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  • 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 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.

  • 42nd Street Photo’s Tips for Deleting Photos

    Posted on December 4th, 2011 Staff Writer

    After we take a picture so many people are too quick delete a portrait.  I look awful, the picture looks blurry, it’s too dark; these are all things we have said at one point after a photograph is taken .Don’t be so quick to delete the photos on your digital camera just yet.  There are some reasons the picture looks bad.

    • The LCD screen at the back of your camera has a different calibration than that of the actual picture.  So if the picture looks bad on the LCD screen then wait till you can get to a bigger screen to determine the actually quality.  At this time there is no way to calibrate the LCD to your liking so just be patient and wait till you get to your big screen.
    • Sometimes when so quick to delete a photo we accidentally delete the wrong one.  So the best way to avoid this situation is to simply wait till the images can be uploaded to a computer for further review.
    • Back to the LCD.  LCD takes up a lot of battery to view those images just captured.  If you spend a lot of time deleting or configuring an image then you waist battery supply and end up with a dead camera.
    • A good photographer can capture many images at a time.  If you waist time deleting images right then and there you are also wasting time on potential photos that can be captured at that time.So the simplest fix to photos that appear unflattering at the moment is to just don’t delete until you can view them the way they are suppose to be viewed.
  • 42nd Street Photo Reviews The Pentax Optio WG-1

    Posted on November 17th, 2011 Staff Writer

    If you are looking for a tough and rugged camera that can withstand the elements then the Pentax Optio WG-1 is what you need.  This camera is built for the most rugged and sports type activities. This camera looks and feels like a real sports camera. The outer casing is made of hardened plastic and looks like a camera you would carry on an adventurous outing. The Pentax Optio WG-1 is waterproof up to 10 meters and shock proof to 1.5 meters able to withstand weight of up to 100 kilogram-force, coldproof to negative 14°F, and dustproof.

    The Pentax Optio WG-1 also boasts 14 megapixels and shoots some impressively sharp pictures. The camera also comes with a 5x zoom and 4:3, 16:9, and 1:1 aspect ratio and shoots in a lower resolution. The WG-1 also has an HDMI connection for direct viewing of your HD video on your HDTV. Also included is Digital Microscope mode for macro shooting.

    Features

    • Geo-tagging function
    • Waterproof to 10m
    • Shockproof to 1.5m
    • Coldproof to -10°C
    • Crushproof to 100kg
    • 14 megapixel sensor
    • 5x wide-angle optical zoom
    • HD movie recording
    • ISO80 – 6400
    • Digital microscope
    • Carabiner strap
    • 1cm minimum focus distance

    This camera is built to take on the rough and tough world and will impress the most adventurous type.

  • Cycling Photography Tips

    Posted on October 31st, 2011 Staff Writer

    Cycling photography can be challenging but with the right tips and know how it also can be fun. We will give few tips in this article to get you started.

    Using Your Flash – Use your flash when shooting cyclists. The reason for this is the sun will cast shadows on the face and bodies of the riders. This will fill those shadows with light which in turn will create more dynamic images.

    Shutter Speed –Choosing the right shutter speed can have a great affect on your shots. For stop action use a shutter speed that is 1/250 of a second or faster. You might have an automatic setting; usually a sport setting that will take care of this for you.  As cyclists pass follow the riders with your camera. The combination of panning and slow shutter speed keeps the cyclist in focus while blurring the background.

    Angles – Shoot high and low, in other words shoot from low points and high points. Get those different images that people aren’t use to seeing.

    Practice – These days it’s not near as hard to become good at cycling and sports photography due to the digital camera era. The more time you put in to your photos the better your results will be. You will learn what settings work and what settings don’t.

    Thanks for stopping by the 42nd Street Photo blog and we hope to see you again soon.

  • Digital Camera Memory Types

    Posted on October 17th, 2011 Staff Writer

    If you own a digital camera or cameras then you probably know about the different types of memory involved. There are multiple types of memory cards and depending on the type of camera you own you need to know which type is right for your model of camera. The most common memory types are CF or compact flash, SD card or secure digital card, memory stick, and XD cards.

    The Compact Flash card or CF card is the biggest camera memory cards. This type of card is meant for holding large amounts of data and is usually found in larger cameras. The card itself has over a dozen pin holes that’s connects to the card reader. You can usually find this memory in higher end Canon cameras.

    The most common camera memory card is the SD card or Secure Digital card. This memory is great because of its small size and storage. The card itself looks like a rectangle with one of the corners slanted. You can find SD cards in most cameras like Canon, Panasonic, Kodak, Nikon and many others.

    The memory stick is solely used by Sony. The Memory Stick also includes the Memory Stick Duo and Pro. They look a lot like SD cards except they are longer in size. You can also find this type of memory not only in Sony camera but in the Sony PSP.

    The XD card is another memory card that is only used by one company and that’s Fujifilm. The XD card is about half the size of the SD card. Fujifilm as of lately though has been replacing the XD card slots with SD card slots in their newer cameras. You can still find older camera models that use the XD card.

    We hope this helps with any decision you might be making for your next digital camera.

  • 42nd Street Photo Reviews the Samsung NX100

    Posted on October 4th, 2011 Staff Writer

    The new Samsung NX100 is one of the best in its class with its big sensor,  mirrorless interchangeable lens, and manual controls. Samsung boasts a 720p HD video, and an APS-C sensor with 14.6MP, all in a compact and lightweight camera. The Samsung NX100 has a brand new feature called iFunction, which enables you to make camera adjustments via a new button on compatible lenses. The iFunction feature lets you set up an extra layer of communication between camera and lens , so you get to use the Samsung NX100 lens’ focusing ring to adjust aperture, exposure compensation, and other key settings. This is a very tough and sturdy camera worth checking out.

    Specifications:

    Image Sensor: 14.6 million effective pixels.
    Metering:  Multi pattern, centre-weighted and spot.
    Sensor Size: APS-C-sized CMOS (23.4×15.6mm).
    Lens Factor: 1.5x.
    Lens: Samsung NX mount.
    Shutter Speed: 30 to 1/4000 second, Bulb.
    Continuous Shooting: three/ten JPEG shots/second (LCD on/off); three RAW shots/second.
    Memory: SD, SDHC cards.
    Image Sizes (pixels): 4592×3056 to 1280×1280.
    Movies: 1280×720, 640×480, 320×240 at 30 fps.
    LCD Screen: 7.6cm LCD (614,000 pixels).
    File Formats: JPEG, RAW, JPEG+RAW, MPEG4.
    ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100 to 6400.
    Interface: USB 2.0, HDMI, AV, DC.
    Power: Rechargeable lithium ion battery, DC input.
    Dimensions: 120.5x71x34.5mm WHDmm.
    Weight: 340 g (inc battery and card).

     

    You can find this great buy at 42nd Street Photo.

  • 42nd Street Photo Reviews the Panasonic DMC-ZS8

    Posted on September 21st, 2011 Staff Writer

    The Panasonic DMC-ZS8 is everything you want in a basic digital camera with megazoom and great photo quality and shooting performance. The ZS8 includes a high resolution 14.1MP CCD sensor, a super zoom 16x ultra wide-angle 24-384mm Leica lens and 1280 x 720 high definition video. This camera is vey compact as well as user friendly. This camera also packs one USB port, a component video output, an SD memory card slot and more. The ZS8 is also capable of burst shooting at a rate of up to 1.9 frames per second at full, 14.1 megapixel resolution. Also included is Intelligent Auto Mode, auto focus, face detection and subject tracking.

    Panasonic DMC-ZS8 Hightlights

    • 14.1MP CCD Sensor
    • Leica 16x 24-384mm (Equiv) Zoom Lens
    • 3″ TFT LCD Display 230K-Dot Resolution
    • 1280×720 HD Video
    • Manual Exposure Mode
    • Intelligent Scene Selector Mode
    • Easy Upload to Facebook/YouTube
    • Advanced Face Recognition Mode
    • Image Stabilization
    • Intelligent Resolution Function

    The Panasonic DMC-ZS8 is great camera for the price. Stop by 42nd Street Photo and pick it up today.

  • Canon EOS Rebel T3i is Top Class

    Posted on August 22nd, 2011 Staff Writer

    The new Canon EOS Rebel T3i is the newest high end camera that is just above the Rebel T3 and last year’s Rebel T2i. The biggest difference between the Rebel T2i and the Rebel T3i is the new flip-out and rotating LCD display on the T3i. The Canon EOS Rebel T3i still includes the 18.0 MP sensor which was included in the T2i. Trust me when I say the T3i will not disappoint you with the picture quality no matter if shot in low light or with high ISO. The Canon EOS Rebel T3i also carries the DIGIC 4 processor to keep your performance level at top speed when snapping pictures. No matter what the picture quality is high even when shooting at 6400 ISO. This camera also includes full HD video recording and live view shooting.

     

    Other Specifications:

    • SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
    • 18MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
    • DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor
    • 3.0″ Clear View Vari-Angle LCD
    • 100-6400 ISO
    • Full HD Movie Mode w/ Manual Exposure
    • Compatible with Canon EF and EF-S Lenses
    • 3.7 Frames/Second Continuous Shooting
    • 63 Zone Dual-Layer Metering / 9-Point AF
    • Intelligent Auto Mode

    If you are new to photography this camera is not for you. This is for the experienced photographer who is already well versed with Canon products and DSLRs. This camera offers the best options for a camera of its price with outstanding results.

  • Leatherman Wave is a Great Buy

    Posted on August 6th, 2011 Staff Writer

    The Leatherman Wave is one of the most popular tools on the market. The Leatherman Wave comes with over a dozen tools. The Wave also comes in stainless steel or black oxide. The Wave was redesigned in 2004 and was given larger knives, stronger pliers, longer wire cutters and all-locking blades. This tool is perfect for any job large or small as well as regular day tasks. The reviews on the Wave have been better than outstanding. Leatherman builds great products right here in the United States since 1983.

    Tools Included:

    •  420HC Clip Point Knife
    • 420HC Sheepsfoot Serrated Knife
    • Needlenose Pliers
    • Regular Pliers
    • Wire Cutters
    • Hard-wire Cutters
    • Wire Stripper
    • Large Screwdriver
    • Large Bit Driver
    • Small Bit Driver
    • Scissors
    • Wood/Metal File
    • Diamond-coated File
    • Saw
    • Bottle Opener
    • Can Opener
    • 8 in | 19 cm Ruler
    • INCLUDED BITS: Phillips and Flat Tip Eyeglasses Screwdriver Bit, Phillips #1-2 and 3/16″ Bit

    Be sure and try out the Leatherman Wave today if you are looking for a long lasting and reliable tool.

  • 42nd Street Photo’s Tips for Taking Great Pictures

    Posted on July 23rd, 2011 Staff Writer

    Ever asked how some people take the most perfect photographs? Would you to like to become a better photographer? We are going to cover a few tips that will help you do just that.

    Light – Light is important in every picture. It will affect your photo in every way. For natural light we suggest early morning or late evening. If you have to be out during the day its best to have the sun at your back.

    Direct Eye Contact – This can be as important as light when photographing your subject. Try to be ay there level and capture those great smiles. This adds more of a personal feeling in the picture.

    Background – Put a background behind the subject that isn’t cluttered. Use something simple that will allow the subject to stand out.

    Settings – Understand the settings on your camera. Read through your manual, this will help ion the long run to get those photographs you always wanted.

    Flash When Outdoors – This might sound crazy for those of you that have never tried this. Using the flash outdoors will eliminate shadows. This will help the person stand out in your picture.
    We hope these few tips get you going in the right direction. Remember don’t be shy about taking picture. Let your digital camera loose and take as many pictures as you can. You start getting it right as you go.

  • 42nd Street Photo’s Poolside Photography Tips

    Posted on July 7th, 2011 Staff Writer

    The summer is here and the temperatures are hot. More than likely at some point this summer you will probably find yourself at a poll of your own or with friends. This also provides a great chance to take some great photo with your digital camera. Here are a few tips to try out when poolside and you are snapping shots.

    • Understand your digital camera, read your manual, play with the settings
    • Batteries and memory cards. Make sure your batteries are new or charged and you have plenty of room on your memory cards
    • Keep your camera stores when not using it. Be sure you have a case or a bag to place your camera in when not using it. Keep out of the sun and away from the water
    • Beware of the sun, natural light is great but when at the pool try and get the sun behind you. Understand your ISO settings will also help when there is a lot of sun.
    • Take a lot of photos, you can’t go wrong here. Not all your photos are going to be perfect so take as many photos as you can.
    • Make sure you have stable footing and a good foundation; you don’t want to find yourself and your camera in the pool.

    We do hope you have a great summer and take some great photos. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Digital Cameras and Megapixels – Is More Always Better?

    Posted on June 24th, 2011 Staff Writer

    Earlier in the 21st century as digital cameras were really starting to get popular resolution like megapixels was more important than it is now. Low resolution usually meant smaller prints and not so sharp an image. Things have changed though and a higher megapixel number is not always better.

    First let’s discuss what a megapixel actually is. A megapixel is one million pixels and a pixel is a single point or dot on a graphic image. If your camera is 8 megapixels, it means that any pictures it takes on the highest quality setting will consist of 8 million of these pixels. Somewhere around 5 megapixels will give you good quality 8×10 shots. Most people think that a higher pixel rating will give you better pictures and that is not true. The higher megapixel camera merely contains more pixels and a higher resolution in the photos it takes, but it’s not necessarily any sharper than a lower megapixel camera. This is a great theory but actually this creates a terrible photo with more dots. There are many factors that affect the quality of the shot besides the megapixels.

    Other factors to consider besides megapixels are sensor size, type of camera, and quality of the camera. Image noise and ISO also will factor into your shots. There is no real advantage to having a 12 megapixel digital camera and the pixels will actually make your photo less attractive when image noise comes into play. The more megapixels you add to a sensor the more densely they are packed together which will result in image noise and unclear shots. Once you get past 7 or 8 pixels in a point and shoot camera most sensors are struggling to keep up.

    The best cameras all use larger sensors but in turn they are much more expensive and fall in the category of DSLR. These larger sensors produce less image noise which results in a much clearer shot. These cameras also usually have a higher ISO setting which also contributes to a better photo. When are out looking at point and shoot cameras keep these facts in mind, compare sensor sizes to the megapixel rating. In the end you could be saving yourself quite a bit of money.

  • Great Deals on Leatherman Tools at 42nd Street Photo

    Posted on June 13th, 2011 Staff Writer

    If you are looking for Leatherman Tools in New York City then you need to stop in at our store location of 42nd Street Photo or check out the stock of our Leatherman Tools online. If you have never heard of Leatherman Tools then let tell you about them as I think you will be very impressed. This tool is like having a small toolbox that fits in the palm of your hand and they are made to endure anything.  Leatherman also makes very durable hunting knives and pocket knives. Check out some of the items below.

    Leatherman Core Stainless Finish With Leather SheathThe Core is great tool for the toughest jobs. This single tool has over a dozen tools like needle nose pliers, wire cutters, screwdrivers, wire stripper and much more. The handles are rounded perfectly to give you a firm grip when working.

    Leatherman Kick with Leather SheathThis a great and efficient tool with a lot of engineering put in to it.  The Kick has the same strong pliers as the other Leatherman just a bit narrower and light weight.  The Kick comes with over a dozen tools as well.

    Leatherman Klamath Folding Blade Hunting KnifeThe knife is well made and holds the edge very well. When opened it locks securely with a strong lock back mechanism. A sheath is also included and includes a diamond sharpener in the handle.

    Leatherman Expanse ( E33B) Knife with Drop-PointThis is a smaller knife than the hunting knife and is made from 154CM stainless steel. This in turn allows the blade to last longer. It also includes a bit driver with bit storage in the handle for added screwdriver functions. It also features a  bottle opener and carabiner clip to hook to a belt loop or on a backpack.

    These are just some of the Leatherman tools you can find at 42nd Street Photo so stop by and check out our great selection.

  • Photography Terms You Should Be Familiar With

    Posted on May 25th, 2011 Staff Writer

    Today we are going to cover a few photography term you should be familiar with it comes to your camera or talking to other photographers.  Photography has its own language basically and you can get lost quick. Here are some terms we think will help.

    Aperture – A small, circular opening inside the lens that can change in diameter to control the amount of light reaching the camera’s sensor as a picture is taken. The aperture diameter is expressed in f-stops; the lower the number, the larger the aperture. Aperture affects depth of field, the smaller the aperture, the greater is the zone of sharpness, the bigger the aperture, the zone of sharpness is reduced.

    Aperture Ring – A ring, located on the outside of the lens usually behind the focusing ring, which is linked mechanically to the diaphragm to control the size of the aperture; it is engraved with a set of numbers called f-numbers or f- stops.

    Camera Shake – Movement of camera caused by unsteady hold or support, vibration, etc., leading, particularly at slower shutter speeds, to a blurred image on the film. It is a major cause of un-sharp pictures, especially with long focus lenses.

    Contrast – The difference between the darkest and lightest areas in a photo. The greater the difference, the higher the contrast.

    Depth of Field – Depth of Field (or DOF) is decided by the given lens opening (aperture) or f/stop. A small aperture (large f/number: f/16, f/22, etc.) will give a large depth of field; the image will be sharp/in focus from the foreground to infinity. A large aperture (small f/number: f/1.8, f/2.8, etc.) will give a shallow depth of field.

    ISO – International Standards Organization; the number represents the film’s sensitivity to light. A higher ISO number indicates the film is more sensitive and requires less light for a proper exposure.

    RAW – The RAW image format is the data as it comes directly off the CCD, with no in-camera processing is performed.

    Shutter speed – The camera’s shutter speed is a measurement of how long its shutter remains open as the picture is taken. The slower the shutter speed, the longer the exposure time. When the shutter speed is set to 1/125 or simply 125, this means that the shutter will be open for exactly 1/125th of one second.

    White balance – A function on the camera to compensate for different colors of light being emitted by different light sources.

    These are just a few of the most often used terms we hear when speaking to other photographers. There are many more term that can be used but this should get you going in the right direction.

  • Waterfall Photography Tips

    Posted on May 9th, 2011 Staff Writer

    So you are going on vacation this summer and waterfalls are in the mix. You probably want to shoot some great pictures of these waterfalls to show off to your friends right? We are going to provide you with a few simple but useful tips to get those photos that you want.

    Use A Slow Shutter Speed

    Use a slow shutter speed for shooting waterfall photos. The slower shutter speed settings will make the waterfalls look professionally shot. You also have to compensate slow shutter speed by selecting small aperture and in turn you will also get a greater depth of field.

    Use A Tripod

    Not an article goes by that I don’t mention a tripod. When shooting at slow shutter speeds the camera has to be very steady. The goal is to blur the movement of the water while everything else remains in sharp focus. You will get a picture where everything is blurred because of the camera shake if you are not carrying a tripod.

    Use Filters

    A Neutral Density (ND) filter is great to have for waterfall photography. This comes in especially handy when the scene is very bright. It darkens the image and reduces the amount of light from entering the camera without altering the color or tone of the light, thus decreasing the shutter speeds to accommodate the reduction of light.

    Weather

    As with most photography early, evening, and overcast days are best for shooting. These days are ideal for waterfall photography. Do not shoot waterfalls during mid-day or when the sun is at full capacity. Bright light will create high contrast and this will overexposure white water and underexposure dark shadows.

    Practice

    This comes with the territory. Every scene is different resulting in changing of our camera settings so practice. Take more than a few pictures, take a lot of pictures. With enough time your friends will think you pulled that photo from National Geographic.

  • 42nd Street Photo Reviews Olympus SP-800UZ Digital Camera
    42nd Street Photo Reviews Olympus SP-800UZ Digital Camera 0.0 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.

    Posted on April 27th, 2011 Staff Writer

    When the Olympus SP-800UZ was released it was one of only two digital cameras to have a 30x zoom leans. The lens covers a 35mm equivalent focal range of 28-840mm. Maximum aperture varies from f/2.8 to f/5.6 across the zoom range. Shutter speeds range from 1/2,000 to four seconds. Seven white balance settings are provided, including automatic and six presets. The Olympus SP800UZ stores images in JPEG format, and is also able to record movies at high-definition 720p resolution or below, using MPEG-4 compression. The camera also includes a 14-megapixel sensor, a 3-inch wide-screen LCD monitor, 720p HD movie recording capability, mechanical image stabilization, high-speed continuous shooting at various speeds and resolution settings, and 2GB of internal storage plus SD card compatibility. The camera allows you to create stylized looks for your photos with Creative Art Filters, and use the Panorama mode to create one large image.

    The Olympus SP-800UZ is designed for the digicam owner who wants to move up to a 30x zoom with Super Macro. With a feature set that matches up against the likes of the Nikon P100 and Fuji HS10, the Olympus SP-800UZ has some serious competition in the superzoom department.It’s very light weight camera consuidering such a long lens.

    Items Included

    Olympus SP-800UZ digital camera
    LI-50B Lithium-ion battery
    USB-AC adapter
    USB cable
    A/V cable
    Camera strap
    Lens cap and cord
    Quick Start Guide
    Instruction manual and ib software on internal memory
    Warranty card

    This is great camera for the size and price and especially for those photographers who want some great closeups.