The folks at and have joined together for an online tutorial about photography. They begin with the basics of synching your camera and your flash. As elementary as it sounds, there may be a lot to your camera’s mechanics that you don’t understand.

Mark Wallace of clears up any misunderstandings and shows how your camera’s curtain shutter works and how experimenting with different settings results in different looks. This is the first of a series that could be excellent for beginners and a good brush-up for veteran shooters, especially those just moving to digital. Click here for the first installment of this series.
—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger