Photography Questions and Answers

The digital camera -
Shutter Priority Mode.

In shutter priority mode you manually set the shutter speed value and the camera takes care of everything else - for example it sets the
optimal aperture for the shutter speed that you have chosen.
Why use a fast or slow shutter speed? Use shutter priority mode when you want to take a picture of moving objects and when you want to freeze the action in your picture.

The shutter speed setting controls how long the camera's shutter is open and therefore you can control how much motion
or freeze the camera will
With a 'fast' shutter speed, the camera stops or freezes the action. This is excellent for photographing things such as fast flying aircraft,  or to the opposite extreme,  it can be used to control motion when

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General photography questions and answers.

Please take a look at our Question and Answer index, where we have put together a small 
list of the most asked questions with their answer.
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Q 1   What is digital photography?

Q 2   What equipment do I need to start digital photography?

Q 3   Tips and Techniques for taking better Photographs.

Q 4   Types of Digital cameras.

Q 5   Why does my Digital camera or Film have different sensitivity
        settings, and how can I use them effectively?

Q 6   Should I buy a Prime lens or a Zoom lens?

Q 7   How to take Landscape Photographs.

Q 8   What is Shutter Lag?

Q 9   Is digital photography expensive?

Q10  Can I convert my old film pictures/slides or negatives into
        digital ones?

Q11  How many pictures will my digital camera take? 

Q12  Which digital photo correction and creative editing software
        will give me a good result at a reasonable cost?

Q13  How can I take a good Photograph of people?

Q14  Corrupt memory card when I use my camera: Is it the Card,
        Camera, or a Computer fault?

Q15  New  How to Photograph flowers.

Q16  New  How to Photograph the sea.

Q17  New  How to Photograph trains.

Q18  New  How to Photograph the sunset.

Q19  New  How to Photograph birds.

Q20  New  How to Photograph mountains.

Q21  New  How to Photograph trees.

Q22  New  Walking with your Camera.

Q23  New  Autumn - Tips on capturing the colours.

Q24  New  How to Photograph Butterflies.

Q25  New  How to Shoot in Black & White.

The most  popular asked question.

What Photo Editing Software?.

With the continuing development of new ‘photo editing’ software minor errors that would have ruined your pictures in the past can now be fixed with a few clicks of the mouse using one of the programs available in the shops to-day.

There is going to be some times when a photograph is too damaged to be fixed, but these are going to be few and far between if you have good photo editing software to back your image up. The amount of pictures you’re going to get rid of, or have to retake will decrease dramatically, which means you will be able save those precious moments that would’ve otherwise been lost forever.

Some photo editing software comes with a little bit of a learning curve, but that’s to be expected when you’re dealing with software that’s intended for the experienced professionals. Luckily, there are programs with streamlined feature sets for those of us that haven’t been in the industry for a number of years. Whether you choose one or the other depends greatly on what you need your photo editing software to do at your level of experience.

Top Tips & Tricks from the Professional.
What to look for when you buy your Photo Editing Software!

Ease of Use.
Photograph editing is especially difficult to learn and use because of the many different options available.

The software should have tutorials to show you how to use features and many programs have "Wizards" that automatically fix the most common problems with photos; e.g. red-eye, twisted images, correct poor lighting etc.

Import and Export Formats.
There are a handful of widely used formats the program should definitely support > JPG, GIF, BMP, EPS, PDF, TIFF, and RAW which are among the most common.
However, with the ever-changing makeup of file formats as new cameras and equipment are developed can only raise the quality of your final image.

The photo editing software should have features that allow you to improve or add to your photograph contrast and lighting adjustment, colour changes, sharpness, special effects, and adding boarders/text etc.

The photo editing program should be able to sort out your images with thumbnails, the ability to search for images by keywords, date taken, and its Mega-pixel size and to store your images in folder albums with image libraries that are easy to use.

Help/Documentation Support.
The software should have tutorials to show you how and when you would want to use particular applications. Also the manufacturer should provide technical support using
on-line help, email and telephone.



Shutter Priority Mode Explained - continued

 trees are photographed in wind, and is used to stop the branches/leaves from blurring.
With a slower shutter
speed, you can also produce 'intentional' movement or blur. The most common use for photographers is the obtain a "soft/blurring" affect when
shooting moving water.
There are other instances When you are shooting in lower light conditions, and with your camera on a tripod, you can set a longer shutter
speed to avoid using the flash or you require to increase the exposure sensitivity. Since the camera is on a tripod, a longer shutter speed
will not increase the blurriness to the picture.

The opposite condition can occur when you 'hand-hold' your camera, as this can induce blurriness via camera shake if the shutter speed is to slow to compensate it.

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