Posts tagged DSLR

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.

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.

Getty Images wants you!

I had an interesting Twitter conversation with someone I just met from Brazil yesterday (I still find that so cool) and I learned about Getty Image’s Flickr collection

Getty Images, if you don’t know, is one of the largest stock photography companies in the world, and many of the photos you see in newspapers and magazines come from their archives.

They’re asking people to send in Flickr collections of their photos for consideration into Getty’s archive, and if the photos are accepted and then sold as stock pictures, the submitters are paid (ching! ching!). I thought this was an innovative way of leveraging the millions of online photographers around the world - it’s like someone at Getty just finished reading  Wikinomics :)

So, if you’re interested in submitting your Flickr pics, becoming famous and getting paid, here’s the howto. Good luck!

Nikon announces the iPhone ‘Learn & Explore’ app

Nikon has announced an interesting new app called ‘Learn and Explore’ for the iPhone which allows users to access the educational and editorial content found on NikonUSA.com. Now I’m not sure how many people surf through NikonUSA.com on a regular basis, but there is some exclusive content which makes this app sound worthwhile.

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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!).

Sony Alpha A850 (24.6MP) – the cheapest full frame DSLR on the market

The recently released Sony Alpha A850 is making waves in the DSLR market. With the full-frame 24.6 MP Exmor CMOS sensor (same as the flagship A900), in-camera image stabilization, and professional level auto-focus and metering, the camera offers a lot for its US $2000 price tag. Is it enough to make a dent in the prosumer market dominated by Nikon and Canon?

 

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