When it comes to digital photography cameras, there are so many out there, when shopping for one, where do you begin? Though old models faze out and new ones take their place, most every digital camera has the same standard features. Of course you’ll want to choose a camera that fits in your budget and is appropriate for your level of expertise and picture taking needs.
Digital cameras are categorized on the following criteria:
Pixels- Each image is composed of a grid of tiny square units known as pixels. Some cameras express pixel values in two numbers: total pixel count and effective pixels. Total pixel count resembles the number of pixels of the sensor size and effective pixels amount is the number of pixels remaining after the edges have been trimmed.
Megapixels (MP) – One megapixel equals one million pixels. The larger the number of pixels each image has, the more the picture can be enlarged without losing sharpness quality. Hence, cameras with higher than 5 MP are ideal for commercial purposes.
Optical vs Digital
Being able to hold a camera and shoot without actually shaking is something that requires discipline, practice and patience. These six tips show other ways of achieving the desired stability – use and abuse because a firm camera is synonymous with fabulous photos.
- Tripod: The best friend of any photographer. There isn’t actually a more stable method than taking pictures using a good tripod.
- Smooth surface: for those who do not have a tripod, you can easily improvise to land the machine on a flat surface – a table, wall or stack of books – for (albeit with some limitations) achieve virtually the same effect.
- Remote control: for those with hands trembling constantly, the best tip is, without doubt, the use of a remote control to activate the camera, because sometimes the actual movement of pressing the trigger can be enough to shake the picture. For an optimal effect, use it in conjunction with a tripod or any flat surface.
- Sit back: to get a little extra support, lean back against a wall, door or tree to shoot with greater stability.
Learning digital photography tips as a beginner is a lot like learning a new sport. You must first acquaint yourself with the movements and foundational aspects of what you are learning before you can reach any level of success.
Concerning photography, one should realize that the key to successful photography taking begins with two things: a solid understand of how to use your camera and a solid understanding of composition.
What is Composition?
I’m talking about the arranging of objects in a photo frame. When you take a photo and look through the viewfinder you are looking through a frame. The contents within this frame are arranged according to where you stand and where you position your camera.
A simple adjustment of a few inches of your arm can turn an ugly beginner photo into a professional shot for a magazine cover! It’s these little adjustments and why professionals do them that will take you to the next level.
There are a handful of compositional techniques that you can learn. For example,simplicity, a simple rule, says to keep the photo simple. Avoid
A lot of people think that a good picture is all because of excellent equipment. Although we can never downplay the role of the most modern and up-to-date tools when it comes to photography, these gadgets do not solely determine how good a photo ends up. A more important factor in creating a great picture is the photographer himself. It is the photographer who guides the camera in the specific direction and the photographer who pushes the button for the camera to capture the scene. Hence, most of the job can be traced back to the photographer.
There is presently a growing affinity to Single Lens Reflex cameras. Even though they are generally more expensive than the simpler point and shoot models, people are vying for the SLR and all its add-ons because of the thinking that they are going to be able to make breathtaking shots with such equipment. The truth is there are actually some advantages that come with digital photography cameras that one cannot enjoy with the SLR. One of which is the ability to delete a photo should one consider it to be not presentable enough. This makes it easier to start anew
A lens is what your camera uses to focus on a scene. Lenses can be cheap or expensive and big or small. If you have been researching what kind of lens you will need for what you are going to use your camera for I’m sure you have already discovered that there is a huge variety of lenses available for just about any situation possible. There are wide-angle, midrange, zoom, telephoto, and fixed lenses. So what does it all mean?
The cost and quality of camera lenses is based on a wide variety of things. It is first of all based on the size and focal length capabilities of a lens. For example, a 28-128 mm. lens will be cheaper than a 100-400 mm. lens. But what can make a lens very expensive is its aperture capabilities. A lens that can achieve a wider aperture will be more expensive (all other things constant). There are also many other things that are taken into account with price but the zoom and aperture capabilities are the main things.
Types and Focal Lengths
Wide-Angle Lens – Wide angle lenses are most commonly defined as lenses with focal lengths
Photography is an art that many people are into. These days, where prominent brands of digital cameras are offering myriads of notable features, more and more people are encouraged to go into photography. Aside from being fulfilled to see the beautiful shots for your own glory, photography also offers a lucrative source of income, especially to those who have an established portfolio.
Just like how any renowned photographer started, an aspiring professional camera shooter must first start from square one. Start with the basics of photography, and slowly, you will notice the improvement in your shooting skills.
To have an idea on what type of pictures you’d like to take, take time to scour some glossy magazines, as they usually have great pictures of specific subjects. The internet is also a major resource for great photos, you have the whole world to see in the worldwide web. If you now have an idea on what subject to focus on, or what photography style you’d like to imitate, you’ll somehow have a good direction as to what genre you’d like to focus on.
First of all, invest on a good digital camera. As a beginner, you
Ever wondered how some magazines are able to take those amazing shots? No magic was involved in making it happen. The only thing done was getting the right equipment to shoot the subject.
The camera was first invented some time in the early 19th century. This invention was big and heavy so there was always a crew present to bring it around.
Improvements later on made this easy to carry around because of the weight and size. This also enabled people to buy it at a cheap price.
Cameras needed batteries for the flash and a roll of film so that the pictures can be developed. It took years before manufacturers were able to produce digital cameras, which is what is more popular these days.
There are more than 40 brands fighting in the photography market. This can surely give the person a headache in selecting the right camera to use. Here are some tips that will help in the deciding process.
- The person has to work on a certain budget. The basic model can be bought for less than $400. Those who want the advanced one that has interchangeable accessories will be
In a previous article, I talked about how camera shake is your enemy in shooting photos at night. The reason being that camera shake introduces out of focus blurring that will mess up ANY long exposure shooting – not just at night.
The blurring may not be noticeable in smaller prints, but if you want something for the wall – you may find that shot you were so proud of isn’t any good at all!
In the first “anti-camera shake” tip I said you would need a tripod and that you should shoot with a timed shutter release or use a bulb. In this way you don’t introduce shake by depressing the shutter button.
Now for one last camera shake removal technique – most of the higher quality DSLR’s and SLR’s have a feature called the “mirror lockup”.
This is another photo tip that very few of us use, but it can make a big difference.
If you didn’t know, here is how it works… When you are looking through the viewfinder you are not looking directly through the lens. You are looking at a mirrored reflection. Actually it’s two reflections. It’s these
Digital photography is quickly replacing film photography. While there are some hobbyists and even professional photographers that still shoot film photos, the many advantages of digital photos are winning over more photographers on a daily basis. Digital photography tends to be easier and faster to shoot. In addition, it gives the photographer more options in shooting the pictures, editing the photos and even printing and ways of sharing the photos. If you’re ready to be a better digital photographer, here are some tips to get you shooting higher quality photos.
Tip #1 Be Aware of the Background
Not only do you have to be conscious of the subject you are shooting, but you also need to be aware of the objects or scenery in the background. The awareness helps you to keep trees from seemingly growing out of people’s heads or a passing vehicle that draws the attention away from your subject. Even if it means moving the subject you are shooting over a couple of steps or adjusting the angle at which you take the photo, it can make all the difference in the outcome of the picture.
Tips #2 Use Available Lighting
“Steady Shots from the Comfort of Your Car”
Not everyone is John Muir, roaming the wilds with just a walking stick and a broad-brimmed hat. Some folks would rather shoot without leaving the comfort of their automobile.
Sometimes, you’re not allowed out of your car, such as when you’re visiting certain wild game preserves or protected wildlife areas. Other times, you can use your vehicle as a duck blind of sorts. Animals seem less concerned about people when they are safely strapped inside an automobile. And then there are those days when you just don’t feel like taking a hike.
Regardless of the situation, you want sharp images from your day’s outing. And the best way to keep things nice and crisp is to steady the camera during exposure. But in a car, that’s easier said than done. It’s not like you can set up your tripod on the front seat.
But what you can do is use the car itself as a stabilizer. Roll down the window about 2/3 of the way and attach a Bogen Car Window Pod (catalog #3292) with a Junior Tripod Style Head.
If $85 is a little
Digital photography has officially become the primary way the world captures pictures.
With cameras being included in everything from cell phones, to laptops, from handheld game players to ‘spy’ watches people are now able to take pictures more easily than ever.
Of course, we still have the standard handheld digital photography camera, but the options of colors, features, size and shape seem to be unlimited. Whether you’re shopping in department stores or online stores, you always find a wide selection of digital cameras. For this reason, making a selection can be a difficult and confusing task. Each camera has its own special selling points so to make your search easier and quicker you need to decide how you want to use your camera.
For some, digital photography is simply a fun and easy hobby. Since most cameras allow people to view their pictures almost immediately, either on their digital camera’s display panel or by sending the pictures onto a computer, making a hobby of taking digital photos is one of the fastest growing past-times around.
For others who have mastered the art, digital photography has become a way to earn income by working for
Wedding photography is also a forte that has been mastered be amateurs over ages. It is essentially the most important day, in the life of two people and needs to be adhered to with proper value, recognition and honor.
Tip 1: Creating a list of the shots
Speak with the couple earlier and get a checklist of all the snapshots the couple are looking forward to. This will help you avoid mistakes like not photographing the happy couple with the grandma.
Tip 2: Get a coordinator
Getting the family to round up for all the photograph sessions, can be chaotic. In that case gets a coordinator to get things going on both sides. The coordinator can actually help you get all the people at the venue to round up for the photographs, so that nobody is missed. The happy couple will thus not be tired out, and the party continues for them.
Tip 3: Location probing
Make sure you have probed the entire location before the d day. This will help you picturing shots beforehand, so you do not actually get confused in the party and miss out on a good spot
Power accessories are important tools that all photographers consider. Regardless of the level of photography or the level of work you do, accessories come in handy in all areas of digital photography. Cameras are slick little devils, which sometimes slip from your hands; therefore having the right accessories, such as the power SLR grips can save your loads of headaches. Why buy aspirins when you can take care of the problems before they arise.
Choosing the right accessories is a job in itself, however if you know what you are searching for then the job is less demanding. Therefore, we have outlined a few accessories offered as well as tips as to which accessories are better choices than other accessories are. The tips are in between the lines, since it is up to you to decide what the better choice is since no one knows your needs like you do.
Gripping the camera
The power accessories include the SLR power grips, battery packs, battery types, and motor drivers. Power grips are an accessory that grips to the camera while giving you an extra handle on things. This can come in handy when you are awkwardly coordinated,
Standing near a path, hedge, fence or wall which stretches away into the distance will carry the eye from the foreground through to the distance, giving the picture the extra dimension of depth. Rivers and streams, stretching into the distance, can be used to serve the same function with the added advantage of sparkling with light and reflecting a blue sky. Whether the photograph is framed to give a vertical picture (portrait format) or horizontal picture (landscape format) will always be dictated by purely visual considerations. Just what is visually most effective in any particular situation will determine whether we should take a landscape or portrait format photograph. Street scenes are another popular subject in this category. Streets in villages, old market towns or the endless variety of town scenes in other countries provide a continuous source of interest. Looking down a street automatically gives the picture a certain depth. Finding a suitable item for the foreground can help this along. This might be such things as a quaint shop front, a market stall, the wing of a car or a person.
If you’re planning on opening up a studio to take children’s photos then you’re going
This week I’ve been asked a barrel of questions! I’m very lucky to have such a loyal group of subscribers. One the questions I was asked was from John about digital camera cleaning and what sort of digital camera cleaning equipment did he need (a different John to last week).
Well don’t do what I did before I knew anything about photography. It’s embarrassing, but I’ll tell you anyway. I was standing at a beautiful beach one balmy, Aussie summers dusk and there was a rush of wind. It blew sand all over me and onto the digital camera. Knowing ‘zip’ about digital camera care and maintenance at the time I cleaned the lense with the corner of my t-shirt and went on my merry way.
When I arrived home that night I took out my digital camera to download the images to the computer and out fell small particles of sand onto the floor. I thought “what the..?” I was surprised to see so many grains. I took off the lense cap and there were sand granules embedded into the edge of the lense. And that particular digital camera lense has never retained the same
The reason I chose this as a topic, was I always see people that are eager to learn photography but don’t have the venue and to learn photography.
Here are some basic reasons, I would suggest you join a club.
1. Improve your photography.
Joining your a club will surely improve your photography. Seeing how others shoot
and studying their different shooting styles give you an insight to their
photography. You will be able to compare different styles and effects that
photographers do and choose the one that you are comfortable with.
The contest “themes” will give you a window to the photographers mind and how he
thinks the interpretation and execution will always be different because these are
expressions of their own creative styles.
2. Meet new friends that share the same passion.
When joining a club, you will meet new people that share the same passion of
photography and can keep this passion alive. It is hard to shoot by yourself and
share your work if no one is interested.In joining a club, you have an audience, a
friend and a teacher all rolled up into one.
A night-time photo shoot often presents a problem or two, especially when including an element of interest in the background such as architecture. In most cases a tripod or some other method of stabilizing the camera will be necessary due to the slow shutter speeds used with low-light photography. But even with a tripod, our subject needs to remain somewhat statuesque to prevent blurring. If you’ve ever tried portraits at night, you’ll know that getting clean sharp shots is almost impossible when there’s any kind of movement.
We often end up turning on our flash to get around this issue. But this leads us into another problem. Using frontal flash at night will certainly capture your subject, but everything that’s outside of your flash range, everything in the background will disappear into blackness. The resulting shot will be simply your bright subject, in a sea of blackness.
So in low light, how do we include the subject AND the background?
The answer is slow-sync flash.
It’s a pretty simple concept that combines long exposure with flash photography. There are two types of slow-sync flash available to us, and they will each produce their own
Most of us have mobile phones these days with a camera feature. And, most of us don’t know how to use them to take the best possible photos despite their limitations. People either take lots of really bad photos that are often blurry and the subjects indistinct, or, never take the opportunity to use them.
We always have our phones with us but seldom carry a camera all the time. We lose many opportunities for shooting and the camera phone allows us to redeem the situation. That old adage “a Kodak moment” happens all the time but where’s the Kodak camera? Let’s take a look at a few tips that will encourage you to shoot more often with your camera phone.
1. Shoot lots of photos
This should be obvious. A camera phone is with us all the time but we don’t take the opportunities. Shooting lots of photos increases your chances of capturing a great shot. Okay, so there are limitations on how good the shot will be because of the limitations of a phone camera. But, many will be really acceptable and printable. Taking lots of photos helps you practise and practise makes
Needless to say, your first instinct is going to be to start comparing the different cameras available in order to pick out the best photography camera within your price range. While this is a laudable and logical approach, the fact of the matter is that they’re simply too many cameras out there for you to reliably compare each and every one.
Fortunately, nowadays there are websites that can help you do that. By simply heading over to Google and looking for websites that offer comparisons between the specifications of various cameras, you’ll find that buying cameras is a whole lot easier. Most of these sites also include reviews and tips from people who have already purchased the cameras themselves — and this could help you narrow down the photography camera of your choice even further.
Of course, even with such sites you’re going to need to start making a few decisions on your own beforehand. For example, are you looking for a ‘point and shoot’ camera or a SLR? What is the budget that you’re operating with? What do you expect your photography camera to contain by way of features? Knowing exactly what you want is
It has long been an unfortunate myth in photography that getting rid of dirt on camera image sensors is a job for professionals only. So, many an amateur has forked out $50 time and again, simply to have a few dust particles removed. It is not necessary. There is a host of fantastic equipment available to help you deal with this maddeningly frustrating part of digital photography. I want to let you know about the one, simple device that can quickly and easily deal with most cases of dirt on the sensor: squeeze-bulb blowers.
If you are on a mission to be rid of some horribly stubborn and sticky bit of dust that refuses to go away, then sensor brushes and cleaning swabs with the accompanying fluid will be needed. But I have found that simple squeeze bulb blowers eliminate dust most of the time, without any painstaking effort, without any expense, and often even during a shoot.
What is a squeeze-bulb blower?
It is a tool with a soft plastic, elliptical pocket of air that, when squeezed, draws in air through a filter at the top and pushes it out through a thin funnel