Using Digital Cameras

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Using Professional Tricks to Create Interesting Pictures

Do you know how to take great pictures with your digital camera? Digital cameras are easy to use, but you still have to figure out what to take pictures of [more…]

How to Position Lights for a Professional-Looking Portrait

You can use multiple-light setup for your digital images. Setting up a multiple-light system isn’t very hard; it’s just a question of positioning your lights to illuminate your subject attractively. With [more…]

Taking Digital Photos in Scene Modes

Many cameras now offer scene modes. These special picture-taking modes automatically flip all the available focus and exposure controls to settings that work best for different types of subject matter. [more…]

Using Histograms to Correct Your Digital Images

A histogram is a chart with 256 closely spaced vertical bars, usually forming a curve. In a histogram of your digital image, the left side of the curve represents the darkest tones in your image, the right [more…]

Using Different Exposure Methods on Your Digital Camera

The brightness or darkness of your digital camera’s image depends on exposure — the amount of light that hits the image-sensor array. The more light (the greater the exposure), the brighter the image. [more…]

The Difference between Optical Zoom and Digital Zoom on Your Digital Camera

Zooming on your digital camera involves getting a closer view of far-away subjects. Optical zoom gets up close and personal by using an actual lens adjustment and digital zoom adjusts the image in the [more…]

How to Handle Common Digital Photography Lighting Issues

You may run into some problems when trying to light scenes that you want to photograph with your digital camera. But don’t just live with the troubles that existing lighting gives you. Lighting problems [more…]

Using a Telephoto Lens to Get Great Digital Photos

Telephoto lenses can create interesting and unique photos on your digital camera. To make the most of a telephoto lens, try these tempting applications when you take pictures with a telephoto lens or tele-zoom [more…]

Adjusting Your Digital Camera’s Light Sensitivity by Changing Its ISO Setting

Many digital cameras offer a choice of ISO settings, which indicate the light sensitivity of the camera’s imaging sensor. The higher the ISO number, the more quickly the camera reacts to light. A high [more…]

Setting the Right F-Stop for Your Digital Photo

Your digital camera’s aperture settings (f-stops) can make a world of difference, so choosing the right f-stop can be an important part of creating a perfect finished picture. You need different f-stops [more…]

How to Make a Pinhole Lens for Your Digital Camera

If you can attach lenses to your digital camera, you can make your camera into a pinhole camera. Just poke a pinhole (with an actual pin, if you want) in a cap that attaches to your camera when you don’t [more…]

How to Create a Multiple-Exposure Digital Image

You can easily create a digital photo with a multiple-exposure look. All you need is a tripod, your digital camera, and a willing multiple-exposure subject. Make your digital camera give you multiple exposures [more…]

No-Cost Lighting Tricks to Improve Your Digital Photos

You can find a huge assortment of lighting gadgets in seemingly every price range, all promising to produce a higher quality of light in your digital photographs. The following lighting tricks use household [more…]

Using a Wide-Angle Lens on Your Digital Camera

Wide-angle lenses for a digital camera offer some creative advantages if you use them properly. When you use a wide-angle lens, you have opportunities to let your inner digital-image artist out. To get [more…]

How to Bracket Your Photo Subject

Bracketing is the process of taking three photos; one using the camera’s recommended settings, one intentionally underexposed, and one intentionally overexposed. The reason is simply to be sure you can [more…]

Choosing a Digital Camera Metering Mode

Many digital cameras offer a choice of autoexposure metering modes. Metering mode means the way in which the camera’s autoexposure mechanism meters — measures — the light in the scene while calculating [more…]

How to Backlight a Portrait Subject

Backlighting, also known as rim lighting, can create an almost magical glow or halo-like effect for your portrait subject. With backlighting, you create a rim of light that highlights your subject’s form [more…]

How to Take Better Vacation Pictures

A few simple tricks and guidelines can improve your vacation pictures, or make your travel photos more unique. After all, when you travel with your digital camera, you want to take pictures that tell the [more…]

Using Your Digital Camera’s Fill Flash to Light a Photo

When you set your digital camera to fill flash (also called forced flash), the flash always goes off, regardless of the amount of light in the scene. Fill-flash mode is especially helpful for outdoor shots [more…]

Breaking Digital Photography Composition Rules

Although you can find all kinds of rules when composing a photograph, rules are made to be broken. When you take digital photos, you need to know these composition rules — but you don’t always have to [more…]

How to Take a Portrait Using Butterfly Lighting

A glamorous style of lighting is butterfly lighting. This type of lighting creates a subtle butterfly of light with the bridge of the nose as the axis for the “wings” of light that spread over the eyes [more…]

Cheap Lighting Gadgets for Your Digital Camera

For just a few pennies (well, maybe dollars), you can add some gadgets designed specifically for photography lighting to your arsenal. Decide how you want to manipulate the light for your photo, then get [more…]

How to Compose Photos with Good Backgrounds

Any time you shoot a portrait or a photo with one subject, you’ll have some kind of background in the image. A photo’s background can be a plus or a minus, depending on how you use that background in your [more…]

How to Take Great Landscape Photos with Your Digital Camera

You can take beautiful landscape photos with your digital camera. Landscapes have their own set of rules when it comes to setting them up and photographing them. To capture a landscape properly in your [more…]

Setting Up Your New Digital Camera

Setting up your digital camera for the first time is easy. Just put in batteries and a memory card, adjust a few settings, and your camera set-up is complete. Get your new digital camera ready to start [more…]

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