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Disadvantages of Super-Zoom Cameras for HDR Photography

There are a million-and-one camera and gear choices out there for high dynamic range photography. One category is that of high-end compact digital cameras, also called super-zoom cameras, or dSLR-like. [more…]

Sony Alpha SLT-A35/A55 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Taking photographs with a Sony Alpha A35/A55 means choosing shooting modes and adjusting exposure and aperture settings. Location and lighting determine your scene choices: Night View, Portrait, or Sports [more…]

Tripods for HDR Panorama Photography

Shooting HDR panoramas is a whole world with its own set of specialized gear and techniques, and one of the most important is the tripod. If you’re not shooting professionally, you don’t really need to [more…]

Sony Alpha SLT-A65/A77 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Taking photographs with a Sony Alpha A65/A77 means choosing shooting modes and adjusting exposure and aperture settings. Location and lighting determine your scene choices: Night View, Portrait, or Sports [more…]

Choosing a Digital SLR Camera

Digital SLR cameras come in different models. dSLR makers, including Canon, Nikon, and Sony, sell competing camera models targeted to different skill levels, from beginner and hobbyist photographer to [more…]

dSLR Camera Lens Types and Focal Lengths

You can swap lenses on your digital SLR camera. Choose from macros or zoom lenses. Experiment with specialty lenses, from Holga to tilt-shift and pinhole. Choose the right lens based on your photography [more…]

Choose a Lens for Your Nikon D5200

One of the biggest differences between a digital point-and-shoot camera and a dSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera (such as the Nikon D5200) is the lens. With a dSLR, you can change lenses to suit [more…]

How to Attach and Remove Lenses on Your Nikon D5200

One of the biggest differences between a digital point-and-shoot camera and a dSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera (such as the Nikon D5200) is the lens. With a dSLR, you can change lenses to suit [more…]

How to Use Memory Cards with Your Nikon D5200

Instead of recording images on film, digital cameras store pictures on memory cards. Your D5200 uses a specific type of memory card — an SD card (for Secure Digital [more…]

How to Clean the Dust Out of Your Digital SLR

Every dSLR user must know how to deal with dust. Even weatherized cameras are vulnerable to this problem. Unless you’re working in a NASA clean room, you allow dust to enter your camera every time you [more…]

How to Clean a Digital SLR Lens

Cleaning dSLR lenses is a lot less intimidating than cleaning your camera’s sensor. Cleaning lenses is a lot like cleaning windows. You should become comfortable cleaning lenses whether they are attached [more…]

Lens Options for Your Digital SLR

Zoom lenses aren't the only type of lenses available for your dSLR. You should know how they differ from the other options. Here are some of the alternatives to zoom lenses in general and standard zoom [more…]

Filter Systems for Your Digital SLR

Filters (sometimes called optical or physical filters) work by literally getting in the way. You stick filters on the front of or in your dSLR lens so that light from the outside world has to pass through [more…]

How to Use an External Light Meter on Your Digital SLR

An external light meter (most often simply referred to as a light meter) is a separate gizmo for your dSLR that measures the amount of light in a scene. That's all it does. It doesn't take pictures. More [more…]

Camera-to-Flash Connection Options for Your Digital SLR

There are several camera-to-flash connections you can make with your dSLR flash. There's the tried-and-true hot shoe method, but also several other wired and wireless options for you to consider. Each [more…]

External Flash Techniques for Your Digital SLR

An external flash (the flash unit that you can attach to your dSLR, not where you mount it) is useful and a lot of fun. Although built-in flashes are capable, an external flash: Offers more flexibility [more…]

Getting Started with Your GoPro

From the time you take your GoPro out of the box, you embark on a magical journey that transforms "impossible to capture" into your next video. To use the camera effectively, however, it's important to [more…]

Using GoPro Studio Edit

After you shoot your scenes, it's time to put them together. Although you can use your favorite nonlinear editing software, having GoPro Studio Edit — a program designed specifically for GoPro moviemaking— [more…]

Shooting Your GoPro Masterpiece

It's hard to imagine moviemaking being more fun than when you shoot with a GoPro. All those "Do you know what would be really be cool?" situations can become reality, even if that means mounting the camera [more…]

GoPro Cameras For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The GoPro camera changes the way people make movies. It’s not only affordable and durable, but also offers features that seemed like far-fetched wish-list items only a few years ago. You can mount this [more…]

Mastering the GoPro Mindset

GoPro liberates your creativity without putting a strain on your wallet, but you have to play by its rules. That's a small price to pay for such a uniquely affordable camera. [more…]

Creating Stylish Movies with GoPro Filter Effects

GoPro Studio Edit provides an easy way to transform a few GoPro clips into a movie. That movie can take on a more creative look, thanks to the program's preset effects. [more…]

10 Ways to Capture Great GoPro Video

From the place where you mount the camera to the conditions you shoot the scene, making movies with your GoPro can be a lot of fun. It's even more fun when you transfer the footage to your computer and [more…]

How to Make Your Own Effects Filters

Believe it or not, filters were originally something you put on the front of your lens — not a plug-in mini-application in image editors, such as Photoshop. Certainly, software filters can duplicate many [more…]

How to Choose a Printer for Your Digital Prints

Digital SLR owners have only one special consideration when choosing a personal printer for their hard copy needs. As a serious photographer, you likely want really, really good prints to match the stunning [more…]

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