requires a certain amount of effort, such as a long drive and/or a long hike. If you don’t get the right shot the first time you either have to hike in again or forget the whole endeavor. And waterfalls that aren’t secluded have the annoying extra problem of being surrounded by a lot of other people, most of whom are also trying to capture that perfect photo.

Here’s how to guarantee you’ll come home from that hike with plenty of beautiful waterfall pictures.
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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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Your Camera Has No Vision (But You Do)

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Your Camera Has No Vision (But You Do)

What would HAL do if he could take a picture? He’d probably look me straight in the face and say, “I’m sorry Dave, but I can’t let you do that.” In all seriousness, your camera is a lot like HAL. It’s got all this technical gobbledygook and sophisticated light metering algorithms built into it, but it still can’t do what you do. Camera are tools for making pictures. They don’t work unless you bring the vision.
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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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Switching Between Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Other Modes

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Switching Between Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Other Modes

Cameras these days offer a bevy of different modes, so many that it can easily become a confusing ordeal for someone who is just getting into it. You’ve got aperture priority mode, shutter priority mode, programmed automatic mode, and of course, manual mode. How do you know when to use which one? Does one particular mode lend itself to better photography in certain situations? Let’s stop and take a closer look.
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The Sunny 16 Rule

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The Sunny 16 Rule

Have you ever heard of the sunny 16 rule? It seems to have all but disappeared in most modern discussions of photography. As a matter of fact, it’s one of many rules that photographers seem to have forgotten. That’s a shame because the sunny 16 rule serves as a nice way to check your current exposure settings. Let’s have a look at how it works.
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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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Manual Mode: A Primer

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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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What Is Bulb Mode? Where Is It Used?

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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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Should You “Expose for the Sky” on a Bright Sunny Day?

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Should You “Expose for the Sky” on a Bright Sunny Day?

There are a lot of myths and rumors spreading around the photography community, and none is more popular than the myth that you should expose for the sky on a bright sunny day. Doing so can lead to some pretty disastrous consequences. In this short article, I’ll show you why.
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How To Get The Perfect Golden Sun

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How To Get The Perfect Golden Sun

I only have one word for this shot. WOW! Of course, I am a sucker for a great sunset photo. The way the bright orange just bursts forth and diffuses itself through the clouds will always take my breath away. We discussed how you can take pictures like this in a previous tutorial, but I would like to use this critique to discuss it in more detail. It takes a lot of playing around with camera settings to get something like this. The more patient you are, and the more you enjoy trying out different settings, the more likely you are to stumble upon a shot like this one.
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How To Get Killer Sequence Photos Part 1

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How To Get Killer Sequence Photos Part 1

Sequence photos provide a truly amazing perspective for action shots. They allow the viewer to see the progression of something as it is happening. Unlike video, all of the important parts are frozen, so we can see every step. There a lot of sports where action sequences bring out the true character of the athletes. Who doesn’t want to see a tennis racket slowly progressing toward the ball or a basketball player inching his way up to the hoop? Sequence shots allow you to convey movement in a way that single photos can’t.
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