3 Digital Camera Settings to Take Better Photos

How do I take better photos…

with my DSLR camera? You might be surprised to hear the answer. Do you want to create beautiful, lasting memories of family functions, sporting events and other meaningful events in your family’s life? Simply knowing the tools at your disposal will help you take high-quality photos with that DSLR you’re keeping on auto. Here are 3 settings you need to know to take better photos.

1) What is aperture?

To put it simply, the aperture setting controls the amount of light being let into the image sensor of the camera. Think of it like your pupil, the bigger it gets the more light it lets in (that’s while when it’s bright out, your pupils get small, and when it’s dark, they appear much bigger.) Unlike your pupils, which automatically adjust to the light, you can manually control the aperture of your camera by changing what’s known as the f-stop. A low f-stop like 3.5 lets in more light, and a high f-stop like 22 lets in less. In addition, the aperture controls the depth of field of your image (how in-focus certain parts are). A low f-stop will produce a higher depth of field (great for close-ups of flowers!), and a higher f-stop will produce a crisper image (great for awesome landscapes!) See the examples below:

Low f-stop | Photo by H K on Unsplash

High f-stop | Photo by Rob Morton on Unsplash

Photo Experiment #1: 

Try turning your camera to aperture priority mode (A). This will allow you to test different f-stop settings without having to worry about anything else. With the camera on aperture priority mode, the other settings on the camera will auto-adjust. Give it a try and let us know how it goes in the comments!

2) What is shutter speed?

Shutter speed is the speed at which the shutter passes in front of the image sensor, thus determining how long the image sensor is exposed to light, measured in fractions of a second. A slow shutter speed lets in more light and allows for more motion blur. Sometimes this can have a cool effect like in the photo below.

Photo by Denys Argyriou on Unsplash

But, if you’d prefer to have a less blurred image, try using a faster shutter speed.

Photo by Mitchell Orr on Unsplash

For more tips, visit the B.Britnell Blog.

Photo Experiment #2: 

Turn your camera to shutter speed priority (S). Experiment with photographing moving objects. What happens when you change the speed?

3) What is ISO?

ISO is a digital setting that uses the camera’s software to boost the light in the image. And while lots of light is good, it’s important to use a high ISO sparingly, as it can cause the image to look grainy.

 

Read more and check out other educational images at ExposureGuide.com!

Photo Tip #3: 

Turn your camera to manual (or M). Experiment with all 3 of these settings at once and let us know what you came up with in the comments!

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in our Adult DSLR Photography class beginning October 14th!

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How to Learn Computer Programming as an Adult – White Plains, Westchester County, New York

There are a plethora of resources out there online to learn computer programming as an adult… The question we get quite often here at the DAE in Westchester County is: “Where do I start?”

First of all, we LOVE code.org. It’s a great place to start, even for adults. In fact, that’s where I began! The Hour of Code is a great way to learn the basics of programming without having to learn all the complicated “jargon.” (Read the blog of my first hour of code HERE.) With these simple to follow interactive puzzles you’ll begin to understand the fundamental principles behind coding:

  1. Events: trigger the code to run based on user interaction
  2. Loops: Repeat forever, a specific amount of times or until a goal is reached
  3. Conditionals: using true and false to make decisions
  4. Variables: manipulating data by storing it in a category you define

Games like Code Combat are a great way to get your feet wet with some of the new language. Then, you can begin programming small things like calculators and games in Python or Java, using sites like KhanAcademy or Codecademy. Check out this AWESOME BLOG comparing all the different e-learning websites that offer an introduction to programming.

For more information on computer programming classes for grown-ups in Westchester County, visit us at thedae.com/adultclasses.

Emily Angell is the Director of Adult Education — she teaches programming & audio engineering at the Digital Arts Experience in White Plains.

Learn how to Create a Website, how to use WordPress and How to connect a Website to a Domain: Web Design Classes for Adults in Westchester.

Adult School in Westchester: The DAE in White Plains offers adult education classes on how to create a website, how to connect a website to a domain and how to use WordPress. Learn layouts, formatting and just enough HTML/CSS to maintain your site properly and update it accordingly.

Classes are enrolling now. Learn more & register: TheDAE.com/AdultClasses or call 914-644-8100.

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What is 3D printing? How does 3D Printing Work? Adult Education Westchester: 3D Printing, Modeling & Rapid Prototyping

3D Printing Westchester, Rapid Prototyping White Plains

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Kids aren’t the only ones taking part in STEM/STEAM learning here in Weschester. At the Digital Arts Experience in White Plains, adults are getting in on the action as well. Our adult students learn 3D modeling and how to use and maintain our 3D printers to rapid prototype items for functional household use.

 

Classes are enrolling now! For more info please visit: TheDAE.com/adultclasses or give us a call: 914-644-8100.