Photography Basics #7 : Solving The Mystery of Exposure Triangle

INTRODUCTION WHAT THE HECK IS AN EXPOSURE TRIANGLE? Welcome beginner photo ninja, to this guide on solving the mystery of what is exposure triangle in photography. I understand, most people can’t wait to snap away with their new cameras – But just can’t get things right with photos that are too bright or too dark. That was how I was as a beginner too, and I figured that the basics are necessary for epic photos. I then looked at many tutorials online, and the exposure triangle was the first thing to…

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Photography Basics #6 : Camera Metering

INTRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY IS NOT PERFECT Welcome to part 6 of the beginner series – camera metering, and this is going to be another short one. Ever wonder how modern cameras automatically “know” how to take photos that are not too bright or too dark? The answer will be, through a a series of built-in (light) metering sensors. But even with today’s technology, it is not perfect, and you will sometimes get photos that are too bright or dark. This guide will  help you understand metering, and how to tweak it a little to get better photos.…

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Photography Basics #5 : Autofocus Tips and Techniques

INTRODUCTION MASTER THE AUTOMATIC Welcome to this short guide, where we will run through a few autofocus tips and techniques. This is where you will learn some kick ass kung fu to taking some of those very sharp photos. Don’t worry, techniques does not necessarily mean technical, so here are just some “best practices” to remember while you shoot.       GENERAL TIPS FOR STABILITY How do we get a good shot without blur? By simply holding the camera right… which most beginners get it wrong. Here are a few general…

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Photography Basics #4 : Autofocus

INTRODUCTION AUTO IS NOT AUTO Welcome to part 4 of the photography beginner series – understanding autofocus. I am sure that some beginners might be thinking “what’s there to learn about auto focus, isn’t it automatic”? Well no. When it comes to auto focus in photography, it is not really automatic. Confused? Read on, and you will find out why.     NAVIGATION TABLE OF CONTENTS Section A Auto Focus Types Section B Auto Focus Points Section C Auto Focus Modes Section D Auto Focus Area Closing What’s next     SECTION A…

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Photography Basics #3 : Photography Lens Filters and The Cheap Fantastics

INTRODUCTION FILTERS, THE PHOTOGRAPHY SEASONING Welcome to part 3 of the beginner series, photography lens filters. This is where I will introduce a long list of filters that I think every photographer should have… and make recommendations of the cheap fantastic that I have used before. Add some spice to your photography without burning a hole in the wallet. Why not? But as I wrote this guide somewhat “for the newbies”, I have included some very basic things about lens filters. So feel free to skip through those sections if you are…

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Photography Basics #2 : Photography Composition Rules for Great Photos

INTRODUCTION THE BEAUTY OF PHOTOGRAPHY Welcome to part 2 of the beginner photography series, and how do you make photos look good? Just by applying photography composition rules, the basics and experimenting. Yep. That’s what a professional photographer told me when I just got started, and it really is that simple. Some of you guys might think photography as an art that needs a lot of raw talent to go far, but nope. Not really. Think about it. The best “art” that I can draw are stick figures, and now… feel free…

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Photography Basics #1 : How to Choose the Perfect Camera and Lens

INTRODUCTION WHICH CAMERA GEAR IS SUPER EFFECTIVE? Welcome to my guide on how to choose a camera and lens. Want to get started with photography, but not know how to go about choosing a camera? There are hundreds of cameras and lenses in the world now – It is no wonder people get so lost in choosing their new camera gear. Good for you rich people, you can just “gotta buy em all”. But as for the rest of us poor folks, we have  to choose super effective gear, and stick with it for a…

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Photography Lighting Basics #4 : Studio Lighting Basics

INTRODUCTION ADVANCED LIGHTING NINJA Welcome to part 4 of the lighting basics series : Studio Lighting Basics, and congratulations on coming this far. Be warned though, this guide is slightly on the advanced side. So if you have not gone through the previous tutorials of this series, it’s time to revisit those first.       NAVIGATION TABLE OF CONTENTS Section A Studio Gear Section B Basic Setup Section C Common Styles Closing What Next?     SECTION A STUDIO GEAR & RECOMMENDATIONS When it comes to studio lighting, how many lights…

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Photography Lighting Basics #3 : One Light Photography

INTRODUCTION LIGHTING TIPS Welcome to part 3 of the lighting basics series : One Light Photography. In this guide, we will dive into the practical tips that we missed in the previous session – How to use one light to rule them all.       NAVIGATION TABLE OF CONTENTS Section A Flash Tips Section B Off Camera Section C Constant Light Closing What Next?     SECTION A FLASH TIPS Slap the flash on, turn it to auto, point it forward and fire away. That is probably the instinct of most…

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The Otaku Guide to Becoming a Cosplay Photographer

INTRODUCTION I AM COSPLAY PHOTOGRAPHER Welcome to a guide on how to become a cosplay photographer. Yeah. It’s kind of a weird guide for me to be writing. But as I was researching for some cosplay photography stuff, Google actually suggested this search phrase – Which means that enough people are actually interested in cosplay photography. It’s a good sign, that I am not alone in this. So here, let senpai share some thoughts, memes and experience in this session.         NAVIGATION TABLE OF CONTENTS Section A Getting In Section B Private Shoots…

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