What is a DSLR and SLR
Just because you take some really good selfies with your iphone 7 plus and known as a selfie queen doesn't necessarily make you a good or bad photographer. Photography is more than just snapping a photo of a portrait. Delve into the world of DSLRs which could be of the leading two camera brands nikon or canon. First! What is a dslr? what does it mean? does it stand for anything? well!, A dslr by definition is a digital single-lens reflex camera (also called a digital SLR or DSLR) is a digital camera that combines the optics and the mechanisms of a single-lens reflex camera with a digital imaging sensor, as opposed to photographic film. I know you just read a bunch of terms and probably a little confused, well at one time I was too! We'll get to that later on so no worries! These cameras are generally lightweight and gives you outstanding control even in low-light conditions, letting you explore, play with and customize your images to produce exactly the effect you want. Explore lighting levels, long shutter speeds and even accessories like a tripod for mounted shots with any dslr or slr camera.
one step at a time
When I first began my photography journey which I found through parkour and freerunning I was confused on what a lot was like for example, learning capabilities, shooting modes, and exposure and other terminology even meant! We'll talk about some of those things. Only a select type of cameras can combines the optics And a single-lens reflex (SLR). a camera that typically uses a mirror and prism system (hence "reflex" from the mirror's reflection) that permits the photographer to view through the lens and see exactly what will be captured. With twin lens reflex or a camera with two objective lenses of the same focal length and a rangefinder which allows the photographer to measure the subject distance and take photographs that are in sharp focus. When the shutter button is pressed on a mechanical SLR, the mirror flips out of the light path, allowing light to pass through to the light receptor, allowing the image to be captured, I'm pretty sure that's how our eye balls work.
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learn the full capabilities and settings of your DSLR
Skipping the manual for a few run-of-the-mill devices, like a cell phone or a regular point and shoot camera is one thing But when it comes to a DSLR camera, there are several settings, buttons and modes that you need to know about. So the first step would be to read your manual – cover to cover. Get comfortable with all the settings, controls, features and capabilities of your camera. Some of them may seriously surprise you! Plus, each DSLR camera is a little different, so it’s important to understand which functions your camera includes. There are two basic shooting modes with DSLR cameras and that's auto and manual. Now, if you find yourself using auto mode a lot then you may as well go to a point and shoot camera otherwise you aren't using the cameras true potential to get the photographs you see in your head. When you shoot in manual mode you have more control in the settings like the exposure, ISO, and aperture. IT's a lot to take in for sure which leads to my next point, exposure.
A DSLR alone cannot make a difference in your photos — you need to understand to the basics of photography. Aperture range, shutter speed, and ISO sensitivity are the basic elements of exposure. Lighting is the key element that makes or breaks a photo. Having full control over these settings as well as many more can only make your photos stand out. But if you're not quite ready to take over the helm of making manual adjustments, don't despair — the easy-to-use automatic settings will take the guesswork out of getting great shots. Once you learn the fundamentals of exposure/lighting, you will see a colossal difference in your photos whether you are using a DSLR or an iPhone camera. Aperture, shutter speed, and ISO all play in together, Every lens has an aperture range. Aperture adjustments are measured in units called f-stops. The higher the f-stop number, the smaller the aperture and the less light that passes through the lens. Higher f-stops increase the distance in front of and behind the focus point, making more of the image look "sharp." As the light passes through it's going at a speed so Think of your shutter speed as the gateway that controls the amount of light that streams into the camera. The longer the shutter is open, the more light that is allowed to enter the camera and the greater the image blur. ISO sensitivity is a measure of how sensitive your sensor is to incoming light. An easy way to think about ISO settings is to understand that dimmer lighting conditions call for higher ISO, while brighter scenes require a lower ISO number.
In the comments, let me know what photo you think is over exposed. put "left" or "right" so I know what photo!
Know Your File
You're probably familiar with the conventional school of thought that states: the more megapixels the better the resolution, and the better the digital image. But actually that's a bit of a stretch because all megapixels are not created equal. The resolution of digital cameras is measured in megapixels. A megapixel is equal to one million pixels. One pixel is essentially the smallest unit of a digital photo. When it comes to megapixels. You might have heard about shooting in a RAW format before, but what exactly is it? When you shoot in the usual JPEG format the camera automatically processes the data to create an image file. So we have less control over the photo while editing it. However, when you shoot in raw format, the camera doesn’t process the data, and instead the raw data is preserved until you transfer your files to the computer. Since a computer has greater processing power than a camera.
Download these files and create whatever edit you'd like and send them to me or post in the comments! I'll pick what I feel is super awesome and post them on my Instagram and replace my edits with yours! BRING. THEM. ON!
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Practice Makes Perfect
As you should know because we have grown to be taught with practice makes perfect, the more you do something the better you will be at it, which makes total sense! The more you use something the more you get out of it, so when taking photos just go and shoot! Get out every single day and shoot something. Play with the different modes and see what you can come up with in auto and manual settings by shooting with a low aperture and high shutter speed, observe how your photo turns out. Next time when you shoot at a high aperture and low ISO, compare the photo with a previous one — observe the changes between the photos and try to figure out the reasons for the differences. You can even give yourself a word a day for example, the word "freak" and with that word go and take a picture that represents "Freak" to you, it's a really fun game and makes for a great learning technique. IT's going to take you a long time to get where you will want to be with your camera but just remember to have fun with it and learn as much as you can! It's all about trial and error!
Born on September 22nd, 1986 and raised in Sullivan, Missouri