Camera Shots Made Perfect with Digital Photography

A shifting of focus

There was a time in the not so distant past when photographers had to take several shots of an image and develop those pictures in order to determine if a quality, or even a perfect image, was taken. This “shoot, develop and determine” process was referred to by many photographers as a “trial and error” technique; and we can certainly understand why they referred to it as such, given the hit or miss manner in which photographs were taken prior to the introduction and perfection of digital photography.

Modern-day technology has made it possible for the majority of professional photographers and other industry experts to shift their focus from regular point and shoot of old SLR models to the improved functionality of technologically enhanced digital SLR models; and with such greater emphasis on, and use of, DSLRs they create a lot more time with which to concentrate on taking great pictures with just about every shot, since images that are not up to par with their own, as well as industry standards, can simply be deleted from the camera.

SLR, the acronym representing Single Lens Reflex, implies the use of lenses and a mirror working as a unit in which the mirror reflects light entering the lens up into the viewfinder thereby allowing a photographer the opportunity to estimate how an image will likely appear when it is developed. Moreover, a SLR camera uses separate lenses that can be interchanged, depending on the resolution needed. Hence, this camera can be used to capture an image with varying depths.

Lens and a mirror

Similarly, a digital SLR or DSLR camera uses lenses and mirror; but instead of a film that records the image, a DSLR camera uses light sensor chips and digital memory. In other words, a DSLR camera is the computerized version of the traditional SLR camera. However, the functions of these models are rather different so it is suggested that users spend time getting familiar or acquainted with these gadgets. It is recommended that owners use that “trial and error” technique by taking a few shots and storing better pictures, after which they will be more able to hack these new models.

Individuals who decide on using these types of cameras should really invest on memory cards and lenses, with the understanding that if they happen to become professionals someday, additional equipment will almost certainly keep them busy when choosing a career in photography. That having been said, we’ve provided a few helpful tips that we hope will be helpful to owners of DSLR cameras in their efforts to capture a perfect image time after time while using the new methods (art?) of digital photography.

Tips and techniques

1. Picture takers usually take full body shots against a background. However, it may be more appropriate to take a shot from the shoulders up, or one of the an upper body, because images of those in the picture would otherwise appear really small.

2. If doing the above technique happens to be difficult for the camera user, s/he can take a shot of the person from a side of the photo rather than at the center. Using this technique the picture taker can just zoom in so that the subject (in this case a person) appears to be at the center.

3. The law of optics remains constant whether using an old or digital camera. For instance, if the sun is behind an image, the picture will be silhouetted; and if light is in front of the image, the picture will appear squint unless there are wearing sunglasses.

4. Use your sunglasses to act as a polarizer to take away unnecessary reflections from glaring objects.

5. You can also use sunglasses to increase the exposure of objects.

6. When using a polarizer, be sure that the source of light is perpendicular to the subject.

7. Change your white balance setting from auto to cloudy when shooting bright landscapes and outdoor portraits.

8. Avoid using your flash mode when the setting is already sunny.

9. Zoom in to emphasize a certain asset or characteristic of the subject being captured.

10. Practice. Practice. Practice.

Picture-taking made easy

It suffices to say that the techniques in getting perfect shots have not changed. However, using digital cameras and employing this new art of digital photography have simply improved photo shooting by making picture-taking easy for everyone. In other words, continuous practice is the recipe for perfect shots!

Digital Photography: A Question of Its True Nature

Up for debate

When discussing the true nature of digital photography, one question that is frequently asked pertains to whether or not this medium is fundamentally science or art; and while there is no answer which can be placed in the “unequivacal” category, the true nature of digital photography remains a topic that will probably be debated among photography enthusiasts of all skill levels for years to come. In view of this unsettled question, however, we at TPJaveton WebNet would like to contribute, based on our observations, to the discussion (debate?) in our own little way through the following paragraphs.

Here is a look at what we consider to be philosophical arguments that support both viewpoints:

Pro art

As an Art –- Many who consider digital photography an art view it as such based on that natural quality which allows (evokes?) an expression of emotion. They believe that digital photography is a continuation of the art of drawing or painting such that, in their eyes, digital photography is beheld as a painting in the sense that, although it does take accurate pictures of reality, there is enough room available for modifications through the various digital tools available today.

But even without the editing, many people still believe that digital photography is art because of the fact that it does take an artist’s eye to find a great subject of digital photography. The nature of digital photography as an art has something to do with the artist’s ability to express emotions and statements through visual subjects.

Supporters of the “artistic nature of digital photography” also argue their case by stating its ability to convey emotional messages through aesthetics. The beauty of each photograph, of course, needs also to be credited to the person taking pictures at any given moment; but those who argue strongest for the artistic nature of digital photography are the beholders who believe that the picture is seldom really what is seen with the naked eye, and as such, through the camera and computer, a person can alter any image in order to present it as what s/he wants to show.

Pro science

As a Science – Those who proclaim that science is the true nature of digital photography employs one argument, the basis of which is that photography, unlike painting, actually comes from something that already exists and not from a painter’s mind, emotion and ultimate expression on a canvass or other such medium. This can be very persuasive, especially since a photographer does not actually make photographs. He or she merely uses a tool and certain combinations of equipment to take them.

Another strong argument in favor of the scientific nature of digital photography is based on various types and manner of editing done by users, and adjustments that photographers make based on a series of steps that can be narrowed down scientifically. People who argue for the scientific nature of digital photography may reason that the same series of steps can be taken in order to achieve the same results every time; and are supportive of the belief that there is a certain quality of constancy about digital photography which renders it a science.

A beautiful paradox

Have we convincingly or conclusively resolved what the true nature of digital photography is? Of course not, even in view of arguments supporting science and art have been put forth; because this, like many other debates about the nature and origin of various phenomena, might remain unanswered for many decades to come; and since there appears to be no solution to this question, we must recognize that the true nature of digital photographyabout digital photography may always be a paradox. This means that although it can be considered as an art, it can also be considered a science.

So you may ask, exactly when is the paradox of the nature of digital photography solved? The answer could well be, it is solved when a person takes a digital photograph; because the true nature of digital photography lies in the hands of the individual who takes the pictures. The manner in which a person treats the process of picture-taking defines the nature of digital photography for him or her. It is not absolutely art nor is it absolutely science. The true nature of digital photography is a paradox; and which this might seem to be contradictory, it is somehow true.