Using Digital Cameras

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Photographing the Beach at Sunset Using Your Digital SLR

The hour before sunset is known as “Golden Hour,” and is a great time to position your digital SLR for some glorious sunset shots. Clouds are bathed in wonderful hues of orange, pink, and purple. Add a [more…]

Photographing the Night Sky Using Your Digital SLR

Although sunset photos are attention-getters, you and your digital SLR can get great shots of the night sky after the sun goes down. The trick is to find a great spot with next to no ambient light from [more…]

Camera Controls and Your Digital SLR

To master your digital SLR camera, you have to know it like the back of your hand. You must know what each control does and know where each control is in order to master a specific picture-taking situation [more…]

Manual Controls and Your Digital SLR

The job of your digital SLR camera is to accurately measure the scene and produce a picture that accurately reflects it. Your job as a photographer is to analyze the scene, analyze what the camera gives [more…]

How to Use the Histogram on Your Digital SLR Camera

Most digital SLRs have great metering systems, but even a great metering system can get it wrong when you’re shooting under difficult lighting conditions. That’s why your camera gives you the option to [more…]

Your Digital SLR and Light Sensitivity

Your digital SLR camera has an option to determine how sensitive the camera sensor is to light. Digital cameras are the same as film cameras in that light sensitivity is determined by ISO rating. The advantage [more…]

Photography’s Rules of Composition

To make the most of your digital SLR — or any camera — you'll need to take the time to compose interesting pictures. When you photograph a person, place, or thing, put some thought into how you arrange [more…]

How to Photograph Bodies of Water Using Your Digital SLR

Bodies of water are great subjects for photographers. With your digital SLR, you can photograph big bodies of water (oceans), small bodies of water (ponds and streams), and medium-sized bodies of water [more…]

Photographing Reflections Using Your Digital SLR

Calm water is the most common — and artistic — place to find reflections suitable for photographing with your digital SLR, but mirrors and windows present interesting opportunities as well to get wonderful [more…]

Photographing Nature Up-Close Using Your Digital SLR

Whether you want images of gorgeous flowers, interesting insects, or natural microcosms, your digital SLR can help you capture nature up close and personal. Whether you’re walking in a city park or hiking [more…]

Photographing the Weather Using Your Digital SLR

Dramatic weather can make for dramatic photographs, and your digital SLR is just the camera to help you capture all kind of weather phenomena, including lightning, rainbows, fog, and rain storms. [more…]

Photographing Children Using Your Digital SLR

Photographs of kids being themselves are precious. You and your digital SLR can preserve that preciousness easily and artfully. Take pictures of your children frequently; birthdays are important, but photos [more…]

Photographing Family Events Using Your Digital SLR

If the onus of recording special family events — graduations, anniversaries, and other family milestone — falls to you and your digital SLR, plan to get the whole event from start to finish. [more…]

Taking Portraits Using Your Digital SLR

With your digital SLR, you can provide your family and friends with treasured portraits of themselves and their loved ones. You can take formal portraits for a passport or professional uses as well as [more…]

Taking Close-Up Portraits Using Your Digital SLR

When you photograph a person who has a beautiful face, the photo shoot’s not over until you get an extreme close-up with your digital SLR. Because you zoom in tight on your subject’s face [more…]

How to Take Group Portraits Using Your Digital SLR

In taking group portraits with your digital SLR, you have to turn a potential hodge-podge of humanity into a pleasing portrait. You need rapport with the group, a creative eye, and the correct camera settings [more…]

How to Take Double Exposures Using Your Digital SLR

If you ever want to be beside yourself, you can use your digital SLR to take a double-exposure. A traditional double exposure is two images on one frame of film; because you’re working digitally — no film [more…]

Photographing Weddings Using Your Digital SLR

Photographers have two schools of thought on wedding photography: journalistic and traditional styles. You can do both with your digital SLR. Journalistic wedding coverage means you include everything [more…]

Photographing a Newborn Using Your Digital SLR

When you become a proud parent, take some time to put on your photographer’s hat, grab your digital SLR, and capture some photos of your precious newborn — you’ll be glad you did a few weeks from now when [more…]

How to Photograph Fireworks Using Your Digital SLR

Fireworks don’t explode just on the 4th of July, and if you plan things right, you can get spectacular pictures with your digital SLR. Capturing the stirring images of fireworks cascading in all their [more…]

How to Take Still-Life Photographs Using Your Digital SLR

Not every picture you take with your digital SLR has to show action or people. You can take charming, artistic still-life photographs. Arranging and photographing still lifes has the added bonus of letting [more…]

Photographing Buildings Using Your Digital SLR

Buildings, whether they’re landmarks, churches, architectural wonders, or of interest just to you — are fine subjects for you and your digital SLR. Buildings don’t forget to smile, don’t fidget, and are [more…]

Photographing Skylines Using Your Digital SLR

Every city has a unique skyline that people familiar with the place can readily identify. With your digital SLR camera, you can capture your hometown’s skyline and try your hand at photographing one of [more…]

Photographing Cities Using Your Digital SLR

Whether you live in a sleepy little town or a metropolis that overflows with humanity, your digital SLR can capture the heart and soul of your hometown. You can experiment with taking shots at night, when [more…]

Photographing a City in Wet Weather Using Your Digital SLR

As long as you protect yourself and your digital SLR camera and gear, you can capture some wonderful images when it’s raining, or after the storm has cleared out, including wonderful reflections of city [more…]

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