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How to use DMF in Sony Mirrorless Cameras

How Can I Use DMF on My Sony Alpha Camera?

Here’s how I found out that Direct Manual Focus (DMF) is more fun than plain old Manual Focus (MF). I was photographing some bicycles in the studio recently and decided to use Manual Focus to ensure that the exact spot that I wanted would be in sharp focus. I also decided that I would use AF before refining my manual focus. I’d do this by using the AF-On button on the back of the camera.

After having used it in this way for a while, I decided to try out the inconspicuous, but ever-present DMF mode. Here’s what I found out about it… It’s exactly what I needed! Maybe you need to try it out too!

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20 Beautiful Images that Work – Because of Symmetry

This post is the last in a series of posts about how to make use of symmetry in your photography. Let me close off this batch of posts about symmetry with a few images that I think are really beautiful. Each of these photographs have at least of the four kinds of symmetry to thank, because that is why they work… Even if the symmetry is not blatantly obvious.

I invite you to take a good look at the photographs featured here and try to pick out which form of symmetry, Reflection Symmetry, Rotational Symmetry, Translational Symmetry or Glide Reflection Symmetry are responsible for making these pictures stand out.

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Symmetry in Photography: A Guide to Using it

How to Use Symmetry In Photography

There are graphical elements, and visual tools that photographers use to make their photographs simpler to understand – because our brains are used to seeing, and understand these patterns and phenomenon – but also make their images stronger, visually.

Symmetry as a graphical tool in Photography is an extremely strong compositional device that can be used to draw the attention of your viewers. It declutters the image, and makes it visually simple, yet intriguing.

Beyond Photo Tips has a running project about SYMMETRY; and you’re welcome to join us in its exploration. Now, let’s look at what symmetry is, and how you can spot it in nature, and even create symmetry in your images.

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Photography Project: Symmetry. Pic by James Jordan

Photo Project: Symmetry

Join other photographers as we explore the world around us, and understand the various principles of photography as we do so. We start off with looking at Symmetry, and how we can use symmetry in our compositions to tell us something more about the subject, to create an emotion or to create an aesthetically pleasing image. We wrote this article about how to use symmetry. Take a look at it, and then return here to join us in this exploration.

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19 Radical Skateboard Photography Tips

Skateboard photography can be quite interesting and exciting for a photographer. You’ll find skaters in most cities and towns … either in skate parks or out on the streets. So pull out your camera, and get ready to try out the collection of skateboard photography tips that you will find below. They come with some great example photos too.

The tips aren’t massively in-depth because the intent isn’t to lecture about these things. Instead, take what you can from them, build on them with your own knowledge, and study the photos for inspiration. You’ll also notice that many of these tips can be applied to other types of photography, so keep an open mind while reading.

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Kung Fu For Your Photography

Kung-Fu For Your Photography

Kung Fu is the martial art weapon of the masses. Its inception took ‘force’ out of the exclusive domain of the rulers and empowered the common man. The basic ideas are simple but powerful. You can use these lessons to master photography today!

With amateurs putting their work alongside professional photographers on the internet, the line between master and student is starting to blur. Master your skills today, and you will always be a photography hero!

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Obvious Street Photography Tips

Not everyone is bold enough to get out on the street and take photographs of life as it happens around them. If you’re someone who has been wanting to do this … to document the world around you as ‘life happens’, then here is a compilation of the best tips that I’ve seen over the years, about Street Photography. At the end of the article, I’ve also included a few additional resources so that you can continue to learn more about street photography from reliable sources.

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Selecting Photographs: What Not to Show

You’re an aspiring photographer or amateur photographer and want to show the world, or maybe just your relatives what you can do with a camera and some good ol’ light. But where’s that brilliant photograph in which you’ve managed to time the shot just perfectly? Lost in the quagmire of shots that didn’t make the cut? Here’s one small tip with an illustration to help you out.

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