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Directional Lighting with On-Camera Flash

Buuuut Kerrrry..If you use your flash ON your camera (not your pop-up flash) you can’t get directional lighting, its going to look horrible. Well, yeah, and that’s why so many people don’t like to...

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Lighting ratios for portraits

Shooting portraits using classic styles of lighting ratios is a dying art. Many new photographers are completely unfamiliar with how to do portrait lighting and so they don’t even try leaving the current trend...

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Podcast #124 – Conversation with David duChemin

This week we have special guest David duChemin. David is an international assignment photographer based out of Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) though is prone to living nomadically when at all possible. During the show, David...

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Poll: How Long Have You Been a Photographer?

As with most of our polls, we are always trying to learn who our readers are so that we can tailor the content accordingly. In this poll we want to know how long you...

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Poll: How Old Are You?

We are always trying to understand who it is that comes to Camera Dojo. In today’s poll we want to know how old you are. As always, thanks for answering. [poll id=”6″]

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Photography Basics: Beginners Guide to Aperture

As part of our Photography Basics series we talked about Exposure already and this time we are going to cover the mystery of aperture. Aperture is probably the least understood setting of everything on your camera. While shutter settings are very easy to understand, to long of a shutter speed and you will get blurring, pretty simple stuff. Same with ISO, too high of ISO and you introduce digital noise. But learning how to use aperture properly can kill brain cells faster than a frat house kegger party.

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Another Take on Perspective

Last time we looked at tilting the camera and getting a little more angle on the subject. This time lets look at shooting from an angle that isn’t normal. Often changing to a low-to-high...

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Understanding Light Stops

One thing that seems to baffle a lot of new photographers is understanding the term “stop” as it pertains to a measurement of light. We see this word used over and over with regards to shutter speed, aperture, film speed, filters, lighting, and other ways that light is used. You may hear a phrase like “you should expose one side of face 1-2 stops under the lit side of the face and expose the background 1 stop under the main subject”. For many people that’s about like asking them to solve a complex calculus problem.

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Nikon 1 V2 Mirrorless Camera Announced

Nikon’s first entry into the mirrorless camera realm has finally got its first round of evolution with the announcement of the new Nikon 1 V2.  The new V2 has a beefier handgrip, a new...

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Podcast #123 – Ed Krisiak Visits Photo Plus Expo 2012

Our roving reporter Ed Krisiak heads out to New York for this year’s Photo Plus Expo 2012. During this show we discuss some of the latest products from Canon, Nikon, Sony, and many more....

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Getting Manual Flash Exposure Quickly

I always love hearing from people to find out what things people are struggling with and one of the most common things is how to get your exposure dialed in quickly when using manual...

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How to Calculate Depth of Field

A big stumbling block for many new camera users is how to figure out how much depth of field a particular image will have it in given the focal length of the lens, the aperture used and the distance to the subject. Trust me on this, trying to do the algebra to figure it out is not something most people want to try to do in their heads. In this article we will cover all of the math involved and then make it real easy with an Excel spreadsheet and some links to some free applications to help you out.

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Podcast #122 – Photographer Roundtable

Thanks in part to an insane travel schedule lately I took a cue from my friend and fellow podcaster Gavin Seim and put together a photographer round table discussion. This show features Debra Ekas,...

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Review: JuicedLink RA333 Preamp

I am quite often a perfectionist, or possibly lazy, or maybe a combination of the two. Whichever it is, I want to spend less time in post production by getting things right “in camera”....