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Framing Photographs

Using the power and convenience of the web, photographers can now frame their work from the comfort of their own home effectively and efficiently any time of the day. There are many good online picture framing software in the market. Most of them require the following steps:

Uploading image

Uploading pictures is usually the first step. Most people made the mistake by uploading high-res images which can take forever especially if your connection is 56k. If you do not require the software to print your picture, under 200kb is good enough. A small image can also increase your navigation speed from step to step.

Follow the prompts

There are usually wizards to guide you through the entire framing process after you uploaded your picture. You should be able to match your mat board colours and mouldings easily to your picture. Some software such as YourFramer offers a “smart preview” option for you to see your picture in different mouldings at one go. This is a cool feature for you

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Digital Macro Lens Options

Many of today’s digital cameras are equipped with a macro mode. This will allow your camera to focus on subjects closer to your lens than when the camera is not in macro mode. This is sufficient for some close range shooting, but true digital macro photography will require you to go a little bit further.

While most lens options require a higher end full body or SLR digital camera, high compacts with built-in lenses can also be used. If you have a camera with a built-in lens, the best option is the use of an auxiliary macro lens.

These lenses slip onto your built-in lens using an adapter. The lens and adapter are relatively cheap and the resulting images are impressive. Before purchasing an auxiliary lens, do some research to fully understand the specifics of your digital cameras lens [http://www.mydigitalphotoclasses.com/digital-cameras-lens.html].

For those with full body or SLR digital cameras, there are many more options available. Use of a dedicated macro lens is the most popular approach. Again, do your

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Take Pictures in the Dark

Have you ever taken a picture of a cherished moment only later to discover it did not develop well because of the lighting? This will never happen again.
Advancements in sensor technology are transforming the quality of digital cameras. Sensors will enable the camera to be two to four times as sensitive to light compared to what is currently available. Photographers will produce higher quality pictures in low lighting situations.

The current status

Flashes are currently used to add more light to a scene, but they may not always be effective or appropriate. For instance, photos are prohibited in some indoor venues because the flash may take away from the participants of the event. Due to the progression of light sensors, taking a picture indoors will produce better results and may promote the usage of cameras in more venues.

Out with the old

The new technology builds upon old technology, which works as follows: Red, green, and blue pixels work in conjunction with an image sensor to

Secret Life Of The Flashgun

Auto

This is very likely to be your camera’s default setting and therefore the flash mode that your camera will be in when you first switch it on. In this mode, the camera decides whether there is enough light to take a picture without flash. If there isn’t, it will fire the flash and if there is, it won’t. It’s a set and forget option and the one most people will probably use most of the time.

Anti-red eye

Red eye is the effect you sometimes see in flash photographs where the pupil of someone’s eyes seems to glow bright red. It is caused by the fact that the built in flashgun is very close to the lens. That is why many cameras have a pop-up flash, to put more distance between the light and the lens.

Some cameras also have an anti-red eye flash mode. This switches on a steady light or fires successive flashes for a couple of seconds before taking the photograph. The idea is that all this light will make the pupil of the eye smaller and so minimise the effect. It sometimes works, but not always.

For example,

Important Camcorder Features

When you’re searching for a camcorder don’t forget to look for image stabilization – a must when it comes to important camcorder features. A digital camcorder will offer either optical or electronic image stabilization. Optical stabilization is where the lens on the digital camcorder moves in accordance with the camera’s movements. Electronic stabilization is where images on the lens are captured onto the charge couple device (CCD), and internal circuits are used to interpret video images after recording is finished.

Important camcorder features should include a lens with optical zoom level of at least 10x. Some digital camcorders have higher zoom levels, but the higher levels may not be necessary in many cases. In fact, when a camera is recording at a higher zoom level the video quality can be poor as it is harder to keep still on something that is being recorded.

One of the most important camcorder features is a good-quality liquid crystal display (LCD) screen. This screen is what is used to display images that are going to be recorded onto the video disc in the digital camcorder. With a larger screen it can be easier to see what is being recorded,

Take The Best Baby Photos Possible

We might not be expert photographers, however if we follow a few simple tips we should be able to produce some very good quality baby photos without too much effort. So that when we look back into our photo albums or we show them off to our neighbors and friends we will be proud of our efforts.

When I first began taking photos over twenty five years ago digital cameras were not an option. Film was quite expensive and so you took your baby photos or any other photo for that matter sparingly.

Today it is my recommendation that you go out and buy a mid priced digital camera. You can click away as much as you like without having to worry about the cost. What you do is transfer them all to your computer and then you can sort them at your leisure.

Just delete the ones you don’t want and keep the ones you do. You can buy a reasonably priced Color Printer and even print your pictures yourself or you can send them to a Commercial Printer over the internet. Or just take your memory card to your local printer.

Just

Image Stabilization

There is a third method that some digital cameras utilize and advertise as image stabilization. This method to counteract movement involves increasing the ISO setting to allow a faster shutter speed setting. This is not real stabilization. Also, be aware that image quality will go down as ISO goes up. I would avoid this type of stabilization.

Lens stabilization is obtained by moving the lens elements inside the lens that is attached to the camera.

Sensor stabilization is obtained by moving the sensor that is in the camera body.

Canon and Nikon currently utilize lens stabilization. Canon is more or less getting raked over the coals for not offering sensor stabilization. Nikon not so much. Not sure why Canon and not Nikon.

In any case if the demand is sufficient, then Canon and Nikon will both someday offer sensor stabilization.

So, what’s the big deal? With lens stabilization you have to buy each lens with the stabilization capability built into the lens. This can be expensive.

However, for those that want it and have a digital single lens reflex (D-SLR) camera, you can see the affect of stabilization through the lens. For

About Night Club Photography

Shutter Priority

Tv Mode on Canon cameras, Shutter priority allows you to manually select your camera’s shutter speed. It is best to use this mode in night club photos because a trained photographer will know that Aperture priority (Av mode on Canon cameras) will hold the shutter open for too long and your photos will result in lens shake.

Hand shake will be an issue with night club photography as you are unable to use a tripod. However the traditional rule (on non-IS lenses) is that your shutter speed should be close to that of your focal length. For example if i was taking a picture at 18mm then my shutter speed should be about 1/20s. I beg to differ. I feel that the minimum shutter speed for a camera is 1/8s , yes… that slow. I tend to range my shutter speeds between 1/4 and 1/8, very rarely venturing as fast as 1/30s or even 1/60s for dancers, etc.

ISO

Dependant on your camera, and I am lucky enough to have a Digital lens without too much problems, the ISO rating you use should be set as high as possible. Trial and error

Unsharp Mask

Using the unsharp mask makes it possible for your digitally corrected or resized images to maintain a high quality appearance. If you regularly downsize your pictures (for faster loading on web pages for example) then you may notice that the usual Sharpness function creates a more unnatural
look in smaller sizes images. The unsharp mask, however, because of its adjustability, can produce much better results. It can even increase the sharpness of photos taken directly from your digital camera.

From personal experience, I make sure that I make all other adjustments to a picture before resizing. For example contrast adjustment, saturation adjustment and any noise reduction. I then resize in steps (VERY important), not all in one go, as I feel this retains more of the original picture quality. Only at the very end of the process, when I’m ready to print for example, do I adjust sharpness, and
ONLY with the unsharp mask tool, not the normal sharpness adjustment.

In PaintshopPro 10, use the unsharp mask as follows:

To apply low- and high-frequency sharpening

  • Choose Adjust > Sharpness > Unsharp > Mask.

The Unsharp Mask dialog box appears.

  • Set a value from 0.01

Avoiding Blurry Images

There may be a digital photography technique that will have you shooting clearer photos in no time.

  • Taking Pictures too Quickly. Because digital camera remove the worry of wasting film most photographers end up snapping photos left and right without taking the time to stop and think about the shot. Snapping pictures “as you go” often results in blurry pictures so stop, line up your shot, and shoot while perfectly still.
  • Rushing the Auto Focus. Many times when taking a picture a person will simply point the camera and push the button down fully to snap the picture. Instead, try this digital photography technique–once you are ready to take the picture, you should push the button down only half way and allow the auto focus to do its job. Once the camera has properly focused on the subject you are photographing you may then push the button down the rest of the way. This should help fix blurry pictures.
  • Not Allowing for Shutter Lag. Many digital cameras, and especially the less expensive ones, may take up to a full half second to finish taking the photo after you have shot the picture. This time can

Zooming with Video Camcorder

Trying to get a good close-up by using the zoom lens is difficult because a long lens inherently has a shallow depth-of-field. This makes it hard to keep anything in focus. Plus, if the camera can not easily distinguish what to focus on, it’ll go bonkers and drift in and out, which can totally ruin your video.

Another things that makes zooming in for close-ups a bad idea is that on a zoomed-in telephoto setting, camera shake appears magnified, giving what we snobby pros sarcastically call earthquake video, spastic-cam and puke-inducing effects. A zoomed in shot can look so shaky you have to judge it on the Richter scale!

So…sorry to be the one to break it to you, but your zoom lens is of minimal use. That’s not to say that a good, locked-down-on-the-tripod-zoomed-in shot CAN’T look great, it’s just not as easy as it looks.

To make your zoomed-in shots look professional, you HAVE to use a tripod, (or something as a substitute). Even on a tripod, camera shake often ruins a fully zoomed-in shot, so lock your tripod down tightly and pray the wind doesn’t blow. The longer your zoom, the shakier

Share Photos Online

Bringing family and friends right into the action is almost instantaneous. Your online photo albums can be viewed by family and friends form anywhere in the world as long as they have a PC and internet access they can browse your own family albums and share all the experiences. Photo albums are a great way to express your family history, document a new birth in the family, share the joyous occasion of a family wedding and in general, document those fleeting moments that might very well just fade away with time.

If you happen to have a whole bunch of family photos that are not in digital format but would like to place them in your online photo album then a little more work is needed to place them online. Firstly you will have to have access to a scanner. Scan in the image and then you will be able to upload them to you photo album script. This probably may seem like a daunting task but it is actually quite an easy process. If you are not technically inclined or cannot afford the time to follow this route, then any photo developing business will gladly transfer

Controlling Depth of Field

Depth of field refers to the distance (depth) from the focus point that a photo will be sharp, while the rest becomes blurry. A large, or wide, depth of field will result in much of the photo in focus. A small, or narrow, depth of field will result in much more of the photo out of focus. Neither approach is better or right, and which depth of field to use is up to you, the photographer. You may have different reasons for choosing a certain depth of field including artistic effects, bringing attention to a subject, or crisp representation of a scene.

There are four main factors that control depth of field: 1) lens aperture, 2) lens focal length, 3) subject distance, and 4) film or sensor size. Your film or sensor is pretty well set, so you won’t have much luck changing that. Your focal length and distance to the subject are usually determined by your choice of composition. So the lens aperture is your primary control over depth of field.

Before I get to the tips, let’s get a few things straight:

  • BIG APERTURE = SMALL F/NUMBER = SMALL DEPTH OF FIELD
  • SMALL APERTURE = BIG F/NUMBER = BIG