From Liz Masoner, former About.com Guide
The basic tool of photography is the camera. Like all craftsmen and artists, its a good idea to know your tools very well. These articles will guide you through learning about your camera in an easy to understand way.
While so many of today's cameras try to do the thinking for photographers, to get really great images you need to know how to control your camera. You also need to know what controls affect what aspects of your photographs.
Composition simply means how your image is put together. The greatest subject in the world will not automatically make a great image. You have to know how (and where) to put that image on film.
Lighting and Color
Ahhh, light. Photography is the art of capturing light on film (or digital surface). To really master photography we need to know about lighting.
Taking the photo is only part of the process. Now you need to develop that photo. With film, most developing is done by an outside lab. With digital, most of the editing and developing is done by the photographer.
- How to Create a Partial Color Photo
- How to Add Texture to Photos with Layers
- How to Create a Vignette
- The Orton Effect - Turning Your Photos into Fairytales
We all love getting lots of compliments on our photos. Our About Photography Assignments are a great way to compete and learn at the same time!
Fixing Common Photo Problems
Regardless of experience or skill level, there are always a few common problems that plague photographers. Here are some ways to help correct these problems.
- Preventing Dark Photos
- Stopping Blurry Images
- Avoiding Bad Foregrounds
- Framing Issues - Types of Viewfinders
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