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Helmut Hartmann - Fotofreunde Much - Geräte zur Astrofotografie

The motivation of the photographer and his requirements for a photo are very different. The environment with the procedures and tools of our photo management is based on this. A few points about this in this section.

Existing interesting paper pictures from the old days are often still wanted to be digitized. The images can simply be photographed or read in with a scanner. The resulting object is usually post-processed with a tool to create quality and meaningful metadata.

The cameras used, and the objects created, differ in quality and format. The names of the image files also have different standards. Compatible rules must be implemented for a common order in a system.

Square photos have existed since ancient times. In particular, the quick shots with the smartphone are increasingly leading to upright photos. Although the standard 16:9 aspect ratio has prevailed, many other formats can also be found in our photo collection.

The first steps with a camera are made to capture certain events, people, or surroundings. The composition of the image is largely irrelevant. Only when new knowledge is added, e.g., the rule of thirds, we start to make our photos better. If a photo software only displays the preview images squarely and the interesting parts are cut off, the trouble is great.

Over time, the photographer gains more and more experience. He knows the ways to create fascinating photos. Everyone has a natural sense of harmony that makes them perceive certain combinations of points, lines, surfaces, and colors as beautiful or as disturbing. A few rules can be set up for this, which can be helpful to get a sense of harmony and help us to develop something like a “photographic eye”.

Appropriate help can be found online. Search for "photography - the point" or "photography - the line".

Taking photos is fun and a smartphone is enough. It's even more fun if you continue to develop your photographic eye over time. This is followed by the desire for high-quality cameras and lenses.

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