A good friend of mine showed me the cute webpage of the “SLR Camera Simulator”. This simulator gives you the chance to interactively play around with a virtual camera that features the major controls any serious photographer should master: focal length, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO sensitivity.
If you are new to photography, this is a great way to get a feel for how a camera responds to your input. Of course you could (and should) also use a real camera to play around, but at least this little girl is more patient than any real-life human child. And the site gives handy feedback, too.
Joe McNally is an American photographer who has been shooting for the National Geographic Society since 1987. On his blog, he lists 10 common photography mistakes that everyone — from beginner to pro can, but shouldn’t, make.
Joe McNally (photo: Wikimedia)
Here is what he has to say about it:
“My buds over at LIFE.com asked me to come up with a list of common mistakes folks make when starting out with a camera in their hands. Okay. No shortage of material here, right? And they came to the right source, ’cause I’ve made every mistake, basic and advanced, that one could possibly think of. Hell, I’ve even invented some mistakes.”
It’s not rocket science, so go ahead follow this link to check it out on his blog: