Light and Pixels

The LAST Principle:

  • Light
  • Aperture
  • Sensitivity
  • Time

DSLRs versus P&Ss

  • What's the difference?
  • Why does my P&S take forever to shoot?
  • Why can't I get a live preview on my DSLR?
  • Why do my DSLR images seem soft and dull?

All about Histograms

  • Clipping
  • Contrast
  • Curvature
  • Calibration

Filters: Software vs Glass

  • Polarizers
  • Neutral Density
  • Infrared Passive

What is the Crop Factor?

If it Can be Seen, it Can be Copied

Legal Rights and Photography

Practices and Techniques

Taking a Sensor Dust Survey

  • f/22
  • Slow
  • Blurry

Tripods, Beanpods, and Stringpods

  • Legs
  • Heads
  • Specialized Brackets
  • Quick-Releases

Organizing an Image Library

  • The ISO 8601 Date Format
  • Organizing with Daily Directories
  • Distinguishing Originals from Created Works

Using Multiple Exposures

  • Translucent Objects
  • Removing Transient Objects
  • Overlaying Transient Objects
  • Controlling Difficult Lighting
  • Blending for Dynamic Range


  • JPEG Compression
  • Proprietary versus Open Formats
  • Orienting JPEG Files

Exploring the Toy Chest

Cameras and Lenses

  • Canon 10D DSLR
  • Canon 20mm f/2.8 USM
  • Canon 50mm f/1.8 Mk II
  • Canon 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

Lighting and Studio

  • Canon 550ex Speedlight
  • Canon ST-E2 Transmitter
  • AlienBees B400
  • AlienBees Medium Softbox
  • On the Cheap: Black and white foamcore
  • On the Cheap: Muslin dyed blue

Tripod and Heads

  • Gitzo G2220 Explorer
  • Acratech Ultimate Ballhead
  • ideesign Q-Top Quick Release System
  • Gregwired Panosaurus
  • Fanotec Nodal Ninja SPH-1

Creating the Final Product

Some of the Best Software is Free

The GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP)

Panoramics and Mosaics (Hugin)

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