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Understanding Nikon Picture Controls
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Understanding Nikon Picture Controls

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on June 3, 2013

Nikon Picture Controls lets you control how your image appears in several ways. Each control has a specific effect on the image’s appearance. If you’ve ever shot film, you know that there are distinct looks to each film type. No two films produce color that looks the same. Read more...

Understanding Your Camera's Histogram
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Understanding Your Camera's Histogram

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on May 22, 2013

Want to make better pictures, but are having a hard time finding the right techniques? Well, using your Camera's Histogram Screens, might just do one of the many tricks out there! It'll guarantee you a much higher percentage of well-exposed images. Find out how! Read more...

What Image Format is Best for My Photography?
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What Image Format is Best for My Photography?

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on March 18, 2013

One of the most asked questions by new users of Nikon DSLR cameras is "Which image format should I use?" Three most common formats are JPEG, TIFF, or NEF (RAW). By the end of this read, you'll know which you want to use! Read more...

Cameras vs. Lenses–Which is More Important Long Term?
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Cameras vs. Lenses–Which is More Important Long Term?

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on February 25, 2013

There comes a time, when we ask ourselves, what has more value, or is of more importance – the camera itself, or the lenses? Both of which, you prize equally and nurture as if it were a baby; making sure not a scratch to that precious framework or accidental fall occurs. Darrell Young, an experienced photographer, tells us his point of view. Read more...

A Guide to DOF and Hyperfocal Distance - with Tables and Calculator
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A Guide to DOF and Hyperfocal Distance - with Tables and Calculator

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on September 11, 2012

You may have wondered "How do pros make those wonderful landscapes where everything seems to be in focus?" Well, it is not merely by closing down the aperture of superb wide angle lenses. They maximize DOF (depth of field), the region of acceptable sharpness, by focusing at the hyperfocal distance. A simple function of lens focal length, aperture and the diameter of the Circle of Confusion. Read more...

Color management basics: Additive and subtractive colors
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Color management basics: Additive and subtractive colors

Hal Becker (HBB) on August 29, 2011

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I prepared these charts as an aid to a few people I am tutoring in basic color management concepts. This is not meant to be a rigorous treatment of color theory or management, simply an introduction for those interested. Read more...

How to work with predictable color in print
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How to work with predictable color in print

Yvonne Berger (Yvonne_BergerBros) on July 15, 2011

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Color management is one of those topics that everyone could use help with. Usually when I ask my students about their experiences with color management the general consensus is ...”frustrating”. Read more...

What’s the Best ISO Setting? Native, Pushed or Auto?
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What’s the Best ISO Setting? Native, Pushed or Auto?

Hendric Schneider (Hendric) on June 21, 2011

The ability to dial in ISO sensitivities in the five- to six-figure range in 1/3-stop increments is pretty heady stuff. With the exception of some of the highest ISO ratings, the image quality of the resulting imagery remains surprisingly decent and is equal to or better than the image quality of the fastest film stocks, which speed-wise were nowhere near the ISO sensitivity levels we can squeeze out of our (H)DSLRs. Read more...

Custom White Balance….is it really necessary?
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Custom White Balance….is it really necessary?

Yvonne Berger (Yvonne_BergerBros) on November 18, 2010

White balance is the color temperature of a specific light source.  All of the light that we see has a range of different color temperatures and that color can range from warm to cool. The White Balance setting on your camera is how the camera interprets this temperature. By default your camera is probably set to ‘auto’ white balance or AWB.  In this case the camera will take a reading of the available light and try to choose what it “thinks” is the most correct color temperature. Read more...

On Handholding Technique
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On Handholding Technique

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on August 27, 2010

You may have wondered how come some of your images look "soft" or blurred. Although at times it is an overestimation of the depth of field, quite often it is simply due to improper handholding technique. Your shuter speed is slower that you can hold steady. So you need to work on that. A little DSLR is used for the illustrations. Read more...

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