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Let’s take a break from rumors and camera reviews. Here is a list of links to articles that can help you to undertsand some scientific and technical aspects of photogaphy.

My prefered website is Cambridgeincolour.com. They recently published two new articles:
1) Reducing Camera Shake with Hand-Held Photos: “We’ve all likely encountered this problem many times: blurry photos due to camera shake with hand-held shots. It’s especially prevalent for those of us who are unfortunate enough to have unsteady hands. While it cannot be eliminated entirely, fortunately there’s a number of steps you can take to greatly reduce its impact — and hopefully prevent it from becoming visible in the first place.
2) Using Camera Shutter Speed Creatively: “A camera’s shutter speed can control exposure, but it’s also one of the most powerful creative tools in photography. It can convey motion, freeze action, isolate subjects and smooth water, amongst other abilities. This tutorial describes how to achieve these various effects…

A bit more complicated and scientific article has been published by Berkeley:  “The human eye long ago solved a problem common to both digital and film cameras: how to get good contrast in an image while also capturing faint detail.” Read the article to understand “Why the eye is better than a camera“.

Now something more easy and funny to read (and use). There is a new online SLR Camera Simulator at Camerasim (found via Fotoactualidad). It’s a perfect site for beginners that need to learn the basics of photography!

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  • Mike

    The first two are very basic – but well done – articles.

  • GreyOwl

    The SLR Camera Simulator is well worth a look. Attention needs to be paid to the controls, otherwise interesting results can happen, as I’ve just found by being careless with the shutter speed control…..:-)

    • Ahem

      It’s pretty rudimentary as it doesn’t show darkness/brightness impact from EV, or bokeh changes from aperture.

      • GreyOwl

        There is a new version coming; perhaps it will address these points and make it more useful and less rudimentary to use. We can but hope.

      • Michael

        However,
        to me it does change exposure and depth of field, when set as expected. Maybe it is not totally accurate but you get an impression of it. Even with kind of grain at higher ISO, nice!

  • cL

    They’re very effective articles. Simple steps, but only if more readers here read them. :-) Those steps are the keys to differentiate an extra ordinarily sharp photos from an okay photo.

    One thing the second article also talk about is how many cameras meter often expose it brighter than usual. Nikon is notorious for this, because most people prefer slightly brighter photos, so Nikon’s meter is consistently 1 stop brighter and now that overexposure is considered norm….

    In any case, they’re good articles. Though they won’t affect people who don’t pixel peep or use a loupe. For those people who don’t really care about that extra level of sharpness, shutter speed alone is the best control for motion blur and IS can do wonders (IS does introduce noise, but very little for most people to even notice).

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