Digital Photography Basics

Examples of Poor Composition in Photography Often times we can learn as much, if not more, from what did not turn out quite as we hoped, planned for, wanted, expected……..fill in the blank however you wish.   Let’s compare the Bohemian waxwings feeding on the crab apples as examples of poor composition in photography.   Do you see how it’s obvious one of the Bohemian waxwings is feeding on crab apples?   Meanwhile, even though it’s somewhat acceptable, the second photo is a more accurate example of poor composition in photography?   We can undoubtedly imagine...

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How to Take a Picture With a Digital Camera

How to Take a Picture With a Digital Camera Many years ago, I still recall the day when I attempted to take photos using a borrowed “good film camera.” Heading outdoors with high hopes and enthusiasm, I figured out how to turn the camera on. That was easy! I figured out how to turn the camera on. That was easy.  And next, how to press the shutter release button and capture my subject. That was easy. And then everything went downhill from there! I didn’t realize that the mode dial was set to manual mode, and I had no clue what to do about that or even what M meant.  After several...

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Bohemian waxwing feeding on crab apples

Examples of Poor Composition in Photography

Examples of Poor Composition in Photography Often times we can learn as much, if not more, from what did not turn out quite as we hoped, planned for, wanted, expected……..fill in the blank however you wish.   Let’s compare the Bohemian waxwings feeding on the crab apples as examples of poor composition in photography.   Do you see how it’s obvious one of the Bohemian waxwings is feeding on crab apples?   Meanwhile, even though it’s somewhat acceptable, the second photo is a more accurate example of poor composition in photography?   We can undoubtedly imagine...

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What Does Fast SLR Camera Lenses Mean?

What Does Fast SLR Camera Lenses Mean? What does fast SLR camera lenses mean, and how do you know if you have one? What types of situations require a fast lens? Are you considering a new lens, but you’re not sure what to buy? Whether a lens is fast or not relates to how much light a lens can admit through the opening or closing of the overlapping lens blades, called a diaphragm. What is the advantage? What does this mean for you? Understanding the numbers on a lens is the first part. The second part is learning how to adjust the camera to take advantage of the light. In other words,...

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How to Find Photography Spots

How to Find Photography Spots I have always loved this quote from Mike Litman in Conversations with Millionaires, “you don’t have to get it right, you just have to get it going.” And that’s what this series is all about – creativity as you discover how to find photography spots. Please continue reading below the sunflowers. Do you daydream about what you would like to photograph when you have the time? Or once you learn more about how your camera works? Do you feel stuck or unsure of what to create and so you don’t do anything? I have experienced these...

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Tips To Photograph The Moon

Tips To Photograph The Moon Photographing the moon tends to challenge and confuse beginner photographers. What happens? Images are often overexposed, revealing nothing more than a bright white blob in the sky. Why is the moon hard to photograph? Many beginner photographers start by taking pictures at night, and this creates opposite effects in a sense. What does that mean? If you think of the moon as a big bright light, it’s surrounded by the night sky. Do not let the darkness of the night fool you. Remember that your subject is the moon, and it’s bright. Therefore, the camera,...

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What is Aperture?

What is aperture? Aperture is the amount of light being admitted through the lens as you capture your subject. How can you tell how much light that is? In the example image, the aperture, also known as the f-stop, is the number 4.5 (F4.5). Adjusting the aperture allows you to get creative. Think of a crisp, focused image (foreground and background), compared to a focused foreground subject but with a blurred-out background. Using an aperture of f/4.5 compared to f/16 helps create the blurred background effect. Dialing in f/16 gives you more of the postcard type creation. What is going on? Your...

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What Does Shutter Speed Control?

What does shutter speed control? Shutter speed controls the amount of time your camera takes to capture your subject, or in other words, to take the picture.  How can you tell how long that is? In the example image, my shutter speed is revealed by the number 90. Ninety by itself may not appear to give you enough information; instead, consider it a fraction. Therefore, the shutter speed is actually 1/90 of a second. Depending on the camera model you have, your shutter speed may already display as a fraction. If you were to compare a crisp action sports photo to a feathery-looking waterfall,...

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The Human Element in Landscape Photography

The Human Element in Landscape Photography In my early days of photography, I adamantly resisted the idea of adding the human element in landscape photography. The fact I learned about this from professional photographers did not sway me. Eventually, I began to change my perspective, deciding to experiment and be open to wherever it took me. My first experiments. In two of the three examples, would you agree there is a human element of some kind with the feet and a bench? The human element does not necessarily need to be big and bold, although it can be. Something as simple as what I included...

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Hoar Frost

Hoar Frost As photographers, one of the challenges is whether we will stop long enough to take photographs. Of course, we plan to and assure ourselves that we will, but sometimes we say to ourselves, “next time.” Have you noticed how next time does not wait for us? The situation varies, the lighting changes, it is inconvenient, what will people think, and those precious moments slip past the camera tucked away in the bag, making us a wee bit nostalgic. That almost happened with these hoar frost images on the kitchen window. The reason it did not is that I decided to act instead...

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