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While Autofocus may take care of most of your focusing worries when you are photographing, there are situations when manual focus can come in handy. Sometimes manual focus is a much quicker way to accomplish perfect focusing. From macro photography to low-light-light photography, manual focus will be a tool you will use often.
There are four main factors that affect how a camera’s metering system will deem an exposure ‘correct’. These are – light, aperture, time, and sensitivity. With a better understanding of these four factors, mastering exposure in your photographs becomes much easier.
When you capture an image, you are making an exposure on the image sensor using settings for aperture, shutter speed and ISO. The rule of equivalent exposure, in simplest terms, lets you use different settings to make an exposure and thus create a photograph with the same brightness. This is accomplished by learning how each setting affects exposure by changing the light intensity, explained using the concept of stops.
Sometimes, it can be quite uncanny just how accurately our camera meters are at getting the right exposure. The technology is highly sophisticated, advanced sensors, complex calculations and large image databases combine to give stunning results. But not always.
Photographers are always looking for new subjects to photograph. We typically think of vacations, special events in our cities, national parks, zoos, or a trip to the sea shore when we want to go out photographing. But did you know that practically all of us have a wealth of subject matter almost right outside our door? Have you ever considered photographing farms and the life in and around it? No matter where you live in the world, you can always find agricultural farms to photograph – even in the desert!
As much as we love natural light, there are times when you have to rely on artificial light to create striking portrait images. Artificial lighting allows you to rework the look in your portraits in multiple ways. From a dramatic look that emphasizes strength and character to a softer look that highlights innocence and compassion, you can have full control over the final result.
You’ve seen it on the spec sheets for cameras you considered purchasing, you’ve read about it on one photography blog after another, and you’ve heard your photographer friends talk about it — shooting raw. But do you know what it is? What implications it has for your images and whether you should be doing it?
Once upon a time during the film era of photography…photographers had to keep a light meter handy at all times so they could take readings to get proper exposures. Experimenting on-scene was simply out of the question; it was expensive and time consuming. Being caught without a light meter — or several other pieces of gear that we take for granted in modern times — meant trouble; but just in case that ever happened, photographers devised various principles and guidelines designed to help them navigate their fully manual cameras. Among the most famous of those guidelines is the “sunny 16 rule.”
Portraiture is one of the most popular genres of photography around. It’s also one of the most challenging. It takes many long hours of practice before you get really good at capturing the essence of human personality and, along the way, you’re going to make more than your fair share of mistakes. Don’t sweat it, […]
Getting the perfect portrait can be tough. One factor that you’re going to want to take into account is your subject’s eyes. Catch lights are one way to enhance them beautifully. Here are some amazing tutorials on how to get and control the quality of the catch lights in your portraiture.