Mrs Baine

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Photography FAQ

With digital cameras costing less and less, more and more people are able to afford one. But many people are finding out, that if you own an 8 mega pixel top of the range camera, it doesn’t make you a great photographer.

What is this thing called Photoshop?

Adobe photoshop is one of the many programs that’s available to help with the editing of photographs. Many digital photographs look great straight out of the camera, especially the point and shoot camera’s like my little Nikon Coolpix s210, the camera sharpens and adds contrast from with in the camera, which most of the time creates a nice sharp vibrant photograph.

The more advanced your camera gets the more adjustments you find you need to make to your photograph before printing. most DSLR camera’s need adjustment to colour and sharpening because they are often not configured to sharpen and adjust with in the camera.

Of course there are many other things that photoshop is used for, its not just for making the simple adjustments mentioned above, but it can be used for touching up portraits-removing blemishes, changing photographs to black and white or sepia, you can even add boarders, text and if you want you can manipulate an image so much it may barley resemble the original photograph taken with your camera.

I use Photoshop Elements  which is aimed at the regular consumer market, it has basic functions and is one of the cheaper versions of the software to buy. Many professionals use Photoshop CS2 which is the full version of Adobe Photoshop and it runs into the hundreds of dollars to buy. I have a few picture examples HERE

What are your favorite camera related websites?

I am always trying to learn as much as I can, this basically means that I surf the internet looking for interesting reads and advice that will help me understand more about how photography works, ad how I can make my pictures better. I belong to a couple of forums, which have great advice all the time, especially if you use the search tool they provide. I think I read every post when i first became a member on those forums!

Forums

VA Photogs If your a photographer in Virginia you should be a member here, with regular get togethers and great tips and tricks, all photography related.

The Photo Forum – A non specific camera group, all camera’s film, digital, point and shoot full of great advice!

Photography On The Net – Canon specific, all things canon camera based, a very busy forum.

Abbreviation’s in the Camera World

Sigma Imaging – Sigma lens technology information, what the abbreviations on Sigma lenses mean

Internet Based Stores

B & H – Profesional Photography, video and Audio Store, competitive and reliable

Adorama – Everything photographic, fast and reliable, in competition with B& H

Photo Editing

Confessions of a pioneer woman – A great tutorial about sharpening and brightening eyes.

I Retouching – Click tips and tutorials on the left hand side of the screen and learn about portrait touch ups

Portrait Photography

Pose Guide – A huge amount of pictures to help you and your subject decide how they want to pose.

Lighting Techniques

Stobist – A guide to lighting your subject

Lenses

Digital SLR Guide – Helped me understand how lenses are used for different subjects and when they should be used.

Taking Pictures

Camera Hobby – An E-book about Photography

More to come…


I want to take a close up of some jewellery so I can sell it on Ebay, but the pictures are always burry. What am I doing wrong?

If you are using a regular consumer digital camera for example a Sony Cybershot, you will need to set your camera to macro mode. Macro mode allows your camera to focus on a subject that is close to the lens. using the macro mode will allow you to get 15-20cm away from your subject, if your subject is very small then if you have a super macro mode then you may wish to use this so you can get much closer. Your camera will require you to manually select manual mode, this is either on the main dial or as part of the menu, look for the little flower symbol and select it.

To get help you get the nice bright sharp image, make sure you have lots of good lighting, or use a light tent. (these can be bought or made quite cheaply). If the area is well lit, your shutter will open and close very quickly, which will keep the image sharp. If the subject is poorly lit your shutter speed will slow down allowing more light through to the sensor, with just a small movement on a slow shutter your image can become blurry.

How to Create a Muted Color Photograph?

I added the post to my blog that gives step by step instructions, with photos to help you with this technique., click HERE

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