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Apr 27

Aperture

By Karen McCamy | Camera Settings

The opening of a lens diaphragm which controls the amount of light being admitted, which hits the digital sensor or film. The diaphragm is the mechanism used to control the amount of light. This amount of light, which passes through the lens, is also referred to as “f-stop,” and will be revealed in numbers such […]

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May 25

Auto Mode

By beginnerphotography | Camera Settings

When you are using your camera’s auto mode setting, the camera is making all of the exposure decisions for you. It’s “gathering data” from the scene, adjusting the exposure settings and then goes to work to produce the best possible image, given the conditions. Sometimes, however, the camera is not able to render what you […]

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May 19

Exposure

By beginnerphotography | Camera Settings

A correct exposure is where your images have nice rich color, they are not too light or too dark and you see visible detail in both the highlight and the shadow areas. When shooting in Auto Mode your camera determines the correct exposure, as accurately as possible, using its reflected-light meter. Three basic elements then […]

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May 02

ISO

By beginnerphotography | Camera Settings

ISO is the level of sensitivity to light; either film sensitivity or digital camera sensor sensitivity. In case you’re interested, ISO is named after the International Standard Organization. The light sensitivity may be increased or decreased by manual adjustment, or by operating your camera using the auto ISO setting. One of the ways your camera […]

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May 23

Mode Dial

By beginnerphotography | Camera Settings

The mode dial, or camera dial, on digital cameras is the mechanism used to change the camera’s setting and access different shooting modes. Compact point-and-shoot cameras will generally access the shooting modes through the menu, rather than a mode dial. The mode dial is usually located on the top of the camera body and offers […]

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May 23

Opening Up

By beginnerphotography | Camera Settings

Opening up the lens refers to adjusting the aperture, and therefore the lens opening, to a wider-diameter aperture. For example, going from f/11 to f/5.6 is opening up. Opening up refers to decreasing or using a smaller f-stop number, which increases the amount of light entering the lens. As a  photographer you could say, “I […]

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May 11

Shutter Speed

By beginnerphotography | Camera Settings

Shutter speed is the duration of time light is hitting the digital sensor or film. In other words, relate it to how long it takes the camera to record the image. A slower shutter speed is used to create the feathered blur of water. When you press the shutter button and take a photos does […]

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May 23

Stopping Down

By beginnerphotography | Camera Settings

Stopping down refers to increasing the f-stop number, which decreases the amount of light entering the lens. For example going from f/5.6 to f/8 is stopping down. As a photographer you could say, “I stopped down from f/5.6 to f/8.” Stopping the lens down adjusts the lens to a smaller diameter. Think of stopping down […]

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