Using Digital Cameras

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Use Selective Focus in Macro Photography

In close-up or macro photography, selective focus is used to draw a viewer’s attention to one specific area of an image. It is accomplished by using a shallow depth of field [more…]

Avoid Motion Blur in Macro and Close-Up Photography

The ability to freeze the action in a scene is important in macro and close-up photography. The slightest breeze can cause lightweight subjects such as flowers to sway in and out of your frame, and some [more…]

Control Aperture and Shutter Speed in Macro Photography

In macro and close-up photography, many situations require you to control both the aperture and shutter speed to achieve the compositional results you want. If you prefer to have maximum control over your [more…]

Adjust ISO in Digital Macro Photography

In close-up and macro photography, ISO can be as important as aperture and shutter speed in determining the look of an image. A composition that requires a large aperture and a slow shutter speed lets [more…]

Use a Flash in Digital Macro Photography

The battery-operated flash is an ideal artificial light source for macro and close-up photography because it’s lightweight, small, and lets you control how much light it emits. [more…]

Use Natural Light for Close-Up and Macro Photography

Many people prefer to use natural light in macro and close-up photography. You may choose not to use artificial light sources because you don’t like the quality of light you get from a flash, you don’t [more…]

Macro Photography Tells the Story of a Product

Small product photography sometimes requires you to give more than a literal depiction. A good product shot can tell viewers how something is used, where it’s from, the feeling it’s meant to provide, and [more…]

Lighting for Small Product Photography

Light determines what viewers see and do not see in a small product photograph. In small-product photography, you generally want to provide detail throughout the subject so viewers have a clear view of [more…]

Deliver Message in Still-Life Photography with Technique

When creating personal, artistic photographs, you’re not confined to the purpose or function of a still-life subject. Instead, you’re granted full creative license to create images based on what you have [more…]

DIY: Create a Small Product Studio Set

Small product photography is often created in the studio and on a tabletop set. There are a few ways to go about constructing this type of set.

A roll of white, grey, black, or colored paper can provide [more…]

Tips for Composing Better Photos

Before working with Photoshop Elements 10, you need to take photographs that are interesting and well composed. Some of these tips overlap and contain common concepts, but they’re all free; they don’t [more…]

Photograph Tiny Things That Fly

An even greater macro photography challenge than small creatures and insects that move on the ground is working with those that fly. This type of macro and close-up photography requires the most patience [more…]

Find Macro and Close-Up Photo Subjects

After you discover your own ability to capture photographic detail in life’s smaller scenes, you may want to explore the possibilities of macro and close-up photography, creating beautiful images with [more…]

Close-Up Photographs of Small Creatures and Insects

By photographing small living creatures close up, you can create images that reveal fine details, which are generally overlooked or not visible with the naked eye. This kind of detail helps to provide [more…]

Capture the Beauty of Flowers with Macro Photography

It’s no secret that flowers make great close-up photographic subjects. The elements of design they contain are a gift to photographers, offering unique opportunities within each individual subject. No [more…]

Close-Up Photographs of Water

Water makes for a very interesting macro photography subject, as it can be transparent, reflective, or both simultaneously. Water can reveal movement, or it can be motionless and frozen in time. [more…]

Emphasize Movement in Macro and Close-Up Photography

You normally want to avoid motion blur in macro and close-up photography, but when used creatively, it can provide interest and aesthetic quality to your images. [more…]

Exposure Settings in Dog Photography

Your aperture, shutter speed, and ISO each serve a very specific function during your dog photography sessions, but more important than their individual jobs is the relationship among them that allows [more…]

When to Choose JPEG Files for Your Dog Photos

The JPEG file format is a compressed digital image file that’s usually on the smaller end of the size spectrum. After you snap a photo with your camera set to the JPEG file format, your camera’s software [more…]

When to Choose RAW Files for Your Dog Photos

When photographing dogs, you need to consider capturing images as RAW files. The RAW file format is an uncompressed digital file that’s usually much larger than JPEG in size. For example, a JPEG photo [more…]

Use Artificial Light in Dog Photography

You’ll likely take a lot of your dog photos indoors under man-made light sources. When you’re inside, you have more control over the light, which is good because indoor light isn’t always quality light [more…]

ISO Settings for Dog Photography

Your ISO setting is a number that represents how sensitive to light you need your camera’s sensor to be. The amount of available light you have is the major determining factor when considering ISO settings [more…]

Aperture Settings for Dog Photography

The aperture setting is something you need to consider when taking photographs of dogs, or any other subject. Simply put, your aperture (or f-stop) setting dictates exactly how much light passes through [more…]

Shutter Speed and Dog Photography

You need to consider your shutter speed settings when taking photos of dogs, especially if those dogs move at all. Your shutter speed dictates how long your shutter stays open and allows light to hit the [more…]

Autofocus Settings in Dog Photography

One of the most critical things you do when you take a photo is focus on your subject, and your subject is most likely a quick-moving dog! Unless you set up for a shot of Riley sleeping, use your camera [more…]

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