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Here’s the third installment of my fast photo tips. These are simple posts filled with several short ideas to help improve your photography. Don’t over-think it. Just try it.

Scott Bourne’s Fast Photo Tip #7

Tilt-Shift basics: Tilt the lens to match the plane of focus to the plane of the object being photographed. This allows you to use a larger than normal aperture than you would typically for that kind of depth of field.

Scott Bourne’s Fast Photo Tip #8

Live View mode is available on most modern DSLRs. While it’s essential for video, it’s also quite useful for macro work. It’s easier to check your depth of field and your focus using Live View. You will also defeat the problems that come with today’s smaller than 100% view finders.

Scott Bourne’s Fast Photo Tip #9

If you’re having trouble getting your polarizer to work properly remember that polarizers are designed to work best when pointed toward the band in the sky that is at a right angle to the sun’s beam, i.e., your shadow will point in the same direction. Remember that wide angle lenses will intensify the polarizing effect making things unnaturally dark.


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