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Histogram 101

WHAT IS A HISTOGRAM? Stated simply, a histogram is general overview of the how light or dark the different tonal values are in your photo. To make sense of this we have to look at each part of the histogram. The photo below was taken right of a camera’s LCD showing a histogram. The x-axis […]

Arranging Elements in Your Photos

The different elements in your photo can either make or break the effect you are after. If things are not organized properly then everything will look chaotic. We all know how tempting it is to just shoot away when you find an interesting scene but taking a few seconds to actually study where the elements […]

Breaking the Rules of Photography

Why are there so many rules in photography? Here at Beyond Megapixels, we’ve published eleven Photography 101 articles to date and that’s barely even scratching the surface. Does this mean that you have to strictly follow these to be able to capture a good photograph? The rules of photography are merely rules of thumb. They […]

How to Use Your In-Camera Spot Meter

We’ve mentioned in previous posts how in-camera metering can be very unreliable. It can meter the scene differently even if the subject and lighting do not change. In the series of photos below, I left the camera at evaluative mode and took three shots at different focal lengths. I shot in AV mode with the […]

Discovering the Eyepiece Cover

Cameras today meter a scene using Through-The-Lens (TTL) technology. This means that it measures the intensity of light as it enters the camera through the lens. The problem is that there are two ways for light to enter your camera. One is through the lens and the other is through the eyepiece. Excess light can […]

Macro Photography 101, Part 2

In Part 1 of Macro Photography 101, we discussed what a true macro lens is. In Part 2, we will be discussing depth of field, lighting, and specialist lens in Macro Photography. DEPTH OF FIELD We all know that when you use a wide open aperture then you will get a shallow depth of field […]

Macro Photography 101

Macro photography can be a confusing topic for many beginners. For one thing, almost all the lenses nowadays have the word macro printed on the barrel. Does this mean that it’s automatically a macro lens? What is a true macro lens? These are some of the topics that we will tackle in this article. MAGNIFICATION […]

Some Lighting Tips for Beginners

One important thing that separates snapshots from creative portraits is learning to work with directional light. Directional light can mean anything from off-camera lighting set-ups to a window with sunlight streaming through it. Below are some examples on how you can make directional light work for you. FORM AND TEXTURE Form and texture are basic […]

Shooting with Slow Shutter Speed

With slow shutter speed (otherwise known as long exposure), the elements of time and motion are introduced into your photography. We’re going to run down some quick suggestions and examples on some ways to get you started, but before that, here are a few things to keep in mind: • The tripod is your friend, […]

Understanding Camera Exposure Modes

Shooting in full manual mode will always be the best way to get the most creative shot since you are in control of everything. But there are instances when you just do not have the time to fiddle around with the proper combination of ISO, aperture and shutter speed. On these occasions, you have to […]