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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New Year’s 2017: Photography Classes for Adults, Programming and Web Design Classes in Westchester, NY

Adult classes in photography, website design using WordPress and computer programming are just a few of the classes offered at the Digital Arts Experience beginning in January 2017. The DAE is proud and excited to offer fun, engaging classes for adults as well as kids this year! Visit us for more info: thedae.com/adultclasses.

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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

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

Adult Tech & Computer Classes at The DAE in Westchester

The DAE isn’t just for kids.

Adult Tech & Computer Classes at The DAE in Westchester


Based on recent feedback and newly designed curriculum, we’re happy to announce that we will be running classes for adults this Fall! Course topics range from:

  • Creating a Website

  • DSLR Photography

  • Intro to 3D Printing

  • Intro to Programming with Python

  • Video Editing

Learn more about the classes and view our full schedule:

www.TheDAE.com/adult-classes

THE DAE IS NOW OFFERING ADULT CLASSES

The Digital Arts Experience of Westchester County is offering adult programs this Fall.

Summer STEM Camp 2016 at The Digital Arts Experience in Westchester, NY

Summer STEM & Tech Camp 2016 at The Digital Arts Experience in Westchester, NY

Class in Makerspace

3D Printing, Animation, Coding & Computer Programming, Electronics, Design, LEGO, Minecraft, Photography & more!

Enthusiastic Instructors

Our friendly staff is trained in a special DAE teaching methodology that allows our programs to be both fun and educational!

 

100% Hands On

All programs are 100% hands-on & project based. Our small group setting enables more individual attention from the instructor.

 

Collaborate

Collaborate with like-minded individuals & make new friends with similar interests. Leave with original projects that can be used in a portfolio.

 

Strictly Anti-Bully

We provide a safe environment for kids where creativity, uniqueness and originality is celebrated. There is a zero tolerance policy for bullying of any kind.

Learn More

 

Visit our Summer STEM Camp Page to view more specifics:

http://www.thedae.com/summer-stem-camps/

To view the full schedule & register:

https://campscui.active.com/orgs/TheDigitalArtsExperience

4-week STEM Crash Courses in Westchester

4-week Crash Courses in June

The Digital Arts Experience of White Plains, Westchester County will be hosting 4-week STEM related crash courses starting in June. With their Summer STEM Camps quickly approaching and many of their after school and Saturday courses coming to a close, providing 4-week programs are just enough to get a student’s feet wet and introduce them to a possible field they are interested in pursuing.

CRASH COURSES INCLUDE:

  • Intro to Computer Science using Python (Ages 9-12)
  • 3D Printing with Minecraft (Ages 9-12)
  • Intro to Filmmaking (Ages 12 & up)
  • Digital Photography (Ages 12 & up)
  • Scratch Coding (Ages 9 -12)
  • Java Game Programming (Ages 12 & up)

WHY WE’RE DIFFERENT:

Small class sizes
Each student will work hands-on & receive the attention he or she needs from the instructor.

Focus on exposure
Our students will explore industry level techniques and projects.

Goal-oriented
The instructors facilitate setting and achieving goals.

Collaboration is #1
Our classes encourage social development in addition to technical skills.

Complete projects
Use for a portfolio, college application, resume and more!

Strictly Anti-Bully
Words hurt just as much as fists. We provide a safe and fun environment for our students and have a zero tolerance for bullying of any kind.

LEARN MORE:

To find out more about our 4-week crash courses, explore our website at www.TheDAE.com.

To see our 4-week Crash Course Schedule & to register click here.

To learn more about our Summer STEM Camp Schedule & registration click here.