How to See Like the Camera to Properly Use Exposure Compensation

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You just finished taking some pictures of your children making snow angels in really bright, fresh snow.  You download the photos from the memory card, and you notice that your child is underexposed and the snow looks gray instead of white.  Or while taking some photos of a black Corvette on black asphalt at a car show, the resulting photos are blurry from a long shutter speed and the car appears gray.  What is going on here?  Why isn’t the snow white and the car black?  The camera is trying to think for you.  Don’t let machines think for you!  Take control – you’re the artist, not the camera. Continue Reading

10 Tips For Better Model Poses

Posing skills aren’t just the responsibility of pretty young things and art directors.  As photographers, one of our duties is to provide feedback to our subjects and correct issues before they become problems.  After all, we have the advantage of peeking through the lens to see what really looks good or bad.  A model photographer who is clueless about what makes up a great pose is only making his or her job more difficult.  So here are ten quick and easy model posing tips to steer you in the right direction… Continue Reading

Using patterns in Photography

Just as with symmetry, patterns have a visually pleasing impact in photographic compositions. There are patterns everywhere in nature as well as in man-made structures and they make for interesting photographic subjects. Patterns are visually aesthetic, but they can also serve as the point of focus rather well, especially when they are broken and tension is introduced in a composition. Continue Reading

Dramatic Photography with Colored Gels

Whoever said “Save the drama for your mama!” must not have been referring to photography with color gels.  These amazing filters are a fast and easy way to produce dramatic lighting effects.  And the best part is: adding their wow factor to our photography can be had for less than 10 bucks for a set of gels that come in a rainbow of colors. Continue Reading

Tips for Shooting Flowers in the Rain

Photographers all over the globe try and combine different dimensions of photography to develop new and mesmerizing pieces of art. One of the most popular subjects in photography is flowers. Flowers have been a subject of concentration for photographers ever since the emergence of photography itself. The colors and the sense of freshness that flowers bring to the frame become a source of attention and interest for viewers and hence perfect capture for both amateur and professional photographers. Yet another major subject of interest for photographers is rain. The vastness and mystery that rain brings in a picture makes it another commonly captured subject. As per Rabindranath Tagore, who was a famous Bengali polymath and who restructured the whole Bengali literature and music along with Indian art, stated about the rain that “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” So if we combine the beautiful colors of flowers with mystical colors of rain in a picture, it creates magic in the frame. But capturing the beautiful flowers dancing in the magnificence of rain, is not as easy as it sounds. In fact if you ask photographers, they would say that balancing all the components of flowers in rain becomes pretty challenging. I am sure, many of you reading this might have already tried capturing floral beauty in a rain but your results came out to be depressingly average, if not a complete disaster. If so, keep on reading for some tips on how to improve those photos. Continue Reading

Understanding photography workshops

Photography workshops are a great way to hone your skills and improve your perception about important aspects of photography. Workshops are conducted by professional photographers, people who are in the thick of things and have in-depth knowledge about the topic that they are teaching. Even professionals attend workshops on topics that they need expert knowledge on and fast. Today we are going to cover how to find, get ready, participate and get the most out of these workshops to increase your skill and experience. Continue Reading

Embedded GPS location and privacy

Digital technology has brought in a flourish to the sale of cameras. Not to be left behind smartphones with embedded cameras are fast becoming the preferred choice for a new generation of candid photographers. In fact for many the only camera they ever wield is their smartphones.

When you shoot images using a camera a series of information such as the aperture, shutter speed, white balance, date, time, device manufacture along with a series of other bits gets bundled with the image. Together these information are known as the EXIF data of the image. The initials means Exchangeable Image File Format. If you are interested to know more about EXIF you can check out this article.

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Understanding camera buffer

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The camera buffer is a term that we frequently hear and toss about when talking on the subject of digital photography. Camera buffer is related to how fast your camera can transfer the images that you shoot on to the memory card, thereby, allowing you to shoot continuously for an extended duration. The whole process of image transfer also incorporates conversion of the light signals into electronic format. That, however, is not under the purview of this discussion. What we are concerned about is the speed at which the transferring process works and also how it affects the ability to shoot images in a continuous burst. Continue Reading

Understanding Wi-Fi in cameras

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The traditional digital camera with its insertable memory card slot has been the standard for several years now. Without it we would have been stuck with a contraption that has only a finite internal memory. The SD/CF card had been for many years the closest thing to an infinite memory. When you exhaust one card, simply pop-in another one and keep shooting. There is no delay or time lag. With today’s cameras we have multiple card slots. Even better. Now we don’t even have to wait to change cards. When one is filled to the brim, the camera simply switches to the next one. But technology never stays put. It keeps churning new and improved ways. To make things even more complicated, neither does our insatiable appetite for better, faster and more powerful technology. Thus, Wi-Fi cameras came about. Continue Reading