Most first-time dSLR camera buyers ask around a lot, and do a lot of research before making their first (or second) camera purchase. They’re justified in their concern that they should not buy something that turns out to be a bad choice. I have good news for all such buyers. Beginners should buy the camera … Read more What Camera Should a Beginner Buy in 2020? – Tiny Tips 21
Sometimes, when you mount a GoPro camera on the body of a vehicle, the engine, panel vibration or buffeting by the wind, makes the camera vibrate. The result is video footage that seems to warp, wobble, and kind of act like you’re viewing the world through clear jelly. I’m sure you must have seen videos … Read more GoPro Vibration Reduction Techniques – Tiny Tips No. 20
Here are a few tips for when you shoot with your dSLR tethered to a computer. We’ve learnt these lessons the hard way. Try it out beforehand with the particular computer and camera that you will be using. Hardware has a way of doing strange things when you least expect it. Shoot to CF card and hard … Read more Tiny Tips 19: 5 Top Tips When Shooting Tethered
What’s ‘Bokeh’? It’s a word of Japanese origin used to describe the aesthetic quality of the ‘out-of-focus’ area of a photograph. Typically referring to the more visible ‘circles of confusion’ that are visible in shallow depth of field photographs. To get the best bokeh possible, do this: Use a fast lens, with the aperture wide … Read more Tiny Tips 18: How to get Great Bokeh from your Lens
A Digital SLR is a modern piece of equipment. It has nothing of the old-world charm associated with photography. No “wait till the film is processed“, no “did I get the exposure right“, no “oh, this is not good enough to be photographed“, no “Is the light right?”, no “I’ve got only 2 frames left. … Read more Tiny Tips 17: Retro DSLR
A UV Filter is an important part of every photographer’s kit. This may seem like a no-brainer to any sufficiently advanced photographer reading this post, but to the beginners: take note: this is a very important part of your equipment. Or should be. Why Should you ‘Always’ use a Ultra Violet filter on your lens? … Read more Tiny Tips 16: Always Use a UV Filter
If you want to take really quick & sneaky photographs on the street without putting your eye to the viewfinder, here’s a sneaky trick. Setting your lens in manual focus mode, and setting it at its Hyperfocal distance will allow you to take photographs with a great deal of flexibility, often allowing you to shoot … Read more Tiny Tips 15: Hyperfocal Distance in Street Photography
If you’re using a dSLR, put your left hand below, supporting the base of the camera, with the index finger and thumb positioned to adjust focus/zoom. Support your left elbow with your chest and grip the camera body firmly with your right hand, positioning your right index finger above the shutter release.
If you know what you like to shoot and what you are really good at Photographing, you also have to know the kind of photography in which you can make money. Identify branches of photography where you need to develop your Photographic talent to enable you to make money to sustain a career in photography. … Read more Tiny Tips 13: To the Aspiring Professional – Know Where Your Money Lies!
Work towards knowing where your talent (If not your Genius) lies in photography. Decide what you like to shoot. It may be Birds … Historical Ruins … the Female Form … Portraits; or any one of the good subjects you have around you! Next… decide what you are really good at shooting! Like Portraits … … Read more Tiny Tips 12: To the New Enthusiast – Know What You Like to Shoot
To the enthusiast Photography can either be a serious hobby or a profession possibility. Whatever the status of Photography in your life, know the power of Creativity that this form of ‘Art’ places in your ‘Hands’. You will do well to give Photography its due importance and study and practice systematically. Happy Hunting!
Very often, when you are taking photographs of a subject with an element or translucence (Like flowers, fruits and vegetables or maybe even a dragonfly on a twig!) you may want to give some light from behind the subject. This is to add life to the translucent nature of the subject and to bring out … Read more Tiny Tips 10: Study and use Backlighting for Close-up / Macro Photography
You are a photographer, so remember that you have a powerful tool of creativity in your hands… the camera! Try to create a masterpiece every time you click. Take the composition and balance in your photographs seriously. Follow the Great Masters of painting Rembrandt… Renoir… Rubens… Da Vinci (every painting was carefully composed in sketches, … Read more Tiny Tips 9: On Composition
by Ben McLeod If you want the sharpest pictures that your lens can give you, remember not to use its largest and smallest apertures. Most lenses are optimised to be used in the f/5.6 – f/11 aperture range and give their best performance when stopped down a couple of f-stops from the widest aperture or … Read more Tiny Tips 8: Best Apertures for Sharpness
by creativity+ Flare is a kind of haze often caused by light falling directly on the lens from behind or around the subject. This light may be direct or deflected. Flare may also be caused by light deflecting off fog, smog or dust in the atmosphere. It is more pronounced if it is caused by … Read more Tiny Tips 7 – Study flare caused by the Angle of your Main Light Source