In-camera autofocus can be 99% accurate with breathtaking speed, but doing so requires some basic knowledge and input from the camera operator. Unfortunately, hitting a focus target right all the time requires a little more effort than point and shoot. But with some careful practice and knowledge of your camera’s ability, high rates of perfection may be obtained.
DSLR’s have a great deal to offer. Large sensors provide striking depth of field, great low light capabilities, and interchangeable lenses on a budget. But there are also quite a few caveats that can take time, practice, and learning to combat. In this lesson we will take a look at some of the things you can do to improve video on DSLR cameras.
We have all seen amazing photographs with striking foregrounds while the background blurs to oblivion. That blurred background, commonly referred to as Bokeh, can be controlled by setting your camera aperture effectively. We typically recommend lenses with a maximum aperture of at least f/2.8 because it gives you more creative flexibility and low light possibilities.
In part 2 of 'Kit lenses & Super-zooms', we take a closer look at the differences between kit lenses and similarly priced prime lenses.
Who hasn’t been persuaded by an 18-200mm lens for under $400 or an 18-50 IS for only $100. Why would I spend $1000+ for a fixed lens without image stabilization when I can have a full zoom for ¼ the price?
This is an issue I cannot stress enough. You must be diligent about backing up your photos, videos, and other important data, especially if you are using that information professionally.
ISO can be a very important tool in digital photography. It allows you to capture great images in low light when used properly, yet without a firm grasp on the limitations of your equipment, it can very easily ruin your photos. Most digital cameras allow for manual over-ride of auto-ISO. Learning to master when and how to use ISO will be an important step to improving your photographs.