Polarize for Blue Skies, White Clouds, Clear Water

Digital photography dramatically reduced the demand for filters because the effects they produced could be mimicked with editing software.  That’s not so easy with circular polarizers because they manage light in their own unique way. They’re great with black & white and film photography, too! On warm sunny days photo enthusiasts head outdoors for images [...] Read more »

Soft Light from On-Camera Flash

Pictures with harsh dark shadows and thermonuclear reflections are for Halloween and you can easily get them with direct, on camera flash because it doesn’t give soft light unless it is modified.  Fortunately it is easy and inexpensive to soften light from flash so that people in your photos won’t have faces brighter than the [...] Read more »

How to Eliminate Redeye, Shadows and Flash Reflections

Those eerie red pupils in photos of friends and family are the result of light from a camera’s flash being reflected from the interior of their eyes. The duration of flash is so short that it is over before anyone can blink, and the light gets reflected right back into the camera if the flash [...] Read more »

Using Dedicated Flash

Here’s some flash “how-to” you can begin using right away. If your camera has built-in flash or one you connect through a hot shoe it is a “dedicated flash.” The term comes from the fact that the electronics were designed to be “dedicated” to a specific camera model or family so that flash, camera, and [...] Read more »

Perfect Exposures: Metering Modes Explained

Choosing the best metering mode for a situation improves your odds for getting perfect exposures. This article describes the metering modes available with most cameras along with recommendations on which are best for various situations. In-camera metering was the first step toward the remarkably intelligent cameras that we have today. A light meter inside the [...] Read more »

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