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Camera Metering Modes for Your Canon EOS 7D

You can choose how your digital camera meters a scene to determine the exposure. Your Canon EOS 7D has the following metering modes from which to pick: [more…]

How to Identify Dials and Buttons on the Canon EOS 7D

The following images are a roadmap to the dials and buttons on the Canon EOS 7D. The lens attached is a Canon 24-105mm f/4.0L series lens with image stabilization. Your lens may have different buttons [more…]

Canon EOS 7D For Dummies Cheat Sheet

A roadmap to the dials and buttons on your Canon EOS 7D, information on shooting mode features and differences, and insight into your camera's metering modes can help you better understand and use your [more…]

What to Do If Your Point-and Shoot Won’t Let You Take a Picture

You’re out being a photographer, snapping pictures right and left, when all of a sudden the camera won’t let you take a picture no matter how hard you press on the shutter button. When that happens, try [more…]

How to Change Your Digital Camera Monitor’s Brightness

Camera monitor brightness on your digital camera applies to the LCD screen that can frame your camera’s shot. Adjusting your camera’s monitor brightness can make potential pictures easier to view on your [more…]

Disabling the Flash on Your Digital Camera

Select the No Flash setting when you don’t want to use the flash. You may want to turn off the flash to preserve the natural lighting of a scene or to avoid creating a reflection: [more…]

Choosing Your Lens When You Compose a Photograph

Lens choice matters in photographic composition. The lens can either work in your favor or muck up the story you're trying to tell. You have several types of lenses to choose from, and each has its forte [more…]

Considering the Rules of Photographic Composition

The rules of composition in photography are more like guidelines than laws. You're ultimately in control of how your photographs are composed, but the following time-tested tips are worth considering when [more…]

Managing Depth of Field in Photographic Compositions

When composing photographic images, depth of field is one of the main considerations to remember. Depth of field refers to how much of your scene is in sharp focus. The shallower your depth of field, the [more…]

Changing Your Perspective to Find the Best Photographic Composition

When you compose a photograph, your perspective is based on your distance and angle to the subject as well as the distance and angle of the subject to the other compositional elements in the scene. A perspective [more…]

Digital Photography Composition For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When you hear photographers discussing photographic composition, what they're referring to is simply the way you arrange your subject and supporting elements [more…]

A Quick Guide to Automatic Exposure Modes on Your Nikon D3100

For people new to digital SLR cameras, the D3100 offers the following automatic settings that enable point-and-shoot photography. To access modes other than Auto and Auto Flash Off, set the Mode dial to [more…]

Advanced Exposure Modes for Your Nikon D3100 Digital Camera

To really take creative control with your Nikon D3100, step up to one of these four exposure modes, which enable you to adjust aperture (f-stop) to manipulate depth of field [more…]

Get to Know the Controls on Your Nikon D3100 Digital Camera

Here's a quick reference guide to the buttons, dials, and other external controls on your D3100. Note that the lens shown is the Nikkor 18–55mm AF-S DX [more…]

Photographing Vehicles Using Your Digital SLR

Some vehicles are just transportation but others are works of art worthy of preservation with your digital SLR camera. If you’re into cars or motorcycles or if your boat is your baby, you can show the [more…]

How to Take Action Shots of People Using Your Digital SLR

Your digital SLR camera is good at taking action shots and you may as well put it to use catching your kids in their non-stop activities and friends and family in athletic pursuits. The process requires [more…]

Digital SLR Settings for Photographing Sporting Events

Your digital SLR can make photographing sporting events — bike races, car races, horse races and more — almost as thrilling as the events themselves. You can use the same techniques the pros use to capture [more…]

Stop-Action Photography Using Your Digital SLR

To capture a crystal-clear digital SLR photograph of something traveling toward you at high speed — a race car, a speeding train, a pack of bicyclists, or what have you — your focus has to be spot-on. [more…]

Photographing Birds Using Your Digital SLR

You can capture interesting images of birds large and small with your digital SLR. You just need a bit of patience and some knowledge of the bird you want to photograph. A bird feeder is an ideal place [more…]

Photographing Pets in Action Using Your Digital SLR

Whether your pet is a cat, a dog, a gerbil, a turtle, or any other creature, your digital SLR can capture your companion’s playful nature and give you images to treasure for life. Your job as action photographer [more…]

Taking Pet Portraits Using Your Digital SLR

Whether your pet is a cat, dog, bird, rodent, reptile, or none of the above, you can use your digital SLR camera to take frame-worthy portraits of your pet that you can treasure long after the pet has [more…]

Taking Pictures in Aquariums and Zoos Using Your Digital SLR

To photograph animals kept safely behind glass or metal, you and your digital SLR are a fine team. And, with a bit of work and creativity, you can get great shots of animals that look like you took them [more…]

Photographing Nature Using Your Digital SLR

Whether you’re surrounded by desert or forest, you and your digital SLR camera can capture great nature shots. The trick is to find the detail that makes the picture pop. [more…]

Photographing Landscapes Using Your Digital SLR

Landscape photography done right is stunning. Your digital SLR can capture the mystery and grandeur of a place for an image worth framing. Your vantage point and the way you compose the photograph go a [more…]

Photographing Sunrise Using Your Digital SLR

The rising sun bathes the sky in wonderful hues of orange, pink, and violet. Capturing them with your digital SLR is a matter of setting up your camera and yourself properly. Don’t go out just before the [more…]

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