The Culture of Photography by Keith Shapiro

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If you are able to adjust the f/stop using Aperture Priority Mode, then try photographing a friend using both big and small f/stops. Look at the images carefully to see the depth of field effect. Purchasing a New Camera When you visit a camera store or read about cameras online, you may encounter a lot of talk about the number of megapixels a camera may have 32 UNIT ONE – Picture Perfect Chapter 2 – Camera Basics or the length of its zoom lens. Though these may be important consumer considerations when comparing equipment, they are by no means the only factors that you should take into account when you decide to purchase a new camera.

Because of this feature, we sometimes call RAW files “digital negatives”, a term that refers to film negatives, which remain unchanged no matter how many prints are made from them. RAW is the most popular file type with professional photographers who need ultra-high quality images and creative plasticity. Whereas JPEG images discard all unneeded image data to conserve file size, RAW files keep all the information without concern for size and allow the photographer greater flexibility to make color and brightness changes after the image is shot.

To make the camera sensitive to color, each photosite has a red, green, or blue color filter over it. The filters restrict each photosite to respond only to its corresponding color. " To Compress or Not to Compress: Digital Photographs and File Types When saving images, you have two file format choices: a compressed file or an uncompressed file. The most common file type used by digital cameras is a compressed format called JPEG, which stands for the Joint Photographic Experts Group. The advantage of the JPEG format is that large images can be compressed into very small files.

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