American Academy of Photography Blog

Reading Images
29 Apr 2019

Reading Images

by Anthony Griffin (Course Tutor)

There has never been a time in which the proliferation of imagery has been so apparent. One might argue that visual language has overtaken written language in many areas of life. Sometimes we have to decipher visual communication, such as restaurant toilet signs where the outline of top hat or a pair of stilettos is often more commonplace than written signage.

As photographers, we view and appreciate effective images all of the time but would you consider that you ‘read’ such images in addition to looking at them?

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Four steps to backing up
05 Mar 2019

Four steps to backing up

by Philip Leonard (Course Tutor)

As most photographers now work exclusively with digital cameras, one of the disciplines we now have to embrace is backing up and storing our digital images. The fear of losing important images can be unthinkable but once you have a clear and logical backup routine there’s nothing to worry about.

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Auto ISO: The Thrill of Victory
29 Jan 2019

Auto ISO: The Thrill of Victory

by Pat Graham (Course Tutor)

One of the most exciting things to learn about photography when you're starting out is how shooting in manual mode can give you some stunning results. Using a wide-open aperture will result in a beautifully blurred background, while shooting with extremely fast shutter speed allows you to freeze a child in flight bouncing up and down on a trampoline. These techniques are extremely fun to experiment with, so let's take a look at how they're done.

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