Digital Photography Tutorials – Filters?

For those of you interested in digital photography, tutorials are going to be a great way to get yourself familiarized with the tricks of the trade. Let’s start off by learning some things about digital cameras.

Filters were once an essential part of photography but are they still required in digital photography?

Filters are basically made from plastic or glass and are placed in front of the lens to prevent some light waves from reaching the sensor. And although a majority of the filters are manufactured for DSLR cameras, generic filters can also be purchased to be used with digital cameras.

The first most common type of filter being used is the UV filter. Often a UV filter is placed on the lens to not only filter UV rays but also to protect the surface of the lens. Far better to scratch the replaceable filter than your lens itself!

The next is the ND Grad, or Neutral Density Graduation filter. This filter is separated into two sections, with one region being significantly darker than the other. The ND filter is used for landscape photography when there is too much contrast in a scene to hold both hilites and shadows i.e Sky and the land. What is does is to darken the sky and balance the exposure stops between the two, i.e. sky and land. The brightness range problem is also significantly solved with this filter. Another must have recommended in all digital photography tutorials. However this is one case where I personally very rarely use Grads as I prefer to take several exposures and combine them in Photoshop.

Another filter worthy of a mention is a polarizer which cannot be completely replaced by digital post production techniques. A polarizer allows you to adjust specific light rays that should pass through the lens onto the sensor. This filter is best used to compensate for the excessive reflections from a surface like a lake or similar surfaces but also can help saturate colours.

As you can see from just mentioning these few filters above some are no longer a must have in your camera bag while others still a place.

My advice is if you need to use filters in your photography and you can afford it buy the better quality glass filters as you’d be surprised how much cheaper filters can spoil the quality of your images.

Digital Photography Tutorial – Taking Portraits

Portraiture, if you have the knack for it, is a very satisfying type of photography. To begin this digital photography tutorial, I’d like to start off by saying you have to have a knack for portrait photography, simply because it’s true. If you can’t put your subject at ease and get them comfortable sitting in front of a camera then as a portrait photographer you have a problem on your hands.

Your subject will turn out stiff and unwilling and it will come through in the photograph as well, and it won’t matter how good a photographer you are, or how much wizardry you can do with editing software. If the original photograph you take is flawed then there’s not much you can do about it except go back to the drawing board.

And by the drawing board here I don’t mean your photographic skills, but the need for you to brush up on your people skills. And don’t worry if the first ever portrait photograph you take is of the person looking stiff and unnatural, you just need to keep trying until you get it right.

Besides, most first attempts at anything invariably come out looking wrong so don’t get discouraged. It’s only when things are still looking decidedly dicey after about two years of almost dedicated portrait photography that you might want to think about brushing off those people skills you knew you had but which you haven’t been able to find.

For my very first portrait photography session, I hijacked my sister into being my willing victim – oops, I meant to say guinea pig – and I can tell you that the end results were disastrous to say the least.

After that I just forgot all about it and left my desire for portrait photography behind me. At this point I was into the whole film and processing thing, and I didn’t feel like wasting my time and money on something that I clearly wasn’t good at. I also knew that no matter how much I tried to brush up my people skills, that that was really as good as it got.

So there I was, and there was portrait photography, a seemingly unobtainable goal in my photographic life, until that is, of course, I bought my first digital camera. And I have to say that after that, whole new worlds opened up to me and I even went so far as to dream about doing some portrait photography as well.

Luckily for me, as the years had passed my people skills had also loosened up a little bit and I wasn’t so stiff-necked when I went into it this time. My photographs were still stiff necked, in the beginning at least, but they did improve with time and I can now take a decent portrait photograph without too much of a problem.

The moral of the story then?

The digital camera is good for experimenting with photography. And portrait photography is good if you can easily interact with your fellow human being.

But overall, don’t give up on portrait photography just because your very first shots were far from perfect. Give it a few more tries and don’t lose hope that you’ll eventually get something more than halfway decent.

Before I forget, I’d also like to point out that portrait photography need not only be about the traditional portraiture. You have many options open to you and whichever one you take depends to a large amount on your subject, or basically which type of portrait would display them best, and your own inclinations.

So just to give you an idea of what type of portrait photography you can look forward to, I’ve compiled a simple list for you to look into. There are obviously more types than the four that I’ve listed here, but hopefully these will be enough to give you a head start.

Digital Photography Tutorial to Find Best Digital Cameras Online

The new buzzword in today’s economy is “Digital”. Everything from TV to music to cars ignitions has gone digital.

However, there is one item that has gained an incredible boost from the digital revolution, cameras.

Digital cameras have revolutionized how we take photos and the camera industry and the camera market have taken advantage of this opportunity by developing digital cameras. Since we don’t have to deal with film and the ensuing film processing we are addicted to instant photo gratification and more and more people are finding themselves in the market to purchase a digital camera from themselves.

Because of the increasing demand and the plethora of choices on the market consumers are finding that there are incredible discounts available. This means you can get more bang for your buck when purchasing a digital camera.

If you are in the market to purchase a new digital camera you will find that there are some incredible bargains on great cameras. Yet, you may be asking yourself, where do you find the discounted digital cameras? This digital photography tutorial is designed to point you in the right direction so you can find exactly what you are looking for at a price that will make you smile.

The Internet is one of the best ways to find discounts on the digital cameras you are looking for. There is no faster and comprehensive medium like Internet. With research you can easily find discounts on all sorts of cameras, undoubtedly including the one you are looking for. Moreover there are thousands of sites which deal with digital cameras and offer discounts. If you know what you are looking for you will undoubtedly find it at one of the many online stores and online retailers at an incredible discount.

Knowing what you are looking for will help when comparing the discounted rates which are offered by different online retailers. For example you want a 3.0 megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom and a 2 inch LCD monitor and an aperture range from f/2.0-f/8.0. There are a variety of manufacturers who make cameras that meet these specifications and who offer them at different prices. Comparing prices and possible discounts will give you the best bang for your buck.

Along with finding discounts you will also want to check out online reviews of the different cameras and manufacturers.

These are important so you purchase the camera that will best meet your needs and last long enough for you to get your money’s worth.

This digital photography tutorial also recommends that you look for web sites that will ask for exactly what you are looking for and then take you to a page that has only those cameras along with the price. They might ask for your required megapixel range, zoom range, flash, memory, exposure and size. After you finish filling these details, the web sites would display the results of the cameras including these features, along with the discount offers.

If you don’t have access to the Internet you will need to rely on the local phonebook. This is a bit more difficult as you will need to find discount dealers and then contact each one. I recommend that you check out the stores yourself, to compare the rates and then go back to a certain shop which offers you the best discounts. Obviously this method requires a lot of time, money and patience. Moreover the discount that you would get won’t be much of a difference to the market price.

While you may be apprehensive about purchasing items over the Internet it is undoubtedly the best way to get a digital camera at incredible discounted prices. With a bit of research you will be able to get more an incredible bang for your buck.