Category: Photography Resource

Black and White Creepy Parking Garage

Creepy Parking Garage

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Street Photography Tip : Take Your Lens Cap Off

Black Rapid R Strap Lens Cap Holder, originally uploaded by sweetspot@f8. Months ago I came across a new comer who asked me what’s the best street photography tip I can give him, and my answer is Take Your Lens Cap Off.

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See Your Flickr Photos in Black Background

I used to wonder when would flickr offer a black theme or way to display my photostream with black background, but not anymore, thanks to services like Flickriver, Fluidr and Bighugelabs. I love the first two, FlickRiver and FluidR they both offer an excellent theme for your photostream with black background, also with FlickRiver you […]

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Freezing Action

inflightwith70-210mmf4-4020 Originally uploaded by sweetspot@f8 Here’s a photo of a bird in flight, taken with a fast shutter speed, of 1/500, because of the fast shutter speed, I was able to freeze or stop the action.

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Choosing the Correct Shutter Speed. Shutter Priority Mode (TV)

lowlight-5718, originally uploaded by sweetspot@f8. Choosing the correct Shutter Speed can be intimidating at first. Here’s what I do, on a bright sunny day, if I need to shoot in SHutter Priority Mode, I set my Shutter Speed to a minimum of 1/400 and set the exposure to -1. I can then go up for […]

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Shutter Priority for Motion Control – (TV) Mode

streets-5657, originally uploaded by sweetspot@f8. If you want to control motion in your photos, set your dial to the Shutter Priority Mode or TV Mode. Shutter priority makes it easier for us to control the actions on our photo, in this mode all you need to do is select a shutter speed an the camera […]

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Patience is of the Essence When Using an Old Lens.

Birds at the DC Capitol Pond, originally uploaded by sweetspot@f8. Truly patience is your best friend when dealing with fast moving subjects while using an old lens. Taken with a Canon Rebel XS with the EF 70-210mm F/4.

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Lens Hoods and The Benefits of Using One.

Lens Hoods are lens accessories that we put on the end of our camera lenses. The primary reason lens hoods were created was to block light from hitting the front element of our lens to prevent lens flare. Is it required to use a lens hood? Certainly not. It’s an optional accesory, but an important […]

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Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM – Coming Spring 2010

Yeah baby, yeah!!!!. I just check Sigma’s official wesite and saw the 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM. It wasn’t there yesterday. Finally! I’ve been waiting for this lens since it was announced at PMA late Feb 2010. It won’t be long now. All five lenses that were announced at PMA 2010 can now be […]

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Shutter Speed is Like the Curtain in Your Window

Motion, originally uploaded by sweetspot@f8. This photo was featured as one of the 10 Most Interesting Photos of 2009 from the SP@Flickr Group. This is a continuation of my previous post on Shutter Speed. The DSLR can be a confusing and intimidating device for some. Trust me I know, it happen to me and up […]

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Shutter Speed and Low Light

Photo by : Jay Capilo Believe it or not the photo above was taken by an amateur, that’s according to him, but if you take a look at it, it looks like it was shot for a wine commercial.

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Prime Lens? What are they?

I’ve noticed that a lot of people especially beginners and amateurs like me are confuse about prime lenses. Often they refer to zoom lenses with fix aperture as prime lenses, and some refer to Canon L lenses as prime lenses, so I decided to do a little research myself. Prime lens is a lens that […]

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Digital Infrared Photography: Professional Techniques and Images

Digital Infrared Photography: Professional Techniques and Images Presenting advances in infrared photography, which has long been an artful alternative to traditional color or black-and-white photography, this guide provides tips for creating vivid infrared prints. Previsualizing the effects of infrared light on a subject, successfully using Adobe Photoshop to heighten the effects of infrared images, and […]

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Fine Art Flower Photography: Creative Techniques And The Art Of Observation

Fine Art Flower Photography: Creative Techniques And The Art Of Observation By Tony Sweet Acclaimed nature photographer Tony Sweet helps us to see a familiar subject through new eyes in this astonishing collection of flower photography. Ranging from the elegiac to the experimental, these pictures offer a kaleidoscopic survey of innovative photographic techniques–including multiple exposures […]

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Bokeh

Bokeh (derived from Japanese, a noun boke 暈け, meaning “blur” or “haze”) is a photographic term referring to the out-of-focus areas of an image produced by a camera lens using a shallow depth of field.[1] In and of itself, bokeh implies no aesthetic judgment or qualities, either good or bad. Bokeh meaning “blur”, it is […]

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Chromatic Aberration

In optics, chromatic aberration (also called achromatism) is the failure of a lens to focus all colors to the same point. It occurs because lenses have a different refractive index for different wavelengths of light (the dispersion of the lens). The refractive index decreases with increasing wavelength. Chromatic aberration manifests itself as “fringes” of color […]

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Barrel Distortion

Barrel distortion In “barrel distortion”, image magnification decreases with distance from the optical axis. The apparent effect is that of an image which has been mapped around a sphere. Fisheye lenses, which take hemispherical views, utilize this type of distortion as a way to map an infinitely wide object plane into a finite image area. […]

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Zoom-Creep

Zoom Creep is a lens’ tendency to slowly (or rapidly) extend or shorten, depending on the downward or upward tilt of the camera. It absolutely necessitates the use of two hands while using the lens and is problematic. Several people have suggested different methods in dealing with this problem, my favorite being the use of […]

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Vignetting 

In photography and optics, vignetting (pronounced /vɪnˈjɛtˌɪŋ/) is a reduction of an image’s brightness or saturation at the periphery compared to the image centre. The word vignette, from the same root as vine, originally referred to a decorative border in a book. Later, the word came to be used for a photographic portrait which is clear […]

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The Adobe Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital Photographers

The Adobe Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital Photographers By Scott Kelby ARE YOU READY FOR AN AMAZING NEW VERSION OF THE PHOTOSHOP BOOK THAT BREAKS ALL THE RULES? Scott Kelby, the best-selling Photoshop author in the world today, once again takes this book to a whole new level as he uncovers the latest, most important, […]

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