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Part: 2 Shooting Techniques

Part 2: Shooting Techniques

While digital photography provides the advantage of instantly reviewing your photos, you'll still benefit from perfecting your shooting techniques. Taking the time to learn and practice some tricks of the trade will help you to produce better images more quickly. In this part, we'll introduce you to techniques for taking pictures of children and pets, as well as memorable photographs of special events. We'll also show you how to take great shots outdoors and in specialty lighting situations. We'll discuss ways that you can improve image quality before you take each shot, and finally, we'll go over technical tips that will help to make your pictures the best they can be.


 

Chapter 4: People Shots, Portraits, and Pets

 

Photographing kids and pets

 

Keeping your subjects' attention

 

Candid photography techniques

 

Creating great holiday pictures

 

Chapter 5: Specialty and Outdoor Shots

 

Photographing sunsets

 

Nighttime photography

 

Photographing autumn colors

 

Overcoming the challenges of winter photography

 

Fast-action modes

 

Taking silhouettes

 

Macrophotography

 

Chapter 6: Improving Image Quality While Shooting

 

Working around autofocus

 

Manual focusing

 

Controlling exposure priority

 

Exposure bracketing

 

Keeping your composition simple

 

Achieving balance in your images

 

Framing your images

 

The Rule of Thirds

 

Conveying a sense of scale in your photographs

 

Taking better pictures using your flash

 

Using an external flash

 

Adjusting the direction of light

 

Chapter 7: Technical Information

 

Getting to know your viewfinder's configuration

 

Using a gray card for proper exposure

 

Selecting the correct ISO setting

 

Troubleshooting your noisy digital images

 

Understanding your lens specifications


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