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Embrace your ISO
What the heck is the exposure triangle?
Photography without a tripod: Three useful tips
Why knowing camera settings are helpful
Photography 101: Using Auto ISO
Why noise doesn’t really matter
High ISO is not necessarily a photographers enemy
How to get photos with perfect exposure 100% of the time
Everything you need to know about photo math
Weekly Wrap-Up: Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2019
Photography 101: What is ISO?
Shutter Priority and when to use it

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Why knowing camera settings are helpful

I am an administrator for two Facebook groups — Long Exposure Photography and Long Exposure Creativity. Every once in a while, I see people asking, “What are your camera settings?” Invariably, someone will say, “What does it matter? EXIF settings

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Photography 101: Using Auto ISO

In its simplest terms, ISO is your camera sensor’s sensitivity to light. As ISO numbers increase, so does the camera’s ability to capture more light. In bright, daylight conditions, you can use a low ISO value. For darker scenarios, you

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Why noise doesn’t really matter

Does noise really matter all that much in portraits? I think people are too hung up on having their images 100% noiseless, whereas the crisper and sharper, the better. And that’s just the point isn’t it? People are hung up

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High ISO is not necessarily a photographers enemy

Technology changes. High ISO’s are no longer the monsters we photographers have made them out to be. Increased processing power and camera improvements are removing my objections to noise. Anti-aliasing low pass filters are being removed as well.  As a

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Photo Math

Everything you need to know about photo math

Photo math isn’t math at all. It’s arithmetic. It’s adding and subtracting light. It’s also either multiplying by 2 or dividing by 2. That’s it. Photo arithmetic is easy. It all starts with a stop. What is a stop? A

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2019

The Weekly Wrap-up compiles interesting articles published this week on Photofocus. This week, we tackled the ins and outs of ISO, got tips on how to recover tough exposures, began to tackle Facebook ads, got some tips on photographing newborns,

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Photography 101: What is ISO?

When it comes to exposure in photography, it seems that most photographers have a reasonably good understanding of the impact of both the shutter speed and the lens aperture. But the role of the ISO setting can be a bit

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Shutter Priority and when to use it

Shutter Priority exposure mode is a fantastic tool for controlling how motion appears in your final image. This exposure mode allows the photographer to set the shutter speed while the camera determines the aperture. Most DSLR and mirrorless cameras offer

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The advantage of Auto ISO

In photography, ISO is a rating of your camera sensor’s sensitivity to light. A lower ISO like 50 or 100 means that the sensor will require longer shutter speeds and larger apertures to properly expose an image. A higher ISO

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5 Steps to Get Out of Auto

5 steps to get out of Auto

When just starting out in photography the typical person will begin their journey with the camera set to Auto. Using this mode tells the camera to choose the ISO, shutter speed, aperture, flash and focus. To be honest, the Auto

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On Nature: What settings should I use for wildlife photography?

When we talk about photographing behaviors and events as they unfold, we think in terms of being “reactive”, or shooting on the fly. In a studio setting, we are “proactive”, we make decisions about pretty much every characteristic of the photo before it is taken. My goal with wildlife photography is to be more “proactive” and make as many choices before the action begins as possible, so I am not fumbling with settings when the good stuff goes down!

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Avoiding the harsh, direct flash look

One of the biggest reasons why I don’t like pop-up flashes is that it gives uneven, harsh lighting directed at your subject. Even with an on-camera speedlight, the same effect can happen. And while you can play around with the

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Easy high key lighting with two lights

Creating high key light is making sure there is enough light on your background so it is pure white, with no shadows. This can be done using strobes or LEDs or a mixture of both types of light. There are several

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