31 2016 Aug

Selecting the Perfect Camera Lens.

Canon_EF70_300_4-56ISUSMA telephoto camera lens gets me close to the action at sporting events and allows me to pull in closeups of all the activity at family gatherings. I find that a telephoto lens to perform these functions doesn’t have to be a budget killer, either.

My EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 telephoto zoom lens was developed to meet the high-performance standards that today’s photographers demand. With Image Stabilizer Technology that provides up to three stops of “shake” correction, and its “Mode 2” option stabilizes images while panning with a moving subject. I can be crewative, while obtaining very high quality photos.

My telephoto lens has a fast autofocus function, and is light with a relatively small diameter. The zoom ring can be locked at the 70mm position, making this my lens easy to transport in my camera bag.

It’s nice knowing that the only two lenses that I need to cary with me, most of the time, are my kit lens and my telephoto. I always feel confident, when I have these two lenses, that I’ll be able to take all the pics for family memorabilia and get the action shots and video, all in high quality.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

30 2016 Aug

Selecting a Great Digital Camera.

Canon EOS Rebel T5 BundleThe configuration of the controls on my digital camera are very important to me. I feel that I should not have to pull my eye away from the eyepiece when I make changes to camera mode or effects. I should be able to find the controls by touch, instead.

Most manufacturers of better digital cameras provide various configurations for controls, so that the user can customize these at will. I find that I use the same configuration on many of my shots and videos, but occasionally, I like to change the configuration to make things easier and my shots faster and more sure.

By utilizing control reconfiguration, I’m actually customizing my camera to fit my environment. It saves me time in my setup and helps make my photography a lot more fun. So it’s worth a few extra bucks to have this option. And it’s one great reason to pick a better known manufacturer for ones camera needs. Always choose a camera that fits your intended environment.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

29 2016 Aug

Choosing the Best Camera Tripod.

Dolica PX570TWhen I first started taking landscape photography shots, I had trouble sometimes getting the vertical and horizontal alignment just right, especially when there were mountains or rolling hills in the background. I finally made room in my budget for a camera tripod that had reference bubble levels.

I find that the bubble reference helps me to line up my shots much more quickly. Thus, I can focus more on the quality of my pictures than on the mechanics of my tripod and camera alignment. It also allows me to take really cool shots from the side of a hill. Some of these really have people turning their heads as they look at the shots.

The bubbles help with alignment on fisheye shots too. In these shots the distortion can make it difficult to get the camera frame aligned. But now I just line up my bubbles, attach my camera, and shoot! I really enjoy my photography hobby a lot more since I got this tripod. Setup is a breeze!

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

26 2016 Aug

My Panasonic Digital Camera Takes Beautiful Photos

4 landscape photographyThere’s always going to be something to photograph. You just can never run out of places to go or people to see. This world has so much to offer, and I want to take it all in through my lens. That’s why photography is my hobby. I love going out and taking pictures with my dog, Sparky. He’s a really sweet dog that often ends up in my photos. Sometimes it’s intentional, but other times he’s just being an attention hog.

We recently went to the mountains nearby and got some photos with my Panasonic digital camera. Sparky came with me, of course. And we looked around while taking in all the nature around us. I made sure to get a lot of good photos, since it was a really beautiful sight to see. I just really want to be able to see it in the same way in the future, and with these photos I can.

I hope I get to see more beautiful sights like the mountains as I continue along my photographer’s journey. There are so many different things in the world, and I want to see it all. As long as my best bud Sparky is at my side, I think I can do it with my Panasonic digital camera.

25 2016 Aug

How to select a lens filter for your DSLR?

Lee 100mm Filter HolderSometimes I know that I want to add a filtered effect to my subject, but I know in advance that I am going to need some trial and error to get just the right combination of lens filters for the perfect shot. I find the best tools in my camera bag for this situation are my rectangular filter adapter and rectangular filters, because I can quickly and easily stack an array of filters in the adapter, try the filter combination, then quickly swap out filters, if needed, to get the right combined effect(s).

These filter adapters typically hold 4 or more filters, so I can mix and match types of filters any way I choose to get various combined effects. Please keep in mind that filter effects are additive, and some combinations may actually accomplish nothing more than cancelling each other out. Also, too many filters may cause unwanted abberations in a photo.

But with these cautions in mind, I find that it is fun to experiment in this way to come up with very creative and unusual photos. It is also an inexpensive way to expand your photographic horizons, as filters and holders are widely available in discounted kits.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

24 2016 Aug

A camera bag that I will carry everyday.

1 sling camera bagWhen I go shopping for a new bag for my camera and accessories, I look for a camera bag that I will carry everyday. In other words, it has to be stylish for dress-up occasions, rugged for mountains and back country, a light and comfortable carry all day long, roomy for all my camera stuff, and it should help keep me organized.

I prefer a large camera sling for everyday carry, designed to protect a DSLR, lenses, flash, and other accessories. Some are designed with three carrying configurations, a sling pack for either right or left shoulder. Or they can be worn like a backpack. With adjustable, padded dividers I can customize the camera compartment. A large black sling is stylish, rugged, and will fit a DSLR with a sizeable lens attached and extra additional lenses, while also holding my spare power pak, memory, lens filters, and more. Some styles will also hold a 15.6 inch laptop in a dedicated compartment.

At an empty weight of around 3.7 pounds, this pack allows me to pack light and the room to carry as much as I actually need. I also like the fact that I can carry it on one shoulder, with the zipper open against my chest, for quick access to my cameras and lenses while on the move.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!


23 2016 Aug

Selecting the Perfect Camera Lens.

EF18_55_II_f3.5_5.6ISA great all-around camera lens is not that hard to find. Most of the time a good kit lens will work just fine for general photography. I get a lot of use out of mine.

Constructed of 11 elements in 9 groups my kit lens provides a focal length and maximum aperture of 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and uses an Aspherical lens element to correct aberration for excellent image quality throughout the zoom range and a circular aperture for exquisite rendering of out-of-focus backgrounds. It is designed with Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer technology while retaining the compactness and lightness of previous models. This stabilization allows sharp hand-held shots at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than is otherwise possible.

This kit lens allows me to bring a subject into focus as close as 9.8 inches and provides a diagonal angle of view of 74 degrees at 20 feet and 27 degrees at 50 feet. Without a lot of size, weight or cost, this lens expands my picture-taking possibilities any time I need slow shutter speeds and allows me to get close to a subject for portrait photography or zoom in on a subject for those surprise nature shots.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

22 2016 Aug

Choosing the Best Camera Tripod.

MainWhen choosing a camera tripod for landscapes and professional portraits, I prefer one that comes with a 3-way pan/tilt head. This way I can control each direction of camera movement on the tripod separately, for those sometimes tedious minute adjustments. Tripods from better manufacturers also allow me to adjust the leg angle as desired, so I can get really close to the ground without reversing the column.

Some also have an Easy Link attachment that allows me to add other accessories to my tripod system, such as a magic arm, an external LED light, or another camera attachment head. I do love convenience. Another great option is built-in Spring Assists at the tilt motion, to compensate for heavy lenses and off-center loads. This ensures that my equipment is less likely to tilt rapidly and cause the entire tripod to fall over.

I also want my tripod to be light and fold down into a small size for traveling to those portraits and landscape settings. So I normally choose a good aluminum build, to keep it within my budget as well.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering.


19 2016 Aug

My Canon Camera Lens Is a High Quality Telephoto Lens

3 canon camera lensI never want to disturb nature, but I love to photograph it. It’s just always changing in some way. I like taking pictures of wildlife in their natural habitats. A lot of times I take pictures of birds, but every once in a while I see something like a deer, a raccoon, or even an elk. But to make sure I don’t impede on their space, I make sure to have the appropriate telephoto lens.

I like using my Canon camera lens when it comes to telephoto lenses. It really works well for what I want it to do. The lens has a really fast autofocus, which makes it easier to photograph wildlife. I also like that the lens stabilizes images, since animals I find in the wild like to move a lot. It all assists me in my journey to get the best wildlife photos out there.

All in all, I really like my camera and the telephoto lens I got. When I take pictures of ducks, squirrels, and other animals, they always turn out so great. I used to wonder how photographers got their wildlife pictures so clear, but now I know. The Canon camera lens I got really does work wonders.

18 2016 Aug

How to select a lens filter for your DSLR?

accu shutter 4 4-05-16When I buy a lens filter for my DSLR, I always look for one with a thread size that will fit the lens that I expect to use it with, because lens filters are marketed in differing sized threads. But what if I later discover that I want to use that filter with a different lens, one that incidentally is designed with a different filter thread?

Those of you who read my blog regularly already know the answer to this question, but for the rest of you I’ll explain. When I purchase a lens, or any digital camera product, I consider how I am going to be using it in advance and buy any accessories for it at the same time. So when I purchased the lens that has a different filter thread, I also purchased a lens filter adapter to adapt its thread to the standard that I use for most of my filters.

So I don’t even have to think about this question. I always carry my filter adapter(s) with me in my camera bag when going out for a day of shooting. So I’m always ready for everything that I might encounter.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!