Optimizing and Balancing ISO and Noise
Aug14

Optimizing and Balancing ISO and Noise

It’s no secret that all lenses have a “sweet spot” aperture that produces maximum image quality. I like Sean McHugh’s take on this: A lens’ “sweet spot” increases for successively narrower apertures, reaching maximum for intermediate apertures, and declines for very narrow apertures. Depending on the lens, this is typically between f/8 and f/16 on a full frame or APS-C sized sensor but is independent of the number of megapixels. There...

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Five Ways to Improve Your Photographs
Apr10

Five Ways to Improve Your Photographs

Today’s Post by Jason Anderson No matter where you are in your photographic path, you can always pick up nuggets of information, tips, and tricks from others.  That’s part of why it’s important to stay networked with others in your field. One of the best things I’ve gained from other photographers is insider tips and tricks for saving a photo, taking pictures in tricky lighting scenarios and insights for working in other...

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How Not To Go Broke Buying Equipment
Oct19

How Not To Go Broke Buying Equipment

The cameras and lenses I used to make the images on this blog and are, for the most part, gear that I actually own. The exception refers to images captured with equipment on loan from manufacturers I was testing for product reviews. You may  be surprised to learn that at the completion of the review the cameras get sent back to the manufacturer. Although many professionals shoot with cameras made by companies such as Nikon and Canon,...

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Macro Photography with Extension Tubes
Mar29

Macro Photography with Extension Tubes

Look for a related post on using Close-Up Filters next month on Learning Digital Photography. Want to get closer than close-up filter will allow? Stage II up the macro-focusing ladder is accomplished by adding an extension tube (or two) to your existing lens. Extension tubes provide the additional separation between your lens and imaging chip that’s required for close-up photography. You might think of it as an alternative to the more...

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Using Manual or Custom White Balance
Mar07

Using Manual or Custom White Balance

There will come a time when none of your camera’s preset white balance settings will work and that’s when you need to use the Manual option. Sure, it’s a little more labor intensive but after you try it once, you’ll be amazed how well it works under difficult and mixed lighting conditions such as indoor exhibits, conventions centers, and museums. Start by photographing a sheet of white paper under the lighting conditions you...

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Dealing with Shutter Lag
Mar01

Dealing with Shutter Lag

Sometimes when making a candid photograph your subject stays right where you hoped they would be but occasionally something or someone steps into the scene blocking your chance of capturing the moment, all because of shutter lag.  Shutter lag occurs with all kinds of cameras, including film or digital, but can be more of a problem with digicams because of the delay resulting from the charging the imaging chip and then transmission of...

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Protect Your Camera: Always Use a Strap
Feb15

Protect Your Camera: Always Use a Strap

It may seem obvious but it’s a good idea to use a camera strap. In some parts of the world, shoulder carry makes the camera vulnerable to theft, so be aware of what’s going on around you when you find yourself in dodgy surroundings. The neck strap is part of the camera’s basic equipment and fulfills the important role of protecting the camera from being dropped. While you may think that, “this would never happen to me,” It happen to...

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