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Digital SLR Photography All-in-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Robert Correll

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Chapter 1: People and Animals

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arrow.png Beautiful performer

arrow.png Dreamy portrait

arrow.png At the zoo

arrow.png An artistic moment

arrow.png Catching the moment

I love photographing people. I’m not the traditional portrait taker, though. I like spontaneous shots of people going about their business. When you take photos of people, you normally want a very shallow depth of field (area of focus). This separates subjects from the blurred background and looks really nice. To achieve this effect, open your lens to its maximum aperture and either zoom in or step closer.

When people are moving, make sure to dial in a fast enough shutter speed so they don’t blur. Because of this, I often take portraits in Shutter priority mode. Take it from me, you’re wasting a creamy bokeh (unfocused area) if the subject isn’t sharp! ISO often has to rise to pick up the exposure slack. Don’t be afraid of a higher ISO. It’s better to have a noisy photo that you can work with than nothing at all. If necessary, get additional lighting ...

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