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Framing a Picture: The Rule of Thirds

One of the most common rules of framing a picture in photography, and other art forms, is the rule of thirds. It is typically one of the first things you learn when taking a formal photography course and is...[more]

Taking the Picture: Pressing Shutter Without Camera Movement

It can be frustrating to anticipate a great photo only to have your picture taking moment ruined by blurry photos. You can avoid some of the frustration and the blur by being purposeful when you press the...[more]

Using iPhoto Effects to Enhance Your Photos

One of the great things about the iPhoto program is the iPhoto effects and the capabilities it has. You can make simple or complex improvement or changes to any photo you have uploaded to the program. Experimenting...[more]

Breaking the Rules for Framing a Picture

There are rules to be aware of in the digital photography arena, such as the rule of thirds and rules about framing a picture. However, just as with the rules of life, there are times when it is okay...[more]

How to Hold Your Camera Properly

Although it might seem that the way to hold a camera is the most basic of knowledge in photography, it's surprising how many people lack the know-how. It's not rocket science, but it sure can make a...[more]

How to Set Up Personal Security Cameras

There may be many reasons to install personal security cameras, such as property protection, monitoring or deterring criminal activity. Whatever the reason may be, it's important to know to set up personal security cameras to get...[more]

6 Beautiful Natural Fashion Photography Locations

There are many realms to photography, including natural fashion photography where location can make all the difference in your photos. Fashion photography itself is a creative endeavor that allows for tons of leeway in utilizing your skills...[more]

Advantages of Using Pre-Focus

Pre-focus is a term and technique practiced by professional photographers, and it is highly useful in action photography with lots of movement. If done right, you'll have an awesome shot. If done wrong, you'll either have...[more]

Flickr Photo Sharing Offsite With Captions

Flickr photo sharing with friends, family or colleagues, when the Internet isn't around, used to be a daunting task. With current technology, this is no longer the case, as we now use our phones as an...[more]

How to Use Film Developing Supplies Efficiently

While processing prints, everyone invents their own routines when it comes to the process of using film developing supplies. The steps are similar, but ultimately we bring custom, flair and ritual when it comes to something...[more]

How to Sell Prints Online through Flickr

If you want to sell prints online as a professional with Flickr, it can be very easy! Once you have all your photos online, structured and organized, you can begin to put together your own portfolio. Not...[more]

How to Move Photos From Flickr to Shutterfly

To move photos from Flickr to Shutterfly is not as hard as it sounds. By now, if you accidently click on the delete button, you get a confirmation before the files are really gone. Different services offer...[more]

Digital Camera Instructions: Flash Mode Symbols Explained

Digital camera instructions all use fancy symbols; some are pretty straight forward and others look like some ancient hieroglyphs. Taking time to research your cameras own symbols can be useful; if you do not have the...[more]

How to Use the Voice Recorder Memo on Digital Cameras

When out in the field creating photography with your digital cameras, leaving yourself reminders of why you took a photo a certain way can help during the editing process. Each camera out there has it's...[more]

Underwater Digital Camera: How to Maintain a Waterproof Seal

Buying a consumer underwater digital camera means you probably can't get too deep. So, how do the professionals do it? They buy under water camera housing to turn their professional cameras into underwater machines. These housings need...[more]

When to Turn off the Red Eye Reduction Feature on Your Digital Camera

Red eye reduction works  by emitting a pre-flash before the main one to contract the subjects' pupils. This reduces the red eye problem, but does not eliminate it.Turning off Red Eye ReductionBecause of the nature of...[more]

How to Turn off the Red Eye Reduction Feature on Your Digital Camera

Red eye reduction works by emitting a pre-flash before the main one so that a subject's pupils become contracted and less light is bouncing out of them. This function does help red eye, but you don't...[more]

Digital Camera Instructions: How to Download a Video to Your Computer

Today's digital cameras can shoot video that's the same quality as a camcorder. Here are some general digital camera instructions that will help you download your videos from your camera to your computer, where you can upload...[more]

Digital Camera Instructions: How to Set up Date and Time

Please keep in mind that the digital camera instructions in this article are for general use and might not apply to your model.Usually when you first turn on your camera, you are promoted to set the time...[more]

Digital Camera Instructions: Sharpness Explained

When you're thumbing through the digital camera instructions for your new toy, you'll often see the word sharpness. It plays a big role in photography, but what exactly is it? Well, let's first look at how its...[more]

Digital Camera Instructions: Symbols on SET Button Explained

If you lost your digital camera's instructions, don't worry. This article will help you understand what the symbols on the function/ SET button are, and it will explain how to use them.SymbolsBox with a '+' and...[more]

Digital Camera Instructions: How to Change the Sharpness

As a photographer, you want the best looking image that is possible. Here are some basic digital camera instructions that will help you change your camera's sharpness, while still allowing you to continue taking great pictures.Sharpness SettingsYour...[more]

How to Turn on the Red Eye Reduction Feature on Your Digital Camera

Everyone has had their photography plagued by people in the pictures coming out with red eyes, but you no longer need to deal with it once you figure out how to turn on the red eye...[more]

Lens Filters: Neutral Density

The main purpose of a neutral density lens filter is to reduce the intensity of light. You might be wondering why would we add a lens filter to reduce the light when we could get the same...[more]

Underwater Digital Camera: How to Do a Quick Waterproof Test

For underwater photography, it is important to ensure that your digital camera is actually an underwater digital camera. Not only will you lose a valuable piece of equipment, you may also lose all that is saved...[more]

Lens Filters: Circular Polarizer vs Polarizer

A polarizer lens filter is something that every serious photographer should own. It is fairly easy to mount a polarizer onto a camera. It screws directly over the lens. The purpose of a polarized filter is to...[more]

Digital Camera Instructions: Scene Mode Symbols Explained

Digital camera Instructions offer a wide range of scene modes to help you get the best pictures in special situations. Here's a brief explanation of them.BacklightThis mode is designed for situations where you have light coming...[more]

Do's and Don’t's of Underwater Digital Camera

Before purchasing an underwater digital camera, you need to follow some do's and don'ts which can make your photography experience very fruitful.DoDetermine your Requirements: The needs of a professional underwater photographer differ vastly from those of a...[more]

How to Use a Lens Filter on a Digital Camera

If you're serious about photography, then your kit should include lens filters. Lens filters help us gain an extra edge in our shots that we can't normally accomplish. Some examples are Neutral Density filters, which are...[more]

Cost Effectiveness of a WiFi Memory Card

Before you purchase a wifi memory card for your digital camera, it's important to consider the cost effectiveness. Optimally, a digital camera wifi memory card works by uploading your photos to your computer or photo service automatically....[more]

Pros and Cons of a WiFi Memory Card

If you are entertaining the idea of purchasing a wifi memory card for your digital camera, there are some pros and cons you should think about first. The purpose of a wifi memory card for your digital camera is...[more]

How to Use a WiFi Memory Card

A Wi-Fi memory card is designed to make uploading photos from your digital camera to your computer effortless. The current company with the largest Wi-Fi memory card market share is called Eye-Fi. The concept behind the card...[more]

How to Change a Lens on SLR Cameras

SLR cameras are used by professionals. One of the key differences between a professional and consumer camera is the ability to change lenses because lens have a great influence on your depth of field. Changing a lens...[more]

What F-Stop Should Be Used for Portraits

Digital cameras have auto features that can do many things for you, but as an aspiring photographer, you may want to experiment with different settings, such as an f-stop, to ensure that you get the best...[more]

How to Set the Frame to Reduce Red Eyes in Pictures

Red eyes in pictures can decrease the quality of your photos. Some cameras have red eye reduction, but this only reduces the problem, it doesn't eliminate it. Here are some simple tips for setting up your frame so...[more]

Underwater Digital Camera: What is Depth Rating?

If you have an underwater digital camera, then depth rating is a term you should become familiar with. A depth rating determines how much water pressure the camera can tolerate before it breaks. Although water might...[more]

Digital Camera Focus Mode: Face-Priority AF

Digital cameras come with lots of focus modes; you'll find yourself only using a few of them. One that almost every photographer, both amatuer and professional, will often use is face-priority auto focus. People are the...[more]

Digital Camera Focus Mode: Multi Area Focus

Most digital cameras come with a variety of focus modes that a user can easily use to quickly achieve the focus effect they desire. One of those functions is multi area function. It works by the the...[more]

Digital Camera Focus Mode: Single Area Focus

Most consumer digital cameras have multiple auto focus modes. Single Area Focus is one of them. What it does is recognize the object that is most prominent in the screen and it focuses on that. It...[more]

Using the My Colors Mode on Your Camera

One feature of digital cameras to be aware of is the my colors mode. Paying attention to and utilizing the my colors mode of your digital camera will give you some unique pictures that are entirely your...[more]

Creating an iPhoto Slideshow

iPhoto is a program that anyone who enjoys taking photos will love; you can even create a iphoto slideshow. The program makes organizing your photos, tagging people, and basic editing extremely easy. You can also share...[more]

How to Import from iPhoto to iMovie

iPhoto and iMovie both come as standard software when you buy a Mac. All the photos in your iPhoto library can be used in iMovie. By default, a still image appears on screen for 5 seconds.Finding the PhotoTo...[more]

How to Import Photos from iPhoto to Flickr

iPhoto is a software program designed to help users easily organize, edit and share their photos. It is available only to Mac users and comes as standard software when you're buying a new computer. Importing...[more]

iPhoto Effects for Stylizing Your Photos

iPhotos is a versatile photo editing program that comes with the standard software on a Mac computer. Although iphoto effectsis not as intense as Photoshop, there are some standard effects that you can quickly add to...[more]

Camera Mode: High ISO

If you're new to the world of digital cameras, you might discover when you're playing around with your camera's mode, that raising the ISO makes the image brighter. But, after going out and shooting some pictures,...[more]

When Not to Use Exposure Compensation

Exposure compensation is a technique that has become common practice in modern photography, and is a useful tool for correcting exposure problems caused by the way that the internal light meters work in modern cameras.Understanding ExposureEssentially,...[more]

Digital Camera Settings to Capture Star Trails

In order to maximize your star trail photography, you need to know the correct digital camera settings to capture star trails.Before you set up your camera though, you need to first make sure you choose the...[more]

How to Use Camera Aperture to Narrow Depth-of-Field

Using the camera aperture setting on your camera, you can capture different focal points with your camera. The aperture determines where your camera sensor focuses on and where it takes its measurements from. Larger aperture (using a...[more]

How to Change Image Size Selection on Flickr

Changing the image size of your pictures on Flickr is simple to do by following the following instructions:Step 1: Find PhotoOnce you log into your account on Flickr and your at the home page, click on the...[more]

3 Flickr Organizational Tips

Using online photo sharing services like Flickr can be a useful tool. Using a few of these tips when your working on uploading files can save you a few headaches later on. Think of your filing cabinet;...[more]