Posts tagged camera

A Quick Guide to Focusing

Today’s post will introduce you to a quick and dirty guide to auto focusing – how to help you get the shot you want without wasting time.

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Knowing how to use your camera’s auto focus system is essential to taking great photos. So let’s get started.

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Understanding Exposure Compensation

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

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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Correcting exposure using a photograph’s histogram

Tutorial on how to correct a digital photo’s exposure using the histogram tool. This lesson uses Adobe Lightroom as a demonstration tool but the concepts can be used on other advanced photo manipulation software such as Apple Aperture or Photoshop CS.

Nikon D3000 Review – The Little DSLR That Could

Nikon’s newest and cheapest entry-level digital SLR, the D3000, squarely targets beginners to SLR photography and does it well. From its compactness, to easy to use menu system, to in-camera walk-throughs, the D3000 does a strong job of making itself non-intimidating to users.

The camera is equipped with a 10.2 megapixel sensor, a 3 inch 230,000 pixel LCD, and a max shooting speed of 3 frames per second. The D3000 body and AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR kit lens is priced together at around $550 and is a solid choice as a beginner SLR.

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Matin Photo Vest Review

The Shooter Vest by Matin is a popular photo vest that retails for CDN$ 60-70.

This is a 2 minute review of this jacket that points out its main features and flaws.

How to photograph subjects with a blurred background

This is our first 2 minute video tutorial in an ongoing weekly series.

This tutorial describes how to photograph a subject with an SLR camera and get a blurred background in 3 steps so that the model really pops out of the picture. Though the quality of the ‘bokeh’ (blurred part) does depend on the lens, this tutorial gives you the basic steps you need to start shooting some great portraits.

It was filmed on the beautiful University of Toronto campus with the help of our friend Elaine (thanks Elaine!).

The Best Nikon Lens Combo for Street Photography

Street photography is one of the most popular photography styles that attracts people to the field. It’s also one of the hardest arts to master, not only because of the technical difficulties in finding interesting compositions and being able to handle the camera on the fly, but also because many people are intimidated by shooting photographs of strangers on the street. This is why small, compact lenses are ideal for this type of photography, in fact many street photographers use smaller more inconspicuous cameras as well so as not to bring attention to themselves in public, allowing them to shoot intimate moments they would otherwise have disturbed.

What are my favourite Nikon lenses for DSLR street, portrait and photography in general?  The 2 below, read the post to see the sample galleries and to find out why.

 

20mm F2.8 and 35mm F2

20mm F2.8 and 35mm F2

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