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The smartphone photographer’s holiday check list

“How can you ensure you get the best photos from your smartphone while on holiday? This is where this guide comes in handy as we’ll give you tips on setting up your camera so it’s ready to capture holiday photos as well as what apps you should download. We also have advice on accessories you should be packing alongside your smartphone and a section on data roaming, the airplane mode and tips on how you can avoid the typical tourist shots.”

Read this article at ePHOTOzine.

Electronic shutter, rolling shutter and flash: what you need to know

“Click! goes the camera and in that fraction of a second the shutter races to end the exposure. But, although it’s quick, that process isn’t instantaneous. Whether you’re syncing a flash, wondering why banding is appearing in your image or deciding whether to use your camera’s silent shutter mode, the way your shutter works has a role to play. This article looks at the different types of shutter and what effect they have”

Read it at Digital Photography Review.

How to get the best out of your JPEGs

“It’s something of a truism that to get the most from your pictures, you need to shoot in RAW and carefully tweak each shot in post-processing. But, let’s face it, we don’t always have the time, or indeed the inclination to do this. Equally, if you like to share pictures immediately after taking them using your camera’s Wi-Fi, then playing around with RAW processing may not be an option. This means there’s a lot to be said for setting your camera up to give JPEGs you like – and fortunately, most cameras are capable of giving pretty good JPEG output.”

Read the rest of this article on in-camera adjustments, brand by brand. on the Amateur Photographer site.