Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Learn Digital Photography - Five Things You Need to Know About Macro Photography By Wayne G Turner

The world of detail and worlds within worlds have fascinated people for hundreds of years. The ability to photograph those worlds was once the exclusive domain of scientists and professional photographers. The amateur was able to enter this world at high cost. Now with the advent of digital, getting in closer is open to all.
First let's dispel a misnomer. True macro is 1:1 representation of the object you're shooting. That is, a bee half an inch in length will be half an inch on the frame of film or digital sensor. With digital compact cameras and slr zoom lenses we don't reach those dimensions but we can get in really close and create a stunning image. So let's take a look at close-up photography and macro together. They do overlap in much of what you need to know.
1. It costs money
Which ever way you look at it, it's going to cost money as you learn digital photography. Dedicated macro lenses for DSLRs together with ring flashes and extension rings all cost money. And there are limitations to what you can do with a compact camera as opposed to an SLR. What a compact does do is give you a taste of what can be achieved with macro. If you like it then spend and if you don't you have lost nothing. So you must understand as with all hobbies you are probably going to invest as you learn more and want to do more.
2. It takes time
The world of detail and close-up takes time to set up and often is a waiting game when shooting insects and bugs. You probably will need more time to plan and think out your shots because of factors like depth of field, background and lighting which are all more critical the closer you get to a subject. It requires far more patience than other genres of photography.
3. It takes preparation
Each element of a macro shoot needs to be planned carefully. What you are going to shoot, how much light you need, what time of day is the light the best and if there is too much light are all important factors. Will you need a ring flash or will a fill-in reflector do the job? Should you shoot with you macro lens or is a standard lens with extension tubes going to result in a better photo?
4. It takes patience
I've already alluded to this point earlier on. The waiting game is one played more often with macro than many other forms of photography. Often by waiting that extra half hour doing nothing will result in a perfect subject position, just the right light or the wind dying down just enough to prevent camera or tripod shake. Patience is a virtue as the old adage goes and is even more relevant to macro photography.
5. It brings a great reward
A photograph of a large red bus is dramatic and filled with great colour saturation and is impressive. But, a delicate flower or a shimmering bee shot really close-up are so often more dramatic. We tend to be drawn to detail and the final results are often stunning. There is nothing like an intimate close-up image with details we rarely see. Great effort brings great reward.
Macro is my passion. I am drawn to anything small and detailed. I love to view things that the eye does usually see from an angle that is most often overlooked. Experiment with macro and you may experience a whole new world that you would never have expected as you learn digital photography. Happy shooting!
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Wayne Turner has been teaching photography for 25 years and has written three books on photography.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

A free report for you

“Shoot Digital Pics Like the Pros” Review

Seller: Dan Feildman

Summary:

Digital cameras have made photography affordable, quick and easy even for non-professionals. By following a few simple principles, even beginners can take photos like pros.

Product Details:

“Shoot Digital Pics Like the Pros” is a free 28-page special report from LearnDigitalPhotographyNow.com.

Format:

Digital report (PDF)

Thoughts on the Product:

“Shoot Digital Pics Like the Pros” gives an overview of the special features of digital cameras compared to film cameras, then guides the reader through some basic principles of digital photography.

The report is perfect for somebody who’s venturing into digital photography for the very first time - or someone who has been using a digital camera but has never taken the time to really figure it out. For example, ever wonder what a RAW format was and whether you should select that as your camera’s file format? This report has the answer.

The report has plenty of tips that may be new even to intermediate users, such as:

- How to deal with shutter lag (page 9)

- How to take fast-action shots (page 12)

- How to warm up a picture without using a special lens (page 16)

- When and how to use fill flash (page 18)

- How much memory you really need (page 22)

Even if you’ve been using a point-and-shoot digital camera for family photos, this report will surely have you exploring your camera’s many features to get better and more interesting pictures with it!

The report is full of useful advice and tips, especially for beginners.

Where to Learn More:  Learn Digital Photography Now

Friday, March 5, 2010

Your Guide to Digital Photography Review

Seller: Learn Digital Photography Now Website

Summary: The “Your Guide to Digital Photography” by Dan Feildman is a downloadable guide for digital photography beginners and those looking for better results from their digital photography.

Product Details: There are a number of components to this learning product including –

- “Your Guide to Digital Photography” - a 75-page guide that includes a variety of tips and advice for the beginner to advanced photographer. Some of the topics are:

- Taking your first pictures
- Different kinds of digital cameras
- Professional technology at affordable prices
- Finding the right low end digital camera for those on a budget
- Exposing digital photography myths.
- Understanding the features of your digital camera
- Tips for taking better digital pictures
- Pet photo tips
- Night photo tips
- Horizons and sunglasses
- How to share your digital pictures
- Printing your pictures
- Choosing a printer for you digital images
- Editing your photos.
- Understanding white balance so your photos look good in all lighting.
- Interpolation and digital zoom to improve detailing in pictures
- Finding free photo editors for your Windows computer
- Using your flash effectively
- Understanding and making the most of your memory cards
- Important equipment to take when traveling.
- Battery options and your best bets.
- Making money from your digital photography hobby.

- “Photography Quick Tips” – 37 pages showing you how to make the most of your pictures. It includes practical tips for:

- Night photography
- Action photography
- Landscapes
- Sunsets and sunrises
- Beach photography
- Desert photography
- Sports photography
- People and pets
- Street photography
- Fog & Mist
- Waterfalls & Running Water
- Rain & Snow
- Fireworks

- Picasa Tutorials – There are 8 video tutorials (you can view them online or download them to your computer) to show you how to use the free Picasa software to organize, edit, create and share your photos. The videos include:

- Downloading and installing the program
- Editing photos with Picasa
- Creating collages
- Blogging with Picasa
- Backing up your photos
- Printing your photos
- Posting pictures to your web album

- “Your Top Digital Photography Questions Answered” – This 26 page guide answers 20 common questions about digital photography including:

- What is the biggest mistake made by beginning digital photographers?
- How to decide on the right digital camera.
- How to decide is a picture is worth taking.
- How to get the white balance right.
- How to take clear shots for indoor sports.
- Advantages/disadvantages of raw vs. Jpeg format photographs.
- What are the best settings for low light/nighttime conditions?
- What is hyperfocal distance?
- How to take a photo of a glass sign or a framed picture in glass
- How to get high contrast natural light black and white pictures.
- Time lag from the time you take a picture until it is on the memory card.
- How to avoid redeye in dim light.
- Small object close up pictures.
- How to photograph gemstones and jewelry.
- How to take a picture with both strong sun and shade.
- Capturing personality in photos of people.
- How can I understand depth of field?
- Settings and techniques for photographing birds and wildlife.
- How to take pictures into the sun and avoid lens flare.
- How to take good pictures in the snow or on the beach.

- “Buying a Digital Camera” Video – This video shows you how to use the Internet to conduct research from unbiased sources.

- “An Experiment in Photography. What Exactly Happens When You Change the Settings on Your Digital Camera?” – This 12 page guide shows photos of the same object (a house, in this case) with different camera settings resulting in very different photos.

- “Secrets of Night Photography” – A quick 6-page guide with concise advice about nighttime photography. It includes information on:

- Trails of Light (Cars)
- Trails of Light (Stars)
- Weather and Exposure
- Horizons and Sunglasses
- Tripods
- Low Cost Filtering

Format:

The main guide is a PDF ebook. There are extra guides (PDF) and videos (free Flash & Shockwave required). If you’re not sure how to use these files, don’t worry, all the download information is carefully explained and any software you may need is free and safe to download.

Thoughts on the Product:

This package covers a lot of ground on the topic of digital photography. All of the advice is very step-by-step and detailed, but doesn’t include unnecessary filler. Even for someone who has never used a digital camera before, the information is clear and concise enough to take that person from buying a camera to taking their first shots and being proud of their work.

The product can be downloaded instantly upon purchase, so you don’t have to wait for a bunch of books and videos to come in the mail. For those who are new to online downloads, full instructions are included.

Where to Learn More: Learn Digital Photography Now Website

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