Chapter 8. Real World Applications

The key to capturing great images is to know which settings to use to achieve the desired results, although having a good eye doesn't hurt either. In this chapter I delve deeper into some of the different types of photography you may decide to try.

Some of topics covered in the following sections include what shutter speeds to use, what metering modes work best for different situations, how to use the scene modes to your advantage, as well as many other tips and techniques that I have learned and developed over the years.

Of course, in this limited space these sections aren't meant to be exhaustive or definitive, but they point you in the right direction.

Real World Applications

Knowing which settings to use and how to work with light allows you to get creative with your images.

Abstract Photography

Generally, when you photograph something, you attempt to portray the subject clearly. For example, when photographing a portrait, you try to represent the face or some revealing aspect of the person; when shooting a landscape, you try to show what's in the environment, be it trees, mountains, or a skyline. However, when shooting abstract photography, you are working with the idea of the subject rather than an absolute subject. The subject is less important than the actual composition. When attempting abstract photography, you want to try to bring out the essence of what you're photographing. ...

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