4 Great Beginner Tips for Better Digital Photos

If you have just purchased a new compact or SLR camera, you now wonder about how to use it at it’s best. I bet you are excited to start capturing pictures with your new digital device. But after the first shots, you notice that your pictures do not look just like you wanted to! Fret no longer… this happens to every photography beginner. Start your photographic journey with this short article to find out 4 simple, yet effective, suggestions for taking more interesting and eye-catching photos. Tip 1 – Try out different camera exposure settings It’s easy and comfortable to keep the camera on auto mode and just point and shoot. However, get out of that comfort zone. The main features you can easily play with are white balance and exposure compensation. Then, once you got the handle of these, you can move on to more advanced settings: the exposure triangle features – ISO, aperture and … Read more

3 Must Know Questions and Answers about Photography

During the last years of teaching photography I received many questions. While most of them are covered in 4 months Better Photos Academy training, some are not. I want to share with you 3 of these questions and my answer to them. You might find these useful. Q: What camera do you use? What is your recommendation when choosing a camera? A: I like to experiment different cameras. I have come to the conclusion that each camera manufacturer has perfected a different feature, so the ideal camera would be a combination of them all 🙂 that is of course very expensive. I began with Canon, then I tried Nikon, after that I got back to Canon and recently I like Fujifilm. What I suggest: no matter what camera you choose, it’s a good idea to join a local photo group, and when you go together for a shooting session, you … Read more

How to Light Portraits in Photography – Part II

This is part II of a larger article. If missed the first part, click here to read it. Lighting in Photography: Studio Lighting for Portraits This is a part where those of you who cannot afford / do not own a strobe package should pay attention. If you want to include exterior light with a homemade lighting system, you will have a massive disparity between the exterior and interior color temperatures. You’re probably intimately aware of this if you’ve tried to get your interior lighting setups to include exterior light. In a “million-dollar-a-year” studio system, you’d balance to the sun with your already perfectly temp accurate broncolor strobe system and use a specific gel to match the strobe to your metered readings of the ambient light, but usually we don’t have that luxury. So first, let’s talk about mixing source light on the cheap. If you want to mix daylight … Read more

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