Clarifying backgrounds, freeing them of unnecessary clutter is something every photographer is taught and it only becomes clear when all the mistakes have been made and the idea becomes second nature to us.
This month on our Facebook page we asked you what your very first camera was! One random winner was chosen from our contest, but after sorting through entries, we saw some fun trends and wanted to share some of the top cameras and brands that were purchased as a “first camera”!
Shutter priority is used when you need the extremes of the shutter speed range. Situations such as freeze action, to stop an object’s motion, or when you need to use a slow shutter speed for longer exposures such as night shots. Shutter speed is also crucial to techniques such as panning when the camera is moved to create a motion effect.
Just like doctors and lawyers, photographers love to use colorful and often cryptic terminology in their profession. Let’s demystify some of the most unusual photographic terms.
The reason to adjust white balance is to get the colors in photographs as accurate as possible. You don’t notice the difference in color temperature you because your eyes adjust automatically for it. A digital camera doesn’t have the eye’s ability to make these adjustments automatically and needs the skilled photographer to tell it how to treat different light.
Everywhere you go, people are no longer looking through a viewfinder, they’re looking at a screen to make a picture, or if they do have a viewfinder, they’re tilting the camera forward to look at the results of the last exposure. The histogram? What’s that? And why bother looking at it?
Take away color in a photograph and the world of the image needs to be conveyed by texture and form, shadows and light. If you are interested in black & white photography, there are two ways to go: do you shoot RAW and convert to B&W in post-production, or do you eliminate RAW shooting in-camera in favor of direct, Black & White JPG?
Making the transition from film to digital presents a photographer with significant challenges. With so many options, it can take a good deal of time to venture into the world of menus and then further into the depths of mastering them to your advantage. So don’t just shoot on auto-pilot. Get down into the depths of your camera and make it work for you!