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  • 42nd Street Photo’s Beginner Photography Tips

    Posted on February 23rd, 2010 Staff Writer

    We are going to offer a few tips for the beginner photographer. This article is more for the people who want to get into photography and are just looking for the basics to get started.

    Start with an inexpensive camera. There is no use in spending a lot of money if you are just starting out. First buy an inexpensive camera and take plenty of photos to get the feel for what you are doing then you will know what to purchase next. I would suggest a point and shoot until you starting getting serious then move up to a SLR.

    Carry your camera at all times, photo opportunities came when you least expect them too. Most digital cameras are small enough to fit in a small carry bag and you can even add a tripod if you like. You might also find a location you want to come back back and take photos of if you don’t have your camera.

    User free resources to learn more about photography. Check out your local library and even the wealth of free information on the Internet.

    Play with your camera settings. Learn what each setting does and how to use it. Read the manual that comes with the camera and don’t be afraid to experiment with them.

    Take photos all the time and any time. Take photos everyday if possible to practice on a regular basis.

    We hope these help any beginners that are interested in photography.

  • Do I need a Tripod?

    Posted on February 18th, 2010 Staff Writer

    At one time many photographers use these things call tripods when doing a shoot. They are rarely needed or even used now due to auto-focus, auto this, auto that, and now its so quick and easy to shoot an acceptable shot. Today’s cameras make it almost impossible to produce a poor image, but there are still some things to consider in which you would need a tripod for. We will cover a few tips on tripods and there use.

    Tripods can be seen as an inconvenience without a doubt. A huge mistake is thinking the lighter the camera the lighter the tripod should be. I am not saying all heavy tripods are more stable, this is not always the case. The design of a tripod does play a big part in overall stability though. The ‘try before you buy rule’ here is a must.

    The more inexpensive tripods are usually not put together very well. They are usually designed with rivets that hold them together rather than nuts and bolts. When these rivets come loose they cannot be easily fixed so try to avoid these tripods.You should be able to lock leg extensions in place with no trouble. Extend the legs, lock them in place and then push down on the tripod. If there is any slippage move to the next one. Some tripods come with leg braces. Some of these work and some don’t. A tripod with leg braces is not automatically more stable as it really depends on design.

    Most tripod have an extending center column. Some of these center columns come with a rack and pinion drive for easy adjustment. Whether the center column is manual or rack and pinion the center column should move up and down smoothly.

    Tripod with heads are usually not the way to go. Tripod plus head, you select a head to go with your tripod is a better option in my opinion. Selecting a head separately for your tripod will make sure it fits your camera’s needs.

    You can check out our wide selection of tripods. We hope this helps you in selecting the right tripod for you.

  • Using a Macro Lens

    Posted on February 11th, 2010 Staff Writer

    We are going to discuss how to use a macro lens. There are many lenses out there they may be marked ‘macro lens’ and may not actually be a macro lens. For shooting the best close up and personal images that are at least 1/3 life size or larger you need a macro lens. These lenses can range in price depending on the type. Canon makes a nice macro lens Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens (67mm) or if that is too much for your pocketbook you can also try the Canon EF 50mm 2.5 Compact Macro Lens (52mm). No matter what type of macro lens you use just make sure it is a macro lens.

    Now this not the same as using a telephoto zoom. When using a macro lens you must pay more attention to focus, lighting, movement, camera stability, and depth of field.Focus is probably the most essential. The auto focus does not work properly with many subjects. Choose a part of the subject you wish to focus on and make it your main point. I would suggest setting the camera up with the correct magnification first then moving the entire camera closer or farther away from the subject you are going to shoot. I would also suggest having a tripod handy.
    If you are shooting active subjects like birds, insects, or plants, forget the tripod and go handheld.

    Lighting is also very important when using a macro lens. It’s not always possible to get natural light and a flash can be used but do not overpower the subject. The best thing to use is ring flashes. This way you can put the flash in the proper position and not overpower the subject. You can also use a softbox and cover the flash.

    Another problem you could have when using a macro lens is depth of field. The best way to solve this problem is to make the film plane parallel to the subject. You might also try using less magnification and this will sometimes make the subject look out of focus.

    We hope these few tips will help you when using a macro lens.