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Learn how to shoot scenery with a shallow depth of field.
The lens aperture is one of the three settings (along with shutter speed and ISO) that control exposure, as it determines how much light falls on the sensor. However, it also has an effect on the creative look of the image because it controls the depth of field too — the zone of sharpness either side of the point of focus.
The principle is quite simple: the smaller the aperture, the greater the depth of field.
While that bit is straightforward, a little confusion is caused by the way
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I am a regular reader of Guitar & Bass, usually between songs at We Will Rock You, where I have been the bassist in the band since the musical opened in 2002. Prior to that, I played with Whitesnake, Gary Moore, Black Sabbath, Brian May etc, but in the ’70s when I wasn’t touring or recording you could often find me hanging around in Top Gear in Denmark Street. Reading Sid Bishop’s column each month is therefore very nostalgic, but it was quite a shock nonetheless to find myself in a photo in the June issue in Sid’s column. I
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Make and send elegant collages on your Mac
Sending a selection of photos to your friends and family via email can be a laborious task for both you and the recipient. Images have to be attached to the message, perhaps in more then one email if the files are too large, and then your loved one has to open each individual photo when the emails arrive in their inbox.
Thankfully, iPhoto provides a simple solution to sharing multiple images. Apple’s photo management software iPhoto lets you create an elegant collage of your shots that can be customised to suit a
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Action photography often involves trying to capture a fleeting and sometimes once-in-a-lifetime moment, so it’s a good idea to practise your skills beforehand. Getting to know your camera and how to access its important functions will shorten your set-up time and speed up the shooting process so that you can capture unexpected moments with ease. There are plenty of ways to put your skills to the test at home using everyday objects, or by enlisting friends and family to help. Use these projects to master shutter speeds and focusing, and in the process prepare yourself for the fast-paced world of
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You’re in the market for a camera or lens, but don’t know which one to go for. Photo expert Malcolm Birkitt offers some advice to help guide you through the maze.
WITH SO MANY different types and makes of camera on the market, how do you go about choosing the right one? It’s easy, really — just think of the kind of pictures you want to take, because this quickly points you in one of two directions.
If you don’t want to be bothered with all the technicalities of photography, a compact camera is the obvious choice because of the
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Andrew Sanderson reveals how shooting with film allowed him to recover a blown-out sky in this landscape photograph.
this shot is called ‘The dip’. It was taken in the late 1990s in Meltham, West Yorkshire. I was out on a walk that day, exploring the local area where I had recently bought a house. Meltham is a small town and you don’t have to walk far before you are in open farming country. I wandered up Mil Moor Road and soon found myself at Leygards Lane, looking south-west. I set up my camera on a tripod, and decided on a
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We’ve theoretically packed travel photographer Jon Hicks off to a desert island, but been kind enough to allow him to take along a few photo-based luxuries. Here are his choices
I’d take my Canon EOS 5D Mk III. It’s my latest camera — bought in September last year -and it’s great for its fantastic definition, and how well it performs at high ISOs with low levels of noise. I’ve recently got into stargazing, and this camera gives me everything I need for astrophotography -it’s a must on a desert island!
Keeping with the stargazing theme, I’d
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Bring images to life with a creatiue sharing project
Flipbooks were one of the earliest forms of animation. They use a series of pictures that vary slightly from one page to the next so that when they’re turned quickly, they appear to be moving. Flipbooks are still great fun to play with today, and they also make a thoughtful, personalised gift.
You can make your own one quickly and cheaply just by taking a series of pictures, printing them off and binding the stack with string or staples. It can feature anything from family and friends to a stationary object
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Year of birth of photography is considered to be 1838 minutes, and exactly a century after the invention of the Frenchman Daguerre his daguerreotypes (under the title picture, and became known to the world), in 1938, Far photographer Nick Shkulin made his picture «Raising the red flag on the hill Zaozernaya» which I walked almost all the publications of the Soviet Union …
…Few of the environment Nicholas knew that in his youth he performed in the circus. Born in the city of the future Photo-master Vladimir. It was orphaned early. In order to somehow feed themselves, prepared acrobatic number
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