Category Archives: Ask Uncle Ronnie

Beginner Blues

Tweet I am a beginner to photography. I have a Canon EOS 1000D and a borrowed flashgun. Pictures taken with the flash appear unnatural and harsh even though I have tried manual exposure. The subject gets too bright and the background goes too dark. Please note that I am not…

About Neutral Density

Tweet I was going through your article HOW TO in the July 2011 issue of SP. I read an article about the use of linear polarizing filter in front of circular polarizer to make a variable ND filter. I and one of my friend tried this and found it very…

Not Enthusiastic

Tweet I want my son to start photography as a hobby. He doesn’t seem enthusiastic about it. How can I induce him? He is 11 years old. Indraneel, via email A gentle reminder; I am Uncle Ronnie, not Aunt Agony! First and foremost, don’t force him, because if you do,…

Forgetful Photographer

Tweet I am a wedding photographer. On a recent assignment I forgot to carry extra batteries for my flashgun and had to then shoot without flash. Obviously, the flash-less pictures look very different. I am in a fix. Name withheld on request. Write down 1000 times…”I shall not forget to…

Pictures not sharp enough?

Tweet I am an aspiring wildlife photographer. My equipment is modestly priced. Since I use slow lenses, I am unable to use faster shutter speeds. This results in pictures that do not look as sharp as those shot by professional photographers. If I increase the ISO, the pictures turn noisy….