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A journey in Photography and sharing of how I go about taking various types of photos. Discussions include software and camera equipment and how to make the most of your equipment in a given situation.

Supporting structures

Well, tripods to be exact.  In the last week I finally got around to going out and getting a new tripod. For too long I have been getting by with a good tripod that has a lousy head on it and finally did something about it.

I went along to the local store with my Camera with my biggest, heaviest lens attached to it to find a suitable combo for my needs. (More)

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Ebook Review

I came across an e-book recently that I thought is worthwhile.

The e-book title is "YOUR GUIDE TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY" and it has 5 major sections in it.

This book is aimed at the beginner to intermediate photographer who wants to learn how to use their Digital Camera to take better photos. What I liked about this book is that it is easy to read and basically takes over where your Camera manual leaves off. Your camera manual will tell you all about your camera controls and how to download your photos to your computer and not much more.

Well, this e-book takes you beyond that in an easy to read style and starts with the basics and builds on them to have you taking better photos in no time. I really wish that this book had been available all those years ago when I got my firts (and second) digital Camera - it would have made the learning so much easier. 

The book is not expensive and you can get a copy of  "YOUR GUIDE TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY" with instant download available.

 

EDIT: If you want a preview of this book there is a Free Mini version available. The free version covers just 1 topic out of each of the 5 sections and will give you a good idea as to the way the book is written and the information is presented. 

 

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Book review time

Yes, I am finally getting around to it - reading some books on photography that is!

I have never been one to read books on the subject but after hearing a lot of comments on a particular book I recently added it to my small collection.

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All About Aperture

The Aperture of f-stop is a measure of "how big" the hole is that passes the light from the lens to the film (or digital Sensor). So, Adjusting the Aperture is really making the opening bigger or smaller in the Lens.

This is of course a very simplistic explanation, but That Is what we are going to explore and try and make sense of.

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Buying a Compact Digital Camera

I just thought I would go thru a few of the things to look at when buying a Point and Shoot or Compact Digital Camera. There is so many things to consider, and the salesman will be looking for his biggest commision, so knowing what you want can get you a camera that suits you, and what you want to do with it.

 

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Always check

Yesterday, I went out for a few hours to take some photos. I wanted some specific photos to post in my photoblog. I had a bit of feedback that It is called Adelaide thru my Lens, but there were hardly any photos of Adelaide to be seen.

So, I grabbed my bag, and headed off to a couple of places to take some photos. I had a good afternoon out and took around 50 or so photos from a couple of different places overlooking the City. It was a little hazy, and I hoped to get at least a few decent pictures out of this lot.

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Editing our photos for print

If you read the last post, you know a little about cropping, resizing and compressing your photos for use on a computer or website. well, now I am going to go thru a few things to get the best possible print from your digital files.

You are going to hate me again, because we have to do some basic maths to understand how much we can crop a photo and how big it needs to be if it is going to be printed. we will get to this in a minute or so. First, I will assume that we are going to prepare our pictures and take them to the local photo lab to do the printing for us.

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Editing our photos for the web

Most of our digital pictures will only ever be shown on a computer screen, and I'll discuss some of the aspects about some of the things that you will want to edit.

Remember how I mentioned Picassa, well, if you have not got it, then go and grab a copy. The examples I will use will be easy to understand if you can see them for yourself. I don't have every bit of software for every digital camera, that is why I choose (cheap) 3rd party programs when they are suitable to do a job, and it means you only have to learn how to use it once.

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basics of managing your photos

Alright, everyone knows when you buy any digital Camera that it usually comes with some sort of software. The bundled software can be good, ok or total crap! It is impossible to know if you are going to get something decent as nearly all camera reviews tend to gloss over the bundled software.

Now, like most of you, I am a bit of a cheapscape and when I can, I look for various free software. I am just making 1 assumption here and that is your camera can produce a jpg file.

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