Friday, February 20, 2009

Use a simulated DSLR to enhance your photographic skills.

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Hi Pentaxian friends.

In surfing the Internet tonight, I found this great site; Photonhead. I reproduced the GOLDEN GUIDES below and captured three screens that links to a simulated camera where you can actually experience using Shutter and Aperture, ISO, and Camera shake. Click on the pictures to link to the simulations. These can be invaluable tools for entry-level photographers. Even if you are a seasoned photographer, check it out. It's very well done.

About Photonhead.com: Photonhead offer quick and easy photography tips for beginners, and intermediate theory and tutorials that provide food for growth. It has never been easier to take a good photograph, but the world of digital photography seems to be getting more complex. Drawing from experience, Photonhead.com is my ongoing and very opinionated effort to help beginners cut through the noise with tips, tutorials, and advanced learning tools.

Here are some tips to help you on your way to growing and developing your photography skills:


GOLDEN GUIDES

Always bring your camera.
The number one reason why people miss good pictures is because they don't have a camera. Make it a habit to always carry a camera with you, because you never know what you could miss.

Shoot more If you think you shoot enough - you don't. Especially if you have a digital camera, because there is no added cost to taking more photographs. Why take just one picture if you can take several? Are you in a place you may never visit again? Take a picture, because even the most boring day to day scenes can become historical in just a few years of time.

Trust your eye: Studying laws of composition is fine, but when it comes down to you must trust your eye. When you frame the shot, move the camera and explore the scene. When you find an angle or composition that FEELS good to you, take the picture immediately. You can (and should) get several more shots.

Train your eye: Look at the pictures you have taken and critique your own work. Did the image turn out like you planned? Do you like the composition? This self-review stage is essential for you to improve your photographic "spider-sense".

know your camera: You don't need to memorize every feature right away, but over time you should be comfortable enough so that operating your camera becomes second nature. It's like learning to shift gears or ride a bicycle - only when the machine becomes transparent are you really driving.

Always work on a copy: This essential guide is new for the era of digital photography. Remember that until you make a backup copy your digital photo is a one of a kind original. Make it a habit to make copies immediately after loading them from your camera, even before looking at them! Back up your images onto removable media as often as you can.

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