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IMAGE FILE FORMATS: What you need to know

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Article Revised 14/10/15. When Campbell Dixon asked me recently if I’d be interested in writing for get-photography regularly, I replied that I was, but time is often an issue for me with very irregular hours in my job, and a family too.  However, I do like the opportunity to spout-off occasionally, on random topics, so

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PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPOSITION: The RULE OF THIRDS

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Article Revised 7/10/14 There are numerous photographic techniques or “rules” for creating compositions that draw the eye into the image and hold it there.  One of the most well known of those, and the easiest to learn, is the Rule of Thirds. This is a method by which the image, or potential image, is divided into

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What’s this “POST” thing everyone’s talking about?

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Article Revised 6th October, 2015 Whenever you’re reading magazines or watching videos about photography these days, you probably keep coming up against the phrase “adjustments in post”, or something similar.  What? What’s the postman got to do with it? (Americans please read “mailman”).

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Photography: the photoshop argument

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I’m back!  After a few months recuperating from illness, it’s good to be back at the keyboard.  Let’s see now, I was two thirds of the way through a three article set about how to get along with your new DSLR.  Well, Campbell and I have been discussing that, and we have another plan for

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THE ROLE OF THE “ISO” SETTING : PHOTOGRAPHY FUNDAMENTALS

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So what exactly is this “ISO” setting on your camera for? Before we get into that, I suggest that you read through my previous article on “Exposure…what exactly is it?“, because you have to have a good understanding of the role of shutter speeds and aperture settings before we can move on to discuss this

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WHY YOU SHOULD SHOOT RAW

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If you read much about photography, and you’re fairly serious about your photography, you’ll probably have come across articles that suggest you should always shoot in RAW.  Firstly, let’s take a look at exactly what RAW is, and what’s different about it.  If you shoot your images in the very common jpeg format, you may

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DO YOU NEED TO USE A TRIPOD?

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IS A TRIPOD ALWAYS NECESSARY? The answer is no; there are times when a tripod is a positive hinderance, and should be left in the car (but not at home, because you just never know when you might need it). The real answer to this question though, is “possibly”,  because the fact is that most

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Free “FOCUS” guide, by Campbell Dixon

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Here is a link to download a FREE COPY of Campbell Dixon’s beginners guide to “Focus”.  The guide explains exactly what focus means, and how to control it. DOWNLOAD HERE

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ISO – Are some settings just too high?

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Things have come a long way in the last ten years of Digital SLR cameras.  From my first DSLR offering me a highest ISO setting of 1600, the Nikon D800 I’m currently using offers me a maximum setting of ISO 6400. But it’s not just that the camera manufacturers are increasing the ISO range in

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SHARPNESS IS CRITICAL, ACHIEVING PERFECT FOCUS.

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If you want to make insanely great images, you absolutely have to make sure your images are sharp. I don’t mean the artificial sharpness that can be tweaked in post-processing, but CRISP CLEAR SHOTS, CRITICALLY FOCUSED WITH CARE AND ATTENTION. Let’s talk about the ingredients for a sharp image; there are really only three: The

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Presenting your Photographs | by Campbell Dixon

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PRESENTING YOUR IMAGES Each of us take photographs for different reasons. For some of us, it’s capturing moments so that we create memories, especially when we have growing children. For others, we are trying to express an artistic feeling. Some of us spend a lot of time searching for photographic inspiration, then we spend more

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What exactly is EXPOSURE? Photography Fundamentals

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WHEN WE TALK ABOUT “EXPOSURE” IN PHOTOGRAPHY, WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Well, this is a basic question I often got from my students during the early part of the course, and it’s a good place to start.  So let’s consider this scenario: Imagine you are in a windowless room, along with a dark wooden table

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Hello | by Cameron Bryce | get-photography.com

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When I first met the Publisher of get-photography.com, Campbell Dixon, he was involved in Photographic retailing, and I was teaching photography.  Having run into each other again recently via Social Media, it’s great to discover that we are both still passionate about Photography, though our careers have moved into other things. Although I no longer

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EXPOSURE BRACKETING (Auto Exposure Bracketing), by Jim Gallagher | get-photography.com

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In my recent article about HDR Photography, I touched on Exposure Bracketing.  So, what exactly is exposure bracketing? Well, essentially, it is hedging your bets, in photographic terms.  By that I mean that either you, or more usually your camera, has analysed the subject and decided on the settings for a correctly exposed subject.  The

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HDR Photography (High Dynamic Range)

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While I was on holiday, I was taking some pictures in a forest, and found myself struggling to cope with the very high brightness range there.  By this I mean that the brightness of the sky was very much lighter than the floor of the forest, and there were many tones in the foliage between

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Photographic Composition – Forget the Rules | by Campbell Dixon

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In my previous articles on photographic composition, The Rule of Thirds, and Leading Lines, I’ve talked about them as general guidelines that help to make a photograph hold the viewer’s interest.  I do always emphasise that word guidelines though, because there are times when a subject can just dictate it’s own composition, or when it’s

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The Polarizing Filter | by Campbell Dixon

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  Put simply, polarizing filters can decrease reflections and increase colour saturation. The fact that the effects of a polarizing filter cannot really be achieved in post-production (photoshop, etc), mean that, for me, it really is an essential device for the serious photographer.  Personally, I keep my polarizers on my lenses most of the time,

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Canon EOS 70D v Nikon D7100

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Two Digital SLR cameras that I very highly rate in the APS-C sensor market are the Canon EOS 70D and the Nikon D7100.  Having handled them both, I can say that both handle beautifully.  Being a Canon man myself, I feel more familiar with the layout of the Canon Controls, but I have used the

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My Photographic Workflow | by Campbell Dixon

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Digital photographers often talk about their “workflow”, so what exactly is a workflow? Well, essentially it’s the process by which you get your pictures out of your camera and to wherever you intend them to end up. Professional photographers need a reliable and efficient workflow, as they often need to have their work sorted, edited

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Should you use a skylight / haze / uv filter on your lenses? | by Campbell Dixon

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Whenever you buy a camera or lens from a photographic shop, they will ask if you want to buy a skylight filter or haze filter or uv filter for the lens. These filters are close to clear glass, and don’t affect the exposure by any noticeable amount. They function by blocking a certain range of

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Where to start with your new DSLR, Part 2 | by Jim Gallagher

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Well, last week, in part 1, I got my friends daughter, henceforth known as my “student”, holding her new camera properly, and getting used to the two stage feel of the shutter button so that the camera could focus and adjust the exposure properly.  Now, it’s time to move on and look at things in

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Cellphone camera v Standalone camera | by Campbell Dixon

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I sometimes get asked why a camera is better than a phone at taking pictures.  I usually answer somewhere along these lines:”…a phone is great for taking snapshots, and a camera is for taking photographs with better technical quality”. Well, I was asked that question again this afternoon, and I thought that it might be

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Where to start with your new DSLR, Part 1 | by Jim Gallagher

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For my article this week, and leading into the next few articles, I want to discuss some of the principles of photography, and how to get started, from a very basic beginners point of view.  This is prompted by the daughter of a friend who had bought a budget SLR kit recently, and after struggling

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Let’s talk about Photoshop | by Campbell Dixon

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There is much debate, if you look for it, on the use of Photoshop or other photo editing software with your photography.  Some would say that the use of Photoshop “changes” the image that you shot, and therefore it is no longer “valid” photography.  Others say that Photography is an art-form, like any other art

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Photographic Mistake with my stitched panorama | Campbell Dixon

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We all make mistakes, from time to time.  Well, at the weekend, I made one, and one that I can’t fix.  I’ve been working on a series of panorama photographs recently, trying to create a special image for a wall in my office.  At the same time, I intended to write an article for this

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My Inspirations – Ansel Adams | Jim Gallagher

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In my previous articles about “inspiration” here on get-photography.com, I’ve talked about setting myself projects, and I’ve also mentioned looking to the works of other photographers for inspiration.  Inspiration need not come from very famous photographers, or even published photographers.  Today, though, I’d like to talk about someone who is famous. In fact, possibly the

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Have a camera with you…always! By Karen Gilchrist

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Today we have a guest article from a reader, Karen Gilchrist.  Karen is a Police Photographer, so her finger is on the shutter button on a daily basis, but she is also a keen amateur photographer. Hi, my topic for this article is about trying never to miss a shot.  It is easier than ever

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Photographic Composition – Leading Lines, by Campbell Dixon

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Following on from my earlier article about the RULE OF THIRDS,  I’d like to talk about another of the “rules” of photography, that of using leading lines to guide the viewers eye into and around the image.  Rules is perhaps not the best word to use when talking about photography.  Let’s change that word to

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Macro Photography – On A Budget – Part 3, by Jim Gallagher

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Well now, last week in part 2 of this series,  I promised I’d get stuck in to my Close-Up photography project, and present my results right here.  Also, a couple of emails from our slave-driving editor asking how it was going kept it to the forefront of my mind.  No pressure then.  Well, sometimes a

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An hour to spare, by Campbell Dixon

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Sometimes, an unexpected bit of spare time comes along.  Not often enough, of course, but sometimes.  Yesterday I found myself with an hour to kill, which might otherwise have been killed (wasted perhaps?) in the camping/fishing shop.  But, as I wondered what to do before I had to pick up my daughter, I looked around,

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TRIPODS & CAMERA SUPPORTS, by Campbell Dixon

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As your photography progresses, one of the first accessories you will find yourself needing is a tripod.  A tripod does a lot more than just support your camera; it will help your photography a lot by encouraging you to more carefully consider the composition of your photography. This is a natural side-effect of having the

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Macro Photography – On a Budget – Part 2, by Jim Gallagher

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In Part 1 of my Macro Photography on a Budget series, I mentioned that I had been drawn to the subject of macro photography when a colleague of mine showed me some images he had taken, hand held, with a fairly budget DSLR camera, and the kit lens that it came with.  I was impressed

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ISO setting, what’s it all about, by Campbell Dixon

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So just what is this ISO setting all about?  Well, the long and the short of it is that the ISO setting refers to the sensitivity of your camera’s sensor to the light falling on it.  The lower the number, the more light the sensor requires to properly expose the image. The higher the number,

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Sports Photography – capturing a moving subject, by Campbell Dixon

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I received a question from a reader the other day about the difficulty he was having capturing pictures of his Son playing football with his digital SLR camera; his camera was set to “sports mode”, but the pictures were coming out slightly blurred.  After thinking about how to reply to Jed, I decided that it

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Photographs are all around us, by Jim Gallagher

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Sometimes I’m just itching to pick up my camera and work on the various projects I have in my head.  But, family life sometimes has to come first, and yesterday, we found ourself at a local charity fair.  Above is a quick shot I snapped of a lad playing laser tag.  I thought the expression

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Canon 600D review

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A link to a great video review of the Canon EOS 600D, from Digital Rev. (digitalrev.com) Enjoy!

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Exposure Modes – Part 2

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Following on from part-1 of my exposure modes article, I’d like to explore those little icons on your exposure mode dial. Commonly called “creative” or “scene” settings, these affect various settings on the camera, setting the most suitable options for the type of photography they depict.

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Exposure Modes, by Campbell Dixon

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Following on from my article about using the “Manual Mode“ on your camera last week, I’d like to discuss the other exposure settings on a typical modern Digital Camera.  In addition to the Manual Mode, which is usually signified on the dial by the letter “M”, there are usually three other settings,

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Macro Photography – On a Budget – Part 1, by Jim Gallagher

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Nature has long fascinated me, but over my years in photography, I have never given a great deal of thought to macro-photography.  Recently however, I was shown a series of photographs by an engineering colleague of mine that impressed me.  Even more so when I asked him about his equipment, and he told me that

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Classic Kit – Pentax MX

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I was thinking this morning about all of the many camera’s I’ve owned over the years, and thinking about which ones I’d like to have in my hands again.  Actually, it’s not a long list. When I first began to get serious about photography, it was important to me that my equipment was well made

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What kind of camera is right for you? By Campbell Dixon

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This is not as easy a question as it might seem to be, and having searched around on the internet, there are many articles I found that try to answer this question, and having read a lot of them, I felt that the majority of them either over-simplified the differences, or would, I felt, leave

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Photographic Inspiration 2, by Jim Gallagher

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Following on from my article the other day, I would like to talk a little more about what inspires photographers in general.  I have to confess that I lack vision; I lack the ability to be able to just visualise a photograph.  What?  Well, to explain, a number of years ago, quite a lot of

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Manual Mode, by Campbell Dixon

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Oh Gosh, I think a lot of people might be thinking “too complicated” when they see the title of this article! Well, the truth, if you are serious about photography, is that manual mode is really the correct place to start. You see, in order to really understand what’s going on in photography, you have

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Horizontal or Vertical?

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Here’s a very interesting YouTube video I just discovered from  Adorama TV.

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Photographic Inspiration, by Jim Gallagher

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Photography is like writing.  You can have all the technical skills and the equipment to hand, but you can’t always think what to write, or in the case of photography, what to photograph. Photographers block I call it, and I used to suffer from it quite a lot.  My finger is itching on the shutter

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Canon EOS 70D

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I recently had an opportunity to use a Canon EOS 70D while on a trip to the Gold Coast, and I was spectacularly impressed with the speed and the accuracy of the autofocus, even in low light.  The AF is really great in Video mode on this model, a substantial improvement on my EOS 550D

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Jim Gallagher – My first post

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Hi, and welcome to my first post here on get-photography, the web magazine for photography beginners and enthusiasts alike.  My name is Jim Gallagher, and I was born and grew up in Scotland. An engineer, I work on marine engines by day, and when not in my boiler suit, I chase landscape images with my

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Think before you CLICK!

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Lesson 1 in photography, is a pretty simple one.  Essentially it is this: decide what you want in your picture, look through your viewfinder or at your screen, move the camera position or your subject around until what you see is what you actually want, then, if it’s all good, press the shutter button to

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