If I Were You – August 2017

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Our Imaging Expert No one can take a picture that everyone likes. But, almost every picture can have scope of improvement. Often, we are not our best critics, while others can immediately point out the faults. In If I were you, our expert comments on how your pictures could be taken to another level. E-mail your images at sp@nextgenpublishing.net Rohinton … [Read more...]

Image Editing – Part 9: Sharpening

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‘Sharpening’ is a part of the digital workflow that is often least understood or mis-understood. Most beginners (and some advanced workers too) tend to over-sharpen their images. But first, let us understand why we need to sharpen our images; after all, when we were using films, we did no such thing as ‘sharpening’. The Reasons for Sharpening 1) If you remember the basics th … [Read more...]

Depth of Field & Hyperfocal Setting

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Depth of Field (DoF) refers to the zone of acceptable sharpness in our picture. Let’s take that a bit further. When you focus your lens (any lens) at any given distance, technically speaking, only that point (and all points along that same plane – plane of focus) should be sharp. However, in reality, some distance in front of and some distance beyond the focussed plane is ac … [Read more...]

Ask Uncle Ronnie – August 2017

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Going below ISO 100 When I check the EXIF data in some photographs in various magazines, sometimes the image is taken at ISO 50. I own a Nikon D5300. In it, the minimum ISO setting is 100. Is it possible to go below this ISO in my camera? Or is this possible only in high-end models? Is there any calculation/ formula for setting ISO below 100? If yes, kindly explain in … [Read more...]

Exposure Modes

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Rohinton Mehta Most cameras allow us to shoot using different exposure modes – Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Program (P) and Manual (M). On Canon cameras, Aperture priority is known as Aperture value (Av) and Shutter priority is known as Time value (Tv). Some cameras also offer Scene modes but in this write-up, we shall not be discussing them. Let’s see how the … [Read more...]