4 DSLR Tips to Make Your Shots Look Professional

dslrtipsFor professionals and amateurs alike, digital single-lens reflex cameras, or DSLR, are one of the best tools to use to capture each important memory forever. These cameras use the techniques of a single lens camera with the digital imaging sensor, which is the biggest difference between DSLR and other digital cameras available. With the reflex design, light will travel through the lens to a mirror within the camera. From there, the image will either go to the image sensor or viewfinder.

Just because the DSLR camera is at the top of the market doesn’t mean that it is as easy as pointing and shooting. Here are some tips and tricks that that will make your photographs and videos look crisper and cleaner.

Create Exciting Effect by Blurring Water

A basic thought about taking pictures of objects that are moving – like rivers or waterfalls, for example – is that you can freeze the image and take an amazing picture. While this is the case some of the time, it isn’t a guarantee to produce the type of shot you are looking to get. Most DSLR cameras have automatic settings to take these types of pictures, but the image will leave you wanting more. A simple solution to make your picture come to life more is to slow the exposure time. It will give you a more vivid image and still make it seem like the water is flowing.

To create this effect, you will need to change your camera from regular to shutter priority mode. You can do this by turning the dial to “S.” You will next need to change to a slower shutter speed than normal. Once you take your picture, check to see if it is blurred enough. If it isn’t up to your liking, choose a slower speed. If this doesn’t work, you may need to purchase a tripod to prevent camera shake.

For more information on how to take great shots of nature, check out the 10 Steps to Dramatic Nature Photography class.

Adjust Color Settings

If you own a Canon DSLR, your camera will come preset in sRGB for colors. Inside the menu is the option called color space. In this menu is where you will be able to change your option to Adobe RGB. With Adobe RGB, your images will be clearer when printed. By changing to this setting option, you will also get a wider range of colors, which will even make your pictures come to life when looking on your screen.

To get all the basics of flash photography, go to The Absolute Beginners Guide to Flash Photography class.

Learning How to Use After Effects to Correct DSLR Video

As technology has evolved, so has the ability for everyday people to turn something that was once a hobby into a business or profession.  Among those business possibilities, some involve using your DSLR camera to record high quality video. These videos will give you something that you will enjoy for years, but there is more that you can do by using after effects to make the video stand out more. Among other things, you can grade, color correct and finish the footage taken with your DSLR camera. For those looking to turn their video shot in 2013 into something recorded in the past, you can also create an old film look.

To create the old film look on your video footage, you will need to find an actual 8mm film clip which is the most legitimate way to get this visual on your footage. When you are in your Adobe After Effects software, you will then drag the 8mm clip into your timeline window.  Also put your regular footage in your timeline. After lining the 8mm footage at the 0:00 point, click on mode in the 8mm film file and then multiply. As soon as you click on multiply, you will see that the image has transferred over, but the entire process isn’t complete yet.

You will want to add a new adjustment layer to your timeline which will alter all the effects below it on your timeline. To make your footage look like a traditional old film, you will want to add a hue/saturation to the video. You will want to click colorize and that will tint your video. Adjust the hue and saturation levels to the desired tint you would like.

For other Adobe After Effect techniques and tips, take the Learning Adobe After Effects CC Tutorial Videos course.

Getting the Best Black and White Images

When it comes to black and white images, many people think just changing the color scheme once an image is on your computer is the best way to go. This may give you the actual black and white colors you desire, but it won’t give you the best effect. There are many different ways you can be sure to take a great color picture that will transfer to black and white. Some of the ways are: shooting in RAW, using shadows, lines and shapes to help you visualize your shot, looking for contrast and by using a polarizer.

When you shoot in RAW, you have the chance to look back on your image later to see if the shot came out like you hoped. If not, you can change the image back to color. Another great method is looking for contrast in the shot. It will look best if the image has an extreme white and extreme black located within the picture. A popular image style involves black and white water shots. If you want to take an amazing waterfall image, using a polarizer to remove reflections from light will make your shot stand out when you remove the color later on.

For more black and white DSLR tips, check out the Black and White: From Snapshots to Great Shots course.