Digital Camera Settings

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Camera Settings for Photographing a Forest

In order to get good photographs of a forest, you must notice the forest as an entity. When you see the elements for a compelling picture fall into place, it’s time to think about composition, settings [more…]

Depth of Field, Focal Lengths, and Distance

When you photograph a scene with a wide-angle lens, you always get a larger depth of field than you would with a longer focal length. The figure shows an example of a scene photographed with a 24mm lens [more…]

Photographing Objects in Motion

There are a couple of schools of thought on photographing objects in motion. The recipe for a perfect exposure can be obtained in many ways. You can choose a small aperture [more…]

Camera Settings for a Sunrise Photo

Start shooting into the sun when it peeks above the horizon. When you photograph a landscape at sunrise, the quality of the light and the colors changes almost by the second. Shoot lots of frames and shoot [more…]

Camera Settings for a Sunset Photo

Photographing a sunset is exciting. The light changes by the minute (or even second) as the sun sinks lower on the horizon. And some of the best images happen just before the sun sinks below the horizon [more…]

How to Fix an Image with Blown-Out Highlights

Your digital camera has a built-in meter that measures the amount of light in the scene and chooses settings to serve up what the camera thinks is a properly exposed image. However, when you photograph [more…]

Control Depth of Field in Nature Photography

The aperture is the opening in the lens that lets light into the digital camera. The size of aperture you choose determines how much of your image is in sharp focus from front to back, which is known as [more…]

Light Loss in Macro and Close-Up Photography

Light loss occurs in macro and close-up photography because the lens is so far from the digital sensor in order to achieve focus at close ranges. The image produced by the lens [more…]

Macro Settings on Digital Point and Shoot Cameras

Point and shoot digital cameras get their name from the idea that you can set one to its automatic mode and take images that are, for the most part, of acceptable quality. They free you from having to [more…]

Use Aperture Priority in Macro Photography

In digital macro photography, aperture determines how much light enters your lens during an exposure, but it’s mostly known for its ability to control [more…]

Maximize Sharp Detail in Macro Photography

In close-up or macro photography, some subjects (or scenes) work best when photographed with a great depth of field, while others work best when photographed with a shallow depth of field. [more…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Depth of Field in Aperture-Priority Mode during Dog Photography

Manipulating your depth of field is a fantastic way to home in on specific details of your image and draw the viewer’s eye exactly where you want it—to your dog's expressive eyes or wagging tail. [more…]

Selective Focusing during Dog Photography

If you’re using a single AF point for more focus control, understanding how to use selective focusing during your dog photography sessions is imperative. Without this technique, you have to quickly change [more…]

Choosing Sony Alpha A35/A55 Shooting Modes

What shooting mode should you use? Your Sony Alpha A35/A55 has modes you can choose based on how the photo should look, the situation, and your photographic experience level. Are you taking action shots [more…]

Choosing Sony Alpha A35/A55 Scenes

In Scene Selection mode on your Sony Alpha A35/A55, choose a scene per the kind of photo you’re taking: portraits, action, and nighttime shots benefit from different Scene Selection modes; and macros and [more…]

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