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DOF and Hyperfocal Distance, Tables and Calculator
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DOF and Hyperfocal Distance, 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...

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...

Understanding DOF and Aperture & Shutter Speed Relationships
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Understanding DOF and Aperture & Shutter Speed Relationships

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on June 24, 2010

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Depth-of-field (DOF) is one of those things that can confuse a lot of new camera users. Yet, it is very important! Choosing the right combination of apertures and shutter speeds is initially hard to comprehend. This article is written to help you understand those relationships to help you control your image's look, while maintaining correct exposure. Read more...

On Tripod Technique
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On Tripod Technique

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on May 4, 2010

Whether you already own - or by now have decided to own- a good tripod, they don't work alone. Tripods benefit from all the help you can give them, even the very best; more so if there is some wind. What are the proven tripod technique practices? Read more...

In Search of the Perfect Camera
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In Search of the Perfect Camera

Holger Wahl (Holger) on August 5, 2009

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The search for the “perfect camera” is as old as photography itself. When you ask anyone what their opinion is on this topic, you will get as many answers as there are photographers. Your best answer will come from your own head, after you resolve the same issues you would personally be facing when choosing a golf club, cricket bat or tennis racquet.How do plan to use it? What is your ultimate goal? And (most important) How much money can I spend? Read more...

Compact Flash Cards for Digital Cameras - Which one?
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Compact Flash Cards for Digital Cameras - Which one?

Tom Hoey (tfhoey) on May 21, 2006

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The vast majority of Nikon digital cameras use the CompactFlash cards to store images. The CompactFlash card is about the size of a book of matches and fits into the slot of the camera. Read more...

Learn the basis about the Multi-CAM 2000 Autofocus (AF) sensor module
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Learn the basis about the Multi-CAM 2000 Autofocus (AF) sensor module

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on May 17, 2006

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Back in the good old days of manual focusing cameras you had to turn the lens ring until the subject looked sharp. If you weren’t fast enough, well, there was always the next frame. Nowadays, our cameras are getting smarter and smarter. So many things can be well accomplished by camera automation, including autofocus, that it is now easier than ever to get professional results. Read more...

Taking the Digital Plunge
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Taking the Digital Plunge

Tom Bone (flashdeadline) on May 13, 2006

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You’ve finally decided to go digital but what’s the right camera for you? The answers are in your ultimate needs, your familiarity with photography and computers— and your wallet. Read more...

Understanding your Digital Camera's Histogram
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Understanding your Digital Camera's Histogram

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on January 1, 2006

Digital photography offers certain benefits for thinking photographers that are only realized with a basic understanding of a metering feature called the "histogram." Using the histogram in your camera's image viewing LCD will guarantee you a much higher percentage of well exposed images. It is well worth working to understand the histogram, and is not overly complicated. Read more...

JPEG, TIFF, or RAW - Which Should I Use?
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JPEG, TIFF, or RAW - Which Should I Use?

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on December 10, 2005

I just bought a new digital camera! I see that my new digital delight can take images in several different formats. There’s JPEG mode, TIFF mode, or even a mode called RAW. Is one better than the other? What differences will I see in the final images between the three formats? Which will it be, JPEG, TIFF, or RAW? Read more...

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