Photography Class - Fall 2013
With Dick Cummings
The following are Dick’s “personal” suggestions
Tips from Dick
1. Never use canned “blast” air on a camera !!
2. When changing lens, hold camera upside down so dust won’t settle on the
3. Always carry a glasses cleansing cloth with you. Start in the center of the
lens and work in a circle moving out to the edge. Never use moisture on lens.
4. Invest in a tripod for your camera. Smart Phone tripods are available at
5. Invest in a light meter for your camera. Apps are available for Smart
6. Other apps available for Smart Phones are Hipstamatic, Pro HDR, Snapseed,
Camera+....check out these apps on the web.
7. Get a UV filter to protect your lens. Much cheaper to replace a scratched
filter than replacing a lens. Also use a lens hood on your camera at all times.
It keeps out extraneous light.
8. Best light for outside photo is a cloudy day.
9. Buy a cable release or remote shutter release for your camera.
Digital Exposure Handbook. Ross Hoddinott
Light Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting. Fil Hunter
Photography. Barbara London, John Upton, Jim Stone
A photography book by Lee Frost
The Americans. Robert Frank
Get a “how to handbook” for your camera in addition to your instruction book
Check these places Amazon.com, AbeBook.com, Half Price Books, Clearing Houses
Digital Photo – includes a CD
Black & White Photography
Where to Buy Stuff
B & H Photo, Video and Pro Audio in New York
Silverprint Photographic Supplies
Cleaning & Repairs
Professional Camera Repair – 4410 Richmond 713-621-3627
Houston Camera Exchange - 5900 Richmond 713-789-6901
Schools in Houston
Glassel School – Museum Fine Arts Houston
Glasscock School of Continuing Studies – Rice University
Class 2 discussion focused on the “Exposure Triangle.” For a recap of the
discussion, check out this link http://digital-photography-school.com/learningexposure-in-digital-photography .
Depth of Field is another important concept to understand in photography. Dick
suggests that you review the information at this link.
Understanding White Balance is necessary to make sure photo colors appear as
they should. Read this article to understand color temperature. You want your
colors to look natural - not bluish or too yellow.
Dick recommends this website for photographers of all levels –
Dick’s email address if you have questions –