Posted on March 3rd, 2015
Before you can take a great photo, you need to understand what makes a picture great. Here are three of the most essential elements of photography, and how you can work them to make your pictures truly outstanding.
First of all, you need to shoot in a well lit space. If you’re shooing indoors, you may want to invest in some studios lights. However, if you can’t afford what the photo stores are selling, then you can use a large sheet of paper or card stock to even out harsh contracts, since they’ll reflect the incoming light onto the unlit side of your subject, ensuring they’re evenly lit. If you’re shooing outdoors, then make sure your digital camera shoots them with the sun facing them. If it’s at their backs, the shadows will completely obscure your subject.
It’s also important to note that while many still digital cameras come with a flash built right in, it’s best to avoid using them, even if you have one of the best small digital cameras out there. Many manufacturers put the flash too close to their still digital cameras’ lenses, which causes photos to come out overexposed. It’s best to try to light the area yourself, without a flash.
At the heart of every photograph is its composition; the position of the different elements in the frame. It’s how you arrange your subject with surrounding objects in the fore, mid, and background. Amateur photographers can compose better photographs by putting their subjects just-center of their still digital cameras’ frames, by placing the horizon one-third or two-thirds up in the pictures, and by using the area’s natural lines to create movement towards the subjects.
Though it’s one of the most fundamental elements any photographer should understand, aperture can also be one of the most tricky. Most entry-level, point and shoot, still digital cameras don’t allow their users to control aperture, so oftentimes amateurs have no concept of it, and thus don’t quite know how to control it. Basically, aperture is how much light is allowed to enter the lens. Essentially, controlling aperture is to control the focal length — or focus — of still digital cameras. Novice and advanced photographers who have more powerful still digital cameras should adjust their aperture based on how bright the setting is, and where the subjects are in relation to the photographers’ positions. Beginner photographers should use the modes that come with their still digital cameras to trick them into using the right aperture. Portrait mode is good for when subjects are close, and landscape is good for when subjects are far.
Hopefully now you can use your still digital cameras to great effect. If you have any questions about how to control these elements with still digital cameras, feel free to share in the comments.
Posted on February 19th, 2015
These days the word “digital camera store” has several meanings. It can be a brick and mortar store in the mall or on the street or it can be an online store (Amazon, eBay, etc.). Upshot – same rules apply when trying to find the right store for a digital camera online or off – research the product you want to purchase, read the reviews, learn the suggested retail prices and then start shopping at reputable retail establishments.
The good news is that a decent digital camera these days are not hard to find – you can walk into 42nd Street Photo and hundreds of models will be open to you. As a matter of fact – if you are a novice or amateur photographer, it can be downright confusing given all the options available. Digital cameras are sold everywhere from major chains to online powerhouses such as Amazon to mom and pop shops on the street corner.
So to avoid too much confusion – here are five tips to help you find the right digital camera store:
1. Decide on what kind of camera you want. You can peruse several expert sites where digital cameras are aptly reviewed such as Steve’s DigiCam blog and CNET.com according to WikiHow.com to help you determine the type of camera you want and need. This is important as you want to make sure you buy a camera within your knowledge and expertise range. If you are an expert photographer willing to pay thousands – some models will be more appealing than others. Novices will likely be turned onto cameras at a lower price range with less features.
2. Find out which stores sell the level of cameras you need. As a professional, you may want to peruse stores that cater more to expert photographers where you find not only cameras but peripherals as well (lighting, screens, lenses, etc.) Sites such as Steve’s DigiCam as well as Yellow Pages will help you locate such specialty shops.
3. Go on TrustPilot or other similar consumer rating sites to ascertain if the store you choose is any good. People on TrustPilot are very honest and will let you know if the store has a good selection; top notch sales help; good delivery services (if store is online); warranties, etc. Check out the reviews to help you learn more about the retail establishment.
4. Look at the prices/warranties. By doing your research ahead of time – you can get a sense of what different cameras cost. You don’t want to pay too much or too little – both can be red flags. Also, make sure the store offers warranties for their products.
5. Helpful Sales Support. One of the key aspects of shopping in a store or even online is helpful sales support. Google+ Local and other popular review sites can help you determine which stores have knowledgeable staff. Whether you are a professional or amateur photographer – being able to interact with a knowledgeable salesperson who can understand the products is a very important part of the buying experience. Reliable shipping is also important, for large bulk purchases of expensive equipment, you may want to consider a freight quote from multiple shipping companies to make sure you are getting the best price from a reliable company.
Posted on January 28th, 2015
If you want to get more out of your camera, you need to know what mode to put it on. Simply leaving it on the automatic setting could result in washed out, blurry pictures, and, if you’re like most people, you probably want to share them online, but won’t be able to because the quality will be poor.
Instead, why not use the special settings the cameras’ manufacturers built when the time calls for them? Here’s how!
Put Your Digital Camera In Portrait Mode For Pictures of People.
Portrait mode is really handy. It makes the camera believe that the subject — the person you want to take a picture of — is in the foreground of the frame, making it choose a shallow depth of field to keep them in focus, while blurring the background. However, this mode works best in well lit conditions, like on a sunny day with a subject facing the sun. The camera might flash even when there’s decent lighting, washing the picture out, so make sure the area is pretty well lit before putting your digital camera in portrait mode, which is usually indicated by a little silhouette.
Put Your Digital Camera In Landscape Mode When Shooting Scenery.
If you want to shoot a landscape, use landscape mode, which is indicated with a little pictorial landscape. Putting your digital camera in this mode will make it use a small aperture to create a well focused picture from the foreground and on. Again, if it reads the foreground as being too dark, it will flash, so be sure to turn the flash off before putting your digital camera in this mode.
Put Your Digital Camera In Macro Mode When You Want to Shoot a Tiny Subject.
Macro mode is really useful if you want to take a picture of, say, a bug on a leaf, or of a particularly vibrant blossom, or of a little toy car. Basically, if you want to shoot a subject that’s smaller than your hand, put the digital camera in macro mode, which is usually indicated with a flower. You should also try to get as physically close to the subject as possible without using the zoom, which will reduce the image’s quality. It should also be noted that you can use screw-on magnifiers (if your camera makes the option available) to improve its macro credentials, since dedicated macro lenses can be expensive.
Put Your Digital Camera In Sports Mode to Catch All the Action.
Sports mode uses a high shutter speed to freeze movement, which allows photographers to snap shots of moving subjects. Many times, photographers will also turn on the continuous shooting option, which shoots multiple images consecutively when in sports mode to make sure that they don’t miss any shots of the action.
Most of the cameras that online digital camera stores sell have these settings. If you have any questions about what mode to put digital cameras in, feel free to ask in the comments.
Posted on December 23rd, 2014
Believe it or not, we snap as many photos every two minutes as the whole of humanity did in the 19th century, and yet only two out of every 10 pictures taken with point and shoot digital cameras are ever printed on paper.
Why, then, do we bother taking so many pictures if we’re never going to print them out?
Well, the obvious reason is because many people only share their pictures on social media, but the other reason is because many of those pictures aren’t really worth printing out. Everyday, 1 million selfies are taken, as well as tons of pictures of food and other, less-than-memorable moments.
Basically, people aren’t printing pictures because they’re not really taking good pictures.
Instead of just blindly using point and shoot digital cameras to snap photos, people need to pay attention to composition. Of all artistic elements, composition is the single most important part of photography.
If you’d like to start snapping photos worthy of hanging on your wall or desk, use these tips to take better pictures.
Apply the Rule of Thirds.
The Rule of Thirds is simple. Photographers apply it by aligning a subject with one of four different points in the frame, placing the horizon on a top or bottom line, and letting the photo’s linear features flow from section to section.
A less complicated way of using the rule of thirds while working with point and shoot digital cameras is to imagine that the frame has been divided up into a three by three grid, like a tic-tac-toe board is overlaying the image. The focal point should be where one of the lines intersect, just off center.
Don’t See Objects — See Shapes.
Instead of simply aiming point and shoot digital cameras at a subject to take its pictures, photographers also consider the various other elements in the shot, and use them to make the photo even better. Instead of seeing buildings in the background, they see rectangles, and then consider how those rectangles will affect the image. They use the angles and lines of objects’ shapes to draw attention to the point and shoot digital cameras’ subjects.
Use a Photo Editing Program to Crop.
One of the most obvious ways to make point and shoot digital cameras’ photos even better is to use an image editing program. Though online digital camera stores often sell high-end, professional software, there are also tons of free, useful photo editing programs out there, like Picasa, Gimp, or iPhoto that can color-correct, adjust exposure, or remove red-eye. Most importantly here, they can also crop out unnecessary elements, or crop to adjust the photos’ composition.
Point and shoot digital cameras can take some seriously great photographs, just so long as the users paid attention to the images’ composition. If you use these tips to help you compose your next photos, you’ll find your pictures will turn out much better.
If you have any questions about composition or about point and shoot digital cameras, feel free to ask in the comments.
Posted on December 1st, 2014
It’s time to face the music. In the age of social media, selfies are here to stay, and if you can’t beat ‘em, why not join ‘em? Though they may seem a bit vain, they’re really quite a bit of fun. They’re a great way of saying to your friends and family, “hey, check out what we’re up to!”
Some selfies, however, are better than others. If you’re going to do one, make sure you do it right. Here are a few tips to help you take the perfect selfie.
With DSLR Cameras.
First things first, use a tripod, or set the camera down on an even, steady surface, so that you can take a solid, clear shot. Secondly, use an interval timer, which many DSLRs have built in. That way, you don’t have to constantly reset a self-timer, allowing you to make different expressions and strike different poses.
With Point and Shoot Digital Cameras.
Point and shoot digital cameras are perhaps some of the best selfie-taking tools around, and are what most actually use to take selfies. Unlike with DSLRs, you don’t need to do anything really technical with point and shoot digital cameras to get a great selfie.
Just make sure to eliminate any unnecessary objects in the shot, and use the timer. You may also want to get something in the shot, too, to let people know what you’re doing (other than tooling around with point and shoot digital cameras, of course). And make sure to be silly when using point and shoot digital cameras. A smiling picture is nice and all, but doing something playful will make your smile more genuine.
Whether you’re using more professional DSLR or DSC digital cameras, or one of the best small digital cameras online camera stores have to offer, these simple little tricks will help you take the perfect selfie. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.
Posted on October 27th, 2014
The entire purpose of point and shoot digital cameras is to point and to shoot, as their implies. They’re the most simple and affordable pieces of equipment that online digital camera stores have. Any amateur photographer can pick one up, and be good to go.
However, these still digital cameras get better and better every year as manufacturers find new ways to improve and innovate their products. Though they’re still meant to be simple, modern still digital cameras can do so much more.
If you’d like to take advantage of your new camera’s high-end features and get more out of it, here are a few tips to help.
Shoot — Don’t Snipe.
Amateur photographers should shoot their subjects, not snipe them. As they look through their still digital cameras’ viewfinders, they should imagine a three by three grid. Instead of putting their subjects right dead center, they should line them up with the grids’ interstices — where the grids’ boxes touch. This creates a more visually dynamic and stimulating picture.
Rely on the Light, Not the Flash.
As great as these modern, still digital cameras are, they still have one technical flaw: their flashes. To conserve space, many manufacturers put their still digital cameras’ flashes too close to the lens. When they go off, these flashes wind up washing out the color, creating flat looking photos. Instead, amateur photographers should just turn their flashes off, and learn to use the areas’ natural lighting. If subjects are dark, they should move them to a place where the light will shine on them better.
Get Familiar With Free Photoshopping Programs.
Although this technically isn’t a way for amateurs to get more out of their still digital cameras directly, this is still worth mentioning. There are tons of free programs available, like iPhoto or Picasa, which amateurs can use to crop, color-correct, adjust exposure, and work on their photos, making them even better than before.
Why spend all that money on a camera if you’re not going to get as much out of it as possible? If you have any questions or other tips to offer, feel free to ask in the comments
Posted on September 24th, 2014
Clothes, toiletries, and cash are a few of the most important things tourists bring with them on vacation, but it’s their still digital cameras that are going to help them make and preserve their memories of the trip.
However, some people’s travel photos are a lot better than others, and it’s not because they’re using higher quality, still digital cameras, either. It’s because they’re thinking about the shot before they take the picture. They don’t just point their still digital cameras at something and take a picture of it.
If you’d like your next set of vacation photos to really wow everyone who sees them, here are a few things you need to think about before snapping a photo.
Thinking About a Viewpoint.
Travelers should get creative with their angles so that they can use their still digital cameras to frame shots in a way that will take regular pictures to new heights. Instead of just shooting straight on, it might be better to try shooting down at street level, or from a bird’s-eye perspective if possible.
Finding the Light.
The less light there is, the more grainy the picture will be. Instead of letting darkness ruin your travel photos, you can try two things. First, you can try adjusting your ISO. Many still digital cameras have this option, and if you need to compensate for a lack of light, you should increase the ISO. Second, try finding a spot where there’s more light or look for where the light is coming from and move around.
Refusing to Zoom In.
The trouble with using still digital cameras’ zoom features is that the closer they zoom in, the less detail they’ll capture. Instead of using the camera to get a close shot, try physically getting as close as possible, and then crop it later. If you have one, you can also try using zoom lens that doesn’t sacrifice image quality for closeness.
Although online digital camera stores can provide you with all the equipment you’ll need to be to take killer travel photos, only you can give yourself the most necessary tool for success — practice. If you want the photos of your next vacation to shock and awe your friends, family, and social media followers, you need to practice viewpoints, refrain from zooming in, and find light.
If you have any questions about using still digital cameras to take awesome travel shots, feel free to ask in the comments.
Posted on August 28th, 2014
Point and shoot digital cameras are designed for the casual photographer — the person who just wants to snap some pictures of their vacations, parties, and outings. They’re for people who just want something they can point and then shoot, as their name implies. They’re for people who want something simple.
As uncomplicated as modern point and shoot digital cameras are, it’s pretty impressive that they can take such high quality photos. Many of the most popular point and shoot digital cameras can even take photos of comparable quality to online digital camera stores’ higher end models.
Of course, getting such spectacular pictures requires a little bit of know how and a lot of practice. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your point and shoot digital cameras.
Use the Appropriate Modes
By now you should have noticed that your camera has a little wheel by the shutter button with symbols on it. This allows you to change the camera’s setting instantly depending on what you want to shoot. Most point and shoot digital cameras have the default Automatic (a camera), Action (a stick figure running), Macro (a flower), and Portrait (a person’s head). For example, if you had to take a picture of a flower, you’d use Macro, because it lets you get up close and personal. If you wanted to take a picture of your dog running through the garden, you’d use Action. If you wanted to take a picture of your dog sitting in the garden, you’d use Portrait. For most else, the Automatic setting works just fine.
Ditch Your Flash
The trouble with point and shoot digital cameras’ flashes is that they’re typically right by the lens, which causes the pictures to be flat and shadow-less, and the subjects to be washed out. Instead, turn the flash off. You’re better without it. If your pictures are coming out dark, try to find a better source of light, or re-position yourself and your subject.
Snap Photos of Everyday Events
As previously mentioned, it takes a lot of practice to become a better photographer. Using point and shoot digital cameras for special occasions is the equivalent of pianists playing their pianos on holidays. You’re not going to get any better if you don’t practice. Take some time every now and then to experiment with your camera’s settings.
If you have any questions about improving your photography skills, feel free to ask in the comments.
Posted on August 20th, 2014
Technology has come an incredibly long way since James Maxwell, a British physicist, snapped the first color photograph in 1861. Not only do we take more pictures in two minutes than humans everywhere did in the 1800s, we’re also doing it in increasingly creative — and sometimes even shocking — ways.
Can Drones Take Pictures?
The small robots essentially have stirred up some controversy, but there’s hardly any denying that some photographs, taken with a “a light camera and a quadcopter,” according to The Verge, are breath-taking. “Drones have allowed us to see things we normally wouldn’t have access to — taking us inside a fireworks display and the effort to combat looting in Jordan, for example, and allowing us to monitor wildlife from the sky,” National Geographic News explains. National Geographic recently closed a contest asking users to submit pictures taken with drones. What was the winning entry? The first place winner literally got up close and personal with an eagle, capturing an image of it from maybe two to three feet away. A growing number of brides and grooms are also paying for 30-minute drone photography sessions for memorable, one-of-a-kind wedding photos.
Will Drones Replace Still Digital Cameras?
The short answer is that it’s not likely. True, photography has progressed over the years. (The first photographs were actually printed on tin sheets, copper sheets, or even glass plates!) Even so, the best small digital cameras still afford some conveniences and perks that drones cannot. Wedding photography, for example, is vastly less complicated with a DSC digital camera or c mount digital camera. Using a traditional photographer typically requires just one person. Opting for drone photography will entail a team of workers — including at least one team member on the ground to position people in the picture, and another person remotely controlling the drone.
Drone photography is cool and useful, but don’t count out still digital cameras and online digital camera stores just yet. Drones may be able to snap pictures from completely unique angles, but it is still something of a trial to actually do it.
Posted on July 1st, 2014
Having cheaper, lower end cameras don’t make people poor photographers the same way having top-of-the-line still digital cameras won’t make people great photographers. It’s all in how you use these still digital cameras.
Great photographers understand concepts like aperture, have great composition, and incorporate interesting light into their photos. They don’t just point and shoot — they stop and think about the picture they’re looking at, the picture they’re seeing in their head, and the picture they want to take.
If you’d like to start making better use of your still digital cameras, here are a few tips to help.
When you’re taking portrait style shots, you want to use a simple background. This helps keep attention on your subject. If there’s something unrelated to the subject in the frame, get rid of it. If you can’t move it, then go someplace else to shoot.
If you’re going to use still digital cameras to take a selfie, you might as well shake things up a bit. Take a picture with a totem — something that reflects your real personality, like your favorite coffee mug or the novel you’re currently reading. Try being silly, too. Make a face that Calvin or Hobbes would pull.
Fill the frames of still digital cameras with as much of the subject as the possible without having to use the zoom function — get physically close to it. It’s okay if part of the subjects get cut off. It might actually make your pictures more interesting. You’ll also want to use a softer lighting if possible, which will minimize any imperfections.
Unfortunately, buying the biggest, best pieces of equipment that online camera stores have to offer will not make you a great photographer. It takes a little bit of know how, and a lot of practice with still digital cameras. Try testing out some of these tips the next you feel like shooting, and your photos will be more interesting visually.
If you have any questions about using still digital cameras, feel free to ask in the comments.
Posted on May 29th, 2014
Did you know that there are over 200 million active Instagram users sharing about 60 million photos every single day? If you want to stand out amongst the torrent of #selfies, #food, and #instagood competing for your followers’ attention, you need to take some pictures that, well, stand out.
Though many think that if they get the best still digital cameras from online digital camera stores, their photography skills would improve. These folks, though, are sadly deluded. Great still digital cameras do not make great photographers. It’s all about the skill and experience of those behind the still digital cameras’ lenses, after all.
This means that if you’d like to start getting the attention you want on your favorite photo sharing network, you need to improve your skills. So, here are a few tips to help you use still digital cameras just like the most followed Instagram users!
Try Taking Your Pictures Outside.
Natural light is always better than anything a lightbulb could produce, even if the sun’s not out and it’s not a particularly bright day. In fact, clouds actually help to reduce glare. Natural lighting produces more accurate details, and more vibrant colors.
Shoot Landscape–Not Portrait.
Try shooting landscape instead of portrait. This means that the picture is wider than it is tall, like a landscape painting. Plus, it’s easier to keep your hand steady when you shoot landscape, too. Also make sure to be level with your subjects, but don’t put them right smack in the middle. Doing so will make the photos static and boring. Instead, put them just out of the center.
Touch the Photos Up.
There are tons of superb, free photo editing software available nowadays for mobile devices, laptops, and desktops. Once you’ve gotten the pictures off of your still digital cameras, which is easier now than ever before thanks to innovative new models that are being dubbed “smartcameras,” make sure to increase the exposure, to brighten up dark photos. You can also play around with a few other things, but this is the bare minimum.
There you have it! If you know what to do before, during, and after you shoot, you’ll start taking better pictures right away. If you have any questions about how to use still digital cameras to take better Instagram photos, feel free to ask in the comments.
Posted on April 28th, 2014
The majority of still digital cameras are just point-and-click models — you just point them at the subject, click the shutter button, et voila — you’ve taken a nice picture. Although this simplicity can be extremely advantageous for those of us who are less artistically (or technologically) inclined, it can also be detrimental. Those who rely on the “auto” mode of their still digital cameras simply aren’t getting their money’s worth from their photographic investments.
While it’s perfectly fine to use still digital cameras this way, it’s easy to learn how to take full advantage of all its different features. That being said, here are a few simple tips to help you do just that!
Invest in a Tripod
People investing in still digital cameras may as well invest in a tripod or monopod, too. You see, still digital cameras need more light than film cameras, which is why it takes about a second longer to take a picture–because the shutter stays open longer. If your hand shakes during that one second delay, you’ll blur the picture. Even just a small movement will lessen the quality of your photos. If you use a tripod or monopod, though, your pictures will never be as blurry again.
Focus Before Taking a Picture
No, don’t focus yourself — focus your camera. The majority of still digital cameras can be focused by pressing the shutter button down just halfway. This helps your camera define the subjects better, and will dramatically improve your photos. Plus, it reduces the amount of time it’ll take for it to shoot the actual picture.
Use the Other Presets
The still digital cameras’ manufacturer built those presets for a reason, you know. Take some time to get familiar with them, so that you know which one to turn on when the occasion calls for it. For example, you’d use the “action” setting if you want to take some pictures of your kids’ soccer game. If you want to take a picture of your kitty as it softly naps, try using the “portrait” setting. If you want to take a nice shot of the whole family, switch to the “landscape” setting.
Even if you searched all of the digital camera stores you could find online for the most valuable deal, chances are you want to get the most out of your camera as you possibly can. Following these tips will not only help you do that, but also help you become a better photographer. If you have any questions about still digital cameras, feel free to ask in the comments.
Posted on April 8th, 2014
On March 3rd, 2.7 million Twitter users retweeted Ellen DeGeneres’s celebrity-packed group selfie, breaking Twitter records and temporarily causing interruptions and downtime on the popular social-sharing site. The group selfie, snapped at the Oscars and featuring stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and more, surpassed retweets of the most shared picture of Twitter up until that point — a picture of President Obama hugging Michelle Obama (tweeted along with the caption, “Four More Years”).
Selfies and Wefies Take Instagram By Storm
“The selfie is here to stay,” New York Daily News reports. “If an image features a person’s face it is 38 percent more likely to be liked and 32 percent more likely to attract comments. Perhaps surprisingly, it doesn’t matter whose face or how many of them are in shot.” DeGeneres’s tweet is taking a large part in the growing popularity of group selfies. Jimmy Kimmel tried to replicate the famous image by posing with a crowd and three of the Clintons, Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea. Since then, many others have been staging and posting “wefies” on Twitter and Instagram.
What Else Is Out There?
People are not flocking into digital camera stores and buying digital cameras just to take selfies, experts continue. Consumers are also using all sorts of digital cameras, including still digital cameras, to capture trips, good meals and bad meals, cooking expenditures, weight loss and/or fitness progress, and more. Food accounts, for example, take a variety of different angles. Users snap photos of healthy recipes, snacks, and food substitutions, or photographs of elegantly plated meals and desserts at restaurants. One of the latest crazes — according to The Daily Mail – is taking pictures of sad desk lunches. Users contribute to the account by sending pictures of meager, drab meals eaten alone at work.
Social-sharing sites are revolutionizing the worlds of amateur and professional photography. DeGeneres’s record-breaking shot shows that digital cameras, including still digital cameras, are often utilized to snap selfies, or occasionally share meals, trips, and recipes with friends and family.
Posted on March 14th, 2014
If you’re in the market for a new camera, you have two choices: traditional film cameras, or still digital cameras. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages, which you must understand if you hope to make a smart purchase.
Still digital cameras store pictures and video as tiny bits of memory on an SSD card or internal hard drive, as opposed to the expensive film that most traditional cameras use. This also allows you to take more pictures than film does. You can take thousands of pictures until the memory card is full or the battery runs out. What’s more, digital cameras allow you to quickly upload your snapshots to any computer for sharing and printing quickly.
After taking pictures, you can then view them on the camera’s LCD screen to make sure that you got a good shot. This allows you the chance to retake the picture and make absolutely sure that you got what you needed.
As mentioned, still digital cameras do have some disadvantages. There’s a slight delay between clicking the shutter button and and actually taking the picture. The more professional the still digital cameras, the less lag time, but most point-and-click consumer level cameras have a one second delay, which may be a bit of an inconvenience.
Perhaps the biggest advantage that traditional film cameras have over still digital cameras is that their picture quality is higher. Yes, you have to carry around film and you can’t check to make sure you got your shot, but you can bet that with a little bit of know how, you can take higher quality pictures every time.
Digital cameras have several advantages over traditional film cameras, but if you’re most concerned about the quality of your photographs, then it may be best to stick to film.
Keep this information in mind the next time you go to any digital camera stores, and you’ll be able to make a smarter purchase. If you have any questions about still digital cameras, feel free to ask in the comments.
Posted on December 20th, 2012
The Canon EOS M is a compact camera with a magnesium alloy body that comes in four colors, white, red, black, and silver. The price for the Canon EOS M is in the $700-$800 range. The Canon EOS M is really a simple camera with buttons and dials on the camera kept to a minimum. The Canon EOS M also comes with large touchscreen on the back which is the preferred method for interacting with the camera. This is also Canon’s first mirrorless digital camera and it definitely meets the Canon standard. The sensor is as large as you would find on the majority of Canon’s DLSR cameras which has fantastic image quality. The Canon EOS-M also comes with a new EF-M mount 22mm f/2 STM lens. The Canon EOS M also offers full HD 1080p movie mode. The only thing we found lacking with this camera is a lack of a grip and the battery life only allows for about 230 shots. Overall this is really a great camera for every level of photographer, easy to use, picture quality is outstanding. Below are some other features of this camera.
Canon EOS M key features
- New EF-M lens mount (optimized for APS-C sensor size)
- 18MP APS-C ‘Hybrid CMOS’ sensor
- Continuous autofocus in movie mode with subject tracking
- 14-bit DIGIC5 processor
- ISO 100-12800 standard, 25600 expanded
- 4.3 fps continuous shooting, 3 fps with autofocus tracking
- 1080p30 video recording, stereo sound (with 25p or 24p options)
- External microphone socket and adjustable sound recording level
- 1040k dot 3:2 touch-sensitive ClearView II LCD (capacitative type, multi-touch support)
- Standard EOS hot-shoe for external flash (no built-in flash)
- ‘Creative Filters’ image-processing controls, previewed live on-screen
If you are interested in this camera be sure and stop by http://www.42photo.com
Posted on October 18th, 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted on August 4th, 2012
Photographing flowers is a simple trick that most photographers perfect. They rarely move and there is no need to grasp their attention. Here are a few tips that you may use when photographing flowers.
- Photograph the flowers at their level. Wildflowers can be a great foreground but you must be careful when photographing at their level. Experiment with several shots until you find the desired image you are wishing for.
- Don’t try to focus in on the sky. A field of flowers is a wonderful and colorful image that can be obscured if there is too much sky in the frame. Try illuminating as much of the sky as possible and try to capture your image on bright cloudy days.
- Try using a telephoto lens if possible. Using such a lens, can compress the distance thus bringing together bright color of the flowers.
- As beautiful as white flowers are, be careful not to focus on a field of white flowers. This can cause the image to be overexposed.
- Experiment with different textures and development of your photo. Other than color try black and white.
- Although a single field of flowers is a remarkable image, try also to incorporate background images such as a barn or hay stack. Experiment with your vision and don’t just focus on one main objective.
Take as many pictures as you can and try to experiment on different days. Pay attention to your local weather as well as the particular days/months of the year that flowers are in full bloom and at their best. Be sure and stop at http://www.42photo.com for your latest camera needs.
Posted on July 21st, 2012
If you are buying a camera for the first time it’s very easy to make purchasing mistakes without the best information. We are going to cover a few common mistakes to avoid when buying your first camera.
- Estimate Your Budget – Figure how much you are going to spend first. If you are going to start with just the purchase of a camera first then do just that. If you are going to buy a camera, bag, tripod, and lens then make sure you are going to make use of them and research these items as well.
- Brand Name – Buy a brand name you have heard of and has received a good reviews. Purchasing a camera that doesn’t carry a brand name is probably cheaper but I am sure you have heard the saying ‘You get what you pay for’ this is especially true with cameras.
- Test the Camera – Before making the purchase ask the sales representative if you can take a few shots with the camera and get a feel for it. Make sure the camera is not too bulky or to thin and that the other features are easily accessible for you and user friendly.
- Specifications – Don’t focus too much on the specifications. The difference between a camera with 10 megapixels and one with 8 megapixels is not big of a deal. This also goes with zoom features; try not to get to wrapped up in these as this can cause you to make the wrong purchase.
- Camera Terms – Be sure you understand your basic camera terms. Take in as much photography terms and read about photography. This way you will understand the specification you are reading about or listening to coming from a sales representative.
I hope these few tips help you or put you at ease when purchasing your first camera. If you are looking for a great deal on a camera be sure and stop by http://www. 42photo.com
Posted on July 20th, 2012
Photographing landscapes is an active art in photography that has been flourishing through the years. The simple approach to the fact that the subject in question is easily cooperative as well as colorful is a main reason so many photographers take joy in capturing their image. From the most experienced the most novice, a photographer can easily master and improve their skill by photographing landscapes. There are a few helpful tips that may help along your journey.
First, you want to maximize your depth of field. Although being creative can ensure unique photographs, the basic rule of thumb is to capture as much of the scene as you can in a photograph. The best way to do so is to choose a small aperture setting as the smaller the aperture means a greater of depth of fields in your shot. With this, it is also recommended to increase your ISO or lengthening your shutter speed to compensate for the decrease in aperture, or less light.
Second, select a foreground for your images. A good example would be flowers or rocks. This allows the viewers into the image and the beauty behind such images.
Third, it is recommended that you use a tripod to eliminate any unnecessary noise in the photograph. Since you will be using a lower aperture you will need to use a longer shutter speed, so any movement can cause your photograph to become unwanted or impaired.
Fourth, explore various types of landscaping. Don’t just think about the basic form but go beyond that. Try capturing images during different times of the year, different weather conditions, or perhaps black and white. Never settle for the greeting card image but rather a different spectrum to landscaping. Don’t be afraid to experiment and never delete an image until viewed at your studio.
If ou are looking for a great deal on a digital camera please visit http://www.42photo.com
Posted on July 5th, 2012
The Nikon L110 camera is a great piece of equipment for the common user and also is great for families who like to capture the moments on film. The camera is reasonably priced and can be found at 42nd Street Photo for a more than reasonable price. There are many pros to this camera. Some of the biggest pros are the fast shutter speed, price of the camera, and the camera operates on AA batteries as well as rechargeable batteries. Some other features that have made the Nikon L110 a great choice, is the large 3’ LCD screen as well as the easy operating system.
Along with the many pros there are a few cons that must be considered before purchasing. The first is that the camera runs entirely in auto mode and photo adjustment is very limited. At ISO 800 and above luminance noise and noise suppression do their damage. One of the biggest cons was in fact of the size of the camera as I found it to be a bit bulky for my taste and the door hinges seem a bit flimsy. The biggest complaint just seems to be the overall slowness of the camera.
Overall it’s not a bad camera for the Nikon name and the price, but if you are an experienced photographer it’s probably not the fit for you.
Included with the camera:
- Nikon Coolpix L110
- 4 AA Lithium batteries
- AV cable
- USB cable
- Lens cap
- Lens cap string
- Shoulder strap
- 20-page Quick Start Guide
- 144-page User’s Manual
- CD-ROM with Nikon Transfer and ViewNX software
Posted on May 31st, 2012
First let’s review the basic terminology and aspect of the cameras shutter speed. Located directly in front of the sensor inside the camera is a small flap called the shutter. This small flap opens and closes to allow light to reach the sensor when a photograph is taken. The shutter speed describes how quickly and how slow the shutter opens and closes. The basic rule to remember is that a fast shutter speed then the short amount of time the shutter is open; and the slower the shutter speed the longer the shutter stays open.
Choosing the best shutter speed is a tricky part of capturing a photograph and it takes practice as well as some knowledge on how to accomplish this task. Most cameras come with an automatic mode and allows the camera to “guess” the right speed for your photograph. However, this isn’t always the right speed and your photograph can end up being blurred or poorly exposed. To prevent this from happening it is best to switch the manual mode so that you can control the exact shutter speed needed. When doing so there are a few factors you should consider, such as:
Camera shake; you may think you have the steadiest of hands but with even the slightest movement a photograph can turn up blurred or lacking sharpness. The best way to avoid such photographs is to use a faster shutter speed. If you are using a longer lens it is best to use a faster shutter speed as well. If need be use a tripod to guarantee your camera remains still and to avoid inappropriate pictures.
Motion blurring happens when you are photographing a moving object, like a car or plane. If you are using a slower shutter speed, then the object will move through the frame as the shutter is still open. The best option is to use a faster shutter speed to avoid any blurry photographs.
It is also wise to make sure that your desired location has an ample amount of lighting. The shutter speed is not just about how fast your shutter opens and closes but as well as the amount of light you are allowing to enter. It is best to choose a shutter speed that is allowing the right amount of light to enter the camera. It is recommended to practice and take several pictures with different shutter speeds until you find the right one.
Practice makes perfect and if you continue to experiment with different shutter speeds, lighting, and techniques as well as become familiar with your equipment, then you can master the skill of shutter speed.
Posted on May 13th, 2012
Street photography is an up and coming form of art that has introduced some of the most memorable photos. One can say it is a simple skill and requires very little technique; however there are a few tips to ensure quality photos in street photography.
First, you must keep in mind that street photography is capturing a moment not staged and very candid. With this in mind, it is best to consider the effects of taking a photograph would have on an unsuspecting person. Most people do not like to have their photos taken and most become uncomfortable if a strange begins taking their picture. To ensure that everything goes smoothly it is recommended that you never take your eye off the camera. In other words, scan the location taking shots and once you have captured a photo you are pleased with, continue taking photographs to let it seem like you are not just focused on one individual. It may also be best to bring along a friend as a decoy to make it seem as though you are capturing their image. If you do capture a photograph of someone and the individual seems confused or irritated with the photo, calmly approach them and be honest with your task. Hopefully this can and will detour any hard feelings someone may have.
Second, just like any photograph, experiment with different angles and aspects of your landscaping. Try carrying your camera on your hip or perhaps around your neck and taking shots as you walk or stand. Take many photographs and review them once back in your studio and don’t waste time going through them during the session.
Third, if possible shoot a subject from the front and focus on their eyes. The eyes are the souls of an individual and are the first focus that a viewer observes in a portrait.
Fourth, before beginning your session it is best t adjust your camera to appropriate settings based on the weather and lighting. Once you have completed this you may begin to take various photographs.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with this form of photography and enjoy the experience. You might be surprised at to what you can capture with a simple click of a button.
Posted on April 11th, 2012
Keeping your equipment clean and working properly is an essential part of photography. Your equipment is a fundamental part to any photographer and must be maintained on a regular basis. Without proper maintenance your equipment can exhibits such problems as focusing difficulties, interference with the photograph, as well as complete breakdown. The simplest dust particles can interfere with your portrait and it as well can be costly to the photographer. Following a few basic fundamental maintenance tips can ensure that your equipment lasts and functions properly.
First, you must take care of the bag or storage unit of your camera. Keeping your camera in a neutral temperature zone as well as in a dust free area can help with the attraction of such debris. Cleaning out your bag regularly from dirt, dust, and any additional trash is a task that should be performed regularly.
Second, when changing out lens, it is best to hold the camera face down to allow any unwanted particles from exiting the camera. Changing the lens on a regular basis can help minimalize any debris coming into contact with the camera.
Third, when changing your lens, be aware of the wind direction at your location. Neal down low to the ground and against the wind will prevent any damage. Always keep your lens cap on your camera when not in use as well as when changing out your lens. The lens is the most important part of the camera to avoid and debris damage.
Fourth, purchase a great bulb to keep the sensor area clean. Contacting your local photography supply store as well as researching your camera brand accessories can guide you into the right bulb purchase.
Following simple maintenance care can ensure your camera lasting for a awhile and preventing any unnecessary debris from entering the camera. The main focus should definitely be that of your camera lens and proper care is essential.
Posted on March 20th, 2012
There are many forms of photography out there today and one in particular is starting to rise with interest. That would be the skill of underwater photography. It is not unlike that of normal photography and can be performed even by the most novice photographer out there. Just like regular photography there are few helpful tips in underwater photography.
- Become familiar with your underwater camera before entering the water. With minimal time with your air supply and the fact that usually in the ocean there are no reshoots, it is best to become familiar with all settings and functions of your camera. Also, most underwater cameras have specific depth requirements that you should become familiar with to prevent damage to your camera. No need to waste time with your camera instead of your pictures.
- Before venturing off to your underwater location, research the area for any specific interest. Research for types of coral, fish, and other marine life in the area. It is also a good idea also to check with the local currents and any sharp corals in the area. The more you know of the area the more prepared you will be.
- Repeat your shots over and over again from different angles. Underwater photography is an exciting adventure that some rarely have the opportunity to enjoy, so the best thing to do is take multiple shots from different angles so you may have a wide variety of pictures.
- When taking photographs of the marine life you may encounter, the best way to capture their likeness is simple. Focus in on their eyes, just like you would of a child. It is best to also become familiar with the behavior of the potential marine life in the area. Remember you are in their world and must respect them.
Being prepared and using common sense can ensure of fun filled day of underwater photography. Remember to have fun and be creative.
Posted on March 16th, 2012
When purchasing your photography equipment there is a bit of excitement and awe of your new life line. You spend hours even days becoming familiar with your equipment, settings, and lenses and take pride in the new piece. Then you are aware of new equipment on the market and fear you do not have the quality as the new equipment for your photographs. Rest assure, that before you jump up to by the new equipment there are a few things you can do to match these upgraded qualities.
First, compare your old with the new equipment and find out specifically what has changed. In every new piece of equipment the specifications seem better or more reliable, but with technology today the simplest solution could be to upgrade your old camera. If you need more memory, you can simple purchase a larger memory from your local technology store. Become clear of what is making this new camera so special.
Second, most new equipment are being advertised with special features that can change the aspect of the picture to something elaborate. If this type of photographs peaks your interest then explore your editing program to find if this program can accommodate your desire. If you check with the manufacture or programmer of your software, sometimes they can give you upgrades to your program. Sometimes the simplest and cost efficient way of solving a problem is right in your program.
Third, taking several trips to your local camera store can give a lot of insight into the new equipment out there. If they have the new equipment, experiment with it in the store and get a feel as to what it offers. If you just absolutely have to have the new equipment, ask the store clerk if they do trade in.
The first thing about being a photographer is to remember that the camera is not the sole reason behind a great photo, it is the photographer. Once you find equipment you are comfortable with, then perhaps you should remain with the equipment and just upgrade when needed.
Posted on March 8th, 2012
As you gain more and more experience it is a good idea to begin compiling a portfolio for prospective clients. This is not a hard task to do and can be fun. Every photographer should have some examples of their work to show potential clients. With each new experience you may perform it is best to try new things, new locations, new view points, and if applicable new settings. Taking one single shot and placing it in your portfolio can show the client the diversity in your work. There are a few things to remember when putting together your portfolio.
First, selecting shots that you feel comfortable doing is the key ingredient to a great portfolio. If you have little to no experience with a particular shot, do not place this photo in your collection. Instead take some time and practice the shot over and over again to gain the experience you feel comfortable promoting.
Second, never be afraid to experiment with your photographs. One thing that sets apart one photographer from another is the uniqueness of their photographs. Try taking a shot in color then editing the same photo in black and white. A lot of clients these days like to see diversity in work and placing such photos in your portfolio or perhaps gallery will add a unique characteristic to your reputation.
Third, and most Important, when including individuals in your portfolio it is best that they know ahead of time that their picture may be included. It is best to have the person sign an agreement that is legally binding to their knowledge of the photograph they are in and the future of said photo. Remember it is always best to make sure your cross your t’s and dot your I’s.
Fourth, if you are unsure of a particular photograph, it is not a bad idea to get another person’s opinion. Although you friends and family will tell you what they think, it may be best to get another photographer’s opinion or perhaps someone in the arts industry. Check with your local college or art school to inquire about any students or perhaps faculty that may be open to sharing their opinion.
When putting together your portfolio it is best to take your time, use the right camera equipment, place photographs you are confident with, and select portraits that have meaning to you. It is a simple procedure and can boost any business or reputation of a photographer.
Posted on February 29th, 2012
If you are looking for a great camera with the versatility and performance of a DSLR minus the weight, bulk, or expense then the Fuji HS10 is for you. The camera has a 30x zoom lens and covers a uniquely versatile 24-720mm range from true wide-angle to ultra telephoto. The camera also includes easy to manage settings with a strip of buttons to the left of the screen. You can control ISO speed, white balance, metering mode, focus mode, and focus area. The menu also contains many options like RAW and JPEG.
The Fuji HS10 also comes with Triple Image Stabilization which reduces the blurring effect caused by shake or subject movement. Video on this camera is captured at 1080p with stereo sound. The camera also has an HDMI output that allows users to easily display their video and photographs on high definition televisions. We also cannot forget the low light performance that has incorporated into this camera. Photographers no longer have to worry about blurred pictures with the telephoto lens as the camera will produce sharp images even at higher ISO settings. This camera is great for the price and we advise to try it out.
Other Items Included:
- Fuji FinePix HS10
- 4x AA type alkaline batteries
- A/V cable
- USB cable
- Software CD
If you are in the market for a new camera you should consider picking up the Fuji HS10.
Posted on February 21st, 2012
The Sony Alpha NEX-3K/S is a fantastic DSLR camera that is 48% smaller than most DSLR cameras. Even though the camera is smaller the image quality is still top of the line. The NEX-3 captures JPEGs (Fine or Standard), RAW, or JPEG+RAW in a choice of sRGB or Adobe RGB color spaces. The NEX-3 also captures 720p video @ 30 fps and standard definition video recording. This camera is designed to use Sony E series lenses. The new E-series optics are smaller than Sony’s traditional DSLR optics while retaining the imaging quality that Sony is known for. The performance levels of this camera are fantastic with auto focus having quick response times. If you like to shoot in low light you will love the ability to increase yje ISO up to 12800. Below is more information about this camera.
- Extremely Compact HD Imaging System
- 14.2 MP APS (1.5x) Exmor CMOS Sensor
- Interchangeable 18-55mm E-Series Lens
- 720p HD / MP4 w/ MPEG-4 AAC-LC Audio
- Tiltable 3″ 921,600-dot TFT TruBlack LCD
- Up to ISO 12800 / Up to 7 fps
- Auto HDR capture / DRO Optimizer
- In-Camera 226° Sweep Panoramas
- Polycarbonate Body (8.1 Ounces)
- Memory Stick PRO Duo or SD/SDHC Cards
- Sony Nex-3 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens
- BC-VW1 Battery Charger
- Shoulder strap
- HVL-F7S detachable flash
- Power cord
- USB cable (Mini B)
- Lens cap
- Case for flash
- NP-FW50 Lithium ion rechargeable battery
Be sure and stop by 42nd Street Photo and get more information on this camera.
Posted on February 15th, 2012
The Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 is a very impressive camera with a combination great build quality, excellent performance and top of the line image quality. This is a camera meant for the more advanced to professional photographer.
The Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 is called a compact full frame camera but there is nothing compact about this camera. The measurements are 156.3 x 116.9 x 81.9mm. The body layout is very similar to the A700. The Alpha DSLR-A900 is a very versatile control interface. The main shooting functions can be accessed by buttons on the top panel. It comes with many options for both JPEG and Raw shooting mode. The biggest and probably most talked about feature is the viewfinder. The viewfinder uses a high-quality optical glass and has 100 percent frame view, which is like watching a high definition television.
Other Great Features:
- 24.6 Effective Megapixels
- 35mm Full-frame Exmor CMOS Image Sensor
- APS-C Size Capturing
- RGB Primary Color Filter
- SteadyShot INSIDE In-camera Image Stabilization
- The Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 Digital Camera Body has dual card slots
- Burst Mode: Maximum 5 Frames per Second
- 3.0-inch TFT Xtra Fine LCD Screen with Approx. 921k Pixels
- Optional User-replaceable Focusing Screens
If you want to read more about this camera visit 42nd Street Photo.
Posted on January 21st, 2012
Most cameras are not built for high impact or to be dropped in water. You can purchase such cameras but they don’t really shoot the high quality photos that a photographer wants or needs. If you own a camera that is not water or impact resistant you need to take extra care of your camera when you are out shooting. Depending where you drop your camera and where the impact occurs can have adverse effects on different parts of the camera. Dropping your camera in the water more than likely this will cause complete loss in functionality. Here are a few tips to use if you drop your camera or if it’s submerged in water.
Camera Dropped on Hard Surface
If your camera is dropped on a hard surface the first thing you need to do is check the condition the physical condition of the camera. Check to make sure there are no dents, scratches, cracks or broken parts on the camera. Next you want to check the condition of the lens. If the camera was OFF when it hit the ground the body may have protected the lens if it’s not a DSLR. If the camera was ON then take a look at the lens. If the lens has been broken, scratched or cracked then you will need to take it in for repair.
After checking the lens the next step is to check that the camera is still functional. Try turning the camera on and check all functionality. Be sure and check the zoom to see it’s stuck or moves in an irregular motion. Also check to see if the lens was possibly bent. This might be an easy fix without much effort. Last try shooting off a few photos and make sure everything works correctly and there is no abnormalities in your photos. If the camera no longer turns ON or some on the functions do not work properly then take it in for repair.
Camera Dropped in Water
If your camera is dropped in water when the camera is ON more than likely the camera is done. You will probably have to go buy a new camera. If the camera was turned OFF then dry off the camera and remove the batteries and memory card. More than likely water has reached all circuits and the sensor. You can try drying the camera out with a hair dryer and then letting it sit for a week or so to let all water evaporate. Afterwards with batteries and memory still out take the camera in for repair.
It’s hard to save a damaged camera and you will probably have to take the camera in for repair. Use your camera carefully and try to avoid these type of accidents.