5 Excellent Resources for Digital Photography Tips

Everyone wants to take nice pictures. After all, half of the photographs we take are going to end up on Facebook or Flickr for all to see, right? By watching a quick video or doing  bit of light reading here or there, you can develop and hone your digital photography skills. We’ve laid out 5 excellent resources for tips on digital photography below that cater to any photographer on any experience level. What are some of your favorite resources and what’s the best picture you’ve ever taken?

1. Digital Photography School

Whether you are simply a casual point-and-shoot camera user or professional photographer, the Digital Photography School website has something for you. They are a strong community of photographers from all levels of experience and share photography, equipment and post production tips. You can also share your own photographs, participate in the reader poll, submit your entry for their photo assignments, participate in their forums, and more.

2. DPhoto Journal

DPhoto Journal is also a community of photographers and, as of this writing, feature almost 270 digital photography tips on their blog. These tips range from video how-tos, to how to sell your photos online, to creating special effects and more. This site also specializes in equipment reviews. Make sure to check all of their blog categories on the left-hand side of the page!

3. Digital Photo Tutorials from Cambridge in Colour

For step-by-step tutorials on camera and imaging basics, photo tools, color management, and advanced topics like specialty camera equipment and macro photography, head over to Cambridge in Colour. They have excellent visuals and spelled-out instructions to make you a photo pro in no time flat. Be sure to also see their list of photography techniques for more on image composition, how to shoot subjects or environments, and lens differences. For similar tutorials, you should also see this free digital photography tutorial site.

4. Digital Photo Magazine

Digital Photo Magazine is available both online and in print. They have an impressive collection of high-quality how-tos on their website that include step-by-step instructions and screenshots on how to achieve professional-looking photographs for even the “beginner shutterbug.” Some of my favorites are ten tips for photographing kids and 10 tips for better travel photos.

5. YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/

You may be thinking, “Really? YouTube?” Yes, really, YouTube! What can’t you learn on YouTube these days? There are some great channels and videos for nothing but digital photography tips, including those from DigitalPhotoGuy, WhatDigitalCamera, MomPhotographer, photo151, and camerahouse1983. There are thousands of digital photography videos on there, so you’re pretty guaranteed to find exactly what you’re looking for.

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How to: use the different modes on your digital camera

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So, you have a point-and-shoot digital camera and like to take pictures while you’re out on the town, at family functions, and on vacation, right? I’m sure you’ve seen, either on your camera’s dial or in the menu system, a range of photo-taking modes. Do you know what each mode does? Do you use them? If not, you may want to explore these features to get the most out of your digital camera. Here are some automatic settings you’d usually find on your camera and how best to use them.

Automatic Mode
This should be the mode you’ve been using if you haven’t fully explored your other options yet. Automatic mode is just that—automatic. It determines the best focus, flash, white balance, etc. based on the environment lighting. This is generally acceptable in most situations, but your camera misses some key points of information in this mode. Are you taking pictures of a sporting event with fast movement? Are you taking pictures of fireworks? These specialized situations are when other modes come in handy the most.

Portrait Mode
Another rather self-explanatory mode, this setting is best for taking a photograph of a single subject, or portrait. It focuses on what’s in the foreground and keeps the background out of focus. This brings more attention to your subject and portrays them in a softer way.

Macro Mode

Macro mode is perfect for photographing small objects such as flowers, handmade jewelry/crafts, and insects, or close-ups on larger objects like the buttons of a flute. This setting has a very small margin where your object will be in focus, so hold your camera very close. I recommend turning your flash off while using this mode, or your photograph will be very washed out.

Landscape Mode
This is a perfect vacation mode to use for those beach, mountain or hotel view shots. This setting makes sure that it keeps as much in focus as possible, so make sure to hold your camera steady (using a tripod or holding your breath is best) as it may use a slower shutter speed and any movement of the camera may result in a blurry picture.

Action/Sports Mode
Action, or sports mode increases your camera’s shutter speed, which eliminates blur in action shots. This makes it perfect for games, pets, cars, boats, or anything that moves.

Night Mode
Use night mode for those night, dark restaurant or low-light party shots to brighten your picture as much as possible. This mode really brings out background lights in an environment and can make really beautiful shots. Because night mode needs a longer shutter speed to work, a tripod or steady surface is recommended.

Beach/Snow/Fireworks Modes
These are other self-explanatory modes that help boost the quality of shots in the aforementioned environments.

You can improve the overall quality of your pictures by experimenting with these modes that come with most digital cameras. What modes do you use on your camera most often?


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