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Back to Basics: ISO Explained

The term “ISO”, when used in photography, refers to the speed rating of film. “ISO” stands for “International Organization for Standardization”, and this organization is responsible for defining standards for many, many industries and disciplines. With respect to photography, the film speed ISO rating system was created to standardize the quality of film throughout the […]

The Rules of Photography – Follow Them or Break Them

By Steve Russell Wait! Before you hit the back button, I’m not going to list all of the rules of photography – just a few of them. Many of the rules, especially those regarding composition have been around longer than photography. For example, the rule of thirds appears as early as 1797 as a rule […]

Ode to My Canon Digital Rebel XTi

Regular readers will recall my recent entry about unboxing my new Canon 7D, and how very excited I was to finally obtain this camera body that I’ve been coveting for so long. Since that article, I have been happily snapping away, familiarizing myself with the new camera’s functions and learning about all of its quirks […]

Image Stabilization and Vibration Reduction Explained

I have pretty much arrived at the point where, with just a few exceptions, I will only purchase a lens if it has image stabilization capabilities. Image Stabilization (IS in Canon lenses) or Vibration Reduction (VR in Nikon lenses) greatly improves your chances of getting a sharp photograph at long focal distances, or in dim […]

Dioptric Adjustment

If you’re having focus issues that you can’t quite explain or pinpoint the cause, you might need to adjust your camera’s diopter. Everyone’s vision is different, so your camera provides the ability to adjust the focus of the viewfinder to your individual needs. Your SLR camera has a small dial, typically near the eyecup, that […]

Shortcuts and Rules of Thumb

Following are a few shortcuts and rules of thumb that help me in my day-to-day photography needs. Since I refer to them often enough myself, I thought I would pass them along to you. Using a Teleconverter Keep light loss in mind if you use a teleconverter in combination with your lens. In general, adjust […]

How Have You Grown?

One of the things that I appreciate the most about my Flickr photostream is the growth that I can see emerging in my photographic abilities. I’ve maintained a Flickr membership since February of 2006, and have had an on-line presence since 2000. Throughout, I have taken thousands upon thousands of photographs, and have had several […]

Guest Entry – Is a Hand Held Light Meter Really Necessary?

This guest post is kindly provided to us by Steve Russell. You can contact Steve at steve.russell@russellpc.net. ———- Is a Hand Held Light Meter Really Necessary? By: Steve Russell Recently Tiffany Joyce posted an article about determining correct exposure by reading histograms. She opened the article by questioning the need for the use of a […]

What NOT to Photograph

While considering what kinds of pictures you should set your sights on capturing, you should also take a moment to ponder what photographs you shouldn’t take. Avoid clutter. It is a proven fact that a tidy, neat, and clean home sells more quickly than a messy, cluttered home. This concept translates to photography as well. […]

Setting Goals in Photography

I’m going to ask you all a brief, seemingly simple question, and I’d like you all to take a moment to really ponder your answer. What are your goals, in relation to photography? I myself paused for a moment, after typing that line. I don’t believe I’ve often thought about the specifics of having a […]