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The Answers To The Most Common Photography Questions I Hear

by Chris Gampat on 01/28/2011

I’ve been a photographer/teacher/tech journalist for a while, so I’m used to hearing a multitude of questions. There are some questions that I hear and read all the time that many of you probably don’t want to answer. Take a look at this list and see if your question is here.

We’ve got a huge forum going on this Canon camera posting if you’re interested as well.

What’s the best camera?

If you’re going for a point and shoot, then you should read this. Otherwise, the advice in that posting remains solid for almost anyone. You’ll need to first consider what you’re going to use the camera for and other needs.

I want to take a picture with a person in focus and a blurry background?

Aperture, i.e. your F stop. The lower the number (F/1.8) the less of an area that will be in focus and the more light will be let in. The higher the number (F/5.6) the more of an area that will be in focus and the less light will be let in.

You can read about this and other photography terminology here and download it here.

How do I get that film effect?

We have a whole tutorial for Adobe Photoshop Elementsright here for you complete with screenshots of exactly what to do.

Canon or Nikon?

The two systems are so extremely similar that you can’t go wrong with their one. It’s the specific model’s features that may hold your answer.

What’s the best lens/camera for street Photography?

In my experience, it’s the one you have on you. But this also depends on which one you can adapt to the easiest or whichever one you can use for your shooting methods the best.

My images are coming out too bright no matter what I do. I hate this camera.

Check your ISO and exposure compensation levels. This is a common question that people ask me who buy a DSLR and the two kit lens package.

All of my images are coming out really weird looking when I’m shooting a concert. Any suggestions?

Small venues have abysmal lighting. Put your photos into Lightroom and desaturate specific color levels. Then tweak the exposure, black levels, contrast, overall saturation, etc.

How do I become a professional photographer?

It’s a lot more about networking these days and how you can sell yourself than the images that you can produce. Sure, those help but marketing is king these days.

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