Nitin Khanna’s Guide For Novices To Use a DSLR For Blog Photography

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Gone is the time when you could take photographs on your smart phone and use them to post on your blog. If you are acquainted with the blogging world, possibilities are that you have come across companion bloggers using professional photography for their content. Having attractive photos on your blog is becoming an absolute necessity in today’s illustrative world. People invest in superior quality camera equipment to take shots for their businesses, so it is more critical than ever to click stunning images.

Listed below are some of the useful tips for the beginner photographers, who are progressing from cell-phone photography to a Digital SLR camera.

1. LEARN THE ABILITIES & SETTINGS OF YOUR EQUIPMENT
I used to skip the manual for a few ordinary devices, like a regular point and shoot camera or a cell phone, but when it comes to a DSLR, there are a number of settings, modes and buttons that you should know about. So, the foremost step would be to go through the manual. Familiarize yourself with all the settings, features, capabilities, controls of your camera. Some of them will actually surprise you!

2. SHOOTING MODES
If you make use of the auto mode, you are better off using a point and shoot or your smart phone. Guys, there is a motive behind you investing in a DSLR — obviously to have more control over your snapshots. So, use manual mode to have more realistic views via. the manual mode. I strongly recommend starting off with the Tv (shutter priority) and Av (aperture priority) modes and slowly progressing to the manual mode to make the transition with breeze.

You may find manual mode a little menacing at first because you need to understand the exposure by yourself. This implies that you should deal with setting values for the shutter speed, aperture and ISO. This will bring a huge difference in your photos.

3. UNDERSTANDING EXPOSURE
You have to understand the basics of photography, as a DSLR alone cannot bring a huge modification in your photographs. Lighting plays a very important role – it is the key element that makes or breaks a picture. Once you get acquainted with the fundamentals of lighting/ exposure, you will get to know the difference in your shots whether you are using a DSLR or an ordinary camera.

4. RAW VS JPEG IMAGES
When you click in the usual JPEG format, the camera automatically convert the data to create an image file. With this, we have less control over the photo while editing. On the other hand, if you shoot in raw format, the camera does not convert the data, and instead the raw data is preserved until you transfer your files to the computer.

5. PRACTICE TO LEARN MORE
Last but not the least is practice as much as you can, because it is the best way to learn the working of DSLR. As you start practicing it, try to use different modes and settings, and then see the effects of varied settings on pictures. Like: shoot a scene with a low aperture and high shutter speed, and then find out how your photo turns out. Next time shoot at a low ISO and high aperture, compare the shot with a previous one – notice the variations between the two and figure out the causes for these differences. It will take some time before you get accustomed with your camera.

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It is the time for lots of bloggers to stand out of the crowd of cell-phone or regular point and shoot camera snappers by really using their DSLR camera to the best. Note these are only the fundamental DSLR photography guidelines for learners that I wish I had read when initially starting out. After learning the basics, start digging deeper into learning about each of the above mentioned aspects and their effect on photography.

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Ways by Nitin Khanna on How to Speed Up WordPress Photography Website

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There are hundreds and thousands of photographers who run their business and display their photographic portfolio using the WordPress platform. It is not only an inexpensive platform to use, but is relatively a relaxed content management system to learn. It is a system that works for even the smallest of the blogs to the most highly trafficked websites on the web.

While WordPress performance is fairly fast with a new installation, you can add content, themes and plugins, the performance typically decreases drastically. So I’ve come up with some recommendations for basic optimizations for your WordPress website that can help you decrease load times while increasing the overall page speed.

1. Limit the number of plugins being used
This cannot be stressed enough. I have seen websites with over 60 plugins as well. However, I recommend not more than 10 to 15 WordPress plugins at most. Depending on what plugins you are using, this number can still be high. The quality of the plugins being used is also really important. If you find that you need the features of all those extra plugins, you better find a theme that already has those features included without the use of plugins.

2. Bloated themes
There exist both good and bad themes. The theme you choose can play a large role in the performance of your WordPress website. As a rule, it is recommended that you keep a close eye on the number of features included in your theme. All in all, the lighter the theme, the better is will perform.

3. Image Optimization
Always ensure that your images are properly optimized for the use on your website before uploading the images in your WP media library. The images should be small in size, without compromising on the quality of the image. Using HTML to scale your images, use additional resources that can increase the load time of your WordPress website.

4. Use a Caching Plugin
Rather than loading all the PHP scripts from the WordPress, the caching plugins work by saving the dynamically generated HTML files and serving them from the cache whenever a request is made. The result is that your website will load faster for all the visitors. I recommend using the WP Super Cache as a caching plugin. It has been downloaded for over 1 Million times and I myself have seen the best performances yielded from it on my website www.nitinkhanna.net.