What is HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography?

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Exposure Compensation allows you to compensate for either extremely dark shadow detail, or very bright highlight detail. But what if there is such an extreme variation in light that you can’t balance the two? There is a relatively new art in photography called High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography. It uses multiple exposures taken from the same … Read More

Exposure compensation

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Once you learn how to use them, through practice and experience, Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority Modes give you a much better chance of capturing that perfect photograph. But … they still depend on your camera’s ability to sense the right setting needed. Cameras have become very advanced, computerized devices that are quite good at what … Read More

What is shutter speed?

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By adjusting your shutter speed you affect how much light reaches the sensor by controlling how long the shutter remains open. The longer the shutter is open, the more light will reach the sensor. But just as the other settings that effect exposure have side effects, so does the shutter speed. As you decrease shutter speed … Read More

What is aperture?

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Aperture is the variable size of the opening in the lens, letting in light at a rate that can be adjusted. It is expressed in “f-stops”. The smaller the number, the bigger the opening, hence the more light that the lens allows to strike the digital sensor. In fact as you decrease the number, each f-stop … Read More

Tripods, only for the professional?

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Tripods. They are big, bulky and only for professionals, right? Wrong. Well then I can get a $20 tripod and be done with it, right? Wrong again. Besides learning how to get out of Auto Mode, a good tripod will contribute immensely to improving the sharpness of all of your photos, but especially certain types of … Read More

ISO, what is it?

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ISO represents the sensitivity of your camera sensor to light. For those of you close to my age, you might remember the old term ASA. Same thing. ISO can vary from 100 to as high as 25,000 on some of the digital SLRs. The bigger the number, the more light sensed. So why not just go … Read More

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