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How To Create Better Photography Using Better Composition – Why do some Digital Photographys just look better than others? Great Digital Photography often involves Better Composition! So how to you create better composition?

Many Professional Photographers use The Rule of 3rds, but there might be an even better way to get better looking composition.

You might also want to try The Golden Rule or The Fibonacci Spiral, (Diagram: Below – Video: Top), the next time you’re composing your Digital Photography.


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The Golden Ratio or The Fibonacci Sequence is often found everywhere in Nature, such as in Sea Shells, Flowers, even Hurricanes. This is a series of numbers where a number is found by adding up the two numbers before it: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55... The Golden Ratio has been used in Photography Composition for years. The ratio of 1 to 1.618 is often hailed as ”The Perfect Number” and can assist in creating Photography that have a strong composition, which will attract viewers to your images.

Use the Fibonacci Spiral for Better Composition

The Complete Guide to Sony’s Alpha 77 II – Meta keeps Legendary Minolta and Sony Digital Camera Expert, Gary Friedman’s Complete Guide to Sony’s Alpha 77 II book on her iPhone, iPad and MacBook, so she can reference it in the field. This is a Must Have Book!

Sony Digital Camera Manuals – Read your Sony Digital Camera Manual – Then read it again! Get familiar with your Sony Digital Camera. Know where all the Buttons and Knobs are located – Practice finding them in the dark!

Download Your Sony Camera Manual Here:

Sony a65 Digital Camera Manual
Sony a68 Digital Camera Manual
Sony a77 Digital Camera Manual
Sony a77 II Digital Camera Manual
Sony a99 Digital Camera Manual
Sony a99 II Digital Camera Manual

Golden Hour – Shoot at the Golden Hour, the 1/2 Hour Period Before Sunset and After Sunset. This is considered the time to shoot outdoor photography, when the sunlight is redder, softer, and parallel to the horizon.

Blue Hour – Shoot at the Blue Hour, the 1/2 Hour Period Before Sunrise and After Sunrise. This is considered the time to shoot outdoor photography, when the sunlight is blueish, evenly diffused, and parallel to the horizon.

Plan Your Photo Shoots – “Always Bring the Right Gear!” Plan on what Digital Camera Gear you’ll need before you arrive on site, including which Lenses and Filters you’ll need. Simple things can be overlooked, like you are shooting at dusk or dawn, remember to bring a Flashlight!

Clean Your Camera Often – Get into a regular routine of cleaning your Digital Camera and Digital Camera Accessories before and after every photo shoot, especially if you are shooting outdoors or in dusty locations. Microscopic sand, dust and dirt gets into everything, and slowly builds up over time! Meta uses Alcohol Swabs to remove any dirt, grease and oils, then wipes it with a MicroFiber Cleaning Cloth. Meta keeps one MicroFiber Cleaning Cloth in her Photographer’s Vest, Filter Pouch and Camera Bag. Blow out your Camera Sensor whenever changing lenses, then use the Camera’s Vibratiing Sensor Cleaner. Avoid changing lenses outdoors! Store your Camera Gear in Camera Bags and Camera Pouches.

Walk Everywhere – “Walk Softly and Carry a Big Monopod!” When Hiking out in Nature, walk around slowly and take in a wide variety of shots. On Remote Hiking Trails, many Hikers rush past many great Macro Photography Subjects, without ever noticing them.

Prime Lenses – Prime Lenses are often sharper and lighter – They just don’t zoom. If you need to get closer – Use your feet! Prime Lenses are light enough if you’re walking around all day. Meta often uses her sharp Minolta AF 24mm f/2.8 Lens and super sharp Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4 Lens (Photo: Left) for shooting HDR Landscapes, Sunrises and Sunsets.

Minimum Hand Held Shutter Speed – Know the Minimum Hand Held Shutter Speed of your lenses. The Lens Reciprocal Rule – For a 100mm Lens: 1/100 (x 1.5 if for cropped sensor) = 1/150th of a second. Never shoot Hand Held below 1/60th of a second!

Airplane Mode – If you’re not using your Digital Camera’s WiFi, put it in Airplane Mode –> On (WiFi Off) to Save Battery Power and Processing Power.
MENU –> WiFi 1 –> Airplane Mode–> On

Program Modes – If your Digital Camera supports Program Modes (Top Program Mode Dial), these 3 Memory Locations record all of the camera’s settings for quick mode changing. Remember ABC. Meta uses her 3 Program Modes all in Manual Mode for:
1) Action Photography – Auto ISO, 1/2000th, f/4, Cont. Shooting Hi, Wide Focus, Multi Metering, Auto Focus
2) Bracketed for HDR Photography – Native ISO 100, 1/200th, f/8, 1.0EV 5 Images, Wide Focus, Multi Metering, (3 Stop ND Filter)
3) Close-Up / Macro Photography – Auto ISO, 1/200th, f/16, Cont. Shooting Lo, Center Focus, Multi Metering, Manual Focus

Vintage Minolta AF Lenses for Sony Digital Cameras – Getting started in Digital Photography doesn’t have to cost a sfortune when it comes to purchasing multiple Camera Lenses! Many Beginner Digital Photographers don’t know that you can purchase and use many inexpensive Vintage Minolta AF Lenses for all Sony Digital Cameras – At about 10% of the cost of a brand new Sony Lens – That’s $65 vs. $650!

Find Vintage Minolta AF Lenses – The Famous “Beer Can Lens” (Photo: Left), has a Constant Aperture of f/4.0, with a Macro Mode at 210mm. In 1985, this popular Zoom Lens sold for $245. Today, you can still find a “Beer Can Lens” in Excellent Condition for under $100! Minolta made over 16 Million Vintage Minolta AF Lenses in Japan between 1985 and 2006. Vintage Minolta AF Lenses will Auto Focus on today’s Sony Digital Cameras!

Faster and Tougher SD Cards – Sony .ARW RAW File Sizes are about 25 Megs each. If you‘re shooting 5 Bracketed RAW Shots for HDR Photography, that’s 125 Megs per Photo! Meta’s Sony a77 II Digital Camera supports SDXC SD Cards (UHS-I). This Sony SD Card is backwards compatible with all UHS-1 Standards. Faster 300 MB/s SD Cards won’t speed up the Sony a77 II Digital Camera, but they will dramatically speed up your File Transfers to your Laptop or Desktop Computer!
Sony 32 GB Cards – Holds about 1241 Sony .ARW RAW Images
Sony 64 GB SD Cards – Holds about 2493 Sony .AWR RAW Images
Sony 128 GB SD Cards – Holds about 4998 Sony .ARW RAW Images


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