Where to start from …

Opened the blog a week ago and no post yet … bad, isn’t it? Well, sort of.

During this time I set up some stuff, like theme, background and header images. Still have to arrange the menu bar, side widgets and footer, but that is on the way.

How to turn your photos into a header, or a background. How to know how to setup the wordpress things to look as you want. I would say it all comes in a pack.

First, when you get a camera, specially a dSLR, you need to learn and understand a couple of things. Even if you’re not interested in the “why” it is this way, you still have to know it actually IS this way.

Before that, some glossary.

dSLR – Digital Single Lense Reflex:

That’s the camera you can change the lenses and what you see in the view finder comes from the lenses and not from any secondary optical system. Those cameras allow you a lot of control on how you take your pictures.

Point and Shoot:

The small cameras, are mostly automatic, so you just “point and shoot”. Usually allow you no control at all. It sets everything to you, the way it wants.

I would say you can split the thing in three parts (maybe): learning how to use your camera (like “what does this button do”), learning how to use use your camera (like “shutter speed, aperture, ISO, …”) and finally learning how to use your camera (I mean, properly, like “how to compose a good picture”).

For the first part you can read the manual of your camera, some reviews about it (I suggest DPReview) and you may find some good videos describing your camera.

For the other two ones, a good start I would suggest is Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography 1, 2 and 3 and David Busch’s Digital Photography for Dummies. For more advanced photography, can’t help yet, still getting there 🙂

Well you took a picture, and then? Digital photography, mainly needs editing. Mostly Photoshop or similar. Busch’s book has a lot of the basic and for several editors. Scott Kelby has a series of great books about editing with photoshop, for different types of pictures. In addition to the books, Kelby TV with tips about Photoshop, Lightroom, Camera Gear and Interviews and Kelby Training, with lots of tutorials about photographic technic and photoshop editing, interviews (like “A Day With Jay Maisel”), use of several cameras and lots, really LOTS of interesting things about photograpy, totally WORTH signing up.

One point, is the tutorial about wordpress for photographers from RC Concepcion. Very handy.

The main point is. It takes some work to get things going, but it’s great.


About Cris Da Rocha

Astrophysicist, DB manager, cyclist, musician and, why not, "photographer to be". Back to enjoy photography after many years ... it's cool. Might share something nice and get something new.
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