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  • Common Mistakes When Purchasing A Camera

    Posted on July 21st, 2012 Staff Writer

    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.

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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

  • 42nd Street Photo’s Landscape Photography Tips

    Posted on July 20th, 2012 Staff Writer

    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

  • 42nd Street Photo’s Underwater Photography Tips

    Posted on July 18th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Now that you have perfected your skill with perhaps landscaping, weddings, sunrises and sunsets, it is time to get your feet wet.  Underwater photography can be such a magical experience that every photographer must try at least once in their lifetime.  Although it may appear tricky, it in act can be simple and easy to perform.  The following tips can help you along your underwater journey.

    1.  It is best to make sure you have the appropriate equipment that is designed for underwater photography.  It is best to research the depth that the camera can operate properly as well as other functions such as batteries, memory cards, and flashes.
    2. You don’t have to be an Olympic swimmer or scuba certified, but it is best to be prepared.
    3. Research various locations as well as marine life.  You want to focus on behavior of the marine animal as well as their natural state so that you are prepared of their actions.
    4. Once you are ready to dive into the water, make sure you are working with a fast shutter speed.  Recommended is the following: 1/30 for still object such as coral, 1/60 for slow moving objects, and 1/125 for faster moving objects like fish.  Adjusting your shutter speed can help with the sharpness of your images.
    5. Using the natural light of the sun is one way of capturing your images but it is recommended to do so at a depth of 20 feet or lower.
    6. Set your camera to the highest resolution and the lowest ISO
    7. For best composition it is best to shoot upwards rather than downwards.  Make sure the subjects eyes are focused as well.
    8. Like photographing on land, do not delete any photographs until you have returned to your computer.
    9. If possible and safely, get as close to your subject as you can.   Water can reduce the sharpness, contrast and color of an image, so try to be about 12 inches or shorter from your subject.
    10. Have fun!

    We hope these few tips help you with taking photographs underwater, if you are looking for a greatr buy on a camera please stop by http://www.42photo.com

  • Nikon L110 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera Review

    Posted on July 5th, 2012 Staff Writer

    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
  • So You Want To Be a Photojournalist

    Posted on June 27th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Photojournalism is basically storytelling through your photographs; just like a regular journalist you must be able to get your story across with the photographs that you take. Photojournalism is simply communicating news to the public same as regular journalist would in the news media but with photographs. This will help tell the store and shape the public’s opinion of that certain event. In photojournalism the 5W + 1H rules apply. These rules are:

    • What?
    • Who?
    • Why?
    • Where?
    • When?
    • How?

    A photo that tells a story will stick out much more often than say a regular photo that does not. The photo should jump out to the audience so that they understand what is going on like they are actually in the event. The following is a list of what would qualify as criteria of photojournalism.

    • Newsworthy
    • Photos of people in their own habitats, not paid actors
    • Photos that tell a story or truth of a scene
    • Photo which can be edited digitally, for example brightness, contrast, and sharpening.

    Photojournalism can also be divided into several classes.

    • Feature News
    • Spot News
    • General News
    • Photo Essays

    A photojournalist must be able to visualize event through their camera and pass on those feelings to their audience. In the end it should be easy for the audience to understand and grasp the situation.

  • Tips on Photographing Religious Events

    Posted on June 25th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Religious events are very important to those participating and some events may not even allow photographers and they do deserve respect. First and foremost do not cause unwanted attention if you are photographing a religious event. Any type of disturbance is not only disrespectful but can also get you removed from that particular event. Remember these people are here to worship and not to get give a great photo. In this article we are going to cover photography tips as well as just some suggestions as far as respecting the event you are shooting.

    1. Don’t get too close for a shot, bring a zoom lens.
    2. No flashes or bulky equipment.
    3. Less is better. Due to the fact this is a religious event, pack light, you don’t want camera bags and other accessories in the way.
    4. Quick shots and move on.

    The bottom line is not to become a disturbance at a religious event. Be as stealth like as possible and as respectful as possible. Here is a list of non photography tips to keep in mind.

    1. Read about the event, possibly even to some recon before the event to find out where you can get the best shots.
    2. Dress according to the event, try not to stand out.
    3. Follow any instructions given by the leader of the event.

    We hope this article gives you a little information on what to do when photographing a religious event. If you are need of a camera for photography please visit http://www.42photo.com

  • Food Photography Tips

    Posted on June 20th, 2012 Staff Writer

    If you are looking to get a start in still life photography you might consider starting with food. If you can shoot great food photographs you can really get across feelings of making people feel hungry which in the end is what we are hoping for. With all the food available the possibilities are endless.

    Most food photography is shot in a controlled environment but if you find yourself say in a restaurant or in a home you may struggle with the lighting. If you find yourself shooting in a dim environment or low light I would suggest using a tripod along with a shutter release. By shooting with a tripod this will allow you to arrange the food within the frame.

    If you are shooting in bright light then of course natural light is always best. It’s best to shoot during the day so you can take advantage of the natural light. Most dishes look best when illuminated with ambient light and brighter sources of daylight so pick the position of your layout well. Your layout will allow your food to look its best, position your food where the light comes in from 10’o clock or 2’o clock. This will provide back lighting and allow you to get an absolutely mouth watering look.

    The last thing to remember about your layout is too make sure you don’t have a lot of clutter behind what you’re shooting. Nothing worse than having a beautiful photo of the food and a pile of junk sitting behind it. If you are shooting close up this won’t be a problem as no one will see what’s going on behind the shot.

    We hope these few tips will help you out if you decide to photograph food.

  • Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Memory Card

    Posted on June 13th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Along with the camera, lens, battery and other essential equipment, your memory card for your digital camera is just as important.  As a photographer it is your responsibility to give proper care to your memory card so that there is no malfunction during your sessions.  There are a few tips that are suggested to help with this process.

    1. Try not to delete your work directly from the memory card.  Instead it is best to delete the photographs from your computer rather than your camera.  The reasoning for this is when images are deleted from your computer, it is allowing for one erase cycle.  This process can actually prolong the use of your memory card.
    2. Periodically format your memory cards.  This process will help get unwanted files and material of your memory card and all for a better storage and use of your images.  It is best to do this after uploading all images safely to your computer.
    3. When removing your memory card from your camera, it is recommended to turn your camera off before removing the card.  Although manufactures have guaranteed that this process isn’t exactly necessary, it is wise to avoid any damage to your card.
    4. Always have a backup of the same caliber.  It is never wrong to be over prepared with equipment.  If possible carry one or two extra memory cards in your case just in case something should go wrong.  Other than to help if something does go wrong, it is also best to have extras if you fill up one card with images.  Make sure you store the extra memory cards in a safe environment with adequate temperature.

    Just like the rest of your equipment, the memory card is essential and requires routine care for roper usage.  When researching memory card types, don’t just review their storage capacity but as well as previous users reviews.

  • Great Vacation Spots for Photography

    Posted on June 8th, 2012 Staff Writer

    With the summer months approaching this usually means family vacations and lifetime memories.  This is a perfect time to spend with family and not think of work, but as any photographer can tell you this is also the time for great shots.  Around the United States there are many unique places that have different elements that make for great photos.  Here are a few locations that are pretty popular.

    Hawaii – Other than the majestic scenery and delectable cuisine, Hawaii is a safe haven for tropical waterfalls and stunning colors.  The climate is pretty warm all year long and except for the five to ten minute rain in the morning, pretty sunny.  This is a golden opportunity to tackle your skill with waterfalls and wild life using a slow shutter speed.

    Grand Canyon – This location is pretty much a wonder to see.  The atmosphere is warm during the day and cold at night.  The scenery is a bright red with slight brown undertones that give the element of a desert.  Once in the high regions of the Canyon be cautious of the wind and the direction it flows.  This is a great area to capture panoramic views and wide shots.  Be aware of the wildlife in this region.

    Disneyland/Disneyworld – A child’s playground or in some cases an adults playground.  This wonderland is full of bright colors and fast moving children.  This is a perfect atmosphere to practice with fast shutter speeds for those rides as well as the children.  Take advantage of the firework show at night to practice your technique.

    Washington D.C. – A place of history and life.  This area is colorful in the summer and rich with life.  This is a great opportunity to take different approaches to the scenic views with perhaps different angles.  Be cautious though of the rules and regulations you may have for certain locations in regards to photography.

    With the many locations you may venture during your vacations, always keep an open mind.  This is perfect time to step out of your comfort zone and explore new techniques in photography.  It is always best to also bring along extra equipment such as lenses, memory cards, and batteries.  Always remember to never delete a photo until you can view in your studio and take as many shots as you can.

  • The Basics of Shutter Speed

    Posted on May 31st, 2012 Staff Writer

    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.

  • What is ISO?

    Posted on May 28th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Throughout many articles you have read along with the experience you have reached, there has been many mentions of ISO and your digital camera.  So what is ISO and how does it relate to your digital camera.  ISO is your cameras sensitivity to light measurement.  In other words the higher the ISO number is, the more sensitive the sensor.

    For example, if you are capturing an image with minimal lighting it is best to have a high ISO setting.  Your digital camera’s ISO setting determines the sensitivity to light that your sensor has.  Therefore, having a high ISO in low light environments means the more light that will be captured in your photograph.

    It is best before capturing a photograph to experiment with different light settings and your ISO setting.  Many photographs taken with minimal light don’t capture the essences of the photograph.  This could be in part to a poor ISO setting.  There is nothing wrong with experimenting and finding the optimal ISO setting for your environment.

    Most manufactures like to raise the ISO setting of a camera far more than what is advertised, so the best thing to do if you want high quality photographs in low lighting is to research your camera or buy a DSLR.   But, the most effective way to find the ISO setting right for you is to experiment with the camera and environment.

  • Is the Most Expensive Camera Equipment the Best Choice?

    Posted on May 22nd, 2012 Staff Writer

    When purchasing your photography equipment, there are a few tips to keep in mind.  The equipment that a photographer selects is their life line and source of photography.  It is essential that your purchase the best but not necessarily the most expensive.  You want to have dependable equipment but not break the bank in the process.  Here are a few helpful tips for when it is time to purchase your equipment.

    First, like previously stated, it is not necessarily the best option to purchase the most expensive equipment.  When you find equipment you are interested in also view other equipment with the same specifications but perhaps a cheaper price tag.  Do not focus mainly on the name brand of the equipment but rather on integrity as well as dependability.  Always check to make sure that the equipment comes with a warranty that meets your needs.

    Second, research all possible options very thoroughly.  Once you have selected the desirable equipment, research consumer reviews, warranties, manufactures’ notes, as well as view photographs done by the equipment.  Also, check with various retail stores to compare prices.  There is no harm in being overly prepared with your equipment.

    Third, some retail department will allow consumers to return items they do not need or are not satisfied with.  Before purchasing, ask the salesperson if indeed they honor this program.  Once you have your new equipment, take advantage of the time frame and capture various photographs with different settings and elements.  If you are satisfied with your photographs, then you have found the equipment you need.  If not, then return the equipment to your retail store.

    Fourth, if you like to experiment with unique ways of capturing a photograph as well as unique equipment, try learning the fundamentals of a camera from the 40’s or 50’s.  Some antique stores or flea markets have this particular equipment for a reasonable price.  Before using such equipment, it is best to research the process and development requirements.

    Your equipment is your life line and must satisfactory to you, but you do not need to go broke just to purchase the equipment.  Some of the best photographs were taken with the simplest equipment.

  • Street Photography Tips

    Posted on May 13th, 2012 Staff Writer

    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.

  • Travel Photography Tips

    Posted on May 10th, 2012 Staff Writer

    When stepping outside of your comfort zone and exploring various travel destinations, there are a few tips that are recommended for a safe and successful journey.  Photographers like to explore different settings and atmosphere, so they will travel to unique destinations like Greece, Italy, England, Ireland, and Russia.  If you cannot explore the fine beauty of Europe there are also some excellent location here in the U.S.  The following are a few helpful tips when partaking in travel photography.

    First, it is best to set a course for your destination.  Once you have decided where you would like to go, you should map out directions if you are driving.  If you are traveling overseas, it is best to be aware of the country as well as any particular interesting facts about the country.  Become familiar with the currency, history, and language of your location.  Keep focus of the interesting history that may be in your country.  Also, don’t just focus on your destination; become familiar with life in the outside towns as well.

    Second, once you have become familiar with your location, it is best to also check on any laws or rules set by the local government in regards to photography.  Some history monuments or museums do not allow photography in the location.  With that being said, there are different alternatives you can explore in order to reach your photography goal.

    Third, before leaving the comfort of your home it is best to double and sometimes triple check all your equipment.  If traveling on a plane, if possible carry on your equipment and place any extra equipment with your luggage.  There may be an additional cost with the airline, so it is best to check with the airline before departing.  Another additional tip is to also be aware on the location of your destination’s local photography shop.  You can be prepared but sometimes things happen.  Make sure all equipment is clean and dust free.  If you have the time and money, you should take a quick trip to your local photography shop and have the equipment professionally cleaned.

    Fourth, whether your photos are for enjoyment or for employment, it is best to make sure you have all your ducks in a row.  To avoid any legal mishaps or fights you should have a document made up or printed that local patrons should sign if they are included in your photograph.  It is best that the individual gives permission to be photographed whether it is a candid shot or by mistake.  Check with your local attorney to find out information with this particular issue and be prepared before leaving.

    Travel photography is fun and exciting.  Be creative with your shots.  Explore the fine art that is out there and take a chance on a new vision.

  • 42nd Street Photo Beach Photography Tips

    Posted on April 28th, 2012 Staff Writer

    With the summer months approaching quickly, many families will be retreating to the beach for a nice relaxing vacation.  Along with beach patrons, photographers find this to be a time for excellent shots of tranquility and uniqueness.  Just like any other photograph, there are some helpful hints to capturing a memorable shot.

    First, if you are interested on focusing on macro and creative abstract shots then the beach is an excellent place to do so.  Some examples of macro shots would be footprints in the sand, shells on the beach or perhaps blades of dune grass.  The best step is to create a shallow depth of field using a telephoto lens and a wide aperture.  The best technique is to zoom in close to your subject and focus to the best ability.  For even better results, lay flat on the sand at eye level of your subject, sand, and ocean.

    Second, capturing the memorable moments through the eyes of children is one exciting task.  Although, capturing children can be exciting it can also be a handful as their attention span is very limited.  The best things to do is set your camera to a faster shutter speed and give the children something exciting to focus on, like a sand castle or sea shells.  Make sure to frame and focus accordingly, but zoom out a bit so you get the perfect backdrop as well as the child.  One unique shot is to capture silhouettes with the assistance of the sun.  The perfect time to capture this moment is when the sun is setting for the night.  First, it is a good idea to place the individual in a place with an interesting reflection, perhaps the shoreline.  Make sure that the subject is between you and the sun set.  It is a good idea at this time to manually focus on the subject, expose the brightest part of the scene, and de-active the on body flash.

    Third, Always be aware of your surroundings such as weather and the beach.  You must protect your camera at all costs; there is nothing worse than getting sand in your camera.  The best thing to do is be aware of what direction the wind is blowing and if you can avoid going to the beach on a windy day.  One you are finished with your camera, immediately place it back in the case to avoid sand and sun exposure.  Always keep the lens cap on when you are not using the camera and once you return back to your room, clean the camera as best as you can.  If you do happen to have some sand in your camera, take it to a professional photographer cleaner to have it properly cleaned.  Do not allow the sand to remain in your camera as this can cause damage.

    Fourth, some area beaches do have specific requirements for professional photography.  The best way to avoid any fines or legal problems is to check with the local city beach ordinance department.  Explain to them your job assignment and seek the proper permits.  This can avoid any complications.

    Along with the individuals you are photographing, you as well should have fun.  Be creative and experimental.  Take as many pictures as you can and enjoy the experience.

  • Automobile Photography Tips

    Posted on April 18th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Car photography is not a difficult skill and even the most novices of photographers can capture a wonderful photo.  A few helpful tips that can be used can help with improving the task of photographing an automobile.

    First, it is best to pick the right automobile to photograph.  It can be simple but using your own car but if you have the opportunity to use a special or unique car, and then do so.  The more practice a photographer can get is best for any type of photo.

    Second, use the best lighting you can.  Most car photographers recommend using a natural light and to experiment with the surroundings as well as the automobile.  Some of the best times of the day with wonderful natural lighting is during the “orange” time, that would be sunrise or sunset.

    Third, along with the proper light setting it can also be fun to experiment with different and unique locations.  A simple location of a garage can capture a great shot, but traveling to different locations can give the photo that extra edge.  Some suggestions would be an abandoned warehouse or perhaps an old junkyard.  Don’t be afraid to experiment and use your imagination.

    Last be sure you use a tripod, this will help avoid camera shake and help you steady your camera. It is not very hard to perfect the skill of car photography and in fact it can be fun.  The good thing is that you can take your time and experiment with different settings and locations.  The bad thing is that if you choose to take a photo at sunrise/sunset you are limited with time.  Practicing can go a long way.

  • Tips For Keeping Your Camera Equipment Clean

    Posted on April 11th, 2012 Staff Writer

    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.

  • How to Store Photographs to Maintain Quality

    Posted on April 1st, 2012 Staff Writer

    Most photographs that people own are important to them one way or another. If photos are not stored correctly the aging of the photograph is bound to occur. When this happens the photo can be damaged and you could easily lose that memory that means so much to you. We are going to cover some tips that will help protect your photograph collection.

    1.       Keep Your Photos Out of Direct Sunlight

    The UV rays from the sun can fade the color in the photo. Try to keep your photos away from windows or doors. If you cannot accomplish this then the best way to lessen the damage is to keep your photos behind a layer of glass that has a layer of UV. This will only lessen the damage over time though.

    2.       Store Photos at Room Temperature

    Try to avoid storing photos in a place where the temperature goes from one extreme to another or changes too much. This can damage the photos over time.

    3.       Do Not Store Photos in High Humidity

    Moisture can damage photos in the form of mold. Try not to place photos in an area with high levels of moisture. One way to avoid this is to layer the back of the photo with a newspaper before covering it with the frame.

    4.       Be Careful With Glass Cleaner

    Spray-on glass cleaners can cause damage if the cleaner is able to get into the gaps of the frame and makes contact with the photo. The best thing to do is apply the glass cleaner to a cloth first and then wiping down the frame.

    5.       Use Photo Albums

    You can store your photos in photo albums and this will keep the quality intact and the photos will not come in contact with bare hands.

     

    These are just a few tips you can use when you want to maintain the quality of your photographs. We hope this helps.

  • Underwater Photography Tips

    Posted on March 20th, 2012 Staff Writer

    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.

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.

  • The Right Equipment for the Right Photographer

    Posted on March 16th, 2012 Staff Writer

    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.

  • Tips On Creating a Portfolio

    Posted on March 8th, 2012 Staff Writer

    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.

  • 42nd Street Photo Wedding Photography Tips – Finding The Right Photographer

    Posted on March 5th, 2012 Staff Writer

    With springtime and summer approaching quickly the demand for photographers is in high pursuit for weddings.  A beautiful day for a loving couple one major aspect of wedding planning is finding the right photographer on a budget.  This can be very stressful for a couple and must be met with an open mind for the couple as well as the photographer.  These following tips can help with any relationship that photographer may have with a betrothed couple.

    First, understand that this day is important to everyone involved.  Communicating with the couple and those involved with planning is the key ingredient for business.  Be honest with your couple if you do not feel comfortable or do not have the experience in capturing special shots they wish to have.  Remember that it is their day and you work for them.  More and more wedding problems that arise typically involve the photographer and most of the time it is due to no communication.  Understand that word of mouth is usually one of the best ways that a photographer’s experience is advertised.

    Second, if you do not feel comfortable just yet for such a demanding professional job, then start small.  Booking such events as birthday parties or family reunions can give you the experience you need for large parties such as a wedding.  Something to remember about weddings is that there are no reshoots; there is no way to call back the client to adjust the photo.  Practicing events such as the ones mentioned above cannot be as stressful as a wedding and can also give you the experience you need.

    Third, once you have booked your wedding gig, take a moment and go to location before the event to become comfortable with the surroundings.  This is an easy way that you can become comfortable and be able to have an understanding of any settings you may need to adjust on the big day.  It is better to be prepared than unprepared.

    Most importantly, relax.  Take deep breathes and take your time.  If you find your wedding gig to be a large event, assign an assistant to help with the event and allow you to focus on the shots rather than on something else.

    Just remember that this day is about the couple but you are one of the most important elements in a wedding.  Communication and being prepared can help any photographer with this beautiful day.

  • 42nd Street Photo Fuji HS10 Review

    Posted on February 29th, 2012 Staff Writer

    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

    - Strap

    - A/V cable

    - USB cable

    - Software CD

    - Manual

    If you are in the market for a new camera you should consider picking up the Fuji HS10.

  • 42nd Street Photo Reviews The Sony Alpha NEX-3K/S

    Posted on February 21st, 2012 Staff Writer

    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.

    Camera Highlights

    • 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

    Items Included

    • 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
    • CD-ROM

    Be sure and stop by 42nd Street Photo and get more information on this camera.

  • Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 Review

    Posted on February 15th, 2012 Staff Writer

    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.

  • Moon Photography Tips

    Posted on February 5th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Photographing the moon can be very challenging if not planned correctly and if you do not have the right equipment. We are going to cover a few that we hope will help you if you decide to take on that challenge.

    Know the exact phase the moon is in and the time the moon will be appearing. You can usually find online sources that can tell you all the information that you need to know. Be sure you all check out the weather forecast in your area as well.

    Using the right equipment is also very important. Your equipment will play a huge role in the quality of your moon photographs. For close up shots you will want to use the longest telephoto lens that you have. As for your camera you want to make sure you have a low noise sensor, this will help resolve any details issues. You will also want to have a tripod available for long exposures to take moon shots. The tripod will also help steady your camera.

    Try to capture your shots within 15 to 20 minutes of moonrise. Anything after that and the moon will be too bright to get a decent photograph.

    After capturing your images it’s always good to use a photo editing application to get the complete desired effect. Try cropping the moon to make it bigger and really capture the moment.

    We hope these few tips help you out if you decide to take on moon photography.

  • Tips for Saving a Camera Dropped on a Hard Surface or Submerged in Water

    Posted on January 21st, 2012 Staff Writer

    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.

  • Tips For Keeping Your Camera Safe While Traveling

    Posted on January 3rd, 2012 Staff Writer

    Many photographers, professional and novice, will be very accommodating and travel to various locations for photo shoots.  With the demand for various locations, it is important that not only to travel safe but to protect your equipment from theft.  Many hotels offer a safety box for expensive items and prefer patrons to provide a written itemized inventory of any expensive possessions.  Here are some helpful travel tips to ensure safety to your equipment.

    1. Notify the hotel in advance as well as at check in of any equipment you may bring to their establishment.
    2. Before leaving your studio or home, write all serial numbers down from the camera to every lens being brought.
    3. Instead of using a protective camera bag, consider changing your camera bag to an everyday bag.  Most purse/bag snatchers are familiar with camera bags and can spot the value a mile away but by using a different kind of bag it can help you by keeping a low-profile.
    4. Avoid having customers enter your room and hold conferences in the hotel lobby or local restaurant.
    5. When leaving the safety of your hotel room, only take equipment that will be necessary for the photo shoot in progress.  Place the remainder of your equipment somewhere safe, such as the hotel safe.
    6. Investigate insurance companies for property insurance.  Some insurance companies will offer professionals, such as photographers, with insurance for their equipment to ensure coverage for any loss or damage to the equipment.

    Traveling to events and locations can be fun and safe if proper precautions are taken.  Your equipment is much value to your profession and must be kept safe from theft as well as damage.  Understanding the options a photographer has for safety can result in a safe and productions photo shoot.

  • 42nd Street Photo’s Landscape Photography Tips

    Posted on December 26th, 2011 Staff Writer

    Landscape photographers are always shooting at new locations and with each new location is a new challenge that comes with that location. It’s important you know some of the basics of landscape photography to get that perfect shot. Here are a few quick tips that should help when shooting landscapes.

    1. Frame your shot so that it contains a point of interest, something that will catch the viewer’s eye into the photo.
    2. A foreground object will help frame the photograph and give a three-dimensional look.
    3. Watch for objects that you don’t want in your photo like overhead wires, poles, garbage cans, etc. Try to reposition yourself and take them out of the shot if you can.
    4. Place the horizon a third of the way down from the top or bottom from the frame rather than centering it in the middle.
    5. Scale is also important in landscape photography; this can be achieved by including of a known size in the shot.
    6. Lighting is also important in the shot, lighting that makes the shot dramatic or moody is often more memorable. In low light be sure you use a higher ISO setting that will produce a good depth of field.
    7. Do not use your flash when shooting landscapes unless you are trying to brighten a foreground object.
    8. Use a tripod, this will ensure sharpness and cut down on camera shake which can cause blur in your shots.

    We hope these few tips help you if you decide to take up landscape photography.

  • Tips for Protecting Your Camera During Cold Weather

    Posted on December 12th, 2011 Staff Writer

    When using an outside setting for your photographs can be fun and exciting, it is very important to take care of your camera in cold weather.  Most digital cameras’ default settings can be adjusted to compensate for the weather but some cannot.  Here are a few helpful tips to avoid damaging your camera and capturing unwanted photographs.

    Keep your batteries and camera warm.  Some photographers don’t even put batteries in until it is time to photograph.  To conserve batteries, turn of any extra feature such as the LCD to save energy.  Also keep a spare of batteries in your pocket close to your body.

    Place your camera in a plastic bag to avoid any potential condensation from developing on the camera lens.  If the camera is in the plastic bag, take it out for photos then immediately place back in the bag for safety.  This will prevent the camera from appearing “Foggy”.  If condensation does form, immediately stop using the camera, remove the batteries, lens cap, and memory card

    Once the photographer has returned home, immediately give the camera time to adjust to the temperature change.  Place the camera in an unheated room for about 30 minutes.  Also keep the camera in the camera bag to minimize any condensation.

    These are just a few tips for protecting your camera during the cold weather months.