What is an Anti-Aliasing Filter?

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If you’ve followed the ads for the latest cameras, you’ve probably heard the term “anti-aliasing” or “optical low pass” filter tossed around. So what is an anti-aliasing filter and why do many recent cameras seem to be getting rid of them? An anti-aliasing filter (or low pass filter) helps to reduce distortion in fine patterns—you …

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Getting Acquainted: Auto and Scene Modes (And When to Use Them)

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Most of the time, a good digital camera is pretty adept at sensing the lighting conditions and selecting the optimal shooting settings. Auto and the no-flash auto lets the camera do the thinking and the photographer do the snapping, often resulting in clear, well lit photos. There’s just one problem—cameras can’t actually think. On an …

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Best Low Light Mirrorless Cameras [2022 Review]

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Even with the best quality cameras on your mobile phones, a professional-level camera is still irreplaceable. A professional camera meets the needs of photographers on various occasions, such as indoor events and outdoor events, capturing fast-moving objects or shooting in inconsistent lighting.  However, DSLRs are not the only choice photographers have. Instead, there are mirrorless …

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A Beginner’s Guide To RAW Photography

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Back before digital cameras, photographers weren’t finished after just taking the photo. The image was developed, fine tuned and perfected in the dark room, and each photographer did their developing a little differently, depending on the result they wanted. In a digital camera, a JPEG file is automatically processed, but a RAW file isn’t—giving the …

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Capturing Images That Sell: 10 Product Photography Tips For Any Budget

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In the world of online sales, product images are essential to draw in the customer—but bad product images can just send them clicking the back button. A good product photo will have all of the elements of good photography in general, like proper exposure and lighting. But product photography also involves more than just a …

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Trading In Your Digital Camera

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With digital camera technology developing so rapidly, even last year’s cameras feel outdated. The latest and greatest advancements quickly become old news, leaving you to decide whether to settle for the older model or upgrade to the shiniest new digital camera. It’s likely that you want to buy the newer – and supposedly better – …

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What Is Image Stabilization?

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When it comes to buying a new camera, there are dozens of features to consider—image stabilization is one of them, and it often gets overlooked. Manufacturers use different names like vibration reduction, optical image stabilization and shake reduction, but the bottom line is that image stabilization systems allow you to use your camera handheld at …

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Camera Brands: What To Expect From Top Camera Manufacturers

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If there’s one question that will start a riot in a group of photographers, it’s “what camera brand is best?” Okay, so that’s (hopefully) a bit of exaggeration, but it’s a highly debatable topic. While there is no right answer as to the top camera brand, each manufacturer offers a certain set of characteristics that …

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Troubleshooting: Fixing Common Digital Camera Errors

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Nothing is more frustrating in photography than missing the perfect shot because the camera that worked perfectly yesterday suddenly malfunctions. Maybe the camera had a mishap with gravity or water, or maybe the camera came out of it’s nice protected case with an unusual error. Digital camera repair is often costly—and in the case of …

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Night Photography: How To Take Pictures in The Dark

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Most casual photographers tuck their cameras into their bags after sunset — but one of the best times to create stunning images is after dark. From the light of the stars to city skylines and light painting, night photography opens up a wealth of possibilities — and it’s particularly excellent for getting out of a …

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Panoramic Photography: 7 Panorama Tips For Simple Yet Breathtaking Photos

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Creating panoramas used to involve hours in the darkroom, and even early in the digital photography revolution, an elaborate stitching process inside image programs. Now, most cameras are capable of taking panoramas, even wide 180 degree and even 360 degree images—in-camera, with just a few clicks. But, like any automated camera mode, the panorama feature …

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