This section contains photography tutorials for beginners as well as advanced amateurs. Included are basic photography techniques and photography tips. These photography tutorials will teach you the different types of cameras and how to adjust the exposure of your images. You can also learn about using different shooting modes among other subjects.
Quick Photography Tips....A few basic tips to to help you avoid some common mistakes or just enhance the look of your images.
Basic Picture Composition and Techniques
Photography and Natural Light... Learn the different qualities of natural light and how it can affect the look of your images. Learn the differences in light quality on cloudy and sunny days as well as light quality differences at different times of the day.
Tips for Snow Photography... Fresh fallen snow makes many of us want to grab a camera and start taking pictures. Here are a few tips to overcome some of the common challenges when photographing snow.
Photographing Flowers... Learn how to take better pictures of flowers. This tutorial covers some of the challenges you will face in flower photography along with some tips to overcome them.
Flower Photography Mini-Gallery....Shows images of flowers taken using some of the techniques mentioned in the Flower Photography tutorial.
Taking Pictures of Autumn Leaves...Suggestions for taking pictures of the fall foliage when it reaches its peak. Tips on composing pictures of autumn leaves or fall foliage scenes.
Composing Pictures...Learn how using a few simple photography techniques and principles can help you take pictures that can be more balanced and visually pleasing.
Camera Phone Photography..... Tips and suggestions that can help you take better pictures with your cell phone camera.
Black and White Photography...Learn how black and white images are more dependent on shades, tones, and contrast rather than color for a good picture. What to look for when shooting for black and white images.
Night Photography...Night shots can be stunning and fun to take. Its not as hard as you might think to get some great night shots. This tutorial explains some photography basics you need to know to help you get started.
Photographing Sunsets and Sunrises...Everyone loves a beautiful sunrise or sunset picture. This photo tutorial will give you some basic photography techniques to use for taking great sunrise or sunset pictures!
How to Photograph Holiday Lights...Of course the lights are nice to look at. But why not go out and take some pictures of them. Here are some tips to help you get some great shots of holiday lights.
All about exposure
Camera Exposure Basics ...This photography tutorial explains how to use different camera settings to come up with the "right" exposure for your pictures. Learn how shutter speeds, aperture settings and ISO work together.
Digital Camera Pixels and Megapixels...What are digital camera pixels and does pixel quantity and size matter?
Using Exposure Compensation EV+EV-...Use this feature to lighten or darken images when normal or automatic settings produce a picture that is a little over or under exposed.
What is the WB (White Balance) Function in Your Camera?.....Most pictures taken with today's digital camera's come out looking fine as far as color and tone. However, occasionally your camera might produce an image with an overall yellowish, greenish, or bluish tint. This tutorial will tell you how that off colored tint can be corrected.
Digital Camera Image Sensors...How does that picture get into your camera and get reproduced? This photography tutorial explains the function of the digital camera image sensor and how it affects the quality of your pictures.
The Camera Shutter...Learn the function of the camera shutter and how the various shutter speeds affect the look of your pictures in this photography tutorial.
The Camera Lens Aperture...The camera lens aperture controls the amount of light reaching the camera's image sensor when you take a picture. It also can affect the depth of field in an image.
What is Digital Camera ISO?...The ISO setting on your camera controls how sensitive the image sensor is to light. Changing the ISO setting can help you get better exposed pictures in many situations. Your camera's ISO setting is part of the exposure triangle that includes the camera lens aperture and the camera shutter.
Depth of Field...Learn why your picture background as well as the subject is sharp in some images (wide depth of field) and why at other times the subject will be sharp with the background out of focus.(narrow depth of field). This photography tutorial will show ways that you can control the look of your backgrounds and foregrounds.
Image Resolution, Pixels and Print Sizes...This tutorial explains pixels and image resolution. It will also help you determine what is the largest size print you can make from a particular image while still retaining good image quality.
The Digital Camera
Types of Digital Cameras...Learn the differences between Compact (point and shoot), Bridge, Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR), and Mirrorless (Compact System) cameras in this photography basics tutorial.
The Camera-how it works...Learn the basics of how the digital camera works. Get to know the functions of the main parts of the camera and what is happening when you press the camera's shutter release button.
Compact Digital Cameras...Compact cameras are the most widely used digital camera due to their ease of use and affordable price. Check and see what are the basic features of the digital compact camera.
Bridge Cameras and Superzoom Cameras...A bridge camera is a compact camera that gives the photographer to manually control most of the cameras features and functions
Digital Single Lens Reflex Cameras...(also called Digital SLR Cameras) This is the most versatile type digital camera and allows you full manual control of all features as well as the option to use automatic settings if desired. Interchangeable lenses are one of this type camera's main features. Check this tutorial to see if a Digital SLR camera might be the best fit for you.
Compact System/Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras...This is the newest type camera to enter the digital camera market. These type of cameras give you the image quality of a Digital Slr camera in a smaller easier to travel with compact size.
The Camera Lens...Simple explanation of the function of a camera lens. and the different types of lenses.
What is a 35mm Equivalent Focal Length?...You see the term 35mm equivalent every time you see information about a camera lens. This tutorial explains what it means and why it might be important to you.
Zoom Lenses... Explains focal lengths and features of zoom lenses. Explains differences between constant and variable aperture zoom lenses.
Prime Lenses...These are fixed focal length lenses that include telephoto, wide angle, and standard sizes.
Using Camera Modes and Functions
What is White Balance or AWB?...We all have the White Balance or Automatic White Balance (AWB) setting in our cameras. But do we ever use it or know its purpose? Find out in this photo tutorial.
Digital Camera Shooting Modes...All Digital cameras come with various shooting modes. Why not try some different settings and see how they can work for you?
Using the "P" Program Mode...Unlike the Automatic Mode, the Program Mode allows the camera to take care of the exposure settings while you are still able to control other important camera settings.
Digital Camera Metering Modes...Different lighting situations might call for a change of your metering modes. Find out when changing your camera's metering mode might produce a better image.