Adds light to your photograph…
Appears to freeze motion…
Is a light sources that can be mixed with available light in different proportions…
Can be made brighter or darker….
Will help you to be a more versatile photographer…
Learn how to use your flash to make better pictures.
While using the auto white balance settings is fine for making an average picture, learning to use the various white balance settings on your camera allows you to use color on a more creative level.
Someone stated, during a recent class that I was teaching, that a teacher from another class wondered why anyone would want to work their camera in manual exposure mode rather than an automatic exposure mode.
In photography, you can choose the outcome of your composition by working your camera in fully manual exposure mode or [...]
Matrix, evaluative, center weighted, partial, spot.
These are the names of some of the more common metering patterns that you’ll find on your camera.
Program, automatic, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual.
These are the names of some of the more common exposure modes that you’ll find on your camera.
Your camera meter measures brightness and each metering pattern measures brightness differently based on [...]
Some photographers say that there are certain times of day when it is best to make pictures because the light is better.
I’ll agree that the characteristics of light changes thorough out the day but I think that anytime of day is the best time to make a picture. I think that no time of day provides better or worse light – just different light.
All types of [...]
For photographers the camera is a tool that is used to record light.
It’s what you use to visually communicate facts or opinions through a photograph.
In order to be an effective photographer and visual communicator It is important that you feel at ease with using whatever camera you choose to use.
You should be as comfortable communicating through your camera as you are [...]
If you’ve got the best lens in the world – whatever that means – and you make a weak picture, you’ve got a weak picture.
If you’ve got the worst lens in the world – whatever that means – and you make a strong picture, you’ve got a strong picture.
The point of the matter is that [...]
If you don’t have a separate flash unit the pop-up flash that’s on your camera is something you should become familiar with.
It will give you more light when you need it.
To use it simply pop it up and start using it.
Using it is one thing, understanding how to use it skillfully is another.
You can use it anywhere and anytime [...]
Many amateur photographers want their hobby to be a profession. Whether on a part time or a full time basis, to the photographer who has not gone pro yet, there seems to be nothing better than doing something you love for money. They’re absolutely right.
Let’s get down to business then.
Beyond being proficient in the craft of photography, which many amateurs already are, [...]
If you’re an average photographer, you’re making photographs in an average way.
The average way of making photographs consists of working in an automatic exposure mode.
An automatic exposure mode, since it picks your exposure settings for you, produces an average exposure and what follows is an average photograph.
An average photograph has been created because, beyond the [...]
Light has color. We describe the color of light by the color temperature.
The white balance setting on your camera determines how the color temperature of a light source records.
One option when picking a white balance setting on your camera is to get “color correctness”. Auto white balance will probably get you in the ballpark.
The other option is to [...]
What you create is intellectual property. This intellectual property is yours and you can make money with it. Intellectual property is the heart of your business as a photographer. If you want to learn more about the business of photography….
Photo editing software has pretty much replaced the traditional wet darkroom in the photographic process.
I couldn’t be more thrilled.
As a photographer, I didn’t like being in the darkroom and I didn’t like the chemicals. I’d rather be creating photographs than spending time in the darkroom. And I’m not a proficient printer.
Being a proficient printer is [...]
When you have a better understanding of light, you become a better photographer.
If your picture is too light, you’ve overexposed it. Overexposure means…
During my Introduction to photography classes, in Washington DC, one of the first things I ask students to do is, introduce themselves, talk about their background in photography talk about what they’d like to get out of the class.
Inevitably most, if not all, of the class wants to learn how to “make better pictures”. That’s [...]
My answer is no, you shouldn’t. However, it’s ultimately up to you to decide.
Here’s something to help you make that decision.
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Did you know that there is a law that we should be aware of when we use our flash?
This law applies to ALL flashes; the pop up flash on your camera and the, usually more powerful, separate flash unit that works off of your hot-shoe.
If you don’t know about this law, it could seriously limit your ability to create a photograph.
Photography combines part science, part craft and part art. You don’t need to know…
Of course, you need a camera. You also need…