How well do you know your digital camera? Take our quiz and find out!

Are you pretty confident in your technical skills as a photographer? Let’s see how much you really know! Our new quiz asks you to identify 10 common features on your camera. Can you name all 10?

 

0-59% If at first you don’t succeed… take the quiz again and then share it to Facebook!
60-69% Not everyone is technically minded
70-79% You know your camera pretty well… but you could know it better
80-89% You’re getting pretty good at this. But there’s still room to improve
90-100% You know you want to boast about this score and you totally should

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Capturing Unenthusiastic Teens: Forget the Perfect Pose and Get Photos You Truly Love

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I wrote an article recently sharing some tips for Capturing Busy Little Ones, and had a request for a similar article for photographing teens. Since I love photographing teens (who doesn’t??), I’m thrilled to share some tips. These aren’t tips for photographing the aspiring model teens. Those teens are usually pretty easy to photograph, they will pose for you until the cows come home, and love every minute of it. No, I’m going to let you in on some ideas for photographing those teens that aren’t so enthusiastic about being there.

Sometimes they’re super shy, and they just feel uncomfortable with the attention on them. Sometimes they are self-conscious, and think that they aren’t photogenic, so they feel awkward. Sometimes mom made them get pictures taken, and they’d rather be shoveling manure than sitting there with you and a camera. Whatever their hang-up is, these tips will help you capture them in the truest way possible, and get through it with your sanity intact. You might even get through it with a new teenage friend!

Understanding Masking in Photoshop

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Masking is one of those techniques that will change the way you use Photoshop. Understanding this technique can help you to jump from being a beginner level Photoshop user, to a more advanced one. In this article, I will explain how masking really works in Photoshop, its few key concepts, and how Masking helps you to perform non-destructive editing.

The skills you need to get started masking in Photoshop are being able to use the brush tool to paint color, understand two colors black and white, and knowledge of how layers work in Photoshop, which I assume you have very sound knowledge on.

What is masking what does it do in Photoshop?

5 Simple Tips to Improve Your Travel Photos

There is no doubt that travel photography is an incredibly rewarding profession because you have an opportunity to tell stories through your own pictures. But it is also one of the most challenging genres to master. Besides having to be able to photograph everything from people and architecture, to food and landscapes, you are also often at the mercy of the elements. Getting a great travel photo isn’t easy and it often doesn’t come about by luck. You have to be willing to work hard to capture the shot that you want. Here are 5 simple tips to help you improve your travel photos:

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4 ways to get the best effects possible from your polariser filter

With the advances in post-production software, it’s now possible to do almost anything to your images after you’ve fired the shutter, but there’s one filter that’s difficult to replicate effectively, and that’s the polariser filter. In this tutorial we show you 4 simple ways to use your polariser filter to its maximum potential.

4 ways to get the best effects possible from your polariser filter

A polariser filter has many uses, but its primary function is to reduce the amount of glare from non-metallic reflective surfaces such as water.

It also removes the small reflections from leaves and other foliage, saturating the colour and giving the landscape extra punch. Its other main use is for intensifying the colour of blue skies and making white clouds stand out. A polariser also helps to reduce atmospheric haze.

SEE MORE: 5 essential photography filters (and why you can’t live without them)

How to use a polariser filter for maximum impact

How to use a polariser filter for maximum impact: know the two types of polarisers

Two types of polariser
The most common type of polariser is the circular screw-in type made by the likes of Hoya and B+W. These come in various diameters, and you’ll need to buy one for each size of lens you own. A slot-in polariser, such as from Lee or Cokin, is used with a filter holder.

 SEE MORE: 9 filter mistakes every photographer makes (and how to avoid them)

How to use a polariser filter for maximum impact: how to use your filter

How to use one
The effect of a polariser can be seen by rotating the filter on the front of the lens or in the holder. The degree of polarisation depends on your shooting position in relation to the angle of sunlight. It’s most noticeable when you’re photographing at a right angle.

SEE MORE: Best circular polariser filter – 5 top models tested and rated

How to use a polariser filter for maximum impact: when to use your polariser filter

When to use one
A polariser is typically used when shooting in bright sunlight, but it can also be effective in overcast conditions to increase saturation, although the results tend to be more subtle. A polariser reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor by upto around two stops.

 SEE MORE: 4 tips for using your polarizer to shoot the perfect sky

How to use a polariser filter for maximum impact: be careful at wide angles

Watch out for…
Polarisers often produce uneven results when using a wide-angle lens because some parts of the sky are more polarised than others. It’s most noticeable in a blue sky, with the more polarised area appearing darker. The effect can be lessened by increasing the focal length.

Final Tip
Polarising filters can cause vignetting when fitted onto a wide-angle lens. Get an ultra thin version to minimise the effect

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