Posts Tagged ‘Lens Hood’

Shooting techniques for sharp and contrasty photos

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As megapixel counts of cameras get ever higher, it's more and more important that you use good shooting technique if you want to make the most of those extra megapixels. The higher the resolution of your camera, the more likely it is you'll see blurring at the pixel level caused by camera shake.

If you have a high megapixel camera but use sloppy technique, you can end up with a photo that only contains a few megapixels worth of detail, but takes up a lot more space on your memory card and computer than an actual low megapixel image would. In this article we'll look at techniques when hand-holding a camera that can help ensure you capture as much detail as possible.

Shooting techniques for sharp and contrasty photos

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March 27th, 2016 at 7:36 pm

Why use a lens hood?

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If you own an interchangeable lens camera, you probably will have noticed that a lot of lenses sold for these cameras come with a plastic lens hood included. And for those lenses that don't include a lens hood, there are a wide variety of aftermarket designs available that you can purchase to add to your lens.

In this article we'll look at the benefits of using a lens hood, the different types of hood available, and also some disadvantages of hoods.

Why use a lens hood?

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February 15th, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Improve your photography – 7 Easy Tips

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Being a photographer is a constant learning experience. But we all have to start somewhere. In this article I want to share seven tips aimed particularly at relatively new photographers, but they should also act as good reminders even if you've been photographing a long time.

Improve your photography - 7 Easy Tips

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November 3rd, 2014 at 9:40 am

Cheap alternatives to expensive camera filters

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There are a wide range of different photographic filters available. These filters usually screw on to the end of your camera's lens, and alter the image in some way. There are filters for darkening the sky, filters for cutting down on the light level, and filters for changing the color of an image.

But some of these filters can be quite expensive, so in this article I want to look at some cheap alternatives. Of course the alternatives aren't as convenient or as high quality as a proper camera filter. But if you can't afford the full price of a proper filter, a cheap alternative may well do the job.

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Lens Flare

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Lens flare is caused by light hitting the camera's lens and reflecting around off the internal elements of the lens. Generally lens flare is unwanted, although it can be used to good creative effect in some instances. You will often find lens flare in your photos when shooting with a bright light source (such as the sun) in or just outside the frame.

Creative use of lens flare in a portrait photo
My Assistant by Jonathan Kos-Read on flickr (licensed CC-BY-ND)

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February 20th, 2011 at 2:34 pm