Suggestions to those wanting to improve their image taking.
- Learn the operations of your camera, know your manual.
- Make sure your images are technically correct: exposure, white balance, focus point, etc.
- Shoot in RAW and learn to develop your images.
- Learn what light is from a photographic point and use it to your advantage. The histogram, including levels and curves, is your friend.
- Composition, or image making, rather than image taking, is a learning process that can be mastered.
- Shoot, shoot and shoot some more using all these steps.
readings to understanding light:
Camera vs. eye
Which is the winner?
Mr. Clark states the eye is a sensor with 324 megapixels, best present
cameras are limited to about 30 megapixels. Mr. Hughes claims the eye can have a dynamic
range of 24 F stops while cameras are limited to about 8. Read the suggestions at end of Cambridge in Colour article on how to overcome these disparities.
What is a histogram and how do we use
it? During the film era we used the Zone System,
today digital cameras and all our software relies on it. Histograms, the best friend a digital photographer can have. Learn how to use it in camera and during
image development to your advantage!
Levels and curves can improve your images, find why.
A few articles to read, from Gloria Hopkin’s:
Composition: Getting Beyond the Snapshot
II: Composition in Nature Photography and the Elements of a Photograph
III: Composition in Nature Photography and the Elements of a Photograph
Breaking all the Rules!
Books on Composition
Photography and the Art of Seeing: A Visual Perception Workshop for Film and
Digital Photography, by Freeman
Free RAW converter
1. Introductory article on Polarizer, Neutral density and Graduated Density filters.
2. Neutral density
3. Graduated Density filters
Specular or Direct Light
vs. Reflected or Diffused Light
- DPreview Reviews for Digital Photography equipment.
- Cambridge in Colour A Learning Community For Photographers
- Naturescapes A Resource for Nature Photographers