Once again, the “Why are my pictures blurry?” article was triggered by feedback from the readers of my blog. I asked subscribers to my newsletter to share their biggest challenges and struggles that they were currently facing as photographers. When I read through the responses, I was inspired to create another tutorial.
If you followed my blog for a while you know that I am open about my shooting and editing techniques. I post detailed description how each photograph was created. You also might notice, that almost all my photos were taken using Aperture Priority mode. If I had to estimate, I would say that I use Aperture Priority in 90% of case and only in rare occasions I use full Manual Mode or Shutter Priority mode.
When I realized that tutorial dedicated to the Aperture Priority was long overdue, I put together a guide that outlines the main reasons for using Aperture Priority in any type of photography.
ISO, Aperture and Shutter are known as the “exposure triangle”. If you know how to control or adjust these elements, taking well exposed photos will not be a problem for you. Let us look at each element closely and understand how they can help you achieve the right exposure.
What is bracketing in photography? Why do I need it? How do I bracket photos?
These are the most common questions I answer on a daily basis when teaching photography, which is why I decided to put together a Bracketing Guide.
You will learn:
- What is Bracketing in Photography
- Types of Bracketing
- Reasons for Using Exposure Bracketing
- How to Bracket the Exposure
Upon purchasing a DSLR for the first time, most people are confused by the array of buttons, dials and settings on the camera. They might have read discussions or articles online that mention terms like ISO, shutter speed and aperture, but have little idea of how these factors interact in their camera to produce an image. In this article, I will provide easy to understand answers to the following questions:
- What is ISO in photography?
- How do I use ISO on a digital camera?
- How does ISO work with other camera settings?
It would be fair to say that we have all become so used to the half-press shutter to achieve autofocus that any change to this routine would seem a little strange. For those of us who remember, of course, there was once a time in photography when autofocus simply did not exist, or was at best a crude mechanism.
In this article, I will explain the benefits of an alternative to using the shutter to focus on your subject called Back Button Focus. I will outline the problems with the way we use the shutter button on cameras now and the distinct benefits of using Back Button Focus instead.
After having looked at Aperture Priority, it is now time to look at the importance of shutter speed in photography and shutter speed chart. This guide will provide answers to the following questions:
- What does the shutter on a camera do?
- What is Shutter Priority mode?
- What is Shutter Speed Chart?
- How can I use shutter speed creatively in my photography?
My favorite technique, when shooting water, is to use long exposure photography. When you keep the shutter open for an extended period of time, it creates the unique effect of smooth and silky looking water.
Lately, I’ve been experimenting with a new technique where I can achieve the long exposure effect shooting hand-held, without a tripod. The technique is based on blending multiple images in Photoshop using Smart Objects.
What is composition in photography? This question is often taken for granted by many newbie and amateur photographers because the focus is mostly on things like using the right camera, lighting and camera settings. Understanding the value of composition is important if you want to come up with visually appealing and thought provoking photos. As such, we’ve decided to focus on composition and how it is used in photography, why it is important, as well as how a photographer can come up with a beautifully composed photo.
In the spirit of understanding the basics of photography, I present this guide to using the aperture on your camera and how it affects image making.
In this guide, I will answer the following questions:
- What does the aperture do?
- What is f-stop?
- What is depth of field and how does the aperture affect it?
The skill of producing well-exposed photos is one of the most fundamental skills we must learn as photographers.
In digital photography today, besides having instant feedback through LCD screens or electronic view finders (EVF), all digital cameras have one very distinctive feature that helps us evaluate and adjust the exposure level.
What is it? The histogram.
Here is my attempt to write the only article you will ever need to understand the difference between RAW and JPEG. Hopefully, you will have a profound Zen experience and move forward with your photography never having to think about the issue again!