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Photography Basics A-Z (Part 3)

2013-09-10 17:28:00 GMT

The third and final portion of the ABC’s of photography basics. Need a chance to catch up? Read part one and part two and you’ll be set!

Quick. Be quick with your camera! You don’t want to miss a thing. Learn the ins and outs of your specific camera so you aren’t wasting time changing settings.

Ring Light. Not every photographer uses a ring light, but there are a lot of unique ways to incorporate it into your work. For example, the right light can be used for framing, for a subtle fill, for macro, to catch interesting reflections, the options are limitless!

Shutter Speed. We have covered shutter speed numerous times on this blog. But it’s one thing that could never be talked about too much. Shutter speed is the time while the sensor is exposed to the light while the curtain is open. If we think of it as a window, it is the time while the window is open. Usually, we express the shutter’s speed in seconds or fractions of a second.

Tone can mean one of two things in colour photography: the overall lightness or darkness of an area ofa n image; or the colour of all or part of the image, usually in relation to its warmth.

Uploading your images with ACDSee has never been easier. You don’t even have to import them straight from you camera or storage device. ACDSee also makes sharing easy by uploading to social media sites such as Facebook, Flikr, and

Viewfinder. Often new photographers question if they should use the LCD screen or the viewfinder on their camera. Well, there are arguments for both: LCD - size, instant playback, easier for those who wear glasses. OR the Viewfinder - doesn’t kill the battery, less camera shake, and most DSLR’s don’t even give you the option to use the LCD as a viewfinder at all.

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Workflow, another topic that we have covered a few times in this blog. There are a million ways for photographers to speed up their workflow and find a good routine. Just take your time and try them all to find out which works best for you.

X and Y… Well, those are really hard letters to think of photography terms for… check back later!

zoo. Let’s have some fun with this one. Go to the zoo! Get out there and find new things to take photos of. Test your skills and learn some new ones.

Photography Basics A-Z (Part 2)

2013-08-27 19:18:00 GMT

Picking up from part 1 here are the photography basics I through P.

Inspiration. There are a lot of places on the internet for the photographer to find inspiration, but not only that, driving around and hiking and getting out there will inspire anyone!

Jpg. The secret to using JPG files is: Set a proper White Balance, make a proper exposure. If you photograph in JPG, the file does not degrade with each subsequent opening of the file, and your files will remain sharp when printed in JPG format.

Kit Lens’ are great for beginner photographers! A kit lens is a starter lens, usually they are relatively inexpensive.

Lighting is essential to the mood of your photos. If you are not you in an area with great lighting you need to create it. Light can be enhanced by the use of reflectors, fill flash, and white balance.

Macro photography is the art of taking photos really close up pictures that reveal details that can’t be seen by the naked eye.

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Nature. When it comes to nature photography, the best practice is to take in the moment, breathe the fresh air, feel the air, listen to the birds, heighten your awareness of the environment and notice exactly what it is that makes the world beautiful where you are located.

Organize. Organizing your images can be one of the most time consuming and time saving tasks you can perform as a photographer. You don’t want to spend hours looking for that one picture if you can simply search the catalogue by a keyword or date.

Posing. Sometimes photographing people can be awkward for the subject. Making them feel comfortable with the situation and with themselves would be handled by good posing. There are many different posing cheat sheets all over the internet.

Check back again for part 3 - photography basics Q to Z.