This page provides further information for the U3A’s photographers, both links to useful articles and short pieces of relevance to photographers.
Useful Articles from Risborough U3A
Click on these links to download the articles:
- Apertures, Shutter speed and ISO explained
- Composition Guidelines
- Exposure Mode notes
- Infrared and Ultraviolet Photography
- 3D Photography
- Focus Stacking
- Photographing Star Tracks
- Software for processing photographs
- Photographing small things
- Macro Photography
- Judging Photographs
- Whitebalancing Notes
- A quick Guide to using your digital SLR
- U3A Sources Photography edition
- Making Photobooks
- Prints and Mounting Photographs
A quick guide to using your digital SLR
This post from digital-photography-school.com is intended to be a brief, a one-stop shop to help you take your camera off auto, and take control of your DSLR. Don’t be intimidated by the number of buttons and dials, (or by the thickness of the manual).
Download this useful guide, produced by the Photography Group, on how to create your own photobook.
Part 1 explains some of the options for creating a Photobook Photobooks Part 1 v3
Part 2 of the Photobook Guide shows how a book was produced using the Blurb software Risborough U3A Photography Group Photobooks Part 2
A printed image needs to be lightened in order to appear the same as the on-screen image. A case in point is the cover of the Autumn edition of PReVIEW which is rather drab compared to the original image. Software (on the camera or computer) adjusts the image to a level of 18% grey as a standard which misrepresents snow scenes for example and why a white cat on a red carpet will appear green. The camera should have its exposure set on the most important part of the picture.
Fashion photographers will often send a swatch of material to the printer along with the photographs to ensure that the printed image reflects the original.
Similarly for printing black and white images it is necessary to increase the contrast before sending them to the printer – colour images to be printed black and white should be changed to black and white before being sent to the printer.
The art of mounting photographs
The colour of the mounting card should contrast or enhance the image, generally with a light mount for a black and white photo and a darker colour for a colour image, often with a white border round the print. Three quick passes each way of adjustable spray mount is all that is required. It is generally accepted that for a 1” border top and side there should be a 1 ¼” border at the bottom.
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