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External Flash

Avoid red-eye by keeping the flash away from the lens Most compact cameras have a flash bulb that is built into the body of the camera. Some are placed on the front of the camera and others sit on top. Most digital SLRs (and a few compact cameras) have a connector where you can attach …

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SLR vs. Compact

The SLR is big and bulky but offers more flexibility than the compact SLR is an acronym for a Single Lens Reflex camera. In the digital world, the difference between an SLR and a regular camera is that the SLR will allow you to use a variety of lenses with different focal lengths. There are …

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Shutter Speed

Freeze action or show the passage of time If you want to capture still photos of fast motion (like pressing pause on your VCR or DVD) you have to use a fast shutter speed. Many sports use very fast shutter speeds to capture the peak moment and freeze it in time. If the subject of …

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White Balance

How the color of light can change your photographs Natural sunlight is a different color from the light produced by tungsten and fluorescent light bulbs. While our eyes adjust naturally to these changes, cameras do not. If your camera has a white balance setting, it will adjust automatically to different colored lights, and produce natural …

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Autofocus

Get it right, because focus is hard to fix If you don’t get a digital photograph right, you can always fix it. There are plenty of image editing programs that will let you resize, adjust exposure, remove red-eye, fix colors and remove spots and blemishes. The one thing that you cannot fix is focus. If …

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Focal Length and Zoom

Capture the whole image or focus in on the tiny details The focal length of the lens (measured in millimeters) and the zoom ratio determine how much or how little of the scene you are photographing will appear in the final photograph. When you want to show the whole scene, you use a short focal …

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Continuous Drives

Never miss a moment of action A continuous drive on a digital camera let you take multiple photos rapidly one after the other. You just hold down the button that takes a photograph and the camera will keep taking photos until the memory runs out of room. Why a Continuous Drive is Useful Continuous drives …

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Learn the Terms

Megapixels and aperture and white balance, oh my! If you’re ready to learn about digital camera technology, you’ve come to the right spot. For those who get mild headaches from the thought of tables of numbers and complicated graphs…don’t worry! No term defined here is going to require a science degree to figure out. No …

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