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Understanding White Balance

The image of sliced apples on the left has incorrect white balance, while the image on the right has correct white balance.

Have you ever noticed that sometimes you take a picture indoors and it just does not look right in color? People take pictures every single day with white balance that is off and they never even realize that their picture could look better. However, if you compare the image to the actual real life situation, [...]

Conclusion to Beginner’s Photography Guide

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A digital camera can be an amazing tool in order to capture pictures. The thing about life is that so many moments happen only once. You may be able to keep them in your memory, but unfortunately, memories fade. If you captured those moments with a really great picture, they will never fade from your [...]

Question: How Do I Use Flash Compensation?

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Many digital cameras come equipped with flash compensation settings, and they do so for very good reason. The flash on your camera cannot exactly be controlled as to how much light is being emitted. Unless you have a hot shoe flash, you cannot even control the direction of the light. Because of this, the flash [...]

Question: Can I Really Take Pictures at Night?

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Nighttime photography is most likely the trickiest thing you will ever try to do with your camera. The problem with nighttime photography is that your camera has to do so many things to get the picture and it leaves the door open to so many things going wrong. However, there are just some times when [...]

Question: How Can I Make the Background Blurry?

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This goes back to the lesson about f/stop and depth of field. In order to keep the subject of your picture in focus and to get the background out of focus, then you need a shallow depth of field. Basically, that means your camera is not reaching very far to choose what to focus on [...]

Question: Why is my picture washed out?

Example of washed out (or overexposed) image

You have set the shutter speed or the aperture wrong. The aperture is too wide or the shutter speed is too slow. Basically, what is happening is that so much light is getting to the image sensor in your camera that the camera cannot decipher the details of the subject. If you are using auto [...]

Accessories You May Want to Use

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Once you delve into the world of digital photography, you will find that there are numerous accessories you can buy for your camera. Not all accessories are a must, and you may find no use whatsoever for many of them. However, there are some digital camera accessories that prove to be extremely useful to anyone [...]

Caring for Your Camera

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A digital camera is not cheap. Of course, you know that already! In order to make sure you are always ready to take pictures, you will need to take care of that digital camera and always keep it in the best condition. Caring for your camera means keeping it clean and undamaged. Here are some [...]

Using Camera Scene Settings

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We have already talked about those scene settings to some extent, but let’s take a moment to go back and revisit them a little more. After all, digital scene settings can be extremely useful. One thing to remember is that digital scene settings can be versatile too. Sometimes, you will find them useful in situations [...]

Posing for Portraits

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Of course, many of your pictures will be just candid everyday shots. Those pictures are the ones that you will treasure since they will capture you and your loved ones living life, being yourself and just having fun. However, there are times when you may want to take more of a posed portrait. It could [...]

Shutter Release Matters

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When you are truly trying to take your pictures to the next level, you have to start thinking about shutter release. This does not matter as much if you are using a very high shutter speed, but if you are using a slow shutter speed, you could very easily end up with a blurry image. [...]

Framing the Image

Composed using the rule of thirds

No matter if you are taking a picture at a family birthday party or you are shooting an image of the beach on vacation, it is always important that you keep framing in mind. It may be easiest to just hold up the camera and click, and you may get decent pictures by doing this, [...]

Learning How to Use Bracketing

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Bracketing is an advanced tool that can be quite useful in getting the perfect portrait. Many people use this method when they are taking pictures of landscapes or scenery that they plan on turning into a large wall portrait because they want to make sure that the image is perfect. Bracketing is also useful in [...]

The Histogram and How to Use It

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There is a chance you have run across the histogram on accident. However, there was a good chance you have no idea what it is. It looks like some type of graph that shows up on your camera screen with white and black lights. What is this graph and how can it help you? In [...]

A Little More about Priority Modes

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Let’s talk about those priority modes a little more because they can be quite useful if you know what to do with them. Your camera may not have these modes, but it may have scene modes on that knob on top of it, so we will discuss both of these right now. When you look [...]

Everything about Shutter Speed

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The second way that you can control the exposure on your images will be the shutter speed. Digital shutter speed is almost exactly what it sounds like. This control will affect just how fast the shutter on your camera opens and closes whenever it snaps a picture. If you have an SLR camera, you will [...]

Understanding Aperture

Wide Aperture - f/3.5

Now that you have a good idea of how exposure can affect your pictures, you need to get more in depth details on how to control that exposure. As mentioned before, there are two settings that will affect the exposure of your image. These two things will be aperture and shutter speed. Let’s talk about [...]

What is ISO?

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One of the settings that you may notice on your camera is ISO. This is a relatively new control that is used on digital cameras. On old film cameras, the ISO would equate to the film speed. Do you remember how you would need to buy a higher speed film to take more detailed, richer [...]

The Basics of Exposure

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Let’s start with digital image exposure. This is a simple thing and it has to do with how light is allowed onto the photo sensor that will create your digital image. If the right amount of light is allowed in, then the image will look deep and rich in color. If too much light is [...]

Introduction to the Beginner’s Photography Guide

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Congratulations on getting your new digital camera! You are about to embark in a world of photography that is new and exciting. However, if you do not know how to use that camera, you can certainly find yourself frustrated with trying to use it and your pictures may not all turn out as well as [...]

Image Review and In Camera Editing

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The final of the basics that we will discuss in this lesson will be in camera review and basic photo editing. As mentioned, all cameras are different. You may have different photo editing controls, but here you will find some details on the basics that most cameras allow. To start with, learn how to review [...]

The Flash

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The next thing you will need to understand is the digital flash. Your camera will most likely be equipped with an onboard flash that you can easily learn to use. There are more advanced flash controls on many cameras, and we will discuss them in depth later. For now, let’s just talk about flash basics. [...]

Manual or Auto Camera Focus

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Focusing your image will be the most important step in taking a picture. All of the other things will be extraneous and it will not matter how much you composed your shot or chose the right shutter speed. If your image is not in focus, your image will be ruined. To start with, you will [...]

The Controls

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Of course, not all cameras are the same. There is no way to tell you exactly where each control is on your digital camera, but instead, you can get a basic idea of what to look for and what to do with the control once you have found it. When you read about these controls, [...]