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By shoaling in Raw, you're able to take more control of the main parameters that make up an image, such as White Balance, colour saturation, exposure and sharpness, than you could if you shot in JPEG. This allows you more scope to optimise an image's characteristics to suit your requirements. The process of converting Raw images Taking photographs with your DSLR set to Raw rather than JPEG provides you with literally the raw materials for a great image. To transform them into top-quality...

Ael

PRACTICALLY EVERY DSLR has an AE-L button, which is normally found on the top right of the camera's rear, or near the LCD monitor. AE-L is an abbreviation for Auto Exposure Lock. It is designed to lock the current exposure setting so that it doesn't change when you recompose your image - even if the incoming light levels change. AE-L can be used in any exposure mode, although it is pointless if you are shooting in manual mode. When you press the shutter button down halfway, you engage the AF to...

Understanding Your Digital

Newcomers to digital SLR photography tend to keep their DSLR set to its fully-automatic mode, confused by the various settings. Our extensive guide aims to help beginners take their first steps towards creative freedom DIGITAL SLRS ARE EXTREMELY SOPHISTICATED picture-taking tools, designed to make shooting great images easier than ever. However, many beginners leave their camera set to its fully-automatic settings, unsure how to get the most out of its numerous other functions. This guide is...

Olympus E400

You can go through the MENU system but a quicker way is to press OK, highlight the metering icon using the four-way controller, press OK, select the pattern with the dial or four-way controller and press OK to confirm Most Pentax DSLRs select the metering mode in the same way as the K100D. Press MENU to get to the Rec Mode display and use the four-way controller dial to go down to AE Metering, select the required pattern and press OK As mentioned earlier, multi-zone metering is reliable, but...

Shooting Through Glass

PROBLEM The AF locks on to the glass SOLUTIONS 1 Try cleaning the glass because the AF locks on to any contrast, in this case marks on the glass 2 Shoot from as close as possible to the glass 3 Shoot at an acute angle, rather than at right angles, to bypass the glass 4 Focus manually SHOOTING THROUGH A FENCE PROBLEM The AF pinpoints the fence or bars of a cage as its point of focus as its nearest SOLUTIONS 1 Switch to single-point AF and position the AF sensor between the fencing bars

Gpj Photography

Get to grips with shutter-priority AE Experiment with shutter-priority AE by trying to shoot the following River or stream Set-up your camera on a tripod close to a river and set a slow speed of two seconds. Note how the water's movement is captured as a smooth blur. Shutter speed test Have a friend drive a car at 30mph from left to right along the same road and shoot them at different shutter speeds. Review the images and note the differences. Now for the science part we explain the secrets of...

When To Use Multipoint Af

You can leave the camera set to multipoint AF for most shooting situations. You'll find that the AF system will focus on the closest subject to the camera as this is normally the one that you want in focus. While suitable for general use, there are two main advantages of multi-point AF. The first is for composing a scene and focusing on an off-centre subject in one hit. whereas in the past, you had to focus the subject in the central point of the frame and then recompose the image. The second...

Daniel Lezano

Editor Lezano is passionate about photography and has been taking pictures for over 25 years. He is especially keen on shooting portraits with natural light and in the studio. Getting Started in Digital SLR Photography Produced by Digital SLR Photography at 6 Swan Court. Cygnet Park, Peterborough, Cambs PE7 8GX Phone 01733 567401. Fax 01733 352650 Email enquihes iiigitalslrphoto.coin Online www.digltalslrphoto.com To contact editorial phone 01733 567401 daniel_lezano dennis.co.uk Art Editor...

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W PHONE 0844 249 0482 Please quote offer code below Q ORDER ONLINE www.dennismags.co.uk dslr To contact editorial phone 01733 567401 daniel_lezano dennis.co.uk Art Editor Luke Marsh luke_marsh dennis.co.uk Editorial Co-ordinator Jo Lezano jo_lezanoLadennis.co.uk As you have no doubt discovered, by using a digital SLR, you have taken a major step towards shooting better pictures. Boasting an incredible level of versatility, delivering superb image quality and forming the heart of a system that...