Photography for Beginners Part 12: Image Quality

Each post in this series builds on information discussed in previous posts. See the Photography for Beginners page on the menu for links to all the posts.

Part 11:  RAW vs. Jpeg

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In this post we are going to discuss things that contribute to improving image quality (IQ).

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Shoot Like a Film Camera Game

credit: Jim Grey

 

Instead of posting the next part in my Photography for Beginners series today I’m presenting Omar Gonzalez’s photography game as a change of pace. You can treat this as a game purely for fun or as a personal challenge.

It should be enjoyable for photographers of any skill level. But it’s also educational for novice photographers or those who have never used a 35mm film SLR camera before.

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Photography for Beginners Part 11: RAW vs. Jpeg

Each post in this series builds on information discussed in previous posts. See the Photography for Beginners page on the menu for links to all the posts.

Part 10:  Focal Length

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This post is intended for beginning photographers who already have a camera that records RAW files, or who have been camera shopping, and want to know what all the fuss is about because they keep hearing the term “RAW” bandied around and don’t know what it means.

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Photography for Beginners Part 10: Focal Length

Each post in this series builds on information discussed in previous posts. See the Photography for Beginners page on the menu for links to all the posts.

Part 9:  Exposure Metering

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In this post we’re going to discuss lens focal length and related topics.

What is focal length?

There is a bunch of technical specifications and math involved in what focal length actually measures. It has to do how light is bent by a lens and the distance from the plane of the film or sensor to the point of infinity focus. Or something like that. Thankfully we don’t need to actually understand the physics in order to know how focal length applies to photography in practical ways.

Focal length is measured in millimeters, and what you do need to understand is what the numbers mean in general terms. A short focal length (low number) provides a wide-angle of view. A long focal length (high number) provides magnification and a narrow angle of view.

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