Using Digital Cameras

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How to Frame Your Digital Photos

Framing, in photo-composition terms, means using elements of an image to form a sort of picture frame around important subjects. Frame your digital photos when you construct the shot. You can use framing [more…]

Computer Monitor Resolution

Like digital cameras, computer monitors (and other display devices) create everything you see on-screen out of pixels. You typically can choose from several monitor settings, each of which results in a [more…]

Working with Your Digital Camera’s Focus

Most digital cameras have autofocusing. A few fixed-focus cameras, which you can’t adjust, come prefocused for subjects at distances from about five feet to infinity. Other cameras have manual focus settings [more…]

The Parts of a Typical Digital Camera

If you’re new to digital cameras, you might be wondering what all those parts — the buttons, LEDs, and windows — are for. Here’s a quick introduction to the key components of the average non-SLR digital [more…]

Using Special Lenses with Your Digital Camera

Your digital camera might have come with a good lens — but you can get better lenses that let you get wide-angle or very close (telephoto) shots without buying a new camera. To attach these special lenses [more…]

Making the Connection Between Pixels and File Size

Each pixel in a digital photo adds to the size of the image file. If you pack your image with pixels, you have to deal with its huge file size. To keep your pixel count [more…]

How Many Pixels Are Enough in Your Digital Images?

Because printers and screen devices think about pixels differently, how many pixels you need depends on how you plan to use your digital picture. So, the answer to the pixel-number question is, “It depends [more…]

Compensate for Backlighting when Taking Digital Photos

When the sun or a bright background is behind a subject (backlighting it), your digital camera frequently adjusts to the backlighting, rather than the subject, leaving the subject in the dark. Prevent [more…]

Coordinating Your Digital Camera’s Flash and Shutter

Digital cameras use shutters to expose the sensor when you take a picture. Because the flash is a short burst, the flash must be fired only when the shutters entirely uncover the sensor. You can synchronize [more…]

How to Photograph Fireworks

Maybe you’ve avoided taking pictures of fireworks with your digital camera because you thought capturing photos of fireworks’ bursts of color was too difficult. The secret to shooting fireworks is to do [more…]

How to Use Your Digital Camera’s Auto-Rotate Feature

If your camera has an auto-rotate feature, it automatically rotates pictures that you take with a vertical orientation so that they rotate to display properly in the camera’s LCD monitor. To use the auto-rotate [more…]

How to Minimize the Flash Delays on Your Digital Camera

Your digital camera’s flash can cause delays because it needs to build up a full charge between shots. These delays can make you miss the perfect photo opportunity. You can minimize these delays, but you [more…]

How to Take Digital Photos in the Middle of the Day

During the middle of the day, the overhead sun gives you no shadows to soften your digital photos. Though pictures in the midday sun may not look great, you can still take high noon pictures worth looking [more…]

Tips for Taking Digital Photos in Stormy Weather

If you’re in a beautiful place with stormy weather, you can still take photos with your digital camera. Storms can give you beautiful shots. As long as the stormy conditions aren’t dangerous, you can get [more…]

Avoiding Common Problems with Using a Wide-Angle Lens

Don’t be lulled by the creative opportunities wide-angle lenses offer you and your digital camera. You can use a wide-angle lens to create some arresting photos, but wide-angle lenses can also cause some [more…]

Using the Camera Raw File Format for Your Digital Photos

The Camera Raw format, sometimes called simply Raw, was developed for photo purists who don’t want the camera to make any changes to the photo data. Camera Raw records data straight from the sensor, without [more…]

Resolution and a Picture’s Appearance and Quality

Before you print a digital photo, you specify an output resolution, which determines the number of pixels per inch (ppi) in the printed picture. Output resolution, also called image resolution or simply [more…]

Taking Pictures without Being There with Your Digital Camera’s Self-Timer

Many digital cameras offer a self-timer mechanism, which allows you to take a picture without having to press the shutter button on the camera yourself. The self-timer enables you to be part of the picture [more…]

How to Use Automatic Exposure on Your Digital Camera

Most digital cameras offer an autoexposure mode, sometimes called programmed autoexposure. This feature does just what its name implies: The camera reads the light in the scene and then sets the exposure [more…]

Computer Printer Resolution

Printer resolution is measured in dots per inch (dpi). Printed images are made up of tiny dots of color, and how many dpi the printer can produce defines that printer’s resolution. The higher the resolution [more…]

How to Take Publicity and PR Photographs with Your Digital Camera

You take publicity photos to make someone or something famous, and PR (public relations) photos to make someone or something likeable. You, as the photographer with digital camera at the ready, need to [more…]

Reviewing and Deleting Pictures in Your Digital Camera

It’s easy to delete images from your digital camera’s memory card. Although you delete images a bit differently from different digital camera models, these steps give you the basics for erasing images [more…]

Using the JPEG File Format for Your Digital Photos

The JPEG file format is standard on every digital camera. And you can convert files to JPEG from other formats on your computer. JPEG is the leading camera format because it creates Web-friendly photos [more…]

The Different Types of Digital Camera Image Sensors

Two main types of sensors are used in digital cameras today: CCD (charge-coupled device) and CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) imagers. Although each type of sensor uses different technology [more…]

Photographing with Your Digital Camera at Night

Don’t put your digital camera away when the sun sets. The world takes on an entirely different look at night, and you can capture that nighttime feel with your camera. When taking night pictures [more…]

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