Capital Photography Center Blog
September 12, 2018
Most of us think of the state and county fairs as summertime events but you’ll find many held in September as well. Loved and anticipated by many, these annual events began in the early nineteen hundreds as a way to bring people together to showcase area farming, livestock and agriculture. Today’s fairs continue that tradition but also offer a wide assortment of entertainment as well, such as music, carnival rides, circus tents and more.
For the shutterbug, these fairs offer endless opportunities to photograph during the day or night, indoors or out, the possibilities are many.Read More
August 23, 2018
It’s the back to school time of year, why not use it as an excuse to crack the books, get down to studying and get that learning going again. Learning new things or getting stronger with a skill is a great pursuit.
We hope to see you at some of our classes soon but until then, here are a few ideas to help you with your learning.Read More
August 1, 2018
Improving your photography skills can come in many forms and take any number of different avenues. While I've dabbled in photography for the past 40 years it's only in recent years that I've become more "serious" about my photography. More recently I began looking for ways to challenge myself and improve my skills: enter 52Frames!Read More
July 12, 2018
Choosing one Metering Mode over another helps us capture better exposures without so much trial and error. The light meter in our camera is trying to make everything middle gray but changing what area it is metering will change the exposure.Read More
June 21, 2018
Summer Vacation season is here and whether you’re enjoying a Stay-cation or heading to a distant city or National Park or the nearby shores or mountains, we hope your camera’s going along with you.
Here are 13 tips to help you capture exciting images from it as well as tips to protect your gear and memories.Read More
May 31, 2018
One of the best ways to ensure a good exposure is to check the histogram in the playback mode. This handy tool can be found on just about every cameras usually by cycling through the ‘display’ or ‘info’ button while in the Playback mode. Some cameras even offer a ‘live’ histogram so you can measure exposure before we take the photo.Read More
May 8, 2018
If you’ve ever taken a photo and it had a strange color cast, the setting responsible is the White Balance. This setting in our camera helps us balance the color of the light we’re shooting under. Our eyes don’t usually see the color cast but our cameras definitely do and if we don’t set the right WB we may end up with an undesirable color cast in our image.Read More
April 17, 2018
Now that it’s finally spring, we’re all eager to get outdoors with our cameras but if we haven’t been photographing much over the winter, we may be rusty and need a little inspiration to get our creative juices flowing again.
Here are a few ideas to kick start your photographic vision this spring.Read More
March 29, 2018
We’re all eager to get outdoors with our cameras again and the Cherry Blossoms give us the first opportunity to capture the beauty of spring. It’s late to arrive here in the DC area, we just have to be patient, soon the Cherry Blossoms will present their spectacular display!
It’s hard to not take a good photo of these lovely flowers but we wanted to share these 10 tips so when they are in peak bloom, we’ll all be ready.Read More
January 25, 2018
Mechanical cameras of yesteryear seemed to last forever; there were few if any moving parts and camera computer components didn’t exist yet. The most common repairs were for broken film door latches or stuck shutter blades. Fast forward to today and we find the complete opposite; many moving parts and buttons, and tiny circuit boards under the hood presenting a variety of things that can fail.
Consider if you really need a camera repair, and if so, decide where to take or send it. Also, consider whether buying a new one might be a smarter option.Read More
November 9, 2017
Capturing your subject set off against a dark background can create a striking image and provide a little mystery and drama as well.
It’s not hard to do and you don’t even need a lot of fancy gear to do it. Let’s look at two of the easiest ways to achieve this; one is using natural light the other is using an external flash.Read More
October 19, 2017
As your photography grows, you may find you need different or better lenses to give you more flexibility with exposure and composition.
Which lenses to use depends on what you photograph and there’s nothing better than having the right tool for the job! We hope this list based on the different types of photography will help you determine which new lens you might considerRead More
September 29, 2017
Did you know that most picture taking situations have at least six possible combinations of f/sops and shutters speeds that will ALL result in the ‘same’ correct exposure? Furthermore, did you also know that despite having six possible correct exposures only one, maybe two, would be the ‘creatively’ correct exposure?Read More
August 7, 2017
When you look at a really good photograph, whether it's a nice portrait shot or a beautiful landscape, something inside you gets excited and you almost intuitively know it's great. But have you ever wondered how we know? Why do we like some photos and are unimpressed by others?
When it comes to great photographs, there are a few things in common whether you consciously realize it or not. So what are the common threads between these photos? And how can you incorporate these ideas into your own work? Here is a short list of what elevates a photograph from being just ‘okay’ to something that inspires and moves your viewer.Read More