Scott's "Photographic Innoventions" blog focuses on intermediate to advanced photography concepts and techniques relevant for Point and Shoot and Digital SLR cameras.


Photographic Innoventions: Google’s Picasa

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Google’s free photo editing software, Picasa, is a simple to use way to enhance, clean up or fix your digital photographs. I have been impressed with what I have learned in the few days I have used Picasa. It has given me a way to fix some high contrast images I took during this year’s … Continue reading "Photographic Innoventions: Google’s Picasa"
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Photographic Innoventions: Look Up!

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The Crown and Crest store in Epcot’s United Kingdom pavilion. © Scott Thomas Photography 2007Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/15s, f/3.5, 450 ISO, +1 EV, 18mm Focal Length While “researching” family crests and name histories in the United Kingdom’s Crown and Crest store in Epcot, I suddenly remembered the old Walt Disney themepark fan’s adage, “Look Up!”. I … Continue reading "Photographic Innoventions: Look Up!"
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Photographic Innoventions: Color of Light

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Not all light is pure white and will have a certain color temperature. Engineers express this in degrees Kelvin which you might have used in your high school physics or chemistry classes. Our eyes see color temperature as color casts like blue, green or red. Have you ever taken a picture and have it look … Continue reading "Photographic Innoventions: Color of Light"
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Photographic Innoventions: Landscape or Portrait?

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When taking a picture, one of the first elements I think about is whether to use a Landscape (horizontal) or Portrait (vertical) orientation. A lot depends on the subject as people and tall objects like towers or castles look better to me as a portrait. While four legged animals and sweeping vistas look better as … Continue reading "Photographic Innoventions: Landscape or Portrait?"
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Photographic Innoventions: Virtual Borders

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Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom. © Scott Thomas Photography 2007Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/250s, f/8, 400 ISO, -0.3 EV, 80mm Focal Length This proves how popular Cinderella’s Castle really is. Just a few entries after Barrie posted about this most photographed object at Walt Disney World and here I am using this photo. I know many … Continue reading "Photographic Innoventions: Virtual Borders"
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Photographic Innoventions: Dialing in Digital Exposure

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Positive Exposure Compensation of +0.3 EV.© Scott Thomas Photography 2007Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/50s, f5.6, 200 ISO Exposure Compensation allows you to adjust the exposure measured by the camera’s light meter and telling the camera to allow more light in (positive exposure compensation) or less light in (negative exposure compensation). On your digital SLR camera, look for … Continue reading "Photographic Innoventions: Dialing in Digital Exposure"
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Photographic Innoventions: Light Sensitivity

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Spaceship Earth. Copyright © Scott Thomas Photography 2007Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/10s, f/5.6, 1600 ISO, -1 EC, 135mm Focal Length Many people have sent in questions about how to get good low-light and night photography pictures at Walt Disney World. The key is to get enough light to your digital camera’s sensor to record a well exposed … Continue reading "Photographic Innoventions: Light Sensitivity"
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Photographic Innoventions: Shutter Speeds and You

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Shutter speed is the time for which the shutter is held open during the taking of a photograph to allow light to reach the image sensor in a digital camera. A fast shutter speed will freeze the subject but needs plenty of light. A slower shutter speed needs less light and a more stationary subject … Continue reading "Photographic Innoventions: Shutter Speeds and You"
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