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Understanding How to Use Your Digital Camera

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How to Shoot Sharper Digital SLR Photos

When it comes to dSLR photography, sharpness is often equated to quality. Sharper images simply look better. They tend to be more interesting because you can make out finer details. [more…]

How to Set Up Your Digital SLR Camera to Take HDR Photos

Just like traditional dSLR photography, HDR requires that you set up your camera and gear. If you plan on shooting HDR, you might have to change some things, and some things you would be setting up anyway [more…]

How to Manually Shoot Brackets with Your Digital SLR Camera

Whether you have a dSLR camera that shoots AEB or not, knowing how to shoot manual brackets is helpful. After a bit of practice, HDR photography (brackets, exposure, and the other aspects and terminology [more…]

How to Create HDR Images from Digital SLR Photos in Photomatrix Pro

As you might expect, you have to use specialized HDR software to create HDR images from your dSLR photos. After you load your brackets into the software, the HDR software takes all the data and creates [more…]

How to Use Photomatix Pro to Tone Map HDR Images

When you tone map your HDR images (convert an HDR image into something more manageable), the software fun starts to happen. The problem is that tone mapping is sometimes so unpredictable that showing you [more…]

How to Stitch Digital SLR Frames Together in Photoshop Elements

Unless you have a camera that does it for you, panoramas don’t merge themselves. Specialized software, like Photoshop Elements, combines (stitches) the separate frames of the panorama into a single blended [more…]

How to Shoot Automatic Panoramas with Your Digital SLR

Some cameras, mostly Sony dSLTs, shoot and process panoramas automatically. Sony calls its feature Sweep Panorama (formerly Sweep Shooting), which is also available in 3D. Instead of photographing several [more…]

5 Tips for Shooting People with Your Digital SLR

When you use your dSLR to take photos of people, you normally want a very shallow depth of field (area of focus). This separates subjects from the blurred background and looks really nice. To achieve this [more…]

5 Tips for Shooting Landscapes with Your Digital SLR

Photographing landscapes with your dSLR is different: You have to go where they are. You can’t set one on a table in your studio or meet one at a local park. You have to find a means of transportation [more…]

5 Tips for Taking Action Shots with Your Digital SLR

Shutter speed. Shutter speed, shutter speed. If you want to take action shots with your dSLR, you must make shutter speed your top priority. All else is secondary. Use the largest aperture you can and [more…]

5 Tips for Shooting Cities and Buildings with Your Digital SLR

Buildings and cities are man-made landscapes. You’ll use many of the same techniques to photograph them as you would a sunset over a river. Framing and direction are important when photographing buildings [more…]

5 Tips for Shooting Close-Ups with Your Digital SLR

Close-ups are a fantastic way to capture details with your dSLR. They help you see things in a different light, whether the photo is of a statue, a spider, or a flower. This change in perspective also [more…]

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