Taking pictures of animals is both fun and challenging, so it’s no wonder that Flickr, Facebook and every other photo sharing website out there are full of images of everything from family pets to wild animals to the residents of the local zoo. If you’ve ever spent any time photographing animals, you know that different [...]
Whether they’re coming off a ramp made of snow or concrete or hanging at hundreds of feet in the air, extreme sport athletes are fun to watch. Flying through the air, twirling, or landing the stunt, the crowds are engaged and photographers are clicking away hoping to catch that great shot for their portfolio. Whether [...]
The big selling point with digital SLRs is the ability to swap out the lens. Whether you are new to owning a digital SLR, or you’re simply considering a purchase, a lot of photographers want to know how many lenses they’ll actually need to buy. It’s an important thing to consider. After all, the true [...]
This week’s Ask David question comes from Ernie Everest. He’s an avid photographer looking to upgrade his point-and-shoot setup to something with a little more power. He wonders why people purchase digital SLRs when there are a lot of cheaper and lighter solutions.
Your digital camera comes equipped with an arsenal of automatic and semi-automatic modes designed to make your life as a photographer easier. Aside from the fully automatic mode, aperture priority mode, and shutter priority mode, your camera gives you a variety of scene-specific modes. Each mode has a specific purpose. You can easily switch between [...]
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Before I start this tip, I should mention that trap focus mode is only available on digital SLR 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. Trap focus 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 [...]
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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 [...]
On most cameras, when you press the shutter button, you get one picture. That’s usually the default setting, and it does the job for amateur photographers. But once you want to capture long sequences of action or take a self-portrait, you need to switch to a different drive mode. Your camera’s drive modes control the [...]
With as much discussion as we have been having about the difference between point-and-shoot cameras and DSLRs lately, it is only appropriate to continue our theme and explore some more pictures you can easily take with a point-and-shoot camera. A lot of people think that because they do not have a macro lens mounted on [...]
Last week, I did a two article series on how to create a composite sequence photo with a digital SLR camera and some photo manipulation software. I have received some excellent examples of photo sequences, and I would like to share and critique one of them with you. The following image was sent by Jack [...]
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It’s a huge drag. You just want to get the shot, but every time you press the shutter, there’s a delay. Your friend does something amazing, and you keep missing it because you can’t line your shot up with the action. What is going on?