Color in CCD

First of all, why can’t a CCD detect colors? What happens inside a CDD is rather simple: when a photon hits the CCD’s substrate, it “generates” electrons. More precisely, the photon transmits its energy to an electron in the valence band, making it pass to the conduction band. At least, this happens if the photon has sufficient […]

Zeroing in on Flash

The proper position of the flash is directly over the lens. This will ensure that any shadows from the flash will occur behind the head and body and not to one side. Of course, when shooting square format like Hasselblad, the flash can be fixed in that one position. For shooting with a rectangular format […]

Outdoor Group Portraits

I want you to picture yourself and your family outside on a nice afternoon. It’s Thanksgiving, a great day for a family portrait. Unless it is a cloudy day, some nice shade will produce a flattering lighting ratio for your portrait. This means that the brightest part of the picture and the darkest part are […]

Light Exposure

One of the first technical specifications you may encounter when you look at camera information is the aperture. (‘ap-&(r)-‘chur) The word aperture comes from the middle English aperture and Latin apertus. Apertus is the past participle of aperire, which means to open. And this is exactly what an aperture is. Aperture refers to the size of […]

Add Effects And Spice To Life

Photo effects can sometimes be funky like backgrounds, frames, borders, texts and animations. These effects are mainly found on photo effects websites or basic photo effects applications. But the more advanced effects are bundled in packs provided with expensive photo-editing software applications. In order to add effects to photos efficiently, one must know the wide […]

Steady Cameras

Hold the Camera with Both Hands Some people think it is cool to operate cameras with just one hand. I believe the manufacturers are doing you a favor by freeing up a hand not so you can use it to eat a candy bar, but so you can use it to steady the camera. Two […]


PPI: stands for Pixels per Inch. PPI describes the number of pixels per inch in a photo. PPI is a function of the number of pixels the camera’s sensor supports (also known as megapixels) and the size of the photo. To calculate a photo’s PPI simply multiply the page length by its width in inches. The […]

Taking Great Lightning Photos

The first thing to do when preparing for lightning photography is to set the camera to manual mode. Since all the preparations are done in a dark environment the camera can not automatically set the right focus, exposure and aperture. Set the focus to manual and focus the camera on infinity. This is the right […]

Cloudy Day Photography

The studio photographer’s arsenal includes a number of tools to soften and redistribute light to the best advantage of the subject. Among these tools is the Softbox which provides soft, even lighting by using a diffuser in front of the light. In outdoor photography, cloud cover diffuses the light of the sun much like a […]

Creative With a Compact

Many compacts lack some of the settings that a SLR might have. Or, if not, the settings are less easy to understand and select. In this way, you might find setting “aperture priority”, “shutter priority” or “manual” is near-on difficult. In fact, you might not even understand what these terms mean! And, it doesn’t matter. […]