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!

Looking to further your skills?

ENROLL NOW or LEARN MORE

in our Adult DSLR Photography class beginning October 14th!

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North Salem Students 3D Print Local Landmarks

North Salem Students 3D Print Local Landmarks


Over the past six weeks, The Digital Arts Experience (The DAE) has been teaching 3D Printing to students ages 10-12 at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library in North Salem, NY. The class used their new knowledge of 3D printing to create miniature replications of local historical buildings.

“This class puts a unique spin on our normal 3D Printing with Minecraft class. Working with the town of North Salem, we secured blueprints and drawings of a number of historical buildings in town, and the students were challenged to use Minecraft to create 3D models based on the drawings,” says Rob Kissner, President of The DAE.

Buildings modeled thus far include Delancy Hall, Croton Fall School House and Briddleside in addition to others. After receiving the blueprints, students went to work in Minecraft’s Creative Mode to map and build out each structure. Minecraft makes for an excellent modeling tool because every block is the same size, making it simple to build to scale. It’s a natural fit with kids because they don’t need to learn an abstract CAD program, but rather can use a program they are comfortable and confident with. DAE instructors love using Minecraft in a class setting because it’s accessible; building in Creative Mode is all about exploring, planning, creating and collaborating.

“I was amazed at how intricate their projects were. They all took their time to pay attention to each detail to ensure their models were accurate,” said Lory Murariu, an instructor from The Digital Arts Experience. “This project really challenged the students to think critically about the blueprints they were given and how to convert them into 3D models for print.”

Last week, The DAE took models that the students designed in Minecraft and 3D Printed them at the Makerspace inside their White Plains facility. With five 3D Printers, The DAE has created thousands of hours of student work.

The DAE hosts after school, weekend and summer STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math) programs for kids and teens ages six and up. They hold classes at their White Plains location and also send instructors throughout Westchester to teach programs at various locations. To learn more about what The DAE can teach at your school or organization, visit: https://www.thedae.com/schools.

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Contact:

Cristina Calabrese

Cristina@TheDAE.com

The Digital Arts Experience

170 Hamilton Avenue Suite 100

White Plains, NY 10601

(914) 644-8100

New Class Offerings in January 2017 at The Digital Arts Experience

As we ring in the new year, our new semester of classes is scheduled to begin the week of January 17th with the first 6-weeks ending the week of February 28th, and the full 12-weeks the week of March 18th.

We are very excited to announce that this January we will have a total of 3 brand new class offerings for our Winter 2017 semester at The Digital Arts Experience.

Product Design, Tabletop Game Design have been added as well as a class called Minecraft Makers that will be taught by Curious on Hudson here at The DAE!

Minecraft Makers is a class in collaboration with Curious on Hudson, using a Makey Makey kit, young inventors will learn about the basic concepts of electronics, and take their Minecraft creative mode experience to the next level. Students will design a variety of controllers that they will make from wood, cardboard, and other raw materials then use these controllers to play the game. The controllers include a floor pad and handmade hoe, pick-ax and shovel. Students learn how computer inputs are used to control game play in the context of a game they already love to play.

Minecraft Makers is for ages 6-8 and will run on Saturdays from 11am to noon.

Product Design the perfect advanced class for those students who have taken an introductory 3D Printing class. Students will focus on the design process by solving real world problems and creating design solutions. Students will design, model, 3D print and test their own originally designed products. In addition, students will also design a logo and a promotional poster for their products!

Product Design is for ages 13-16 and will run on Saturdays from 12:45pm to 2:45pm.

Tabletop Game Design is another new class we are bringing to the table. First students will play different board games to examine different styles and forms of play. In the second half of the class, students will design a game using what they have learned and then work as a group to create a final product. The software used will vary depending on the designed game, however the most commonly used items are Photoshop and Illustrator for design purposes and Tinkercad for 3D printing.

Tabletop Game Design is for ages 13-16 and will run on Thursdays from 5 to 6:30pm.

For more information on our Winter 2017 schedule please visit thedae.com, call us at 914-644-8100 or email info@thedae.com

Also feel free to join us at our Open House on January 12th from 5-7pm!

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After School & Weekend Tech Activities for Kids To Do in Westchester | 3D Printing, Coding, Design, LEGO, Minecraft, Video

After School & Weekend Tech Activities for Kids To Do in Westchester at The DAE in White Plains in 3D Printing, Coding, Design, LEGO, Minecraft, Video and more!

Looking for something for your kids that is both fun and educational? The Digital Arts Experience is now enrolling for STEM programs for your kids for Fall 2016.

After school classes run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as well as both Saturday and Sunday. Classes meet once a week, for 6 weeks. Topics include, but are not limited to: 3D Printing, Coding, Design, LEGO Stop Motion, Minecraft Animation, Video and more.

The DAE’s classes are small, hands-on and project based. That means the instructor to student ratio is small while each student gets their own computer to work on for the duration of the program.

Interested in a program?

Visit our website.

View our Full Schedule.

 

The Digital Arts Experience

170 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 100

White Plains, NY 10601

E-Mail: info@TheDAE.com.

(914) 644-8100

 

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We can’t believe how quickly summer ended and fall has begun! Tuesday’s Scratch Coding class is working on the Hour of Code and will soon code their own games and animations. You can still register for classes that begin later this week or the weekend! Register here: https://campscui.active.com/orgs/TheDigitalArtsExperience

 

 

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.

 

 

DSLR Photography Classes for Adults in Westchester, Scarsdale & White Plains. Learn Aperture, ISO & Shutter Speed. Finally take that digital camera off auto!

Adults can now enroll in Digital Photography classes at the Digital Arts Experience in Westchester and surrounding communities: Scarsdale, Valhalla, Rye, Larchmont, White Plains, Tarrytown and others. In our class, students learn the three core components of a DSLR camera that will have them taking incredible photos: aperture, ISO & shutter speed.

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Our classes go over the information you need in a fun, stress-free setting and we don’t bog you down with jargon.

Enroll now: TheDAE.com/adultclasses