How to take pictures in a bright room
Yesterday I did a reportage shooting at a drawing lesson in the Art-Metier studio, St. Petersburg. Since I do not like to delay processing photos, the pictures were sent to…

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HDR
HDR is one of the innovative words associated with the digital era in photography, defined as “high dynamic range image / photo” and is associated with the features of photography…

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Diffraction
Diffraction is an optical phenomenon that limits the sharpness of a photograph while reducing the relative aperture of the lens. Unlike other optical aberrations, diffraction is fundamentally unremovable, universal and…

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Optimum Aperture Selection

The ability to effectively use an existing lens has a much greater effect on the sharpness of a photograph than the choice of the lens itself. The number of apertures is the most important of the shooting parameters that affect the technical quality of the image. The difference between different aperture values ​​of the same lens can be much more noticeable than the difference between different lenses with the same aperture.

Obviously, for the standard fast lens used in this test, sharpness is ideal at f / 5.6 aperture, but f / 4 is Continue reading

Camera modes

Today, any digital camera offers the photographer a frightening variety of shooting modes. Due to the fact that the instructions for the cameras describe the features and purpose of a particular mode is very vague, it is difficult for a novice amateur photographer to determine which modes are really useful and which are marketing nonsense. As a result, many either spit on everything and shoot exclusively in AUTO mode, without trying to dig deeper, or, believing the authors of the instructions, try to use narrow-minded scene modes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Macro, etc.), without suspecting that with a minimum of mental effort, you can achieve much more flexible and complete control over the camera without any harm to your own comfort.

Understanding the modes of a digital camera is the simplest thing that you, as a photographer, should learn. If you are familiar with the concepts of shutter speed and aperture, then it will not be difficult for you to deal with shooting modes. Continue reading

Basic camera settings

I recommend to any novice photographer, whenever possible, to actively use the automation of the camera. This applies to matrix metering, autofocus, automatic white balance, and everything else that only lends itself to automation, and with which modern cameras often cope better than modern photographers. Put all the black work on the camera, and pay more attention to the search for beautiful scenes and the harmonious composition of the frame.

But there are cases when a camera imagining itself too smart has to be taken in hedgehogs.

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What is the focal length?
The focal length (FR or ƒ) is the distance between the optical center of the lens and the camera sensor. The larger the focal length, the larger the image scale…

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Dynamic range
The dynamic range or the photographic latitude of the photographic material is the ratio between the maximum and minimum exposure values ​​that can be correctly captured on the image. In…

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Good shots in low light
Taking regular photographs in natural light is not difficult to notice that truly good light (not plentiful, namely good) is a disappointingly rare phenomenon. Let's be honest: beautiful lighting lasts…

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Composition
Composition is the most important aspect of art photography. Composition is the art of arranging the various elements of the image in the most harmonious manner that meets the creative…

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