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Shutter speed, aperture, and ISO

In Photo Basics by Jim Harmer

Exposure is the most basic element of photography If you want to be a photographer, you absolutely must learn how to control the exposure of a picture.  It will take a minute, but this page has everything you need to know.  Click on the different camera settings on the interactive exposure tool above to practice …

What is the Advantage of Full Frame Sensor

In Photo Basics by Jim Harmer

What is the Advantage of a Full Frame Sensor? A full frame sensor is the envy of most photographers – and with good reason. There are several advantages to having a larger sensor. A full frame sensor is the image sensor in your camera that is the equivalent of a 35mm film camera. The 35mm …

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12 Myths Every Photographer Should Know

In Photo Basics by Jim Harmer

Two weeks ago, I found myself grabbing my DSLR, putting on a lens with no filter since that destroys image quality, putting it on a tripod and using a cable release to take the landscape photo, putting the camera in mirror lock-up mode for a night photo, turning on long-exposure noise reduction, and covering the …

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What is the Sharpest Aperture on a Lens?

In Photo Basics by Jim Harmer

This article is a section in my 12 Photography Myths Article, where I explain what the sharpest aperture is on various lenses.  As you can see from the samples and explanation below, the answer to the question of the sweet spot aperture for different lenses depends on what lens is used. My purpose in conducting …

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What is a Graduated Neutral Density Filter?

In Gear, Photo Basics by Improve Photography

So you’ve heard of a neutral density filter (sometimes referred to as an NDF or ND filter), but now you’re wondering what a graduated neutral density filter is. Is it the same thing? Does it just mean this is a more intelligent filter (since it graduated, you know – maybe from college or something)? No …

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13 Things Your Camera Wishes You Knew

In Photo Basics by Jim Harmer

Every time I go to my nephews’ soccer games and see all the parents with their cameras on “green mode”, or attend a sporting event and see spectators using their flash from a quarter mile away, it makes me grit my teeth.  It’s all I can do to stop from walking up to them and …

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What is a Prime Lens?

In Gear, Photo Basics by Improve Photography

Prime Lenses: a term bandied about by photography aficionados. To a beginner, it can sound daunting. But with a little information you’ll see that a prime lens really isn’t so intimidating. A zoom lens has a multitude of focal lengths (ranging, for example, from 70-200mm or 80-300mm) and can shoot from wide angle to telephoto …

What is Street Photography?

In Photo Basics by Improve Photography

Have you ever heard the term “street photography” and wondered why, exactly, anyone would find taking pictures of the street fun and interesting? No, you’re not crazy – there aren’t a lot of us who find pictures of tar or concrete terribly riveting. Luckily, “street photography” doesn’t mean you take pictures of the actual road. …

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Get Started! How to get into Photography

In Photo Basics by Improve Photography

So you’re thinking about getting into photography. Maybe it has been your lifelong dream, maybe it’s your latest passion, or maybe you’re thinking about trying out a new hobby. No matter the reason for your interest, what can you do now to get into photography? Notice your surroundings. Do you see things around you that …