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  • Photographing Flowers in Their Natural Environment
    Photographing Flowers in Their Natural Environment 0.0 out of 5 based on 1 ratings.

    Posted on August 4th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Photographing flowers is a simple trick that most photographers perfect.  They rarely move and there is no need to grasp their attention.  Here are a few tips that you may use when photographing flowers.

    1. Photograph the flowers at their level.  Wildflowers can be a great foreground but you must be careful when photographing at their level.  Experiment with several shots until you find the desired image you are wishing for.
    2. Don’t try to focus in on the sky.  A field of flowers is a wonderful and colorful image that can be obscured if there is too much sky in the frame.  Try illuminating as much of the sky as possible and try to capture your image on bright cloudy days.
    3. Try using a telephoto lens if possible.  Using such a lens, can compress the distance thus bringing together bright color of the flowers.
    4. As beautiful as white flowers are, be careful not to focus on a field of white flowers.  This can cause the image to be overexposed.
    5. Experiment with different textures and development of your photo.  Other than color try black and white.
    6. Although a single field of flowers is a remarkable image, try also to incorporate background images such as a barn or hay stack.  Experiment with your vision and don’t just focus on one main objective.

    Take as many pictures as you can and try to experiment on different days.  Pay attention to your local weather as well as the particular days/months of the year that flowers are in full bloom and at their best. Be sure and stop at http://www.42photo.com for your latest camera needs.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lightning Photography Tips

    Posted on April 12th, 2011 Staff Writer

    Trying to shoot lightning can be difficult for photographers, but this article will provide some tips to help you be more successful at capturing great lightning photos. There can be quite a bit a risk involved as lightning is very unpredictable. You are usually out in the open with a tripod, power lines, metal fences and other things that will attract lightning. First and foremost be careful but have fun.


    Weather

    Be sure you know and understand the weather conditions. You don’t want to attempt to photograph lightning in the rain but rather as the storm is in the distance or as it approaches. Unless you love being zapped use all precautions necessary. If you can take your shots from indoors then do it, but if you are an adventurer and want some really good shots then outdoors is the way to go.

    Equipment

    Camera – but of course right, how else will get those great shots. You should be able to set aperture separately

    Tripod – Without a doubt you will need a tripod, a heavy one would be the way to go.

    Cable Shutter Release – To trip the shutter remotely.

    Exposure and Settings

    Set your camera to the lowest ISO speed and shoot RAW. Keep the aperture f/5.6 – f/8 while taking lightning photos. Exposure time all depends on light conditions. When shooting at night, calculate long exposures for you to know the right exposure. When capturing lightning photos during daytime, you can use your camera’s light meter to know the correct exposure. Your lens should also be set on manual focus and focus for infinity because lightning will most likely hit somewhere very far away from your lens.

    The simplest form of lightning photography is done well after sunset, with a dark sky. You find a part of the sky where lightning is happening, aim your camera that way, focus on infinity, set the f-stop, open the shutter with or without)the cable release, this is your choice and then close the shutter after lightning happens. When the sky is dark, there is no limit to how long you can wait with the shutter open.

    These are only a few tips for photographing lightning to consider. Experiment with your shots and don’t give up if its not perfect the first few times. You will eventually get it right.

  • Canon Powershot SX210 Review

    Posted on April 7th, 2011 Staff Writer

    This is a great Canon camera that has a long zoom in a small frame. The 14-megapixel PowerShot SX210 is just that type of camera from Canon. The photo quality is above average to excellent for a camera this size. The amount of noise this camera produces is low which makes this a great camera for beginners. Canon’s PowerShot SX210 captures still images in a choice of 12 JPEG file sizes (including 2 @ 16:9) as well as HD 720p(1280×720) video clips (with stereo sound) up to 60 minutes (or 4GB per clip) as well as 640×480 @ 30 fps and 320×240 @ 30 fps for lower-resolution applications. And when shooting hand-held, walkabout video, the SX210 takes advantage of Canon’s Dynamic mode to dampen the bumps along the way. The SX210 is also available in black, purple and gold versions.

    Compact cameras like these start giving softer images when you go beyond ISO 200 and so did this Canon. The photos will get much softer when you go beyond ISO 400 but still 8×10 inch prints look great on this camera. For hassle-free shooting, Canon’s Smart AUTO mode automatically analyzes the scene and sets the best exposure based on 22 predefined shooting situations. For shooting under low lighting conditions, the ISO sensitivity of the PowerShot SX210 IS can be dialed up to 1600, and when shooting in Low Light mode, expanded as high as an equivalent of ISO 6400.

    The cameras controls aren’t really made for big hands. Canon makes the flash pop up every time you start the camera but you can push it down and it will stay down. With the flash up, the camera is very awkward to hold because you don’t really have anywhere to put your fingers.  This is really the only issue I have found with this camera. Overall this camera ia great camera for the cost.

     

    Items included with this camera:

    Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-5L

    Battery Charger CB-2LX

    Wrist Strap WS-DC9

    Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM

    USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU

    AV Cable AVC-DC400