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In life, there are so many basic and simple things that we do not know well because we think of those things too simple to learn. As the result, we got carried away and consider them as mere and unworthy stuff.
One of the most basic things that should be done well in photography is how to hold a camera properly especially when you work with DSLR camera which is known to be quite heavy. Shooting with DSLR camera is not as easy as using pocket camera or camera phone because while using it, you cannot use one hand only but both of them, one to press the shutter button and rotate the dial button on the camera body and another one to rotate zoom or focal lens.
With good holding technique, we can help to stabilize and reduce oscillation so the image resulted will come out sharp and clear. You may visit the following link to see and learn the tutorial on holding a DSLR camera properly here: Read the rest of this entry » .
In the previous post, we talk about auto focus, how it is used and what its strengths and its weaknesses. In this article, we would like to cover details on some of shooting conditions where the auto focus is not the good option and the manual focus is the one that should be chosen to get expected results.
1. Macro/Close Up
When you do macro/close up photography, the distance between the lens and the object can be very close and the depth of field can be very shallow for about few millimeters only. With such close object, the focus can be very difficult when you use auto focus. For instance, when you shoot insects and want to get the focus of their eyes and the auto focus is one in charge. You will find the focus that falls on the eyes is possibly not sharp. For such case, you will need the use of manual focus instead and move the ring by yourself to get the intended part.
2. Low light
This condition is pretty common where the auto focus will not work properly because the lack of light can make it very difficult for it to find the object unless you use AF-Assist which usually disturbs the object. For some kinds of lighting, your eyes can be better to find the object rather than the camera. When the LCD blinks a message “Subject is too dark”, actually, our eyes are still able to find the focus through viewfinder. So you may co-operate your eyes with the manual focus and you will get sharp image on the objects you want even in low light condition as well. Read the rest of this entry » .
As we first enter the world of DSLR cameras, one of the confusing aspects is trying to translate the meaning in lens labels. In this entry, I would like to explain the various models of lenses and what that entails. For this entry, I will use Canon lenses as the case study.
– Canon EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
This zoom lens is usually included as part of the entry DSLR (such as the Canon 1000D, 450D, 500D, and others) starter kit.
Canon EF-S: This means that this lens model is designed especially for DSLRs with cropped sensors (in comparison to the full frame sensors). These lenses cannot be mounted on a full frame DSLR body, such as the Canon 5D or 1Ds. Read the rest of this entry » .
The world of photography has advanced rapidly, especially in today’s digital era. And of course, the chance of becoming a professional photographer hasn’t faded.
Below I will give a few tips for those who want to join the world of photography, and of course every one has their own reasons for becoming a professional photographer:
1. Reading many photography books or you are one keen on surfing the web, you’ll find there are many articles about the history to the detailed techniques of photographers. You can also see examples of professional photographers to inspire you.
2. Never give up. Actually this doesn’t only apply when wanting to become a successful photographer, but for whatever you want to achieve in life. You must always believe in yourself even when others don’t.
3. Don’t ever feel bored or tired. Sometimes we feel bored when doing a certain activity repetitively. But when you want something bad enough, I’m sure you’ll gain the excitement in no time and you won’t bore easily. My advice, never think of your job as a burden, rather as a fun hobby. Read the rest of this entry »
Vignette in photography is loved and is also hated by photographers. By its existence, vignette can beautify the view of a photo and sometimes can also make it look indecent. Vignette appears because we purposefully add it using special filter or digital imaging software. Apart from that, usually lens camera makers try to create ones with minimum amount of vignette effects using high quality optic that can be very expensive. So then, what is vignette actually?
What is vignette?
Vignette is an effect appearing on the outskirts of a photo that looks darker than the middle part. It can be like a thick shadow or degradation of color that comes thin at the center and gets darker to the edge of an image depending on the type of the vignette. Read the rest of this entry »
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