I would say that 90% of emails that I get where people are unhappy with their cameras, have to do with not understanding the basics of exposure metering. This also means they don't quite understand how shutter speed, aperture and ISO settings inter-relate.
"What general words of advice do you have for new photographers ?"
The first steps in getting to understand photography would be:
Know how to use your camera's light-meter more effectively.
Your camera's meter is accurate, but do need to be interpreted some times.
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Bounce flash photography: Problem solving with improvised lighting
I received an email from Dr. Joel Studin in April '06, where he asked for help in setting up photographic lighting in his examination room at his offices.
Dr. Studin is a renowned cosmetic surgeon based in Long Island, NY and he needs to do specific 'before' and 'after' photographs of his patients for his records.
But there was a problem - despite guidelines from the plastic surgery society on standardizing photography, the results weren't consistent, and just didn't look good.
Fortunately, I was able to help Read more inside...
If the Nikon D2H was an awesome camera, then the bigger brother, the Nikon D2x is simply stunning, offering amazing picture quality. The controls and functions between the two cameras are virtually the same, and the D2x offers the same myriad of options that the photographer can set according to their own style and needs.
Here are my preferences for the D2x Custom Settings .. and why. Read more inside...
The Nikon D200 has been described as the 'D2x Lite', because it has most of the best features of the awesome D2x and added a few new features into the mix. Therefore this page is similar to the page on the D2x custom settings.
Here are my preferences for the Custom Settings .. and why. Read more inside...
The various settings and custom settings on the Nikon D100 make it a very flexible and versatile little machine, with many photographers changing the Custom Settings to suit their own style and needs.
Here are my preferences .. and why. Read more inside...
Everything on the Tangents blog is through a steady accumulation of writing on photography. A few articles I wrote for a camera club newsletter in the 1990's became the initial exploratory posts in 2001 on my PlanetNeil website. One of the landmarks was when I started posting a series of articles on PlanetNeil on the topic of flash photography. These became the flagship articles of the website on which the rest was built up.
From these articles, my books on flash photography and lighting grew as well.
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