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PhotoBlazr - Fire up your passion for photography - Part 2

Understanding Exposure Compensation

This week’s video tutorial explains and demonstrates the use of Exposure Compensation on cameras.

My Favourite Site to Learn from Others

In photography, learning from others is one of the best ways to educate yourself about what makes a good photograph and what doesn’t. Like many online photographers, I have a number of favourite sites I look through each month/week/day to go through photos and articles to develop a better understanding photography.

One of my absolute favourite websites is SportsShooter.com and its Student Critiques project and I’ll tell you why after the jump.

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The EVIL Cameras Cometh

The new EVIL cameras (Electronic Viewfinder, Interchangeable Lenses) that are being rolled out to consumers this year could revolutionize camera design. Olympus, Panasonic and Samsung already have EVIL models coming out soon, and rumours are abound that Canon and Nikon will soon follow.



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Understanding Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority modes on your camera

This week’s video explains the use of Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority modes on SLR cameras.

Many photographers shoot in these modes to give themselves more control over their shots than full auto would, but also allow them to focus on composition rather than calculating exposure.

3 Basic Rules for Great Candid Photography

Candid photography is the art of consistently shooting pictures of people in natural unposed moments and actions. Candid moments can often capture the unique moments that reflect the true nature of the subjects rather than an image that posed shots portray – so instead of a photo of the family standing in a row looking surprised by a flash, you catch them all laughing together in a tender happy moment.

Candids are also the more difficult photos to take and are more often taken by accident and luck, rather than by using any definite technique. Professional photojournalists and documentary/lifestyle photographers on the other hand make a living by knowing how to shoot these types of photographs in a consistent manner. This post talks about 3 simple techniques one can use to capture candid photos in a consistent manner.


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Nikon D3x, D3, D700 and D300S – Firmware Upgrade and Fix Available

Nikon has announced firmware updates for the D3X, D3, D700 and D300S which are available for immediate download. The firmware fixes a number of issues described below.

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365 Photo-A-Day Photo Project

A few days ago I began my 365 Photo-A-Day Project for 2010 along with hundreds of others on the net. This innovative project consists of taking a photograph a day for 365 days and posting it up on flickr, a blog, or some place on the internet to share with others. The photo can be of anything, some people take portraits, some people have a theme, and some people (like myself) take any shot that might be fun or interesting.

It’s been incredibly fun doing this, and I’m loving the challenge of making sure I take some sort of picture a day.

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Understanding your camera metering modes (Matrix, Centre-weighted & Spot metering)

This week we go through the 3 main types of exposure metering modes that modern SLRs use: Matrix, Centre-weighted, and Spot metering.

Each mode can be very useful in different scenarios and being aware of how the metering systems work will give you control over how your photographs are exposed.

Bibble 5 Announced

Happy New Year!

If you’re looking for a solid RAW workflow software, Bibble 5 might just fit your bill.  Bibble is known to be extremely fast and has a powerful set of features. The full announcement is below.

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3 Awesome ‘Pictures of the Year’ Compilations for 2009

I always enjoy going through the various Year In Pictures compilation that many of the news sites publish at this time of year. I find the photography not only inspiring, but also a great learning tool.

As PhotoBlazr winds down for the year, we’ve compiled some links to our  favourite ‘Pictures of the Year’ compilations for 2009 this year. Check out the list after the jump.

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