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About Jason Row

Jason Row is a British born travel photographer now living in Ukraine. You can follow him on The Odessa Files. He also maintains a blog chronicling his exploits as an Expat in the former Soviet Union.

Getting to Know Your DSLR: Part One


Today’s article is aimed at the newcomers amongst you, both to Lightstalking and to photography itself. Today we are going to take a look at getting to know your DSLR, understanding what some of those knobs, buttons and dials do, and which ones you need to master first to get to grips with your new tool.

How to Use Auto Exposure Modes Creatively


To be a real photographer you can only shoot in manual modes. It is of course a daft statement, a good photographer will use whatever modes he needs to get the shot efficiently and creatively. However, the original comment is often bandied around to suggest it is not possible to do creative photography in automatic modes, today we are going to debunk that myth.

Crop Factor Explained: How Sensor Size Affects the Field of View


These days, we often hear about the benefits of full frame cameras over APS-C, we are told about four thirds sensors and micro four thirds sensors but what does all this mean to us in relation to the way we take pictures. The biggest difference is in what we call the crop factor of the sensor and to begin to understand that we are going to go back in time a little to the days of film. Crop factor determines the 35mm equivalent focal length of the lens which in turn affects the field of view of the lens.

What You Need to Know About Adobe’s DNG File Format


Over the last few years, RAW files have become the norm in digital photography, giving the photographer a significant increase of the control of their images as well as improved image quality. This wasn’t always the case, in the early days of digital photography, which in fact was only the first few years of the new millennium, RAWs were unwieldy, large files that were difficult to post process.

A Photographer’s Guide to Lisbon


Lisbon is regarded as being one of the oldest cities in the world, pre-dating the Roman Empire. It has a population of over 3 million people yet seems to retain a friendly, small city feel. With its historic architecture, quaint trams yet also modern, progressive architecture, Lisbon is an ideal playground for Europe-based photographers.