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How to Hold a Digital Camera November 25, 2007

Filed under: Photography — asriey @ 1:52 am

This post taken from http://digital-photography-school.com/blog/how-to-hold-a-digital-camera/

Exactly how you should grip your camera will depend upon what type of digital
camera you are using and varies from person to person depending upon preference.
There is no real right or wrong way to do it but here’s the technique that I
generally use:

  1. Use your right hand to grip the right hand end of the
    camera
    . Your forefinger should sit lightly above the shutter release,
    your other three fingers curling around the front of the camera. Your right
    thumb grips onto the back of the camera. Most cameras these days have some sort
    of grip and even impressions for where fingers should go so this should feel
    natural. Use a strong grip with your right hand but don’t grip it so tightly
    that you end up shaking the camera. (keep in mind our previous post
    on shutter technique
    – squeeze the shutter don’t jab at it).
  2. The positioning of your left hand will depend upon your
    camera but in in general it should support the weight of the camera and will
    either sit underneath the camera or under/around a lens if you have a DSLR.
  3. If you’re shooting using the view finder to line up your
    shot you’ll have the camera nice and close into your body which will add extra
    stability but if you’re using the LCD make sure you don’t hold your camera too
    far away from you. Tuck your elbows into your sides and lean the camera out a
    little from your face (around 30cm). Alternatively use the viewfinder if it’s
    not too small or difficult to see through (a problem on many point and shoots
    these days).
  4. Add extra stability by leaning against a solid object like
    a wall or a tree or by sitting or kneeling down. If you have to stand and don’t
    have anything to lean on for extra support put your feet shoulder width apart to
    give yourself a steady stance. The stiller you can keep your body the stiller
    the camera will be.

Another quick bonus tip – before you take your shot take a
gentle but deep breath, hold it, then take the shot and exhale. The other method
people use is the exact opposite – exhale and before inhaling again take the
shot. It’s amazing how much a body rises and falls simply by breathing – being
conscious of it can give you an edge.

One last note – this post is about ‘holding a camera’ in a
way that will help eliminate camera shake. It’s not rocket science – but it’s
amazing how many people get it wrong and wonder why their images are blurry.

please read more at the above links.

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Editing RAW Files in Photoshop CS2 October 28, 2007

Filed under: Photography — asriey @ 2:18 am

Today I try to open .nef (Nikon Raw) files in Photoshop CS2, but I get an error “it’s not the right kind of document”. After googling around, I found out that I need to download Adobe Camera Raw plugin in order to open the files in Ps.

Here is the site where you can download (Windows) the files. After download, follow these instruction. (from adobe.com)

To install with Adobe Creative Suite 2 or Photoshop CS2:

1. Exit Photoshop CS2.

2. Open My Computer.

3. Double-click Local Disk (C:).

4. Navigate to: (Please read directory carefully)

Program Files/Common Files/Adobe/Plug-Ins/CS2/File Formats

5. Move the existing Camera Raw.8bi plug-in to another
location (for example, a new folder on your desktop). Ensure you keep
this version in case you need to revert back.

6. Copy the Camera Raw plug-in, Camera Raw.8bi, from the download into the same folder as Step 4.

7. Launch Photoshop CS2 or Adobe Bridge.

NOTE: If generic camera thumbnails appear in Adobe Bridge, please follow the these steps:

1. Check to make sure the plug-in was installed in the correct directory in Step 6 above.

2. Start Adobe Bridge.

3. Choose Tools > Cache > Purge Central Cache.

Important: Purging the Central Cache deletes cached
thumbnail information for all folders. It also deletes labels, ratings,
and rotation settings for read-only files (for example, files on a CD
or locked files) or file formats that don’t have XMP support.

Thats all, now you can open .NEF files easily.

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100 Things Martin Gommel Learned About Photography October 10, 2007

Filed under: Photography — asriey @ 3:40 am

Since I found photography two and a half years ago I have learned different things which I would like to share with you today. These lessons have made me richer and I hope that you will find them refreshing and inspiring on your journey with the camera, too.

1. Never do photography to become a rock-star.
2. Enjoy what you are shooting.
3. Prepare well for your shooting, realizing that your battery isn’t charge when you’re setting up for that sunrise shoot is too late!
4. Always take one warm garment more than you actually need with you
5. Pay attention to your thoughts and emotions while you are shooting
6. Set goals you can achieve
7. Write tips about photography, because writing is also learning
8. Never go shooting without a tripod
9. Be pleased with the little prosperities
10. Build relationships with potential photo buddies
11. Watch the place you want to shoot first with your heart then with the camera
12. Always stay calm
13. Know that you tend to overestimate yourself
14. Perspective is the killer
15. Dedicate yourself to photography, but never browbeat yourself too much
16. Take part in a photography community
17. Keep your camera clean
18. Never compare yourself to others in a better or worse context
19. Find your own style of photography
20. Try to compose more and to hit the shutter less
21. Seek out and learn to accept critique on your images
22. Do something different to recover creativity
23. Get inspiration from the work of other photographers
24. Criticize honestly but respectfully
25. Get feedback from your lady
26. Don’t copy other photographer’s style
27. Be bold
28. Take care of the golden ratio
29. 10mm rocks!
30. Take selfportraits
31. Read books about photography
32. To give a landscapephotograph the extra boost, integrate a person (maybe yourself)
33. Every shooting situation is different than you expect
34. Pay attention to s-curves and lines
35. Always shoot in RAW
36. Keep your sensor clean, so you can save some work cleaning your image in post production
37. Discover the things you think are beautiful
38. It takes time to become a good photographer
39. The best equipment is that what you have now
40. You can’t take photographs of everything
41. Break the rules of photography knowingly, but not your camera 😉
42. Pay attention to the different way that light falls on different parts of your scene
43. The eye moves to the point of contrast
44. Clouds increase the atmosphere of a landscape
45. Start a photoblog
46. Accept praise and say “thank you”
47. ‘Nice Shot’ is not a very useful comment to write
48. ‘Amazing!’ isn’t useful either. Try to describe specifically what you like or don’t like about an image.
49. You are not your camera
50. Ask a question at the end of your comment on a photo to get a ping-pong conversation with the photographer
51. Do a review of your archives on a regular basis, the longer you photograph – the more diamonds are hidden there
52. Always clarify what the eyecatcher (focal point) will be in your image
53. No image is better than a bad one
54. Everyone has to start little
55. Your opinion about photography is important!
56. Leave a funny but thoughtful comment
57. Speak about your experiences with your photo buddies
58. Limit your photograph to the substance
59. Participate in Photocontests
60. Post processing = Optimizing your image to the best result
61. Shoot exposure latitudes as often as possible
62. Use photomatix as seldom as possible, HDR’s always have a synthetic flavor
63. Always remember what brought you to photography
64. Never shoot a person who doensn’t want to be photographed
65. Always turn arround, sometimes the better image is behind you
66. It’s who’s behind the camera, not the camera
67. Mistakes are allowed! The more mistakes you make, the more you learn!
68. If you have an idea and immediately you think : No, this is not going to work – Do it anyway. When in doubt – always shoot.
69. Understand and look to your histogramm while shooting. It delivers very important information about your image
70. Know your camera, because searching the menu button in the night is time you don’t want to waste
71. Shoot as often as possible
72. Believe in yourself
73. Don’t be afraid of getting dirty
74. Pay attention to qualitiy in your image
75. Your photographs are a personal map of your psyche
76. Re-check your ISO-Settings. It’s aweful to detect the wrong settings on your screen.
77. Be thankful for long and thoughtful comments on your images
78. Never trust your LCD. Normally it is brighter and sharper as the original image.
79. Provide for enough disc space, because it’s cheap and you will need it.
80. Learn to enjoy beautful moments when you don’t have a camera with you.
81. Always arrive at least half an hour earlier before sunrise / sundown, composing in a hurry is a bad thing.
82. Try to amplify your mental and physical limits. Takes some extra shots when you think “it’s enough”
83. Pay attention to structures in the sky and wait until they fit into structures in the foreground
84. Visit the same place as often as possible. Light never shows the same mountain.
85. Print your images in big size. You will love it.
86. Calibrate your monitor. Working with a monitor that is not accurate is like being together with someone you can’t trust. It always ends badly.
87. Don’t think about what others may say about your image. If you like it, it’s worth publishing.
88. Never address reproaches to yourself. Learn from your mistakes and look forward, not backward.
89. Fight your laziness ! Creativitiy comes after discipline.
90. Ask yourself : What do you want to express in your images ?
91. Always try to think outside the box, collect new ideas about photographs you could do and ask yourself : Why not?
92. Search for a mentor.
93. Photography is never a waste of time.
94. Every community has it’s downsides. Don’t leave it out of an emotional response.
95. There will always be people who will not like what you are doing.
96. Henri Cartier-Bresson was right when he said that “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
97. A better camera doesn’t guarantee better images.
98. Always have printing in mind when you postprocess your images.
99. Photography is fair : You gain publicity with the quality of your images. Unless the images are stolen, there is no way of cheating yourself higher.
100. Write a 100 things list

original text with photos can be found here. Look at the bold. I bold it myself.

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