Photography Tricks That Will Make You a Better Photographer

Mastering my DSLR is one of my “to do” items. So I’m always looking for tips on how to get better. Here’s an article to bookmark and share: “20 Easy Photography Tricks That Will Make You a Picture Taking Master.”

Whether you are striving for more impressive Instagram-worthy shots on your smart phone, or you are a DSLR photographer in the making, these tricks will help lead you down the road of picture taking mastery.

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Source: 20 Easy Photography Tricks That Will Make You a Picture Taking Master

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New Camera RAW Format

2014.01 Canon P1080033I have learned, from DIY Photographer, that the Camera RAW 8.4 release is now available for CS6 and CC. I have CC at work, so this may help me there. I have CS5 at home, so no help at all for personal files.

My new DLSR camera takes RAW format photos, which is supposed to give me more post-processing options for digital photos. The files are huge. However, my version of Photoshop can’t open the RAW format files my camera is producing.

I am told that the software that comes with my camera is supposed to allow me to access the RAW files and edit them. I have installed the software but not started using it yet.

In the meantime, I am not taking photos in RAW format. I am concentrating on learning to use the camera and getting my images in the highest quality JPG it produces.


Learning to use my DSLR class — Assignments

I am taking an online course to learn more about the manual settings on my new DSLR camera. As a class assignment I had to post photos online to share. I will be doing that via this post.

Lesson two, assignment two

I don’t own any specialty lenses yet. I used the macro setting on my Canon’s 18-55mm lens.



I’ve bought my first DSLR camera

2014.01 Canon P1080033I finally made the plunge and bought a DSLR camera. In fact, I bought a kit with a lot of accessories and pretty much everything I am going to need to get started. I opted for the Canon Rebel T5i. I have heard good things and it’s considered to be a good entry-level DSLR.

Now all I have to do is learn everything I can about it.

Coincidentally, the Digital Photography School’s website has Your First DSLR – now what?! in their current articles. That’s good timing.

Their tips include:

  • Get off Auto as a soon as possible and start shooting on Manual mode
  • Understand the terms ISO, shutter speed and aperture and how to use them
  • your camera manual is your second best friend

They do emphasize that you have to take your camera everywhere, practice a lot and not be afraid of making mistakes. I anticipate I’ll be doing that a lot… at least I hope I will.

You are warned that I’m probably going to start posting a lot more info on photography and cameras.

Even though I’ve upgraded to a DSLR camera, I do believe that I’m keeping my point and shoot camera. It fits very nicely in my purse and I like the convenience of it.