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Digital Photography: Why Metering Modes Matter

Metering matters. As you can see in our image of a catnap, changing the metering configuration makes a big difference in the brightness of a picture. Correctly setting the metering mode will ensure your photographs have the best exposure possible. This is especially important for high-contrast scenes, like the example above. What does metering mean? And what are the different settings? Continue reading and we’ll explain metering and introduce three common modes. Applying these concepts will make an instantaneous improvement in your photography skills! The Meaning of Metering Metering is how...

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Adobe Photoshop© Tutorial: How to Perk Up Your Digital Images

As a Photoshop© instructor, one common complaint I get a lot from older photographers is that their digital images just don’t have the “snap” and “color” of their film images. In the days of yore when we shot only with film, we would sometimes even pick up certain brands of film for those special looks. In fact, it was said that if you wanted good-looking portraits, you used Kodak. For landscapes, it was Fuji film. With today’s digital cameras you no longer have different films, but you can still get just the look you want – either by using the dialed-in settings on your digital camera or by...

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How to Take Crisper, Sharper Photos with Your Digital Camera

In the days of yore when we wanted to get a sharp photo, we would place our cameras up to our eyes, move the focus ring on the lens and press the shutter. Today, however, there is so much information being thrown at us from our digital cameras that it is a wonder that we still get blurry or out of focus images. But sometimes we do, so let’s look at how to keep that from happening. First, Get a Grip. How you hold the camera can go a long way to sharper images. Many of today’s point and shoot cameras do not come with viewfinders, so the only way to see what you are shooting is to look at the...

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What All Those Buttons Do: The Best Settings for Your Digital Camera

Many photographers may have found under the tree this holiday season a new digital camera. Whether it was a “point and shoot” or DSLR, the first thing you may have noticed was the camera dial has all sorts of letters and icons on it. Of course, the one setting that made the most sense was the Auto, or ‘green,’ setting. This will look like a green square or a green camera that turns any camera into a full auto point and shoot. No worrying about lighting or movement, just aim it and push the button. This is a very useful setting when you want to get an image no matter what else is happening. ...

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