Camera shooting modes: Part 2 – Program

The Program mode is the flexible version of the full auto (green square of death) mode. In full auto, the camera makes all of the decisions for you. In Program mode you can set your ISO, white balance, and flash. But, you won’t have the stress of choosing f-stops and shutter speeds.

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It’s all about timing

Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, the pioneer of modern photojournalism, was the master of timing. He coined the term decisive moment, to describe that moment at which the photo is “most significant”. I see timing as the point when your composition, exposure, lighting and subject, all intersect in perfect unison. Photographically, timing is important for everything from facial expressions to sunsets.

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What is fast glass?

This post will explain what lens speed is all about. Lenses all have a maximum aperture. The maximum aperture is the widest opening the lens can have. The wider the lens opening the more light it will let in to the camera sensor. Here is a graphic representing apertures:

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Digital camera buying guide

If you or someone you know is in the market for a new digital camera, this guide contains information that is key to your buying decision. But I don’t want to sound too much like a hard sell salesperson so you’ll have to download it and find out for yourself.

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You don’t need Photoshop

I can’t believe I’m writing this, but most of you don’t need to bother buying Photoshop! Sure it has the snob factor and all that, but if you don’t really have to use the full potential of this image editing software, and you don’t happen to have an extra $700 lying around, then don’t bother. I mean it! Here’s why:

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Sometimes you need to change your perspective

The focal length of the lens you choose can totally change your perspective. This post shows a visual representation of what I mean. I’ve tried to keep Shawn the same size in each of the photos. Same f-stop on each photo (f-8.0) and no cropping or any fancy stuff on any of the photos.

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How to hold your camera – Video tutorial

I see it every time I have a class of beginners. Awkward hands wrapping clumsy fingers around cameras. Believe it or not, most people don’t really know how to hold their cameras. To address this common problem, I’ve made a video tutorial that shows you how to properly hold your dSLR camera. Check it out, let me know what you think in the comments, and please tell your friends.

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