5 Simple Steps to Better Color Pictures

Written by Ken Henderson

5 Simple Steps to Better Color Pictures

Shield your lens from direct light One ofrepparttar biggest image degrading factors I have seen is lens flare. When direct light entersrepparttar 149147 front of your lens, it bounces around inrepparttar 149148 lens lowering contrast and destroying color saturation. You will mostly encounter lens flare when photographing a backlit subject. That is to say whenrepparttar 149149 sun is in front of you and behindrepparttar 149150 object ofrepparttar 149151 photograph. There are several things you can do to eliminate this problem. One of which is to always use a lens hood. There are times when a lens hood will not be enough. When this isrepparttar 149152 case, you can “flag”repparttar 149153 light by blocking it with your hand, a cap or a flag you cut out of cardboard. Just make surerepparttar 149154 “flag” is not in your image area. Getrepparttar 149155 proper exposure Proper exposure is key to getting good color. One way to ensure a correct exposure is meter off of a gray card. You can pick one of these up at just about any camera store. All camera meters are calibrated to give you a middle toned picture. Therefore you need to meter a middle toned object. That is what a gray card is.

Another solution would be to use an incident meter. This in my opinion isrepparttar 149156 most accurate way to do it. An Incident meter actually metersrepparttar 149157 light falling on your subject notrepparttar 149158 light reflected from your subject, so you get a more accurate reading ofrepparttar 149159 light. Once you have determinedrepparttar 149160 proper exposure you can help to ensure a good picture by bracketing your exposure. You do this by taking 3 shots, one at your determined exposure value, one slightly underexposed and one slightly overexposed. You can do this in 1/3 stop, 1/2 stop or full stop increments. The choice is up to you. Just use aperture priority, select your f-stop and vary your shutter speed. Some cameras have this function built in so read your camera’s manual.

Coin Grading

Written by Jon Gammon

The value of a particular coin, is determined byrepparttar grade that it is in. Coins that are in common circulation deteriorate over time and start to loose their detail. Coin grading will help you get torepparttar 149146 coins current value, and a properly graded coin will determine more accurately whatrepparttar 149147 exact worth ofrepparttar 149148 coin. Coin collectors use a numbering system to give collectors an accurate measure ofrepparttar 149149 condition a coin is in. This numbering system ranges between 1 and 70. "1" beingrepparttar 149150 worst possible condition of a coin, and 70 meaning flawless. The numbers tell collectors many things, like how much wear is onrepparttar 149151 coin and if there are any damaging marks onrepparttar 149152 coin. There are very few coins out there with a 70 grade on them. It is very rare, and most coins minted have flaws, even if they are ever so slight. Grading coins is a science, and once you learn that science, putting a grade and a value on that coin will become much easier for you. Plus you will be able to accurately grade coins at auctions, coin dealers, and private collectors, so you will not get ripped off if someone is trying to sell you something at a higher price than it is worth. So coin grading is very important inrepparttar 149153 hobby of coin collecting, and learning this practice will greatly enhance your skills inrepparttar 149154 hobby and make you much more aware or current prices and rates that certain coins are going for.

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