10 Tips For Better Night Photography
The secrets to getting great shots at night are revealed
Night photography is one of those aspects of photography that always gets attention. People love to see night scenes—that mysterious mix of ambient light and city lights. The challenge is to compose them well.
Battling camera shake? Camera and lens manufacturers lend a hand.
It's true: If the camera moves during an exposure, the resulting image won't be sharp; and if you handhold the camera, it will move during exposure. Some people can hold a camera more steadily than others, and faster shutter speeds reduce the effects of camera shake, but some shake—and thus some unsharpness—is always there with a handheld camera. The higher the magnification and the longer the exposure time, the more blurred a handheld image will be.
Global Digital Explorer
Photographer Jeff Hall infuses his travel photography with context and story
The day had been a long and painful one for Jeff Hall. It had started with the amateur photographer full of anticipation because he and his traveling companions were going to have the opportunity to visit a Berber camp in Morocco. An ethnic group in northern Africa, the Berbers offered the promise of some exciting photographs. Hall likely had images of Lawrence of Arabia flashing in his mind as he mounted his mode of transportation, a camel.
How-To Fundamentals: Image-Stabilization Options
Once you try it, you can't go back
I admit it: I'm an addict; I'm hooked on image-stabilized shooting. Once you try it, you can't go back. Fortunately, for me—and all photographers who shoot handheld—there now are a number of "fixes" available: Canon, Kodak, Konica Minolta, Nikon, Panasonic, Pentax, Sigma and Sony all offer stabilized gear, with more on the way.
10 Top Digital Camera Shooting Tips
Shoot it right from the start and get better images for use in the computer
While everyone knows Photoshop is a marvelous imaging tool for photographers, in some minds it has been transformed into a magic wand, with powers beyond imagination—you don't have to shoot the image perfectly initially because you can always fix it in the computer. As good as the digital darkroom is, the old acronym about computers is still important to remember: GIGO (garbage in, garbage out). Paying attention to the craft of taking the picture is also about using Photoshop and other image-processing software, because how you first capture your subject tremendously affects what you can do in the computer and how you do it.
Experts On Their Own Lives
Students use digital cameras to document their world
Kids are easily our most frequently photographed subjects. The shutter release button is depressed innumerable times as they take their first steps, perform at a recital, dress up for prom or fall asleep with their head resting on the family dog. Parents, relatives and friends eagerly capture these moments of their lives.
But what happens when these kids are given the opportunity to document their own lives?
Fundamentals: Autofocus In Digital Cameras
All you wanted to know about using AF that fits on one page
There are two basic types of AF systems in wide use in digital cameras today. All of the D-SLRs use passive phase-detection AF, while most consumer models use passive contrast-based AF. "Passive" means the camera doesn't send a ranging beam out to the subject as do the "active" infrared (or near-infrared) AF systems used in many compact film cameras.
Studio-Quality Lighting Made Easy
Discover creative lighting effects for any budget
At some point in time, many photographers decide to try their hand at portrait or studio work. After disappointing results with their camera's built-in flash, they begin to look into studio lighting solutions.
Although the proper equipment makes it easier to get professional-quality results, you don't need to spend thousands of dollars. In fact, when you're just starting out, simpler is better.
From national parks to foreign lands, travel means new places and new sights for your camera. Here are tips on bringing home your best travel shots ever.
Photographers love to travel and bring back images from the places they visit. This is part of the heritage of traditional photography. We love to see what our world looks like, even if we can't visit every location ourselves.
Black & White With A Digital Camera
Concentrate on tonality for the best monochrome results
At its best, black-and-white photography is a true art form, as a glance at the works of its many masters demonstrates. Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, John Sexton, Robert Werling and William Garnett are some of my favorites, but there are many others. Study photo books of the masters' works, or better yet, visit a museum or photo gallery and enjoy their original prints. It's amazing what a talented photographer can do with just black, white and shades of gray.
The Color Of Light
Master white balance for greater quality and control
White balance is one of the new features we've had to learn to make the most of in digital photography. It's often seen as yet another technical hurdle photographers have to leap over in order to get a good image. Learn how to set it "right," and we'll have one less thing to think about while taking pictures.