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Pet Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Alan Hess

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2. Photography Basics

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Nikon D3200 • ISO 1600 • 1/60 sec. • f/4 • 70–200mm lens

The fundamentals of light and digital photography

To successfully turn your pet snapshots into great shots, you do need to know a little about light and how it relates to digital photography. Today’s cameras are a marvel of electronics that can read the light in the scene, pick the settings to get a proper exposure, and capture pretty good photos, and all you have to do is press the shutter release button.

But to take full control of your photography, you need to start with light, and then move on to adjusting the camera settings so you decide how the image is captured, ...

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