The DSLR Camera
If you have a DSLR then it has probably occurred to you that with access to the amazing amount of manual control that you have over your camera you should be able to do more than just take basic pictures.
In truth, this is one of the big unspoken advantages that a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera has over more compact cameras. Because while you can undoubtedly take some great shots with most modern compacts, they don’t have the level of fine control over shutter speed and aperture settings which makes them less than ideal for in-camera trick photography.
There is a common misconception that all trick photography is now simply an exercise in post-production manipulation with Photoshop. But the reality is that even now, if you know how to adjust the settings on your DSLR properly, that there are a whole myriad of special effects that are still best produced live with the camera itself.
These special effects are not difficult to produce if you know what you are doing, but the fact is that DSLR cameras don’t come with an instruction manual that teaches you how. It is all basic instructions, and not the real step-by-step processes that are the difference between being able to produce photos that have people guessing as to how you made them, and the normal, mundane pictures that everyone is taking.
Do Cool Stuff
It was this realization that led Evan Sharboneau to produce his Trick Photography Book, because in a very real sense it is a bit like the manual that should have come with your DSLR to show you how to do the cool stuff, but which never did!
There are four main elements of your DSLR that Evan Sharboneau talks about adjusting in his book to achieve these special effects. These are:
- Aperture – This is how big the hole in the lens is. The wider the aperture the more light will hit the cameras sensor.
- Shutter Speed – This sets the amount of time that the lens is open for to let in the light. The longer this is set to the greater the effects that you can achieve with techniques like light painting (which Evan talks about in his book)
- ISO – This is like the “film speed” used to be in traditional cameras. It is a measure of how sensitive the cameras sensor will be to light.
- White Balance – This is like the equivalent of a color correction setting. So is a bit like setting a filter in Photoshop. By manipulating this you can change the appearance of an image to be lighter or darker.
Hundreds of Special Effects
Essentially by changing these four settings to different levels you can achieve hundreds of special effects including appearing to paint with light, having objects appear as though they are electrified, creating incandescent or luminescent pictures and a person appearing to have multiple hands or feet, or even appearing as though they are in multiple places at once within the same photograph!
The great thing is that all of these settings are very simple to adjust once you know how, and you don’t need a fantastic DSLR camera to make it happen, because even the most basic models allow you to adjust those four settings.
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