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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Minecraft Tournament June 3rd, 2017 | Fun things to do with your kids in Westchester this Spring

Our Minecraft Tournament on June 3rd is a fun, creative way to get kids out of the house this spring!

Join us at our location in downtown White Plains on for a Minecraft Tournament. Kids ages 6-16 welcome to sign up and parents/families are welcome to stay. Sign up for one of three time slots 10am, 12:30pm & 3:00pm.

REGISTER HERE

 

Participants build a structure in a category announced the day of the tournament. Once the rules are explained and the categories are announced, players have one hour to build in creative mode. Participants are then judged on factors such as creativity, time management, attention to detail and thinking outside of the box, in addition to other factors. Prizes are awarded to the winners of each category and everyone goes home with a 3D printed gift!

Learn more about the DAE at TheDAE.com

 

Spring Break Programs for Kids in Westchester, NY

Spring Break STEAM Programs for Kids in Westchester, NY at The Digital Arts Experience

So you’re just getting back into the swing of things after February Break and just starting to get back to your routine and now you have to figure out what to do with your kids during Spring Break. If you’re not going away, you still have to work while your kids are out of school, so what can do you?

Well, your kids can stay home all day and play video games or they can come to a Spring Break Boot Camp at The Digital Arts Experience and create something amazing!

From LEGO animation and 3D printing, to video game programming with Scratch or Python, we’ve got programs for all ages and all skill levels. And with half and full day options, as well as our super flexible drop-in schedule, we make planning your week easy knowing that your kids are in a safe, fun and exciting learning environment.

Programs run from April 11-14th. To find out more visit the TheDAE.com or give us a call at (914) 644-8100.

February Break STEAM Workshops for Kids in Westchester

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Join us the week of Feb. 20th-24th for Drop In STEAM-focused Workshops in:

Come for just the morning (9:30AM-12:00PM), the afternoon (1:00PM-3:30PM) or stay for the full day!

VIEW THE FULL SCHEDULE HERE

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

 

 

Adult Classes in Photography, Coding, 3D Printing, Video Editing, Creating a Website & More in Westchester County

STEM/STEAM (Science Technology Engineering (Arts &) Math) Education isn’t just for kids in White Plains, Scarsdale, Valhalla, Larchmont and surrounding communities, but for adults as well. Watch DAE Founder & President Rob Kissner talk about our new DSLR Photography, Video Editing, Creating a Website, 3D Printing and Programming classes for adults.

WHO WE ARE:

A tight-knit community. We are all lifelong learners.
An escape. Life is crazy. Tech is fun.
Enthusiasts, leaders and innovators. We enjoy working with technology and get excited to share our knowledge with family and friends.
Role models for our kids. Because if we don’t adapt & grow with tech, how can we expect them to?
An experience. Things come and go but experiences last a lifetime.

Visit us: TheDAE.com/adultclasses

Call us: 914-644-8100

Email us: info@thedae.com