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We've covered a lot of ground in this chapter, so it's definitely time to put this knowledge to work in order to get familiar with these new camera settings and techniques.

Experiment with white balance and picture styles

Set your camera up and use the Daylight white balance and Landscape picture style settings. Then turn on the Live View setting and change the white balance to the other modes, previewing each change in the LCD Monitor. Next, do the same with the picture styles and see how many different looks you can create with the same scene.

Level the horizon

Set your camera up on a tripod and do your best to eyeball the horizon and get it level in your scene. Then turn on the electronic level, either in the viewfinder or on the LCD Monitor, and see how close you were to getting your scene level. If you were off, then go ahead and adjust your camera until it's balanced and leveled both vertically and horizontally. Don't forget to preview your composition before you take the shot—just because the camera thinks it looks good doesn't necessarily mean it will turn out that way.

Applying hyperfocal distance to your landscapes

Pick a scene that contains objects positioned near the camera, as well as something that is clearly defined in the background. Try using a wide to medium-wide focal length (18-35mm). Use a small aperture and focus on the object in the foreground, then recompose and take a shot.

Without moving the camera position, use the object in the background as your point of focus and take another shot.

Finally, find a point that is one-third of the way into the frame from near to far and use that as the focus point.

Compare all of the images to see which method delivered the greatest range of depth of field from near to infinity.

Placing your horizons

Find a location with a distinct horizon and, using the grid on the viewfinder or using Live View on the LCD Monitor, take three shots: one with the horizon in the top third of the frame, one with it in the middle of the frame, and one along the bottom third of the frame. Compare each shot to see which one is most visually striking.

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Moving Target


Photographing moving subjects is exciting, especially when you catch something you weren't expecting. When I was a kid photographing on the sidelines of my high school's football games, I used to dream of becoming a professional sports photographer—there's just something surreal about capturing a moment in time that only you could see with your camera. Whether you're photographing sports or your child running around the backyard, this chapter will give you the tools you need to get some great action shots.

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