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Just for Beginners

PSA Journal
Columnist

Carole Kropscot, APSA

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Just for Beginners is a series of short instructional articles for beginning photographers that appears each month in the PSA Journal. These articles are intended to help photographers who want to go beyond taking snapshots. The author of the series, Carole Kropscot, APSA, has a reputation for helping people understand the complex subjects of computers and photography.


* = Downloadable pdf
CAMERA SETTINGS
Aperture (The Hole in Photography) 2014-Mar
Aperture Definition
*Aperture, Using 2007-Jan
*Choosing Basic Camera Settings 2009-Nov
Depth of Field Definition
*Exposure Compensation I 2011-Jan
*Exposure Compensation II 2011-Feb
*Icon Shooting Modes 2010-Apr
*ISO 2007-May
*Letter Shooting Modes 2010-May
*Metering Modes 2010-Sep
*Metering Modes, Using 2010-Oct
*Shutter Speed, Using 2009-Jul
COMPOSITION
*Aspect Ratio 2009-Jun
*Backgrounds 2009-Oct
*Blurry Backgrounds 2011-Jul
*Center of Interest 2008-Jul
*Composition "Rules" 2007-Aug
*Cropping 2007-Mar
*Cropping Afterwards 2007-Jul
*Distractions 2007-Nov
*Filling the Frame 2011-Aug
*Framing the Subject 2014-Jan
*Horizontal vs Vertical Format 2009-May
*Leading Lines 2008-Jun
*Shape of the Final Image 2013-Jun
*Snapshot Composition Problems 2012-Jun
*Static and Dynamic 2009-Sep
EQUIPMENT
*Camera Care, Part I 2010-Jun
*Camera Care Part II 2010-Jul
*Camera Care Part III 2010-Aug
*Choosing a Camera Part I 2012-Oct
*Choosing a Camera Part 2 2012-Nov
*Choosing a Camera Part 3 2012-Dec
*Choosing a Camera Part 4 2013-Jan
*Choosing a Camera Part 5 2013-Feb
Choosing a Camera Part 6 2013-Mar
*Choosing a Camera Part 7 2013-Apr
*Knowing your Equipment 2008-Sep
*More than one Camera? 2012-Sep
IMAGES
*Judging Photographic Images 2008-Aug
*Selective Focus 2010-Mar
*Working the Subject 2007-Feb
LENSES
*Close-up Photography, Part 1 2008-Nov
*Close-up Photography, Part 2 2008-Dec
*Close-up Photography, Part 3 2009-Jan
*Focal Length for Eyes & Lenses 2014-Apr
*Lenses 2007-Sep
*Telephoto Lenses 2008-Apr
*Telephoto Photography 2008-May
*Wide Angle Lenses 2008-Feb
*Wide Angle Photography 2008-Mar
LIGHT
*Backlight 2011-Oct
*Color of Light 2011-Mar
*Fill Light 2009-Feb
*Flash Photography Pitfalls 2008-Jan
*Flash Photography Uses 2007-Dec
*Light Meters 2010-Nov
*Low and High Key 2011-May
Outdoor Lighting
*Outdoor Snapshot Lighting
Problems
2012-Jul
Sunlight Direction
* Using Built-in Flash in Bright
Lighting
2012-Aug
*White Balance 2011-Apr
SUBJECT MATTER
*Candid Portraits 2009-Dec
*Choosing Photo Subjects 2007-Jun
*Clouds 2014-Feb
*Creating a Mood 2012-May
*Identifying a Mood 2012-Apr
Impact 2011-Jun
*Point of the Picture 2012-Jan
*Portrait Camera Angles 2009-Apr
*Portrait Photography Basics 2009-Mar
*Record Shots 2008-Oct
*Reflections in Water 2010-Jan
USING THE CAMERA
*About Focusing 2010-Feb
*Aiming the Camera 2010-Dec
*Closest Focusing Distance 2013-Aug
*Five Tips for Photographers 2014-Jun
*How to Hold the Camera 2011-Nov
*Mnemonics 2011-Dec
*Old vs New Photographers 2014-Jul
*Reducing Camera Shake 2009-Aug
*Rise Above the Snapshot Level 2007-Apr
*Self-assignments 2011-Sep
*Shutter Speed, Controlling 2014-May
*Shutter Speed, Using Fast 2012-Feb
*Shutter Speed, Using Slow 2012-Mar
DIGITAL DARKROOM
To Edit or not to Edit 2014-Aug
Image and Screen Resolution 2013-Dec
What is a Pixel? 2013-Sep
Pixels on Your Monitor 2013-Oct
Pixels as Measurement 2013-Nov
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