Tips: Night Sky Photography

1. Search for a location on the ground from where you can see the entire sky. The best option may be a huge terrace where you can frame the sky. Make sure there is no obstacle coming in between such as buildings or trees.

2. Mount the camera on a tripod (or a firm support). Mounting the camera and setting the speed.

3. Set the ISO to a lower speed (around 100)

4. Set the mode dial to shutter priority mode. You can set the shutter speed to the bulb setting, or can set it at a range of settings between 15 and 40 seconds.

5. Turn the auto focus mechanism off and then manually set the ring of the lens to infinity.

6. Position the camera and start shooting. It is better to use cable release/remote control in order to minimize the distortion. Alternately, you may set the timer mode and shoot image without a shake.

 

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Tips: Which Shooting Mode should be used in DSLR

After a few of my friends have also picked interest in photography and posed several questions to me, I have decided to start a series on tips of using DSLR and as result this is the first in the series.

All DSLRs have creative modes for Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Program Mode. In Canon cameras these are denoted by symbols M, Av, Tv, P and as M, A, S, P in Nikon cameras.

Program Mode (P) – While you are learning to get grips with a D-SLR, the point-and-shoot Program mode ensures you will be able to get great shots from day one because with Program mode, you are allowing the camera to take control of everything. However, unlike Full Auto mode, the Program mode allows you to set the white balance, ISO speed, AF mode, Metering mode and flash firing. The drawback with this mode is that this may actually bias the camera towards a faster shutter speed and this would be more appropriate for action shots (too slow shutter and you will get blurred images from subject or camera movements). In summary, this may be a mode for starting but isn’t the way to go with.

Shutter Priority (S or Tv) – Shutter Priority mode gives you the control to create movement effects such as frozen or blurred i.e. by using a long shutter speed will gives you the effect of blurring water or light trails and a fast shutter speed to freeze the water splash. You can select the shutter speed regardless the brightness level. The range of shutter speed varies depending on the camera model and make, however, generally it ranges from BULB (shutter will remain open as long as u keep the shutter fully pressed) to 30 seconds to 1/4000 of a second. The faster shutter speed will enable to freeze the action and slower shutter speed will give effects of flow, blurring of water, light trails.

Aperture Priority (A or Av) – Aperture Priority mode put you in control of the zone sharp focus (Depth of Field) in a shot and because it will always give you a usable exposure setting. Nevertheless, Aperture Priority mode isolates your main subject and create professional-looking portraits. Moreover, use this mode and a large aperture setting for a shallow depth-of-field and blurred background. Aperture Priority mode is dependent on the lens fitted and as a result, it will always give you a setting that can take a picture. Hence, use this mode as a ‘Default’ shooting mode, which is most recommended for everyday shots! Most of the times I keep Aperture mode as default on my camera. It enables you to control focus area in your shots, leading to greater control on your end shot. It’s widely useful when clicking portraits, landscapes, group photos and when you want to isolate the subject from background or foreground.

Manual Mode (M) – Manual mode gives you complete control over your exposure settings. It is necessary with studio flash, in low-light conditions or if you’re after a specific effect like ‘painting with light’, but it’s too slow to set-up for everyday use. Use this mode when you have grown in confidence. To master this mode will take considerable amount of time and practice. My suggestion is to move to this mode only after you are comfortable with previous listed modes.

Great Photoblog resources

 

Category:Wikipedia requested photographs of ph...

Category:Wikipedia requested photographs of photography (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The shortest and best way to learn a new thing is to just do it.. Ya, learning comes best by practicing and photography is no exception. However, you must always look for various sources for inspiration. Personally, I get really charged whenever I visit any photoblog on internet and it always inspires me to try the new things. I believe reading about others experiences also add a lot of learning and value to self. In this page I am compiling few of my favorite blogs which are really truly inspiring as well opens new windows of learning.

 

1. The PhotoArgus  – (Great compilation of tips on wide range of photography subjects)

 

2. Digital Photography Tutorials ( Some technical stuff , very good for beginners and understanding basic of photography)

 

3. Photo Composition Article – (A very nice article explaining about Depth of Field, Perspective, Object Isolation, Compression)

 

4. Studio Portraits – (White Seamless Background or Dark Black Background)

 

5. and the world-famous Storbist blogs for the one who love strobes.

 

Well, I hope these resources will help you in sharpening your skills and provide right direction to work on. Do post your comments what you learnt from here or share your experiences or provide links to blogs what you have on interesting subjects related to Photography.

 

DSLR Newbies.. Learning starts here..

 

This image shows a Canon EOS 350D digital sing...

This image shows a Canon EOS 350D digital single-lens reflex camera with a Tamron 18-200 f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD lens. Thanks to Andreas Böttger for allowing me to make this photo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I got inspiration to write this post when one of my colleague showed his interest in learning photography techniques and asked me if I can share some resources to start with. My excitement level to share some knowledge inspired me to create a page where I can compile some resources from web and my experiences which can serve as a start point for photo enthusiasts. There are a lot of websites and huge amount of material available on net, however in midst of this, the dilemma is how and where to start with… so I am here with Capsule 1

 

Ansel Adam has said that “You don’t take a photograph, you make it”.

 

When someone looks at your pictures and says, “your camera takes nice pics”, you make sure to be offended.

 

Imagine telling a good painter,”your paintbrush makes very beautiful and lifelike paintings”. The tool is useless unless it is used effectively. Similarly, it is the photographer and NOT the camera that makes the picture good. Expert photographers with a point and shoot camera can make better pictures than a novice with a DSLR.

 

The below resources will help to set you on your path to good photography. From there on you can find your way to GREAT photography on your own.

 

1. A Fantastic site to start with your learning experience is Digital Photography School.

 

http://www.digital-photography-school.com/digital-photography-tips-for-beginners

 

You can start with ISO, Aperture and Shutter Priority Modes, Learn about Exposure, move to introduction to white balance and spend some time in understanding Histograms .

 

2. Refer to the below link also, which explains the basics and is written very well.  Bang start of beginners.

 

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials.htm

 

3. What better way to learn than to attend a classroom session sitting back at home. See the videos on this link and you will DEFINITELY have a better understanding of your camera and photography. It even solves some MYSTERY pics which many beginners consider to be genius, but are in fact simply photography techniques.

 

http://www.dslrtips.com/workshops/DSLR_workshops_tutorials_tips.shtml

 

Reading so much stuff may sound too much, and could lead to over dose of information, but the key is to keep it slow and going back to your camera then and again while you read. Any how, as some one has said, the best learning can happen only if you go out and click, click and click….

 

Extra Dose:

 

I am also posting here a Fantastic video to understand Depth of Field from a scientific prspective….for beginners.

 

http://provideocoalition.com/index.php/freshdv/story/video_tutorial_understanding_depth_of_field/

 

In my next post I will try compile more resources for next level of photography studies.., till then just click and enjoy..

 

 

 

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