How to focus a camera

soft-focus-photography--summer-green-leaves--19201200-soft-focus-sprouts-photos-dreamy-greeny-sprouts--photo-43581Focussing needs thought. You can tell the serious photographer from the snapper by the amount of thought they give to this process, even with the highly sophisticated autofocus systems now found on modern cameras.

As with so much to do with digital cameras, you get the best results from autofocus if you take control of it and direct it, rather than relying on the well-meaning, but ultimately impersonal electronic wizardly inside the case. So what do you need to be mindful of to beat the shakes?

How to focus a camera: 01. Gauge the light

It’s hard to focus in poor light. If your subject is in some tough shadow, see if you can move them to a better lit spot, or see if changing your vantage point makes a difference. Don’t be afraid to up the ISO to increase your camera’s light sensitivity if you would rather not use flash.

Most decent SLRs generate tolerable levels of noise up to ISO 3200 and many can cope way beyond this rather conservative level.

Don’t write flash off completely, though. Wind the flash output down and bounce the

7 daily exercises that will make you a better photographer

The saying ‘practice makes perfect’ is as valid for photography as any other activity, so we’ve put together a collection of exercises that will help you become a better photographer.

1. Spot meter

Modern metering systems have great general-purpose modes, often called Evaluative, Matrix or Multi-area, which do a great job of accessing a scene and setting good ‘average’ exposure settings in many situations.

However, they’re not 100% foolproof and very dark or very light scenes, or backlighting can trick them into over or under exposure.

They’re also not psychic and don’t know what you’re seeing in your head when you take a shot.

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Switching to spot metering puts you in control of where the camera meters from and helps you develop a much better understanding of the tonal range in a scene.

A standard spotmetering system allows you to meter from a very small part of the scene and it suggests exposure settings that will render your target a mid-tone.

Consequently, you need to take care with the positioning of this spot, study the scene carefully and decide which

things you did not know about metering but probably should

pumpkins-600x305Recently we wrote about some of the things photographers might not realise about their camera’s metering system. So overwhelming was the response we came up with seven more!

Modern metering systems are incredibly sophisticated and while they may not deliver a correctly exposed image every time, they generally do a pretty good job in most situations.

In this article we’re going to take a look at a few things that you may not know about your camera’s metering system that could be very useful.

1. Your camera expects a midtone

Although they have become very sophisticated metering systems generally expect the brightness of a scene to average out around a midtone.

This means that very bright or very dark subjects can trick your camera into under- or over-exposure respectively.

When photographing a snowy scene, for example, the camera is likely to suggest exposure settings that will render the white snow grey.

Conversely, the camera will set an exposure that renders the inside of a coal bunker grey instead of black.

When this happens you need to take control either by shooting in manual exposure mode or using the exposure compensation

Photography in Freedom Trail in Boston

Compared to any of the cities, Boston holds more memories of colonial and civil war in America. Most of the places in Boston hold one of the other mark of History. It has perhaps become a holy place for history lovers in America and all over the world. Most of the local guides take good advantage of the location to make quick bucks by providing directions and explaining the part of history to visitors. An hour drive all by yourself gives out a whole lot of knowledge about history. One can store a good amount of memories by having a good photographer hanging along. You can find some of the best Boston photographers by visit Website of themat tam photography in the town.Mamtamphotography gives out better options with respect to tourist package in a reasonable price.

Most of the local photographers are experienced and having a local photographer would end up as an advantage, as he could act as a guide in showing places around the city.

Across a river called Charles, There is an area reserved for Cambridge. Cambridge is a separate city and is  part of Boston. The city of Cambridge has two of the most prestigious universities of

5 quick tips for saving and resizing your images

Although good quality storage has never been cheaper thanks to services such as Canon’s irista platform it’s still important to know how to keep your image file sizes down while still ensuring high quality.

It’s also important to know how to properly set image dimensions. Nothing is more embarrassing then sending images off to be printed only to discover you have set the dimensions wrong and millimeters or even inches have to be shaved off your carefully considered compositions!

Before we begin though, it’s important to point out that there is no one-size-fits-all approach – only you know what dimensions you want to print out an image, or how big it needs to be on your website.

1. Shoot in raw

The first thing to do is to ensure that you are shooting in raw so your camera is capturing as much image information as possible. JPEG images have compression and sharpening ‘baked in’ so you have less leeway to work on these images at the editing stage.

You can shoot raw and JPEG simultaneously so you can quickly check the JPEG image before working on it in your raw editor – though remember that you are seeing a

8 reasons why your compact camera is better than an SLR

There are many occasions when, and reasons why, an SLR is better than a compact camera, but sometimes the reverse is true and compact camera is the best choice. Let’s take a look at eight reasons why you might want to use a compact camera and leave your SLR behind.

1. Smaller

Canon may have been able to shrink down the SLR design to produce the impressively small EOS 100D, but it’s still not small enough to slip in a pocket to take to a party. When you want to travel light a compact camera is a great option.

Many allow lots of control, take great images and are easy to transport. After all, the best camera is always the one that you have with you.

. More depth of field

The majority of compact cameras may have a smaller sensor than an SLR, but that means that they are capable of recording greater depth of field.

Granted, there are times when you want to restrict depth of field to isolate your subject from the background, but there are also lots of occasions when you need to get a scene sharp from the foreground to the background, and the extensive depth of field brought by using

6 camera settings every pro relies on

There are many things that differentiate a pro photographer from an amateur/enthusiast, but it’s far to say that most pros know a lot more ‘tricks of the trade.’

By which we mean handy shortcuts and hidden settings that help them get better shots in less time –– their livelihoods depend on this, right?

The keen amateur may have read the manual several times, but as they are not using their camera day in, day out, they may not always realise that there are a quicker and more efficient ways of doing things.

To help level out the playing field, here are some handy pro settings that can transform the way you work.

1. Shooting in Manual

Now, it’s not absolutely essential to shoot in Manual all the time, and if you are just switching to M mode and then slavishly placing the metre dead centre all the time then you might as well be shooting in Program mode, as the camera is still calling the shots.

But for certain genres, the fine degree of control you get over both aperture and shutter speed in Manual is really essential.

Many sports photographers use Manual, for instance, as it enables them to keep the shutter speeds high for ensuring