A lot of people are doing nighttime photography these days including yours truly. There are many good sources of information on nighttime photography. I’ve written a few blog posts myself (Exciting Nighttime Photography in 10 Easy Steps). Nighttime photography falls into two categories – star trails and night sky. In this post I want to elaborate on something I’ve discovered recently with regards to night sky photography.
Nighttime photography is pretty much like daytime photography. The biggest difference is you can’t see what you’re doing. Let’s run through a quick comparison of camera settings in daytime and nighttime photography.
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I recently read an article by William Neill in the September Outdoor Photography magazine titled “Need to Know” that really resonated with me. His main point is, don’t let the acquisition of gear and techniques interfere with the experience. There’s so much information out there, so many people offering advice on techniques for composing, exposing and post processing. But in Neill’s journey he has developed what he calls, ‘… a simple but effective tool set.”
A foundation of gear and technique is important in capturing the experience. But it is the experience that is what we’re out there for, not histograms or depth of field or leading lines.
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Photography Tips – Your Digital Camera’s Program Modes
Modern digital cameras are in reality complex computers. They have memories, processors, input and output devices. And, like computers, their capabilities (read ‘processing power’) doubles every 18 months to 2 years.
One of the advantages of all this progress is the program modes that are available. In this photography tips article we’re going to take a look at some of these modes and get an idea of what they can do for us.
Often the program functions are accessed via a dial on the computer. In other cameras they are accessed from the menu. Or, some cameras use a combination of both. Your camera manual will spell this out for you.
The modes are divided into three broad categories – automatic, semi-automatic and manual. Let’s look at each beginning with Automatic.
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