With any DSLR camera, before you head out to do some serious shooting, you’ll need to make a few fine adjustments. In this post, I’m going to talk about one of those adjustments – how to dial in, or “calibrate” the diopter of your camera. What is the Diopter? First, I think it might be […]
The Photography section includes posts and articles that cover tips, tutorials, and best practices for various areas of photography and photographic manipulation. Discussion includes camera fundamentals, composition, lighting, macro and close-up images, lenses and gear, low light, and more. Additional topics include traveling as a photographer, developing the "eye", and special effects.
How Can I Set Up Lighting For Great Studio Portrait Photographs?
This is a question many new photographers ask. I’ve heard it a lot and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a simple and easy to follow answer. I’d like to remedy that, so in this post, I’ll quickly touch upon a few different things you might want to try to add some interest and quality […]
Examples of Creative Lens Focus
When it comes to photography, focus is huge. Besides lighting and composition, focus is one of the most important aspects to consider. The adding of purposeful blur along with the absence of any blur at all can truly make or break an image. There’s truly nothing else that can evoke emotion like a tack sharp […]
How to Set Electronic Level on Canon T6i (or Any Rebel Camera)
Question: I am at a loss as to how to set my electronic level on my Canon T6i. I swear I’ve seen it done before, but for the life of me, I can’t find the setting. Does anyone know how to make this setting so I can use the level? Answer: Unfortunately, your camera doesn’t […]
How to Make Minor Camera Exposure Adjustments
As you begin taking an ever increasing number of photos, you’ll start to realize exactly what your camera is capable of. Brands and models have their own idiosyncrasies. For instance, I know my Canon Rebel T7i exposes photographs nearly perfectly when photographing indoors, but it tends to lean towards darker shadows than many other cameras […]
What’s the Right Level of Contrast for a Photo?
Can there be a “right” level of contrast for a photo? If there can’t be, then why do virtually all image editing applications offer contrast adjustment capabilities? Of course there can be optimal contrast levels for photos, but really, those levels are in the eye of the beholder as well as what the images call […]
Camera Exposure Questions & Answers
Exposure is a big and sometimes mysterious part of photography, but once you understand the basics of it, you’ll be able to easily navigate all the ins and outs of the topic. There are many variables that can have an impact on the ultimate exposure of a photograph, so learning as much as possible about […]
Metering Modes on the Canon Rebel T7i
There’s a lot to talk about today. When it comes to metering a scene with a DSLR camera, there seems to be some confusion. I know a lot of people like to talk about focusing and lenses and that sort of thing, but one of the most critical aspects of photography revolves around how much […]
Contrast: The Effects of Light on a Scene
Have you ever taken a photo that didn’t turn out quite right? You thought it would be fine, but when you reviewed it later on your computer, things were just off. You couldn’t put your finger on exactly what went wrong, but something definitely went awry. Oftentimes, when taking photographs under certain lighting conditions, unexpected […]
Camera Sensor Size for Photo & Video
There are quite a few different camera sensor size options available today. This is both a good and a bad thing. The good thing is that along with the wide range of sensor sizes comes cameras for almost any budget. The bad thing is, hardly anyone knows what differences in sensor size means. Seriously. Have […]