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Master the Art of Modern Photography: Take a Digital Photography Class

While the twenty-first century continues rapidly into an age of new digital contraptions, it’s time that you start getting educated on how to use some of these hip and modern devices.

photography classIf you’ve ever been interested in photography, look into a digital photography class; it has all the basics of taking pictures mixed in with the technology behind photography. If you are not informed, or need more convincing, here is some additional information regarding a digital photography class: Continue reading Master the Art of Modern Photography: Take a Digital Photography Class

Digital Camera Terms To Know

digital photographyIt helps when learning to use your new digital camera to also know what some of the more common terms mean.

Below you will find many of these common terms defined..

Automatic Mode — A setting that sets the focus, exposure and white-balance automatically.

Burst Mode or Continuous Capture Mode — a series of pictures taken one after another at quickly timed intervals with one press of the shutter button.

Compression — The process of compacting digital data, images and text by deleting selected information.

Digital Zoom — Cropping and magnifying the center part of an image.

JPEG — The predominant format used for image compression in digital cameras

Lag Time — The pause between the time the shutter button is pressed and when the camera actually captures the image

LCD — (Liquid-Crystal Display) is a small screen on a digital camera for viewing images.

Lens — A circular and transparent glass or plastic piece that has the function of collecting light and focusing it on the sensor to capture the image.

Megabyte — (MB) Measures 1024 Kilobytes, and refers to the amount of information in a file, or how much information can
be contained on a Memory Card, Hard Drive or Disk.

Pixels — Tiny units of color that make up digital pictures. Pixels also measure digital resolution. One million pixels
adds up to one mega-pixel.

RGB — Refers to Red, Green, Blue colors used on computers to create all other colors.

Resolution — Camera resolution describes the number of pixels used to create the image, which determines the amount of
detail a camera can capture. The more pixels a camera has, the more detail it can register and the larger the picture can be
printed.

Storage Card — The removable storage device which holds images taken with the camera, comparable to film, but much smaller. Also called a digital camera memory card…

Viewfinder — The optical “window” to look through to compose the scene.

White Balance — White balancing adjusts the camera to compensate for the type of light (daylight, fluorescent, incandescent, etc.,) or lighting conditions in the scene so it will look normal to the human eye.

Taking Photographs With A Digital Camera – Ideal Tips And Settings

bridgeWhile using a Digital Camera, most of us do not really bother much about the available settings in the camera and its most appropriate usage. An ideal photograph taken as per the situation and surroundings gives utmost satisfaction to an amateur or professional photographer. Quick change of settings in the camera as per the demands of the situation can result in catching a once in a lifetime picture shot with one’s Digital Camera. The following tips could be useful for an amateur photographer to hone his skills in digital photography.

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A person who uses a Digital Camera for photography as his hobby or profession should make it a point to read the user manual which provides an insight into the learning about the Digital Camera’s settings. The photographer must be able to know how quick and whether he should be changing his camera settings before he could take the picture.

Once the settings are changed to suit the need of the hour, one should to know how to reset the Camera to its default settings after use. By choosing the default settings one can revert from any change in actual settings that he or she had made to the camera for taking pictures.

The ISO settings in a Digital Camera will determine the sensitivity of the Digital Camera to light exposure. A low ISO number can be selected for taking pictures when there is bright light in the surroundings. A higher ISO number must be used only during low light situations. The ISO settings can be identified from the view finder or the LCD display of the Digital Camera.

The flash feature by default in most Digital Cameras is automatic. A Digital Camera user must understand that the Camera is programmed to flash when the inbuilt light sensors detect that the light is not sufficient or enough to capture a good image. The Digital Camera user must also know to switch off the automatic flash feature else, it could prove to be problematic when taking pictures of objects which could reflect back light. This kind of situation actually ruins the photograph to be taken. Another feature that should be turned off when required is the Auto Focus capability of the camera. The manual focus feature should be turned on in such cases.

Though Digital photography is total fun and keeps one interested, a bit of patience and inquisitiveness to learn the features and implement them while taking photographs goes a long way in producing photographic images of high quality.

Tips For Choosing Digital Photography Backgrounds

rhea birdThe beautiful thing about the constant advances in digital photography is that it puts high resolution photography within anyone’s reach. If you can point a camera and click a button then you are assured, with the new technology, of being able to create a great picture.

Sometimes people do not get a choice of where a picture is taking place and that can affect the resulting image. If a car chase goes flying by you then you certainly do not have time to ask the participants to move to the left or the right so you can get a certain building in the background of the shot. But when you do have control over the backgrounds then you should take advantage of the advances in digital photography and choose backgrounds that make your pictures really stand out and look fantastic.

Remember that with digital photography the resolution and detail of the resulting images is incredible so when you are choosing digital photography backgrounds make sure you are choosing backgrounds that really make the foreground image stand out and there are a few little tips to do that.

Action as a digital photography background is often a great way to put some character into a picture. If you are taking a picture of a loved one at a local park then try and get them to stand in front of a waterfall or something else that is causing a lot of movement. Make sure they are not right next to, or in front of, the action item but close enough where it will make an impact on the photo. Waterfalls make exceptional photography backgrounds and if you use them correctly they can make your foreground image really stand out.

Be Careful With Colors

When you are choosing digital photography backgrounds always try and maximize that high resolution you get with digital photography. Putting something that is colorful in front of a colorful digital photography background is not going to present the best image. A colorful centerpiece with a monochrome back drop will stand out and make the image seem much more detailed. If your foreground image is lacking color then try and get it to have almost no digital photography background behind it for maximum effect. Remember that your digital camera will pick up those colors very well so use them wisely.

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Digital photography can make anyone look like a pro and all you need is a little patience and a little know how when it comes to depth perception and how digital photography backgrounds affect the foreground image. Once you learn that the rest is easy.

The Art of Digital Infrared Photography

infrared photographyHave you ever thought about what it would be like to see the sun’s invisible rays? Did you even know it was possible? You can indeed see the invisible colors of the spectrum through the use of your digital camera. Things you have never seen before will leave you simply breath taken. Many people don’t know just how unique it is to see things we normally don’t have the option of seeing. People either like digital infrared photography or they don’t. Those that do have an infatuation with it, can’t seem get enough of it.

Invisible Lighting Becomes Apparent

You can look at a picture of a tree by a lake with normal photography. Sure, it looks beautiful, but it’s not anything you haven’t seen before. Then you add the invisible lighting we normally never see, and your picture of the tree by the lake becomes intriguing. You wouldn’t believe the differences in the color of the spectrum when you can see this invisible light. With digital infrared photography, you can look at these differences to your hearts content, and if you’re like me, you’ll want to keep taking pictures like this, and put aside your normal photos.

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You can add some fun to your digital camera, and it can be cheap to put an IR filter on. When you look at everything through your LCD screen, you will hardly be able to recognize what some of it is. There are many physical phenomena behind the differences that are seen. The colors that were once invisible are now mixing with the colors we can already see. One thing is for sure, digital infrared photography is certainly very interesting. This is the form of photography that either no one wants or they become extremely addicted to.

Look at a New World around You

Additionally, if you have never experienced digital infrared photography, you should at least try it. There is a growing trend among photographers, who seem to enjoy the vast array of colors available when using an IR filter. When you take a normal image, and mix it with the invisible colors, it adds an entirely new dimension to what you are looking at. You have a new perspective of what is really out there, and can now see what you have been told you could never see. This is something that is truly priceless.

Start doing your own digital infrared photography today and give yourself the pleasure of the stunning visuals that you are missing out on.

A Look At The Different Types Of Photography

city sceneMost of us don’t know the various types of photography there are. We all love clicking away with our cameras to capture the perfect moments, be it our baby’s first smile or our parents’ golden wedding anniversary. And we all love to cherish our photographs by putting them into albums or in frames to show all our friends. This is what I would call recreational photography, not really a hobby and definitely not a profession. There are many types of photography these days that professionals and amateurs specialize in. I could probably fit in just a few to let you know exactly how vast the field of photography has become today. Continue reading A Look At The Different Types Of Photography

How Digital Photography Lighting Can Work for You

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Digital cameras sometimes make taking photos a little too easy. Line up the subject in the viewfinder, check the image on the LCD screen, and click the button. The flash goes off exactly when it should… right?

Sometimes. Learning more about digital photography lighting can help you decide when to trust the camera, and when to trust your own judgment. Below we’ll talk about the different camera settings and accessory options available, and also how to use Mother Nature to your advantage.

Built-In Flash

Most of the digital photography lighting you need is already built into your digital camera. Get to know your flash – look up its maximum range. If your subjects are standing beyond its reach the photograph will turn out too dark. Most internal flashes work best between 10 to 15 feet.

Besides range, most point-and-shoot camera flashes can add digital photography lighting in via their fill-in flash setting. A fill-in flash is a quick burst of flash to light dark areas in the photograph. It can be used indoors, or outdoors in bright sunlight. The fill-in flash heightens the contrast between colors.

External Flash

Compared to film cameras, digital cameras don’t capture the difference between light and dark as well. So for digital photography lighting, external flashes are important when shooting during nighttime, outdoors, or whenever you want more finesse than you can get from your built-in flash because they offer both automatic and manual controls.

They increase flash range, and also get rid of the red-eye effect sometimes seen with built-in flashes. Professionals prefer external flashes for all of the above reasons.

Artificial and Natural Lighting

Not all digital photography lighting has to involve a flash! Pay attention to the way sunlight falls on your subject from all angles. Incorporating some shadows by shooting a flower at a diagonal, for example, can add a layer of interest to an otherwise commonplace photo.

But watch out for sunshine that’s directly over your subject if taking a photo of a person. This can create deep, dark hollows under their eyes and along their mouths. Either wait until the sun is lower in the sky, or hold either a reflective or bright white piece of cardboard under their chin to counteract the shadows.

Artificial lighting, like that given off by fluorescent office lights, needs a different correction. In these circumstances you’ll want to adjust your camera’s white balance setting to either ‘fluorescent’ or ‘incandescent’. This prevents color distortion.

Candid Photography, Taking Pictures Of Your Friend Without Their Attention

candid photographyCandid photography is by definition taking pictures of people when they are unaware. Part of the fun in photography is catching your human subject’s off guard so that your pictures have more emotion. Photographers who work for magazines, like Time Life, have been able to get candid shots of their subjects. I think most of us can remember the black and white photographs of Africans and others giving rise to more emotion from the viewer. Taking candid shots may appear easy although there are few techniques in the photography world that will make the candid shot worth more than just a snap shot of friends. Continue reading Candid Photography, Taking Pictures Of Your Friend Without Their Attention

How to Achieve Black and White Digital Photography

treesYou can achieve black and white digital photography in many different ways. With black and white digital photography, you are bringing the end user back into a period of time when life seemed a lot simpler. You can get this effect with your graphics and your digital camera with a multitude of ways. Many digital cameras come equipped with a function to take black and white photos. If your digital camera does not support this function, you can still change your photographs into black and white with software programs. Continue reading How to Achieve Black and White Digital Photography

Getting Your Groove Back

Creative photography may be the most demanding of them all. That is because unlike commercial photography, your boss is your creative imagination and the artistic marketplace. And who knows from one week to the next what is considered artistic and what isn’t.

Creative Photography

It isn’t just poetic license that we are using when we talk about you following your creative muse when you use your photography as an expression of your art. You can look at a hundred settings and scenes and only you can know if any have the raw materials for a great artistic piece using your camera. It’s a huge drain on your emotional system and your creative side but it is also one of the most satisfying things you can do.  And if you can make a living at it, so much the better.

Continue reading Getting Your Groove Back