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  • What Qualities Make a Good Camera Lens?

    Posted on October 31st, 2012 Staff Writer

    It can be hard deciding on what camera lens is best. We are going to quickly cover a few tips that will help you.

    1. A good lens has sharpness around the edges as well as in the center
    2. A good lens can capture with sharpness at any focal length and at any aperture setting
    3. A good lens should control distortion well, meaning lines don’t appear curved inward or outward
    4. A good lens has an even brightness level from the center to the edge of the frame. It should not get darker as it moves toward the edges
    5. Good lenses should also have high contrast producing vibrant images
    6. The lens should also be able to overcome flares, this usually happen when the lens is pointed directly into a bright light source
    7. The lens also shouldn’t fade to blue or red as it time wears on the lens
    8. A good lens should also be fast and accurate no matter what the conditions are

    These are just a few guidelines you might consider when purchasing a lens. If you are in the market for a lens be sure and stop by http://ww.42photo.com

  • Bored With Photography?

    Posted on October 22nd, 2012 Staff Writer

    You maybe have hit a roadblock with photography if it’s one of your current hobbies. It could be that you have become bored or your creativity is just not there, not to worry it happens to everyone whether your hobby is photography or something else. If you have found yourself in this position we are going to provide a few tips that may help you out of this predicament.

    New Equipment

    If you have been using the same old equipment then maybe it’s time to try something new. New equipment can usually produce new results that in the end will peak your interest once again in the fantastic world of photography.  If you have been using point and shoot cameras then maybe it’s time to move onto DSLR camera, or possibly try a new camera lens. If you haven’t had the chance to use a tripod this can also provide you with a new opportunity.

    Join a Community

    You might also try joining a photography community or joining a photography group. You may learn some new tips or tricks from joining with other people who have the same photography interests.  You might also consider taking a photography course at the local college or school in your area for new ideas.

    Change Your Focus Point

    Sometimes it’s best to change the subject or objects you have been photographing. It helps to expand you world of photography, so look around and find something new to shoot. You might also look at professional work for new ideas.

    In the end don’t spend too much time thinking about what you are going to shoot, just start shooting and enjoy yourself. Remember it’s a hobby and have fun with it. Be sure and stop by http://www.42photo.com for all your camera needs.

  • Causes of Blurry Photographs

    Posted on October 18th, 2012 Staff Writer

    If you are new to photography you may be facing issues with blurry shots. You spent a good amount of money on a high tech camera but your photos still don’t look great as you want them to be. You may have tried a tripod and still you have problem. We are going to cover some causes you may have overlooked or not even familiar with.

    Slow Shutter Speed

    Avoid using a slow shutter speed, if the shutter speed is lower than 1/focal length you are going to have a blurry photo. I would suggest using a shutter of 1/60 or more if you are using a 50mm lens. The longer the focal length of the lens the faster the shutter speed should be.

    Light Quality

    Photographing in the right light quality can affect the sharpness of your photo. Photographing in flat lighting will cause your photograph to not look as sharp. It’s best to photograph in the right contrast with good light and darks that will keep outcome looking sharp.

    Movement

    If you are photographing an object that is moving than this will also cause your photos to be blurry no matter what the shutter speed. In this case it might be best to use a flash to freeze the object that you are photographing.

    ISO

    High ISO can also cause a photo to lack sharpness by causing noise. Most high end cameras will have little issue if any with noise. If you aren’t shooting with that high end camera you will notice loss of detail when using a high ISO. Try to use a low ISO when shooting to ensure sharpness.

    Lens Issues

    It’s very important to keep your lens clean as well to avoid blurry photos. Check your lens for fingerprints, dirt, scratches, and mildew. These will show up as foggy areas on your photo. If you do have a scratch on your lens then the bad news is you will more than likely have to get it replaced.

    We hope these few tips help you if you are having issues with blurry photos. Be sure and stop by http://www.42photo.com for all of your camera needs.

  • From Amateur to Professional

    Posted on October 17th, 2012 Staff Writer

    From Amateur to Professional

    Taking that first step from photographing friends and family to photographing professionally is exciting and pretty and scary.  The first thing that every photographer has asked is : How do I get started?  It can be pretty hard to get your professional business going and it does not happen overnight, however there are a few tips that have been passed down from one photographer to another.

    1.  Word of mouth is one best way to get your name out there.  When photographing friends and family, ask them to let people know who took the photographs and where to reach you.  Always be creative with your photographs, clients like uniqueness rather than typical photographs.

    2.  Be ready, You may never know who is watching.  When you are on location shooting photographs of either friends or family or just shooting landscaping, always have a business card with information.  You don’t have to have an expensive set of business cards, making your own might even spark more interest.  It is also best to have a small portfolio already prepared with all types of photography inside.

    3.  With all photographs you should have some sort of logo or name on it to signify that you are the artist who took the photograph.  If a stranger sees your photograph in an office or Aunt Sally’s home, than you have taken the first step to advertising.

    4.  Advertising can be expensive, so start local and small.  Check with your local college newspaper to see if you could place an advertisement in their next issue for you.  College kids are always looking for great deals for just about anything, even photography.

    5. In this day in age everyone has a social network page.  Whether it will be through Twitter or Facebook, it can be an easy and free place to begin getting your name out there.  Set a page up with some examples of your work as well as contact information.  When choosing which work to display, make sure to pick something creative and something you are confident about doing again.

    6.  If you have a few bucks you can spare, try advertising on your car with your name and business number as well as some unique logo.  You will be amazed at the response.

    It may take awhile to get the business going and it may be stressful, but never give up.  Ask for help from friends and family.  Take as many pictures as you can and get your name out there. Be sure and stop by http://www.42photo.com for all your photography needs.

  • Photographing County Fairs

    Posted on October 7th, 2012 Staff Writer

    The time has come for the yearly county fairs and with this comes great opportunities to practice your photography skills.  Whether for pleasure or for a professional job, county fairs can provide you with an enormous amount of inspiration.  Here are a few tips to achieving those great photos.

    1. Step away from the norm and capture your subjects in a candid shot.  Whether it is a child getting there face painted or grandpa eating a corn dog, catch them when they are least expecting it.  Of course be curious and respectful in the process.

    2.  Capture the eyes of the child.  When photographing people, it is recommended to focus in on their eyes.

    3.  Make sure to be prepared with all proper equipment as well as settings.  Plan ahead and check the weather for the day.  Make sure you have adjusted your settings for that particular weather day.  Always bring extra batteries and extra memory cards.

    4.  When trying to capture an image of a moving target, it is best to adjust your shutter speed to a faster setting.  Like any other moving target, this will allow your camera to capture the image without any un wanted noise.

    5. A lot of county fairs take place in parks or historic city settings.  Pay close attention to any particular exhibits that may have interest for you.  Some fairs even have a landscaping exhibit that may be a perfect place to practice on your landscaping images.  Once again, research your destination and found out what all there is to offer.

    While photography can be fun this is also a perfect opportunity for you to have some fun as well.  Take a moment and enjoy yourself if you attend a fair in your part of the country. Be sure and also stop by http://www.42photo.com if you need a camera or new camera accessories.

  • Holiday Card Photography Ideas

    Posted on October 3rd, 2012 Staff Writer

    With the holidays right around the corner, this is the perfect time for photographers to be hired for those family holiday cards.  Any photographer can do a simple sit down session with a family, but there are those photographers that step out of their comfort zone and get creative.  The following are a few ideas to add a little extra creativity to your photograph.

    1.  Take the party outside.  If the weather is permitting ( or if it isn’t ), take the family outside.  If it is snowing, this is a good opportunity to let them go crazy with fun and then capture them in a candid moment.  One shot would be for you to stand high on top of a ladder and ask the family to make snow angles.  Or capturing the family work together to make a snowman is another holiday idea.  If snow is not available at the time you can catch the family playing in leaves or even create your own snow.

    2.  Include the animals.  Don’t forget the dog is just as part of the family as the kids.  If possible, add decorative items to the animal such as antler ears or an elf hat.  This may seem cheesy but it will get a few laughs by many.

    3.  Be candid with your shots.  You could ask the family to cook in the kitchen, pretend to decorate the tree, act like they are wrapping gifts, or perhaps reading a book together.  Whatever the setting may be, tell them family to act like you aren’t there then begin to capture the images.

    4.  When you return to your computer, play around with different photographs by adding in extra elements like additional snow or a fireplace.  This is also a good time to adjust color and imperfections.  When presenting the photographs to the family, have a few of the experimented photos to show them, you might be surprised as to what they like.

    We hope you enjoyed this article and be sure and stop by http://www.42photo.com for all your camera needs.

  • Flower Photography Tips

    Posted on October 1st, 2012 Staff Writer

    Photographing flowers can be an easy task and quit enjoyable.  The abundance of colors, the variety of shapes, and the natural realism are some of the benefits of capturing their image.  Any photographer can capture the images but there are a few tips that can help you along the process

    1. It is best to capture the image of a flower as the day is beginning, preferably in the morning.  This gives you a small window of time but the weather could be more suitable for the flowers when the weather warms, the flowers tend to adjust their look and pigmentation to protect from the heat.  So the best time would be in the morning.
    2. Use a tripod to avoid unnecessary noise within your picture you want to capture every element of the flower so in order to capture a clear picture it is best to use a stable platform or tripod.
    3. Using a lower ISO will also help with unnecessary noise as well as using the tri pod mentioned above.  Experiment with your settings to find the right level for your image.
    4. Once back in your studio, take time to be artistic with the images captured and experiment with color, background, and noise level.  Get creative.  Anyone can take a simple flower picture.  The new upcoming trend is a color image with a faded black and white background.
    5. Research different agriculture in your area and become familiar with the unique qualities it may possess.  If possible, travel to different climate areas to experiment with different agriculture.
    6. The good thing about photographing flowers is that there is no need to fight for attention.  Try different camera angles and different backgrounds.  Once again, get creative.

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