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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What Photo Editing
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
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
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.
Tips & Tricks from the Professional.
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.
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.
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.
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
photographed in wind, and is used to stop the branches/leaves from
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
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
speed to avoid using the flash or you require to increase the
exposure sensitivity. Since the camera is on a tripod, a longer
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.