You may find some of the following resources useful in your
exploration of digital photography.
There is a lot of software that helps you organize your
photos. If you are just getting started, we recommend the following
software and tutorials to help you get your photos onto your
computer. From there, you can submit them as part of a homework
assignment, send them to your friends and family, print them,
or just post them online to share with the world!
- DPReview: Contains
in-depth reviews of many cameras.
- Imaging Resource:
"Find the Best Camera For You" may assist you in
picking a camera.
management and color science: "Obtaining predictable color
reproduction in the digital darkroom can be a challenge because each
device-- digital camera, scanner, monitor, or printer-- responds to
or produces color differently. If you limit your operations to your
own well-characterized equipment and follow the procedures outlined
in Monitor calibration and Printer calibration, you can get reasonably
good results without color management. (The operating system performs
a certain amount covertly, in the background.) But you may want to
go further-- to push the envelope."
of Color Management: "'Color management' is a process where
the color characteristics for every device in the imaging chain is
known precisely and utilized to better predict and control color
reproduction. For digital photography, this imaging chain usually
starts with the camera and concludes with the final print, and may
include a display device in between."
Browser Color Management Tutorial: "This on-line demonstration
and troubleshooting guide in a color managed web browser is a simple
and clear explanation to learn technical information about why how
digital color management works - it may be worth your time now to find
and load a color-managed browser and study this color evaluation
tutorial until my basic points are fully understood."
Space Comparison: sRGB vs Adobe RGB 1998: "Adobe RGB 1998 and
sRGB IEC61966-2.1 (sRGB) are two of the most common working spaces
used in digital photography. This section aims to clear up some of
the confusion associated with sRGB and Adobe RGB 1998, and to provide
guidance on when to use each working space."
Although not discussed in great detail in class, some basic composition
knowledge is certainly helpful to get your photos noticed. Remember
that rules can be broken and we encourage you to use your creativity!
- The Rule of Thirds
is one of the most common rules people refer to when talking about
composition. This site has examples with overlayed grids demonstrating
the rule of thirds well.
Depth of Field
- Bokeh Test:
"Some photographic styles commonly use selective focus to bring the
viewer's attention to the subject. That means the subject is focused but
the non-subject areas are not. If those unfocused areas are busy and
distracting, the objective of bringing attention to the subject is lost.
That's why portrait photographers in particular care about bokeh."
- DOFMaster: "Use DOFMaster to
print depth of field scales to take into the field. Rotate the dial to set
the focus distance on the scale, and quickly read the near focus distance,
far focus distance, and the hyperfocal distance."
- Lens Babies: "Lensbabies
are selective focus SLR camera lenses that bring one area of your photo
into sharp focus with that sharp area surrounded by graduated blur." It
is a commercial variant of a tilt-shift lens.
- Build a Tilt-Shift
Camera Lens for Peanuts: "One of the fancier lenses in the world of SLR
and digital SLR (DSLR) photography is the tilt-shift lens. You might not know
what these lenses look like, but you probably have seen their effects. Architectural
photographers use tilt-shift lenses to eliminate the perspective distortions that
sometimes give buildings the appearance of falling over. Aerial photographers use
them to make large cities look like toy models. Art and portrait photographers use
them to control exactly where the focus falls."
Dish for SB-800: "I was researching on line for light modifiers
for speed lights and ran across Viewfinder Photography based in England.
They sell a kit containing several attachment for speed lights, the kit
includes a snoots with grids, a beauty dish with grids & colored gels
and a diffusion globe. The complete kit sells for 139.99 pounds, with
today's current exchange rate that equals to $275.00. dollars U.S. That's
a bit to much to pay for in my book."
Digital Stereo Camera: "When I first saw the Dakota disposable
cameras at a locals camera store I knew I'd be buying a few so I could
make a camera that only exists in my dreams, a digital stereo
Lighting Hacks for Digital Photographers: "Lighting can be the
difference between a good shot and a great one. Walk into most professional
photographerÕs studios and youÕll be confronted with truckloads of
lighting equipment. To the average hobby photographer itÕs enough to make
your mind boggle - and for your stomach to turn as you think about the cost
of it all."
- The Fring: "This is a
fibre-optic flash extension for your DSLR's popup flash. Totally easy!
Works great! Durable! Designed specifically for K20D with 100 2.8 DFA
lens but adaptable to other lenses (see Tamron Adaptall 90 2.5
example at the end.) Build your own!"
Lapse Intervalometer for SLRs: "I found a great
to time lapse photography that covers all the details before
and after this Instructable. They mention the use of an 'intervalometer'
(a new word to me) which can cost $60 to $150 dollars. That's way too
expensive for the casual photographer I think. So I made my own!"
to Build a Panoramic Tripod head for $10: "Stitching software
and digital cameras make panoramic photos far easier than ever before.
However, to get the best results, you need a special tripod head. These
can cost hundreds of dollars, but making your own isn't that hard. Even
better, it's dirt cheap."
Format Pinhole Lego Camera: Build your own pinhole camera out
To Use A Polarizing Filter: "Of all the filters available, a
polarizing filter is the first one you should buy to improve your landscape
photography. So What Does It Do?"
Density Filters: "The main purpose of using neutral density
(i.e., ND) filters is to reduce the amount of light that can pass through
the lens. As a result, if a shutter speed is kept the same, after adding a
neutral density filter, a larger aperture must be used to obtain the same
exposure. Similarly, if an aperture is kept the same, after adding a
neutral density filter, a slower shutter speed must be used to obtain the
Creative Lighting System (CLS), An Overview: "With CLS,
we now have full control over flash like never before. Few
photographers realize the incredible sophistication of this
system which actually has two different components; one
for standard shooting and the other for macro work."
Photography with Canon EOS Cameras: "Here's some
information that may help you understand some of the mysteries
of flash photography with Canon EOS camera equipment. Much of
the information presented herein is fairly general in nature
and thus covers similar flash systems used by other manufacturers,
but much is very specific to Canon EOS products.
Homemade Strobe Photography: "Take pictures of popping
balloons, breaking glass, and water droplets."
Trigger Voltages: "Some strobes (and infrared strobe triggers)
use high voltages in the trigger circuit. For mechanical cameras,
this is fine - but many newer, electronically-driven cameras
(especially electronic 35mm SLRs like the EOS or digicams -
or for that matter, EOS digicams, like the 300D) can be damaged
by excessive strobe voltages. How much is too much?
What voltage might my own strobe generate? This page tries
to help answer those questions."
"This website is about one thing:
Learning how to use off-camera flash with your dSLR to take your
photos to the next level. Here, you'll find everything you need to
know about how to more effectively use your small speedlights.
There are more than 800 articles about lighting. Over a million
photographers from around the world have learned small-flash
lighting techniques from this site. We're thinking you can, too."
Preliminaries: A short slideshow with voice-over to get you started
with off-camera flash photography.
Mirror Lens 5200mm 1:14: "This is the only ultra-telephoto lens
in the world capable of taking photographs of objects 18 to 32 miles
away." (See an additional image here)
Length Comparison: "Whether it's a dramatic close-up or a stunning
wildlife shot from a 100 yards away, focal length will determine if you get
the shot you want. See below to see just what a difference focal length can
make in an image."
from DPReview.com Glossary: "If you photograph a subject with a
tele lens and want it to have the same size on the film or sensor when
photographing it with a wide angle lens, you would have to move closer
to the subject. Because this would cause the perspective to change, lenses
with different focal lengths are said to 'have' a different perspective.
Note however that changing the focal length without changing the subject
distance will not change perspective, as shown in the example below."
- What the Duck is a
hilarious web comic about photography and photographers. You will
undoubtedly see strips from this comic throughout the course as many
put a humorous spin on relevant topics.
Suck At Photoshop is a web series of wonderfully comical Photoshop
- A little more detail
about Histograms: "We want to measure the range of brightness of
tones in our image, to help in setting shadow and highlight points. But
absolute brightness is not very meaningful, because human eyes don't
detect brightness linearly with color. Basically, we see Green as brighter
than Blue. So, the term Luminance was invented, which is brightness
adjusted to indicate appropriately what we really see."
Histograms 1 (Tones & Contrast): "Understanding image histograms
is probably the single most important concept to become familiar with
when working with pictures from a digital camera. A histogram can tell
you whether or not your image has been properly exposed, whether the
lighting is harsh or flat, and what adjustments will work best. It
will not only improve your skills on the computer, but as a
photographer as well."
Histograms 2 (Luminance & Color): "This section is designed
to help you develop a better understanding of how luminance and color
both vary within an image, and how this translates into the relevant
histogram. Although RGB histograms are the most commonly used histogram,
other types are more useful for specific purposes."
Image Stabilizers: A website from Canon with animation and explanation on
the fundamentals of in-lens optical stabilization. Many of the same concepts
apply to other lenses (such as Nikkor lenses) that have image stabilization.
- Obtaining Photoshop. There are several ways to get Photoshop.
FAS offers it as a keyed download from
Downloads. You may also purchase Photoshop at a reduced rate with
an education discount from UIS
- Adobe Creative Suite
Video Podcast: "Welcome to the Adobe Creative Suite Podcast with
tips and tutorials by Terry White. Learn how to unlock the power and
potential of the Creative Suite with the visual examples here. I'll try to
cover all the products evenly, but I do have a passion for InDesign
Video Workshop: "You can use the Adobe Video Workshop to start
learning about any application you're interested in, whether you own it or
not. The Video Workshop shares expertise from across Adobe and the Adobe
community-you'll learn tasks, tips, and tricks from leading designers,
developers, and Adobe experts. There are introductory videos for new users,
and more experienced users can find videos on new features and key
techniques. Many videos show you how to use Adobe applications
Graduated Neutral Density Filter: "Digital photographers can use
the same graduated neutral density filters that film photographers use.
However, digital photographers also have an additional option. This option
is often referred to as a digital graduated neutral density filter.
In reality, it isn't a filter at all, but rather a technique that
involves shooting the scene with two different exposures. [...] The two
shots are then combined in Photoshop (or another image editing program that
supports layers) with the use of a mask that will blend the images. This
allows for the highlight detail to be taken from the image that received
less exposure and the rest of the detail to be taken from the image that
received more exposure."
High Dynamic Range Photography: "High dynamic range (HDR) images
enable photographers to record a greater range of tonal detail than a
given camera could capture in a single photo. This opens up a whole
new set of lighting possibilities which one might have previously
avoidedÑfor purely technical reasons. The new 'merge to HDR' feature
of Photoshop CS2 allows the photographer to combine a series of bracketed
exposures into a single image which encompasses the tonal detail of the
entire series. There is no free lunch however; trying to broaden the
tonal range will inevitably come at the expense of decreased contrast
in some tones."
to the Photoshop Curves Command: "I'm going to start this essay
with a provocative statement: Anyone who is, or wants to be doing image
editing at a professional level needs to be as comfortable with Curves as
they are with breathing. Is that bold enough? Do I have your attention now?
If I were forced to give up all but one image adjustment tool, the one I
would keep would be Curves. Think of Curves as your one-stop-shopping source
for improving images the way the pros do."
Reduction By Image Averaging: "Image noise can compromise the
level of detail in your digital or film photos, and so reducing this noise
can greatly enhance your final image or print. The problem is that most
techniques to reduce or remove noise always end up softening the image as
well. Some softening may be acceptable for images consisting primarily
of smooth water or skies, but foliage in landscapes can suffer with even
conservative attempts to reduce noise."
for Digital Photographers (Podcast on iTunes): "Quick tips and time
saving techniques for today's digital photographer. Adobe Photoshop is an
extremely comprehensive graphics design and image editing program. So much
so that it tends to dissuade photographers from using it. Well fear no more,
this podcast gives today's digital photographers the details and knowledge
on how to simply and effectiely use Photoshop in their everyday workflow
without having to learn the entire Photoshop application."
Sizes (Digital Photography Review Glossary): "This diagram shows
the typical sensor sizes compared to 35mm film. The sensor sizes of
digital SLRs are typically 40% to 100% of the surface of 35mm film.
Digital compact cameras have substantially smaller sensors offering a
similar number of pixels. As a consequence, the pixels are much smaller,
which is a key reason for the image quality difference, especially in
terms of noise and dynamic range."
Depth of Field Myth and Digital Cameras: "A commonly cited advantage of
smaller digital cameras is their greater depth-of-field. This is
- How to Clean
Your Digital Image Sensor at UltimateSLR.com: "Review these articles
to learn more about how to clean the digital image sensor of your digital SLR
camera." Always be very careful when cleaning your sensor!
- Visible Dust is a company
that makes the Sensor Brush. Its use was demonstrated in class for cleaning
a dusty digital SLR sensor. They also have a range of products that vary in
price and ease of use that can help you clean your dirty digital SLR sensor.
Social Photography Sites
- Flickr is one of many sites
that allow you to post your photos and view the work of other
photographers around the world. Features such as tagging and groups
make it easy for you to find other photos and for others to find
- ImagesPlus: Software well-suited to
astrophotographers. "ImagesPlus 3 x32 and x64 image processing
provides a comprehensize set of raw conversion, calibration, alignment,
stacking, and enhancemnet functions for processing DSLR, one-shot color,
and CCD image sets."
- Neat Image: "Neat Image
is a filter designed to reduce visible noise and grain in photographic
images produced by digital cameras and scanners. Neat Image is
indispensable in low-light (indoors, night, astro) and high-speed
(sport, action) photography. It is a tool for both professional
photographers and digital image processing enthusiasts."
- Noise Ninja: "Noise
Ninja is the most effective and productive solution for removing noise
and grain from digital photographs and scanned film images. It is a
must-have tool for anyone shooting in low-light or fast-action
situations -- including news, sports, wedding, and event coverage -- where
high ISO photography is required and the resulting noise compromises
- Photomatix: "If you have
ever photographed a high contrast scene, you know that even the best
exposure will typically have blown out highlights and flat shadows.
Photomatix offers two ways to solve this problem: Exposure Blending:
Merge differently exposed photographs into one image with increased dynamic
range. Tone Mapping: Reveal highlight and shadow details in an HDR image
created from multiple exposures. The tone mapped image is ready for
printing while showing the complete dynamic range captured."
- How Shift Lenses
Change Your Life: "Simple formula for poor pictures: put a building
in the shot, then don't aim level. You end up with what is called 'converging
lines.' The left and right side of the building seem to meet somewhere above
the picture. If that's what you wanted, fine. If not, get it under control."
- Digital Photography
Tutorials (from Cambridgeincolour.com): "Below are tutorials on how
to acquire, interpret and process digital photographs using a visually-oriented
approach that emphasizes concept over procedure. Please visit again to view
- Learn: Digital Photography
Review: "Welcome to Learn Digital Photography on Digital
Photography Review,the aim of this section of the site is to provide
beginners and advanced users alike an areafor reference and a place
to learn new techniques and help improve their digital photography