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Basketball season is just about over for the year. It used to be one of my least favorite sports to shoot, but I’ve learned a lot over the past two months. If you find yourself in a similar situation – trying to figure out how to capture some awesome photos of a youth or high…

ISO Sensitivity and Noise are an interesting topic. Depending on how you look at it, the explanations can be quite different. The standard photographer explanation is that a higher ISO sensitivity amplifies the light in an image while simultaneously amplifying noise. A more technical response, found on the photography Stack…

You’re camera has a setting called “exposure compensation,” usually labeled or represented by “EV” and a + or a -. What is exposure compensation, and why would you want to use it? When you leave the camera in an automatic or semi-automatic mode (i.e. Automatic, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority),…

Why use shutter priority mode when your outside with your speedlight…? Cause otherwise you’ll end up with a picture like this. Oops. I had two new students taking pictures at graduation. That tends to happen every year, because my photography crew is all seniors… so they can’t really take pictures…

In the first part of this series on , we looked at how to position yourself properly and utilize the sun as a light. In this second part, let’s think about what is the best camera setting or mode to use when working outside in bright sunlight?

A is that your pictures will come out noisy. But does that mean you should never turn up the ISO setting on your camera…? Nope. The picture to the left, from my coverage of the 2011 William Paterson University fashion show, was shot at the maximum regular ISO setting for…

Aside from the exposure settings (aperture, shutter speed, ISO), there are a number of other important things to think about when using your camera. A lot of the time, you may not need to worry about them. But, when I go out to take photos at a sporting event, there…

A very important setting, and one that my students often forget about, is the auto focus mode. In Canon, you’ve got three choices – One Shot, AI Focus (which we’re going to ignore for now) and AI Servo. What’s the difference, and which should you use when?

Not directly, no. The DNG (Digital Negative) format is an open and standardized raw image format developed by Adobe. The Canon Rebel t1i does not have the capability to directly save an image in the DNG format.

“Shooting in raw” means that you’re saving your images to the memory card without processing them in camera. Instead, you’re saving that editing process for later, when you can sit at the computer and make sure everything comes out just right. While some people argue that you should just “get…

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Digital Photography How To is intended to be a guide to people learning how to use their digital SLR cameras. Three years ago, I had never picked up a camera; now, I produce a yearbook every year and I moonlight as a professional photographer.

I write this website to share what I've learned in that time. The topics will range from truly beginners topics, to tutorials for post processing, to resources for yearbook and graphic design, to thoughts on transitioning from a hobbyist to a professional. Keep up to date by subscribing to the RSS feed.

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Digital Photography How To is written by Brian Rock. In addition to being a photographer, he's an educator. He teaches high school history, he's the advisor of the school yearbook, and he trains his kids to do all of the photography for the yearbook.

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