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Camera Lens – A guide to a few of the different types on the market

Newer photographers often confuse terms like “zoom” and “telephoto”, so with that in mind here’s a short blog post brought to us by Canon New Zealand – SLR History that clarifies some of the terms used to describe lenses.

The most important part of what makes an SLR camera so versatile is the lens, and there is a huge variety of lenses available on the market today. Choosing the right lens is important, but it can often be a complicated and confusing process, especially with all the different types available.’ Chromatic aberration’, ‘fixed-focal-length’, and ‘aperture zooms’ are terms which confuse many of us, but with this simple overview about some basic types of camera lenses, their uses, and some interesting facts you may not have known, you’ll be snapping away with your new favourite lens in no time.

Camera Lens – A guide to a few of the different types on the market

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Are You Using Your Correct Eye When Photographing?

4930275692_0e90d42330In a blog post Kent Weakley writes

Okay many of us take this one for granted. However, in a recent class, a student asked me “which eye am I supposed to look through the camera’s viewfinder with?” The answer is – your dominant eye. We all have one eye that’s stronger than the other, or that we prefer more than the other.

He goes on to show how to determine which is your dominant eye and explain how those with left eye dominance have an advantage when using a DSLR. Read the full post at the link below.

Are You Using Your Correct Eye When Photographing?

Creative Commons image from familymwr taken by SGT Pablo Piedra.

10 Things I Would Tell New Lightroom Users

Scott Kelby writes about ten things he would tell new Lightroom readers.

I got the idea for this post from an excellent post from Rob Sylvan (Rob is one of our Photoshop Help Desk gurus, as well as a Lightroom author and instructor), called “10 Things I Wish I Could Tell Every New Lightroom User.”

Rob’s article ran on Scott Bourne’s must-visit PhotoFocus.com site, and he had lots of really great tips for new users (here’s the direct link). I thought his idea was brillliant, and I sat down and started thinking about what I would tell new users, and then I thought I oughta do a similar post (with a different list of ten).

I was thinking of using a different name for mine, but then Rob wound up coming to to my Boston “Photoshop for Digital Photographers” seminar, and afterward he even gave me a ride to the airport. During that ride to the airport, although we didn’t talk about his post, I felt that somehow there was an implicit permission to run with his idea [ ;-) ] so with apologies (and full credit) to Rob (and Scott Bourne), here’s my own list.

10 Things I Would Tell New Lightroom Users

Divine Composition With Fibonacci’s Ratio (The Rule of Thirds on Steroids)

From the Digital Photography School blog.

phiSpiral2-e1290822137763Are you a stickler for little details? Well, if you’re a photographer, you had better be. Discovering the rule of thirds is a big milestone for any photographer. Suddenly, you realize that all you ever did before was center your subject right smack dab in the middle of the frame, because that’s where the camera’s focus grid is located. Makes sense right? The rule of thirds took you to new heights in your photographic journey, moving your subject off to one side or another in your frame, or to the top or bottom. But don’t some of these photos look a bit crowded being so close to either side of the frame? Sure it works in some cases, but what if there was still another rule you could incorporate into your photographic repertoire?

Divine Composition With Fibonacci’s Ratio (The Rule of Thirds on Steroids)