Welcome To RG’s Digital Photography Tips

This inaugural post is more a hint of things to come than it is a how-to tip. The tips will follow, but first some groundwork.

The sophistication of today’s digital cameras allow anyone to pick one up, lock it safely in that little green zone known as fully automatic, point and shoot. Almost every time the camera will deliver a well-exposed snapshot of whatever you point it at.

And for many folks, that’s all they want. These folks are not photographers, and they will be the first to tell you so. The magic for them is in remembering the moment. They are not evaluating their photos wishing little Jimmy was sharper when he slid into home plate, or that they had somehow been able to blur the busy background behind Aunt Clara’s picture holding her 90th birthday cake.

These folks are recording memories, not making images. And that’s okay for them.

Then there’s you and me.

We are the ones who want to know how to master aperture priority, when to use shutter priority, and will I ever feel comfortable enough to try the master of all modes—full manual!

We worry about high ISO settings, how many frames per second we can shoot and what will it take to blur that waterfall or freeze a humming bird’s wings in flight.

We want to know what focal length lens to use for portraits that flatter our subjects’ features. And for that matter, just how do we blur the busy background behind Aunt Clara? After all, we may take a lot of the same pictures our point and shoot counterparts do, but we insist on creating outstanding images, not just recording events.

We are also the ones destined to play with all of our camera’s metering modes. Evaluative, average, center-weighted, spot metering… these modes are built-in to the camera for a reason, do you know when to use them?

White balance, exposure compensation, continuous focus, using flash, bracketing, jpeg versus raw, E-TTL, when to use filters, understanding histograms. . .

Whoa! Enough to make your head spin.

Yet you and I want to know how it all works so we can create images that blow us away.  So that we can make our cameras deliver the image the way we want it to look instead of settling for what an automatic mode records.

We are photographers, and we know the value of understanding the technical aspects of capturing digital images. For once you master the technical side of photography your ability ceases to be a roadblock to your creativity.

That is what future blog posts will strive to do. My goal is to help you become a better photographer by making you comfortable using your equipment. Only then can you truly take control of your image making.

More to come…



3 Responses to “Welcome To RG’s Digital Photography Tips”

  1. Tim Erickson Says:

    Great blog! I’m ready to get smarter with photography from an expert. Can’t wait for the lighting tips too.

    • RG Says:

      Thanks, Tim. If you have any specific topics you would like to see covered, please let me know. See you at the Camera Company next week. http//www.cameracompany.com


  2. Linda Says:

    Great information. Very informative and just what everyone can use!

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