Choosing Camera Lens Filters

Choosing Camera Lens FiltersWhen you first get your brand new, expensive and sophisticated DSLR camera, you may be forgiven for thinking that’s all you really need to take good photos… and, for a time, you’re content to explore the myriad of features and settings that festoon the outer body of the camera, as well as those hidden among the many pages of your camera’s bottomless pit of menus and sub menus.

This was my initial thinking, when I chose to “get into photography”, as a hobby. However, it wasn’t long after purchasing the camera and practicing using it on an almost daily basis, that I found myself wanting that bit more.

One of the reasons for purchasing the camera was because I’d ruined my eyesight over a period of a few years, by spending too much time working in front of a computer and not doing much else, as I tried to build a business online. I chose photography as a way to, quite literally, focus and re-train my visual system to start looking further afield, rather than just a few short feet in front of me (the

10 Features Of Your DSLR Camera You Should Know

10 Features Of Your DSLR Camera You Should KnowHere are 10 features of your DSLR camera that you should know. They will help improve you as a photographer…

1. Shooting Modes #1 (Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual modes)

    • Aperture Priority Mode… This lets you control / adjust the aperture, while the camera takes charge of determining the shutter speed, based upon the other settings (including the aperture). Adjusting the aperture causes background elements in your scene to become either crystal clear, or blurred. The wider the aperture, the more the background elements will become blurred, as you focus on your main subject. Conversely, a narrower aperture will enable you to include more things in your scene, without them being lost to the blurring that occurs with the wider apertures. Another thing that aperture adjustment does is to brighten or darken the overall image: with a wider aperture, you’re letting more light in through the lens, and onto the camera’s sensor, so images will become bright. Go the other way, and your images will become darker as you narrow the aperture, as this time you’re letting less light

Take Amazing Travel Photos With These Easy Tips

Take Amazing Travel Photos With These Easy TipsTravelers make a lot of mistakes on their trip. One of the common one of these is to fail to take good pictures! Travel photography is an amazing thing you can cherish for the rest of your life. Even when the trip ends, you can still experience the joy of looking at the photos and reminiscing the good times.

Let’s clear the most common misconception about travel photography. It’s not all about the camera. You need to capture photos that tell a story, so it is more than just owning an expensive camera.

Here are some easy tips to take amazing travel photos!

1. Do Your Homework

In the middle of all the excitement and packing for the trip, you’re missing out on something big. Don’t forget to do your homework for the trip. If it’s your first time to the destination, you’ve every reason to do a thorough research before the journey begins. Get to know the surroundings through articles and pictures. You may wish to befriend other famous photographers of the destination. Search the possibility of famous

Bird Photography Tips

Action shots of small birds are difficult to pull off well, partly because they’re so incredibly fast. Success usually requires appropriate photo gear, planning ahead, experience, luck, and lots of practice.

Bird photography, especially wild bird photography can be quite challenging. Birds of prey are some of the most exciting wildlife subjects you’ll ever photograph, but their fast movements and the bright sky behind them pose big obstacles for photographers.

Bird photography tips for perfect bird portraits:

1) First things first – Your camera, is your bestfriend!

So, what DSLR is good for fast-action photography? I would recommend a fast camera that can handle at least 1/2000 of a second shutter speed with 6 to 9 fps (frames per second), if you want to get the best results, plus a good autofocus system for quick focus acquisition. But if you already have an entry-level DSLR, it doesn’t mean that you cannot capture birds – it just means that you might miss a good shot, just because your camera is not fast enough. The most important thing to keep in mind – the speed of focus acquisition both on camera and on lenses is far

Choosing A Bridge Camera Vs A Proper DSLR

So, you’re on the hunt for a camera – maybe for an upcoming holiday? Maybe photography’s going to a new hobby? Whatever your intent, you have a number of choices when it comes to buying a digital camera.

At the most basic, least sophisticated end of the camera buying spectrum, there are the compact cameras, with fixed lenses that you point at your target subject(s) and then click the shutter button to take your photo (hence why they’re often referred to as “point-and-click” or “point-and-shoot” cameras). If you have a camera in your smart phone, this is essentially a compact, point-and-shoot camera – you wave your phone in someone’s face and, if they haven’t lamped you into the next millennium, you press a button, take their photo, and probably upload it instantly to Twitter or Facebook.

At the most complex, most sophisticated (and more expensive) end of the camera buying spectrum, you have the DSLRs (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras. They essentially function in the same way as a compact camera, in that you point the lens towards your subject and then press the shutter button to take the photo. However, it’s the lenses that also

10 Accessories You Might Need When Buying A DSLR Camera For The First Time

Photography isn’t the cheapest hobby to get into – even the most basic, entry level DSLR cameras cost around £200 (US$280 approx.). In an ideal world, that would be the only purchase you’d have to make – get the camera and start taking photos. In reality, there are certain “extras” that you will want to make a priority, at the same time as buying your DSLR. On top of that, as you get more experienced with your sophisticated camera and get more and more hooked on this fascinating hobby, there are other accessories that you may also want or need.

These are ten accessories that I own and use on a regular basis, which you may wish to consider acquiring, sooner or later. I’ve ranked them in order of most important, to those that are really useful, but which can be added at a later date (if wanted):

1. SD Memory Cards… Put simply, no memory cards = no photos. SD Memory Cards are usually the tool that DSLR cameras use to record all those photos (and videos, if your DSLR has video recording capability). The memory cards are to digital cameras what film was to,

A Quick Guide To Tripods & Tripod Alternatives

When you’re new to photography, whether you’re using an old film camera or a modern digital SLR (a.k.a. “DSLR”), for a time, you may be content just to roam about with camera in hand. Many modern DSLR camera lenses have built-in optical image stabilization, which helps counteract the movement you may inadvertently introduce, despite trying your best to keep your movements under control while taking your photos.

For some situations, you can often get away without using a tripod and, in fact, having your camera mounted on a tripod can inhibit how creatively you use the camera to create your photographic masterpieces.

However, there are situations when a tripod is invaluable. I will cover some typical example situations, and then discuss your options when it comes to buying a tripod – whether it be a more traditional aluminium or carbon fiber tripod, or one of the alternative tripods, such as a Gorilla Pod, an Ultra Pod II, or a camera beanbag.

Why You Might Want To Buy A Tripod

For every situation where a tripod is needed, it is required in order to avoid introducing unwanted vibration into your camera, particularly during long exposure

How to Pose for Pictures? 4 Tips to Look Photogenic

You are hot, irresistible and prepossessing, but you always get the flak from people, reflecting that you look better in person but not in photos. Looking charming in pictures is more than just knowledge, as it is an art of practicing.

You will have to discover your signature smile, best-looking angle and the clothes to wear. If you want to look more photogenic, you need to know some tips that photographers use to get the best photos.

1) Angle your face

If you want to learn the basics of how to pose, you have to start with your face. This is the fundamentals of posing as the other parts of your body will follow suit if you have a glamorous pose that ignites the camera. Do practice looking in front of the camera as to find the best angle. Normally, professionals will tend to tilt their face a little, so that shadows can be casted along the cheekbones and your nose. More importantly, make sure that if you tilt and turn, do not make yourself appear as if the pose is forced, that will look very unnatural and could become the catalyst of a loud

How to Solve the Biggest Problems With Photo Editing

The Virtual Vanity Box

Photo Editing tools have become ubiquitous. Visible flaws can now be swiftly fixed or re-fixed. With the introduction of various social media platforms, each and all of us want to look fabulous and glamorous for their display profile pictures. Almost every person now applies these applications, graphic slates, or professional programmes to alter their raw JPEGs or GIFs. Photo Editing endows a hassle free fix for the photographs to make them look just right and interesting to gaze at. Mentioned below are a few major scenarios where these smart editing tools can provide a touch up with precision.

Indistinct Pictures

Amateur photographers do not understand the unavoidable use of tripods or monopods in dim lights. Therefore, their pictures come out to be blurry or unclear. Blurred photographs can now be made clear and sharp. There are tools which can also aid you to reverse the effect i.e. anonymize a photograph by blurring it.

Removal of the Red Eye

This defect is generic in photos of the people with light eye colour and when they look directly into the flash. This effect of red spot appearing in the eyes can

Enhance Perfection Through Photo Retouching

Every person, however glamorous and bestowed with perfect looks, often has some flaws. Photos of models and film stars on magazines, print collateral’s and billboards look gorgeous and stunning, although these persons also have flaws like everyone else. But photos of such personalities are perfected by photo retouching, which improves the looks and appearance of the subject.

What is Photo Retouching?

The techniques and processes of getting an image ready for final presentation are implemented by image retouching, resulting in augmentation of its looks. Almost all images you see in any format of advertisements have undergone retouching, which can vary from just a subtle change to a dramatic changeover of various elements of the image. Even the photos of real beauty campaigns undergo this important process, may be for small improvements like dust removal and sharpening.

What Improved are done?

Image retouching works towards slightly changing, rather improving, looks of the subject. The digital manipulation includes basic “fixes”, like erasing pimples or making a ruddy complexion appear even. Experienced and talented photo retouches can even perform more complex manipulations such as making a subject appear slimmer or even morphing two or more subjects seamlessly.

Thoughts About The Bridge Camera

The Bridge Camera

I have been an admirer of bridge cameras ever since they made their appearance a good few years ago. They filled a gap that had been created between the mighty DSLR and the more diminutive Compact camera. The fact that they have a lens which is non-changeable and yet can cover huge focal distances appeals to many and means that they do not have to carry a bag full of different lenses with them
as they do if they have a DSLR.

Background

A bit of background may help in understanding where I am coming from. I have been a keen photographer for many, many years and cut my teeth, so to speak, on film SLR’s having used Canon, Nikon and Pentax cameras long before digital cameras came on the scene.

I embraced the digital format and enjoyed the differences that it brought. In the intervening years I have tried a wide selection of different types of digital cameras. I have tried the simple compact, the bridge, the DSLR and more recently the CSC or compact mirrorless camera. Each one has their benefits, depending on what you want from a camera.

10 Mistakes To Avoid That Will Instantly Make You A Better Photographer

Mistake 1. Combining Light & Shadow

A good example of the mistake of combining light and shadow into photographs can be seen when family photos are taken outdoors. They might be in a really nice location, but the one orchestrating the photograph fails to appreciate how the light from the sun, as it filters its way through tree branches and foliage, is going to impact on the resulting image.

An example of bad lighting is where you’ve got your subject in “some some, some shade” and it just ends up being a really, really bad place to take a photograph of someone. And this is what happens with typical family orchestrated portraits, taken outdoors

The ideal to aim for is something more neutral, such as taking your subject (i.e. family members) and placing it/them all in shade, and then adding light with your external flash – the key is to start with the right location (such as in the shade), so that you don’t have any shadows falling on your subject and creating a really strong and visually off-putting combination of bits of shadow and bits of light.

Mistake 2. Wrong Location

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Cleaning Your Camera To Extend Life And Enjoy Better Performance

A well-maintained camera is always of value to any photographer. Whether you are into photography professionally or you just love snapping beautiful images for personal pleasure, you must learn how to maintain the camera. Apart from getting a high quality camera bag to keep it safe, you must also do proper cleaning of the device. The cleaning is not just on the body of the camera, but most importantly for the lens and sensor. A clean camera will operate smoothly and will fetch you clean and crisp images. You will manage to extend the life of your camera when you adopt a proper cleaning regime.

One of the easiest ways of knowing whether your camera parts need cleaning, especially when you have not used it for a considerable length of time is to photograph a white clean wall or a white clean paper. This should be done on automatic mode for even exposure and then you can import the images to a computer so you can have a full size view. Check the image for smudges, stringy marks and dots. If you note them, they could be on the sensor or lens and you will need to

Methods Of Cleaning Your Camera Sensor

A dirty, dusty sensor will not get you very good shots, you most likely get smudged shots and if you value photography, then you know this is not always a very good state of affairs. Fortunately, with the right sensor cleaning kit, it is very possible for you to keep the sensor clean and functional. One simple tip to avoid getting dirt on the sensor would be to hold the camera downwards when changing the lens so that the dust manages to fall out and not into your camera. You should also turn off the camera every time before you change the lenses because sensors which are electronically charged will attract dust.

1. Camera cleaning mode

Most digital cameras have a sensor cleaning mode and this is what you should always try first before going for any other type of cleaning. You should remove the lens and then aim your camera downwards when engaging the cleaning mode. This way, dislodged dust and dirt will fall out easily. The sensor cleaning mode is sometimes all you need to have a clean sensor, but you might need to employ other cleaning options if this does not yield the

Avoid These 10 Newbie Photographer Fails

There is an awful lot of things to learn when you get your very first camera, especially if it’s an ultra-modern, sophisticated DSLR, with shed-loads of features. So, it’s not surprising that mistakes will be made by many a newbie photographer. Here’s a short list of ten common mistakes…

Newbie Mistake 1. Flashing From A Distance

Flash can be useful even on a bright sunny day, such as to illuminate subjects when they’re backlit by the sun (to avoid their features disappearing into silhouette). However, while external or pop-up flashes can be exceptionally bright, they’re not going to do anything for subjects that are too far away and beyond the reach of the power of your flash (e.g. mountains).

Newbie Mistake 2. Getting ISO Wrong

In dark environments, you can turn your ISO up to lighten your image; in light environments, you can turn your ISO down to darken your image and improve image quality. If you’re unsure of what ISO to use, just choose Auto ISO and let the camera figure it out for you.

Newbie Mistake 3. Mode Dial Confusion

The Mode Dial is usually the largest dial on the

To Capture Products You Must Take These 7 Things Into Considerations

Over the years, a lot has been happening in photography and its demand has only increased. Several genres of photography have been established, and individuals all around the globe have created an affinity towards this art. Product photography, for instance, is now a vital part of every business that sells goods and services. These days, marketing of such goods and services is imperative which is precisely why it is essential to take several aspects into consideration before clicking product photos.

Some of the aspects which you should cater to are:-

  • Background: Well obviously, a background can make or break a picture which is precisely why you should always use a crisp white background. In case it is being utilized for an E-commerce website or online store, you should make sure that you get the perfect white colour by editing in Photoshop. But in case you need to use a vivid background, ensure that the colours make the product stand out and not the other way around.
  • Depth of field: In case the items are patterned, make sure that your DSLR is set to the lowest priority of the aperture. This will ensure that the focus

Learning The Skills To Take Professional Pictures

Advertisers know that a picture could be worth a thousand words and dollars both if the image comes out like they want it. They rely on professional photographers to capture images of both still and live subjects so that they can sell their products to the public. When you like taking pictures and want to join one of the many industries that utilize this form of art, you may wonder where you can learn the techniques needed to build a professional resume. You might get the training you need by taking classes offered by a professional institute.

Lessons Learned in Class

Taking pictures for a living goes beyond snapping photos on your cell phone or with your personal camera. Professionals are required to take a number of elements into consideration to ensure that the image comes out just right. If a picture does not come out right, it cannot be sold, and you effectively might have wasted your time.

The lessons you take in school will allow you the knowledge to take these elements into consideration. One of the first things that you might learn involves how to control the lighting around the subject. If

4 Reasons to Hire Professionals for Corporate Event Photography

Professional events could be anything ranging from an annual meet to promotional events for your company. These are events that are landmarks for your organisation where the time spent plays a very important role in the days to come. You may have your employees or other guests capturing photographs of the ongoings of the event but it is limited to what they intend to capture and not all the minute details of all that would take place. It is vital to have a record of the event either in the form of a video or professional photography where a photographer would use the best equipment to ensure that each and every moment is captured for you to have a record and reminisce it later.

Several photographers have made it a business where people are hiring them to be a part of corporate events and in turn, capture the special moments that take place. They not only help you sit in peace but also allow you to enjoy the event along with rest. While you hire them for your corporate events, here are a few benefits that you may receive.

• You have a better business value

Setting Up Your Canon Rebel T6 or EOS 1300D

Once you have purchased your Canon Rebel T6 or 1300D (depending on where in the world you are), you will need to go through some basic set-up procedures. The very first thing you should do is to charge the battery. this could at up to four hours, but it is recommended to charge it fully to begin with as it helps maintain the battery life over the long term. The battery fits in through a door on the bottom of the camera and, as is often the case, it will only fit in one way. The Canon logo needs to be facing upwards if the camera is on its back. There is a clip that will keep it in place. Then insert the memory card. The camera does not come with a memory card, so you will need to buy one. Many professionals use Sandisk cards. They are a little more expensive, but are preferred because they offer a lifetime guarantee on many of their cards. Remember, this only refers to the card itself, not the information on it, so always download your pictures or videos onto something more secure, like an external hard drive or a computer.

How to Take a Picture

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Photography may be a more effective and reasonably inexpensive alternative to drawing or painting, but more thought and feeling goes into a painting than a photograph.

Photography is relatively simple in comparison to painting, which is a much more complex task. With photography, the composition is already completely arranged, but with a painting the objective is much more open to interpretation by the artist. The artist has the ability to capture much more emotion, understanding, and significance in an event and apply this fiery drive to his paintbrush when creating his own masterpiece.

When dealing with reality, I think a photograph may represent an actual physical recollection of a person or object, but a painting created from scratch adds the reality of perception to the equation. Reality is always open to a different observation and interpretation.

Artists during the Realism period concentrated on the real world as they saw it, and chose to construct their pieces of work with normal, everyday activities, therefore making it all the more real. One painter during this time period was Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. In his piece titled Ville d’Avray, he chooses to