Digital Photography Beginner’s Guide

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

This month marks three years I have been writing weekly (more or less) on the Picture This! Photoblog here at The questions Lisa got from her inquiry last week got me to thinking in the last three years, many of you have upgraded to better cameras which give you more control. With that in mind, I want to link you to some of the first posts I did here which explain the basics of Digital Photography.

Pirates of the Caribbean plaza in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Mechanics of Exposure: This post defines what aperture, shutter speed, ISO and exposure compensation are. For me, you have to define and understand the parts before you can understand the whole which in this case is called photographic exposure.

Exif Photo Data: In this post I explain the numbers you see under the photos here on the Picture This! blog.

Creative Uses of Aperture: Details on how aperture effects the depth of field in photographs.

Shutter Speeds and You: Read about how shutter speed controls the amount of movement in photographs.

Indian artwork on the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Light Sensitivity: Of the three parts of the exposure triangle, ISO or light sensitivity is not easily understood. I lift the veil of the ISO numbers in this post.

Dialing in Digital Exposure: The exposure compensation button found on digital SLRs and advanced Point and Shoot cameras is often overlooked by many new digital photographers. I think you’ll agree once you read this how useful the EV button is.

If you have any questions regarding these articles, leave a comment here and I will answer them.

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

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3 Replies to “Digital Photography Beginner’s Guide”

  1. Your post got me thinking about my past two years reading this blog. I have upgraded my camera and my skills have improved dramatically thanks to this blog.

    I did not realize it until last night when I was putting together a photo book from two years ago. I was disappointed at the poor quality and goofy compositions.

    So again, thanks to the three of you. I am excited for the years ahead.

    Scott replies: On behalf of Barrie and Lisa, I would like to thank you for your comment. It made our day!!!

  2. I’m getting links don’t exist on all but the first of your links! BTW the first link is fabulous for us beginning photags!

    Scott replies: Thanks for the heads up, Heather! All links are fixed now. Hope you like the rest of them, too!