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The Making of a Photograph by photo-class The Making of a Photograph by photo-class
Second article in our process to get the basics of photography layed down.

This article covers the minimum information required on lenses, aperture, shutter speed, ISO/ASA and Digital SLR's.

Please leave us comments if you found this helpful, if you find errors/mistakes or if you have ideas on how to improve it.

Originally submitted: Nov 22, 2003
Resubmitted: May 22, 2007

Article by ~roy204
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evanesces Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
extremely helpful and very well done
gabokorn Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
all your articles are great!!! if would be very helpful if you could make them in spanish too. :thumbsup:
omikron1989 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
very helpful thank you!
The-Elven-Priestess Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
Thank you for posting such an informative piece.
DrBlood Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
Pytheas Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Student Photographer
It worked fine for me!
thank you for the detailed article! :clap:
BurningAway Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
I keep trying to click the download button but nothing happens
photo-class Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
Try again ;)
sic-purity Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I've never got to read this one, since it still says "File not found". But I'll fav this and check back regularly :)
photo-class Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
It's working now.
intrinsicvalue Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007
I've read this once before and wanted to show my friend... but the file isn't there. =(
GusArb Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2006  Professional Photographer
i soooo want this one, could it be sent to my mail? cuz it sayd "not found" :S
tk03759 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006
i keep getting a "file not found" error when i try to download it.. sounds like a good article though and i agree with the pdf idea.
St1tches Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006   Photographer
File not found :(
boarderstu Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2006
is it just me or is this actually "not found"
AcrylickTears Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2006   Photographer
Could you please repost this file? It's exactly what I need, but it doesn't work. Please, please repost it.
md981 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2006
your files is damaged
mysteriumtremendum Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2006  Professional Photographer
Link doesn't work!
allxusedxup Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2006   Photographer
can you repost this image?....i want to send it to my little brother who is just getting into digital photography. it would be greatly appreciated.
TDR Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2005   Photographer
Thank you so much for this article! ^_^
eljabatillo Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2005
Thank you very much for this article, it's really useful :D
Arggg Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2005
Very interesting article! :thumbsup:
imcj Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2005   Photographer
Thanks a lot for the information. I had a class in high school and my teacher taught me absolutly nothing. Definitly added this class to my favorites.
Heiko Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2004
thankyou so very much for this, I just bought a new digital camera today and was so out of my depth with all the different settings and terminology available. this explained it all in a single go.

nashua Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2004
Thank you so much for the elequent introduction to photography, I recently bought a Nikon FE 10 Fully manual SLR, [because im stubborn like that ;) and insist on getting manual up to speed before progressing.] So far, the lovely little buttons look wonderful, but confused me beyond lenghts, especially in regards to the apature and shutter speed, this article helped me grasp the technicalities well, but im afraid for proper execution i'll have to rely on books. Thanks again, and do let me know if there is anything on Manual Photography :) Take care :D
xseption Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
I second the IDEA with PDF files.

It would be awesome as a PDF file.

Thanks for the consideration!!

aja2 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2004
i would really :heart: this in pdf format - any chance of that happening? it's hard to read (print is a bit small) and with pdf i can enlarge it ... and print it out.

otherwise, no complaints at all - it's a great article, as is this whole concept! i'm glad i found you, especially since i'm a real beginner with naught more than a cheap-0 3.2 mp camera.
bluem00n Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2004
Wow. Wonderful tutorial. You guys really deservea :thumbsup:. This tutorial is handy, written in plain language to explain everything properly and is very educating. Great job!:D
maharet-skellington Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2004
I really want to look at this, because it looks like it's exactly what I need, but it won't display properly on my computer. The picture shrinks down to a little column on the left side of the screen once the page loads. I tried saving it as a picture and then zooming in, but that cut off a lot of text at the right edge and was hard to read. Do you know how I could fix my computer so it will display this properly?
photo-class Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2004

Open it in the browser. Once it has shrunk automatically, move your mouse over the photo and hold it still for a few seconds, you'll see that a little icon appears on the bottom right of the photo with exapding arrows pictured on it, now, move the mouse ot it and click on it and the photo will be displayed correctly.

We'll bundle articles in a webpage with fixed dimensions next time so this annoying problem does not occur anymore.

Sorry for the late answer.
maharet-skellington Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2004
Thank you! This is very helpful. I'll go read it when I have more time. :hug:
yuorme Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2004   Photographer
aside from a spelling error in the first line ("This article it aimed at";), this was a lovely read.

I was just wondering about something... i've always thought that parralax was more a problem when the subject is closer to the lense as opposed to it being farther away? :O
acey Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2003
lovely read, so very well written and interesting. !
degauss Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2003
Spectacular article. I really learned a lot from it. Thanks a bunch for making it.
dannyboyk2 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2003
This is a simple yet elegant introduction to the world of photography. Thank you for helping me finally understand what ISO is!
ore Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2003
very interesting. i learned a lot.
rucorock Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2003
I've decided to fav this one becouse it is a favulous concept and I'll be whatching you nd learning from it. Thanks and gracias.
JamesBardolph Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2003
This is excellent, very informative
Kevlin Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2003   Photographer
this is what I was looking for. Went to the library but before I had time to open the book I borrowed this neat article presented it self and gave me the answers I needed. Thanks again and keep up the good work.
soninha Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2003  Hobbyist Photographer
suzieq0360 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2003   Photographer
lol i cant wait for 3 4 5 6 7 or how ever many :D kewl idea
iamabaka Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2003
wow.. nice!
ebonywintr Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2003   Photographer
another rad article! Very good descriptions :) How do you clean the mirrors if they get dirty? Do you know?
suzums Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2003   Photographer
very nice introduction! :clap:
donniebrasco Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2003
you wanne know what my cam can?
well mine can bake eggs, how cool is that :)

seriously, it's very interesting to read and I'm sure for a lot of people it will come in handy.
I think that if you read your manual you already know a lot of what your cam can do.
browse my :gallery: if you wanne know what mine can :D

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