b/w photo with exposure
Every photograph is created using three functions of the camera working together—aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. This trio is known as the exposure triangle, or simply, exposure. Most every digital camera can adjust these functions automatically. If you prefer to manually adjust exposure, it is important to understand the role that each performs and the relationship between them. The lens...
wheel photo
I recently read blogs by two photographers I’ve never met, Justin Donie and John Davenport. I was impressed by what they had to say about taking photographs. Neither spoke about the technical side of photography—the equipment and software—but rather about the emotional and expressive parts. I’ve long felt that making a “connection with the scene” is more...
outdoor photo
There’s a difference between a snapshot and a stunning photograph of the same scene. Would you like your photos to be more eye-appealing? Turns out the well-worn clichés are true: Practice makes perfect. You learn from your mistakes. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. These clichés are certainly true in photography. But to take outstanding photographs, you must first...
harness racing
In photography, “motion blur” is caused by two things: camera shake and movement by the subject being photographed—a car, a person moving, a horse running. When you move the camera during an exposure, the resulting camera shake causes motion blur and is generally something you don’t want. It’s easy to avoid. Concentrate on holding the camera steady. A viewfinder...
shooting photo through glass
How can you resist shooting the beautiful scenes that unfold before your eyes as you travel—whether by car, bus, train, or plane? The view might be a child riding a bike, a river snaking through the mountains, or an old barn in decline. There is nothing to stop you except the glass between you and that urban scene or country landscape? Here’s how you can capture those memories forever...
landscape photo
Landscape photography is one of my favorite activities. If it’s yours, too, here is the classic way to take better landscape photographs. In creating your composition, you should look for a scene with an interesting object that can be the foreground anchor of your picture. It can be a rock, a fallen tree, a bed of flowers, even something man-made like a bench. Position yourself very close...
white card as background behind subject in photo
The best background in a photograph is a simple background, one that draws attention to the main subject. It should not divert attention from the most important element in your photo, such as a person, a flower, a pet. Unless you’re shooting someone in front of the Grand Canyon or the Taj Mahal, the emphasis of your photo should be on that person. Try not to photograph people in front of a...
woman wearing glasses
Photographing people wearing glasses can be challenging when shooting with flash. It’s hard to avoid the light from reflecting back into the camera lens. Eyeglasses are usually part of the “look” and personality of an individual, so you should not ask the person you are photographing to remove them. There is something you can do to improve, if not eliminate, the problem, if you...
sunset
Actually, there are two golden hours—the half-hour before and after sunrise and the half-hour before and after sunset. These golden hours are when the light is softer and warmer, shadows are less dark, and highlights are less likely to be overexposed—contrast is less extreme. When the sun is low on the horizon, shadows are long and sinewy. Clouds reflecting the sun are golden or...