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You’ve got your fancy, expensive camera, and in certain conditions your pictures look great. Then, you come inside to a dimly lit room, like an auditorium or a banquet hall, and suddenly your pictures look like hideous snapshots. What gives? Well, for starters, you are probably using your pop-up flash. This works ok if it’s…

We work on a small budget at school doing pictures for the yearbook. One of the things that hasn’t made it into the budget – since we don’t do a whole lot of formal portraits – is a background stand with some backgrounds. Instead, we make do with what we…

A friend of a friend is a fashion designer. I met her at a fashion show at a local university when I took some pictures (from the audience for my friend, not in any official capacity). The other day, I was browsing through my Facebook news feed and I saw…

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…

When we started this , I said that the most important thing to remember was to . Good advice, but sometimes you just can’t do it… and sometimes you’ll want to do the opposite for artistic effect. This picture was taken on the way to a prom. The girls saw…

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?

When it’s sunny out and there’s no shade, the sun acts like a giant light. If you’re doing a staged portrait, you might be able to set up some kind of overhang or canopy to create shade… but in an event situation you don’t have that luxury. Bright, harsh sunlight…

So it seems that whatever is now gone.  Search engine to what it used to be.  /shrug I suppose that means it’s time to get posting again. Recently, I’ve been stuck doing a lot of work out in bright, harsh sunlight. It’s a fairly annoying task for several reasons, but…

Yesterday, I used a few example images from football to look at how the sun works as a lght source. I’ve got a couple more examples today to, hopefully, hammer home the point. Here we are, at the county championships. Time for a quick team photo. The sun is dropping,…

Saturday was a bright, sunny day.  Mid-60’s.  Not a cloud in the sky, and almost no wind.  Perfect weather… Unless you’re trying to take pictures.  This kind of harsh sunlight, especially late in the fall when the sun gets low in the sky, highlights an important part of outdoor photography:…

About Digital Photography How To

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.

About the Author

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.

You can connect with him directly on Google Plus.