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What is Depth of Field (DOF)

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We’re back with more photography tips to help new (and experienced) shooters better understand this fantastic hobby of ours. In the past we’ve covered things like ISO, zone focusing, and cross-processing, and today we’re taking a look at one of the most important aspects of creative photography; depth of field.

If you’re unsure of what we’re talking about when we say depth of field, worry not. You’re not alone. The questions surrounding DOF are among the most common that we encounter, and we’re happy to help.

So with minimal technical nonsense and plenty of sample shots, let’s get to it. By the end of this article you’ll know everything there is to know about DOF. We’ll show you the ways it impacts your photography, how to control it, and why understanding it can help anyone make better photos.

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What is Cross Processing (X-Pro) ?

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Quick Tips, our continuing series explaining elements of photography in simple terms, is back. In past articles we’ve explained things like ISO, how to load film, and unraveled the mysteries of the focus scale. Today we’re looking at a colorful niche in photography, cross-processing of images in both analog and digital shooting.

So what is cross-processing? Simply put, it’s the intentional processing of any type of film using a chemical solution intended for a different type of film. With film it involves sloshing around stinky chemicals, but when shooting digital it’s as simple as a click of the mouse. The resulting images are unpredictably colored and often show extreme contrast and pleasantly shocking visuals.

Cross-processing is one of the simplest ways for any photographer to create some seriously unique images without any changes to their gear or budget. For full details and sample shots, read on.

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A Guide to Buying Cameras on eBay

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Buying cameras can be tricky. Once you’re bitten by the collector’s bug, it doesn’t take long to tap dry your local thrift stores, antique shops, and flea markets. The insatiable thirst for new cameras and vintage gear leads one inevitably to the internet. And while the internet offers limitless shopping opportunities, the world of internet commerce can be a strange and scary place.

Having earned something of a reputation as the “wild west” of online shops, eBay has the potential for both unbelievable bargains and fiscal heartache. Find the right seller at the right time, and you’re liable to get the deal of the year. Find the wrong seller at the wrong time, and you may come away with a worthless camera and an aggravated headache. Despite this dichotomous personality, eBay gives shoppers an unrivaled quantity of low-priced photo gear. The key is knowing what to look for, what to be wary of, and when to buy.

Here are a few simple tips to help you get the most out of your eBay camera hunt. With diligence, thoughtfulness, and a little luck, you’ll be on your way to a solid record of wins, and minimized losses.

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Quick Tips : What is ISO / ASA / DIN

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Quick Tips, our recurring feature explaining in simple terms certain key elements of photography, is back. Last time we took a look at the focus scale, how to zone focus, and when to use the technique. Today we’ll talk about one of the most basic controls in photography, ISO.

Many people just starting out are eager to learn the tricks of depth-of-field and motion-blur that come with understanding Shutter Speed and Aperture control, but completely overlook ISO. Even after years of shooting, some people still don’t know a thing about it. Even though ISO is part of the three key elements of photography, it’s something of a neglected “middle child” in the photographic family. ISO sullenly stews between Shutter Speed and Aperture, its more dynamic and interesting siblings.

This is unfortunate, as understanding and controlling ISO is just as crucial to making good images as Aperture and Shutter Speed, especially in the age of digital cameras. There’s no reason to be intimidated by ISO. The concept, once illustrated, is simple, and understanding it will improve every photographer’s images.

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