Photo Tips

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PHOTOGRAPHY AND PHOTO EDITING TIPS

Do Your Homework

Especially if you are trying to make the transition from taking photos that help you remember things to taking photos that show other people something important, there is no substitute for preparation. Taking...

Less is More

Don’t clutter your photos! As much as possible, limit unnecessary objects in the foreground or background. These can be distracting. But more importantly, paying attention to them will force you to ask some...

Take Inspiration from History

Since shooting in black and white used to be the only option, black and white photography seems timeless because we associate it with old photos. Spend time looking through your grandparents snapshots, or...

Prime VS. Zoom Lenses

A Prime lens has a fixed focal length. These usually offer very sharp, distortion free images. The down side however is the need to change lenses frequently if a different focal length is required and carrying...

Light Trails

For a cool effect, try shooting long exposures of highways at night to capture light trails from the headlights and tail lights of cars. You won’t be able to accurately rely on your meter, so try different...

Never Leave Your Gear Unattended

Never leave your gear unattended. Expensive camera gear or even expensive looking bags are a prime target for thieves. Never leave your gear in a car either. Even if your equipment is insured, if left...

Long Lens Vs. Telephoto Lens

Lenses over 100mm are considered to be Long. These lenses function much like a telescope in that they allow you to photograph distant objects. A Telephoto lens is a long lens whose actual physical length is...

Set the Diopter on Your Viewfinder

The Diopter is the small wheel next to your viewfinder which focuses the viewfinder for your eye. This does not effect the image but allows you to better gauge focus. To adjust: Use a long lens Look through...

Shadows

In the Autumn, the sun doesn’t get as high in the sky, which means less daylight, and which also means shadows become more prevalent, even midday. Experimenting with shadows is a great way to make the...

The Basics: Lens Sizes

Lenses are roughly broken down into 4 groups based on their focal length. Realistically there is some overlap in focal lengths but this is a general rule of thumb. Long Lens: 90mm or more Normal Lens:...

Walking Backwards Safely When Shooting

When walking backwards while shooting, it is very important to do this safely or avoid it if possible. Be aware of your surroundings. Look for anything that may trip you then either work out a different route...

Choose a Long Term Subject

Find a subject to photograph over a long period of time and in different light or conditions. Winter, summer, spring or fall, morning noon or night, something you love to photograph will take on many different...

Erase vs Format Your Memory Cards

Erasing the photos from your memory cards doesn’t remove all of the data. Overtime the card can begin to have errors and fill up with useless information. Formatting clears the card completely and resets the...

Use Your Resources

Capturing the great colors is one of the appeals of autumn photography. Fortunately, there are now loads of resources keeping you up to date on weather and foliage changes so you can be sure to get the best...

Always Check Your Camera Settings

With so many options available on modern digital cameras, its is imperative to check your camera settings before beginning to shoot. Always ensure you have the optimal settings for the particular circumstances...

Megapixels: Is more always better?

Don’t get caught in the megapixel hype. The truth is many digital cameras offer more megapixels than you really need – and in some cases, more than the camera itself can really support. Do a little homework...

Making the Most of the Rainy Days

Rainy days are not always the most pleasant part of the fall, but they can mean beautiful photos! The soft lighting can yield spectacular results, so wear a jacket and get shooting!...