Guide

You mean you WANT motion blur?!

You mean you WANT motion blur?!

Yes. Sometimes you do want motion blur. And now, why would you again? Motion blur shows you motion! Duh! 😛 You can use it to show or suggest motion. You can clearly tell from this picture that these two swimmers are diving into the pool. This may be a wanted effect on occasion. It entirely […]


Vibrance vs. Saturation

Vibrance vs. Saturation

Take a minute and look at this picture: To me, it looks a little … dull. It seems to be really gray. When you want to globally increase the colors of the image, you have two options. You can either increase the vibrance or the saturation. This is what happens when I set Vibrance to […]


Camera Simulator :O

Camera Simulator :O

This is a great tool for anyone that’s just starting to get into photography. Click here to get to it. Above is a screenshot of its interface. Basically, it simulates a camera with advanced controls giving you options for amount of available light, distance between you and the subject, focal length, camera mode, ISO, aperture, […]


There is never enough light.

There is never enough light.

Although technology is progressing every single day, people always want more. Right now, in terms of imaging technology, there are still things that need to be improved. Imaging sensors can be made to capture more detail. They can be made to capture every single hair on this dog for example. Notice how not every hair […]


Fix It In Post

Fix It In Post

Everyone’s heard this saying before: “I’ll fix it in post!” Post-processing is an essential step in a photographer’s workflow. Here is what my camera originally metered in aperture priority mode wide open with no exposure compensation: To me, everything seems a little dull, a little underexposed (dark). I remember when I took this picture and […]


Huh? What’s “chimping”?!

Huh? What's "chimping"?!

Chimping is a term that refers to when the person looks at the screen on the back of the camera. The term originates from the sounds that people can make when they review the pictures they took, “Ooohh Ooooh Ahhh Ahhh!”, which resembles the sounds that a chimp makes, hence, ‘chimping’. I’m not against chimping […]


No Flash! NO! NO! NO!

No Flash! NO! NO! NO!

No means no. Use common sense. There are definitely situations where you are definitely not allowed to use flash. Remember that people get distracted with sudden bursts of light! Be courteous. In this shoot, I would have messed up the dancers when they were doing their routines. The flash would have been extremely distracting. Again, […]


Flash Compensation

Flash Compensation

If you’re indoors with poor lighting and you don’t use flash, you get this: This is okay, but the people are a little underexposed (dark). You should use flash; but what do you do if you’re in an indoor venue with high ceilings (meaning no place to bounce the flash)? You can aim the flash […]


Fisheye lens?

Fisheye lens?

What is a fisheye lens? Most people think that any old lens that has a bulbous front element is a fisheye lens. That actually is incorrect. Lenses such as the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G and the Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 both have bulbous front elements, however, neither of these lenses are fisheye lenses. Fisheye lenses are lenses […]


Me want bokeh circles!!!

Me want bokeh circles!!!

Many people are in love with bokeh circles. These are simply out of focus sources of light.   Notice in this picture the red, white and yellow circle/oval shapes. I was out in the street when I took this shot. The white circles are probably the headlights of some cars; the yellow lights are probably […]


Distortion

Distortion

There are two types of lens distortions. One is called barrel distortion, and the other is called pincushion distortion. Barrel distortion is typical with wide-angle lenses (<35mm). Notice the picture below. This type of distortion presents itself as a bulge. Notice how the center of the frame is somewhat bulging out. This, usually unwanted, can […]


Night Portraits. Aperture vs. Shutter Speed. Light?

Night Portraits. Aperture vs. Shutter Speed. Light?

It is important to keep in mind what happens to light as you alter aperture and shutter speed. Are there advantage or disadvantages? Almost remember that aperture goes hand in hand with flash, whereas shutter speed affects ambient light. Without adjusting the power of your flash, the only way to cut down on the effects […]


What is Adobe Lightroom and why do I use it?

What is Adobe Lightroom and why do I use it?

Adobe Lightroom (officially known as Adobe Photoshop Lightroom) is a photo management and editing software, also known as a workflow software. Lightroom catalogs all your pictures and puts them into one place so you can view them easily. Below is a screen shot of what I am currently working on in Adobe Lightroom.   Lightroom […]


Photography Terms – Under and Over Exposure

Photography Terms - Under and Over Exposure

Under exposure is when the picture that you took is too dark in relation to what you actually wanted. Whereas overexposure is where the picture you took is too bright in relation to what you actually wanted. Below are extreme examples of this:    


Photography Basics

Photography Basics

When using a digital camera, whether you’re aware of it not, four factors come into play. These four factors are: Aperture Shutter Speed ISO White Balance I will try to explain each of these things in the simplest way possible. So, first off is aperture. Aperture is simply a posh word for the opening of […]