BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHY

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If you’re just beginning photography, finding good, no-nonsense information from a professional in the field can be difficult. I have over 30 years working in the field and love to share my passion for photography, so read on!

BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHY

If you’re just beginning photography, you’ve come to the right place! Lots of people coming to the site are beginning photographers looking for ‘how to’ information. Here’s a collection of past articles pulled together to make this easy to access. There’s no set order, so dive right in wherever you like.–Discerning Photog

BUYING YOUR FIRST DIGITAL SLR CAMERA, OR DSLR

dslrSo you’ve gotten to the point that this photography thing is really starting to occupy all of your waking moments-you’ve been bitten by the bug, and you want a better camera! What should you buy? Which camera, which system, which way to go? What’s the right choice when there are so many to choose from? [Read More…]

HOW TO CHOOSE THAT FIRST ADDITIONAL CAMERA LENS

LensesFor you’re just beginning photography, picking the right lens for each shooting situation can seem like a daunting challenge. Particularly when thinking about buying that very first additional lens, this can seem very confusing if you’ve never had the opportunity to look, compose and shoot through a wide variety of lens choices. [Read More…]

UNLOCK THE POWER OF SHUTTER SPEED IN YOUR PHOTOS

Shutter SpeedLearning how to truly control and use shutter speed is one of most important lessons we all must master when we’re beginning photography. The reason? Your camera’s shutter speed function is the most powerful image-making element in your arsenal of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. It’s the one factor that, more than any other, can make or break your image.[Read More…]

CHIMPING YOUR WAY TO BETTER PHOTOGRAPHY

ChimpingI was thinking recently about what has changed the most in photography during the last decade, and I’ve come to the conclusion that chimping is one of the most significant things. “Chimping” refers to the act of shooting a photo, then immediately hitting the “Review” button on your camera to see the how it came out on the camera’s LCD screen. When you’re beginning photography, this can really speed up the ‘learning curve’.[Read More…]

APERTURE: WHAT IT IS, HOW TO USE IT

apertureAperture: Now there’s a real ‘Photography’ word! This can seem intimidating when beginning photography. Do you understand what ‘aperture’ refers to and how it affects your photography? Here I’ll explain exactly what it is and why you should care. Simply stated, “aperture” is the hole in your lens that allows light to pass through to your CCD (charge coupled device) during an actual digital camera exposure. The size of the hole has a big impact upon your photos.[Read More…]

HOW TO HAND-HOLD SLOW SHUTTER SPEEDS

Hand-hold Hand-holding slow shutter speeds is one of the trickier, but important things you need to learn when you you’re just beginning photography. I have two basic techniques to teach you to extend your handheld shutter speed range. The first and most important has to do with how you actually shoot photographs. Anyone who has learned how to shoot a rifle will be familiar with these tips. [Read More…]

A Photographer’s Wish List

How to Shoot Great Group Photos

Shooting With Just One Lens

How to Nail Your Digital Camera Exposure

Aperture, Shutter Speed & ISO–How to Master These Important Basics

Five Things That Will Improve Your Photography