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Photo Tutorial Christmas Decorations E-mail

Either you hate it or you love it, but with December comes Christmas, and with Christmas comes the need to be warm, cozy, inviting, merry, enchanting, extravagant and so on and so forth.  Among the many challenges Christmas poses, one of them is to create the perfect atmosphere for the always dreaded (for those responsible) Christmas Dinner.  This grand event is where the whole family comes together, often for the first and only time during the whole year, to evaluate each others successes and failures, or just to enjoy a nice evening together.  No matter what the situation in your particular family, the challenge of decorating the table can only be matched by the challenge of depicting it for posterity so that everyone can envy your grand design.  If you find yourself at a loss when it comes to depicting your work, here are a couple of tips that may just save Christmas....

 
Tutorial Choosing the Right Digital SLR E-mail

Digital SLR CamerasChoosing a digital SLR can be a daunting task.  In general, the more you read, the less likely you are to make an objective decision.  Quite honestly, when it comes to these things you'll very quickly fall back on some sort of emotional response to the design of a particular camera, or a recommendation by someone you admire or just a nice sample picture.  This tutorial will give you the basics you need to make an informed decision, but it won't tell you which particular camera to buy, that, after all, is up to your heart's desire...

 

 
Tutorial Lenses E-mail

Lens tutorial imageLenses determine more than anything else the technical quality of a photograph.  While it is possible to take interesting pictures with any type of camera and lens, the sharpness of the image is, at the end of the day, determined primarily by the quality of the lens.  The lens decides how close you have to get to your subject, it decides how large the angle of view will be, it decides how sharp your picture will be, the severity of optical distortions  and of course how much you'll have to carry around.  This tutorial helps you understand the basics so you know what you're looking at.

 

 
Basic Digital Camera Modes E-mail

So someone bought you a digital camera for christmas, and now you're scratching your head wondering how to use it?  Or maybe you exchanged all those unwanted gifts for one?  In any case, there you are with a digital camera you know nothing about, and while you have a 1000 page tutorial, you just want to get started quickly.  This little tutorial will tell you what the various "modes" are all about, which will get you rocking in no time.

 
Photographing that Indoor Christmas E-mail

Christmas HollySo it's that time of year where you fill your house with various strange ornaments such as a tree, shiny little stars, candy, silver, children, aunts, grandads and the lot.  Everything is probably already set (right?), so all you really need to do now is ensure that you immortalize the event so that you can look back at it in future years and say "hey, what a fabulous Christmas that was".  Unfortunately this is where things usually go terribly wrong with dark patches, vampire pale skin and red eyes, scared rabbit looks and general annoyance with you as a photographer.  Don't worry, that's why this little guide is here to help you get the most out of your nifty little digital camera, whether low-end or high-end, and still enjoy your Eggnog or Gluehwein, turkey or pork.

 
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