Histograms

Histo-what? Here’s the good news for most of you: many digital cameras don’t let you see a histogram. You’re done now — you may get on with your life. For everyone else, here is a simplified approach to understanding the histogram. What is a Histogram? I like to thing of a histogram as a visual …

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How to Photograph at Night

Expand your photographic horizons once the sun goes down You might think that night photography is complicated, and requires a lot of technical know-how. It’s more basic than you might think, especially when the most important tool to have available is a flashlight. Accessories Before you go out on a huge night photography expedition, there …

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ISO

Take photos in minimal light by changing the ISO ISO is an acronym for the International Standards Organization. ISO numbers tell you how sensitive your camera is to light. You can achieve two things by setting your camera to a high ISO: you can get a good exposure if there is not enough light, and …

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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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Frame Your Subject

A framed point of view can create dynamic photograph Let’s get something straight. When I say frame your subject, I do not mean for you to blackmail them and I am not talking about the frame and glass you use to protect your photo from the elements. Neither one is going to help your composition. …

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The Rule of Thirds

Compose your photos with little boxes in mind The rule of thirds is a lot like a rule of grammar. The rule is in place so that anyone learning the technique knows what is considered appropriate by the majority. Professionals who are well versed in the rules are allowed to break them, so long as …

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