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**currently testing how to format this, it is very messy and incomplete right now***

Hey guys, hopefully this guide will help you more than my last one. Rather than try to do it all from scratch, I’m going to enlist help from the very videos that taught me.

The coolest thing about owning a DSLR is that it enables you to have so much more control than a standard point and shoot. So lets go over some ways to exaggerate or highlight certain aspects of the picture.

Before you start

Keep in mind that no one takes amazing pictures from the begining. Photography is an art that requires hands on experience. My biggest tip for improving fast is to find a picture you like, figure out how it was shot, then go out and try to reproduce that as many times as you can.

As you aquire more and more skills and techniques, you can then make a choice of which one you like, then go at it from there.


What is ISO?

Most of your cameras will choose the ISO automatically for you, please turn this off and choose it manually!

Motion (shutter speed)

Typically you would only need to use the shutter priority (S or Tv) setting on your camera to produce the shots. Using the techniques from this video, I was able to take these pictures:

Sunset on Guadelupe ms 150

Depth of field (aperture)

Depth of field was what inspired me to pursue photography. I always thought the background blur was caused by photoshop!

Typically you would only need to use the aperture priority  (A or Av) setting on your camera to produce the shots. Using the techniques from this video, I was able to take these pictures:

Lunch outside moar nigiri kudasai.

Composition

Here’s a video which describes many ways of composition your image. The key is to either get your subject out of the middle of the frame, or get so close that you fill the entire frame with the subject.

Changing your lenses

Don’t be put off by this guy’s gear, I use this method everytime I go out.

Outdoor lighting using a reflector

Eventhough his results look kind of bad due to no post processing, he does a good job of explaining how to use a reflector. Here are some of my experiments:

portraiture software test atarashi style

Post Processing

My photoshop style is very similar to this guy’s. It’s a very simple, but very effective way of editing your images.

How to hold your camera

If you wanna get a steady shot… although it may cause a douche baggery look.

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