31 2016 Dec

An Olympus TG Digital Camera is Perfect for My Son

3-olympus-tg-digital-cameraMy son has started to get a lot more interested in photography and not just snapping photos that he can easily take with a phone. He has actually been working on learning about lighting and different types of angles that can be used when taking wonderful pictures on a regular basis. With the right kind of items that he can have for this, he should be able to get even better at taking pictures.

To make sure that he is able to have a lot of fun taking all kinds of pictures on a regular basis, I have been looking for the right kind of a camera that I can get for him. There are a lot of really spectacular cameras that would be good ones that my son would be able to work with. Out of all of these, I have decided that an Olympus TG digital camera would be good for him.

I know that my son will definitely take good care of this camera and will enjoy being able to take all kinds of pictures with it on a regular basis. It is going to be great to see him take out this camera and start using it. I can’t wait to see the pictures that he takes.

30 2016 Dec

How to select a lens filter for your DSLR?

ND FilterThe purpose of a neutral density filter is to reduce the amount of light that gets to the camera, decrease the shutter speed, and increase exposure time. These filters are particularly useful during the day, because of the abundance of light that cannot be reduced by minimizing lens aperture and decreasing ISO. For example, if you want to create a “foggy” look for a waterfall an 8 stop neutral density filter, will allow you to slow down the shutter speed to 2 seconds while keeping lens aperture at f/11-f/16. (Using apertures beyond f/11-f/16 with normal lenses may decrease image quality due to diffraction.)

You will discover that neutral density filters are also useful in flash photography. When photographing a subject on a bright sunny day with flash to create a dramatic effect, you will possibly end up with an overexposed subject. By using a neutral density filter to reduce the amount of light that makes it to the camera, you may eliminate this problem.

Both circular and rectangular neutral density filters are available. There are no benefits to rectangular neutral density filters, so choose a circular ND filter for size and portability benefits. You can stack neutral density filters to decrease shutter speed even more, but stacking ND filters with wide-angle lenses will cause vignetting.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

29 2016 Dec

Selecting Digital Cameras for Action Video.

Canon EOS Rebel T5 BundleIt’s appealing to dream of a combined stills / HD movie camcorder (especially when it offers all the photographic possibilities of an interchangeable lens SLR). However, there are some important disadvantages to a dedicated camcorder, especially with the high end semi-professional and professional models, with which better movie quality and more advanced video and audio controls are offered.

While the quality of still pictures is much better on a video capable DSLR than on a camcorder, the video quality is not as good as the best camcorders. You will experience a faster focus with stills on the DSLR than on a camcorder, but autofocus while filming video is more limited with a DSLR.

You will normally find that your clip duration is limited on a video capable DSLR, as compared to that on a camcorder. There is no high capacity built-in storage (such as a hard disk) on a DSLR. The audio capabilities of most DSLRs are not as good as the best camcorders, but there are third party devices available for improving raw audio. We’ll look at some of these advantages and disadvantages in future segments of this topic.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

28 2016 Dec

Selecting the Perfect Camera Lens.

Sony 18-250mmGetting back to basics, we have covered focal length and aperture. So now you can read lens labels and understand what they mean.

For example, a common zoom lens might have a label of 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6. This is understood as meaning that the lens is capable of capturing a view as wide as 18mm and zoom in as close as 55mm. The second part, f/3.5-5.6, means that the lens has a maximum aperture of f/3.5 when zoomed out to 18mm, and f/5.6 when zoomed in to 55mm.

Lenses are broken down into different types based upon their focal length. These types are defined as: fisheye (12mm or less), wide angle (13mm – 80mm), standard (35mm – 85mm), telephoto (100mm – 300mm), and super telephoto (greater than 300mm).

There are also specialty lenses like Macro Lenses and Tilt-Shift Lenses. Macro lenses allow the photographer to focus on an object that is extremely close, frequently closer that the human eye can see. Tilt-shift lenses focus on a portion of an image and create a miniaturization effect.

Most of us will want to stick to only the basic types of lenses, as the specialty lenses are primarily reserved for far more advanced photography techniques.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

27 2016 Dec

A Nikon Lithium Ion Battery Pack is Perfect for Powering My Camera

2-nikon-lithium-ion-battery-packOne of the things that often drives me crazy when I am taking pictures is when the tiny little battery symbol shows up at the bottom of my display. I try to make sure that I am able to keep my camera with the level of battery power that it really needs, but it can be a bit challenging for me to actually remember to take the battery out and charge it all of the time.

Since I am so bad about charging my battery, I have decided that it would be a whole lot easier if I were able to find a second battery pack that I might be able to use on a regular basis. There are some really great types available on the market that would make the perfect back up. A Nikon lithium ion battery pack would be one that would work the best for me.

With a second battery that I can keep charged up and ready to go all of the time, I shouldn’t have any trouble powering up my camera all of the time. I won’t have to worry about getting in the middle of a photo session only to find that the obnoxious camera symbol starts to flash.

26 2016 Dec

Choosing the Best Camera Tripod.

A friend was looking for a new camera tripod last week, and she asked me to help her with her selection. She will be using her new tripod for a stable platform to shoot portraits and general outdoor photography, so she thinks a pan head would be nice. She has calculated her max weight of her DSLR and lens options to be just under 6.5 pounds. And she wants her tripod to be light weight to take along easily with her outdoors.

Manfrotto Compact Advanced 3wayWe discovered a Manfrotto Compact Advanced Tripod combined with a 3-way pan head that is made for stability when framing her subjects. It more than meets her max load requirements at 6.6 pounds and has a max height of 65 inches (55.2 inches without center column extended), which is comfortable for her height. The tripod folds down very neatly and it’s carrying weight is only 3.1 pounds. The bundle comes with a carry bag that fits all the accessories and with a quick-release plate for easy camera setup and takedown. She even got a bonus feature, in that the handles of the 3-way head fold down neatly, out of the way, when not in use.

It also includes a universal smartphone clamp designed to attach her smartphone to the tripod when shooting stills. The sturdy aluminum tripod with 5 section legs makes an optimum solution for my friend and is easy on her budget. Since it’s made by Manfrotto, we expect it to last for a lifetime.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

23 2016 Dec

Finding the Right Kind of Camera Lenses to Use With My Camera

1-camera-lensesSince I have started to really work hard on taking pictures that are especially beautiful, I have been trying to find some different items that will make it so that I will be able to get the most from the camera that I have. To make this possible, I have to have the right kinds of accessories that I can use with my camera so that I can take pictures that are superior to ones I would take without them.

I have managed to find a whole bunch of different types of camera accessories that I can use to make it so that my camera takes the best pictures. There are a lot of different types of camera lenses that are especially great items that I can use on a regular basis. The lenses allow me to easily zoom in on certain things and to take some really great close up photos on the whole.

It is always nice to be able to have the correct kinds of items that I can use with my camera all of the time. I know that there are many different types of lenses that can be used to make it so that my camera works really well all of the time. I get some seriously cool shots with my new lenses.

23 2016 Dec

How to select a lens filter for your DSLR?

Sony-lens-filter-62mmI’d like to wish all my readers a fun filled Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah with family and/or friends, and a New Year filled with abundant health and prosperity.

I always use my lens cap to keep dust off of my lens, but under that lens cap is a UV lens filter that helps protect my lens package until I am ready to shoot. This is a common practice utilized by many professional photographers.

Early on I realized that my camera lens is difficult to clean thoroughly and easily damaged if the camera is dropped. I heard that professionals use a UV lens filter to protect and keep their lenses clean and decided to try it myself. There is really no need for a UV filter on a digital camera since one is already included before its sensor, but it is a lot less expensive to replace a lens filter than a lens if it is scratched.

So follow the lead of many professionals and purchase an inexpensive UV filter to help protect your investment. It may also reduce the time you spend cleaning your lens.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

22 2016 Dec

A camera bag that fits all my accessories.

mainAs you all know, I prefer to stick with a manufacturer I know for quality when choosing any new item for my hobby. We are all very familiar with the quality standards of Manfrotto in regard to camera tripods, but did you know they make camera bags too? I was pleased to discover this, as their manufacturing quality standards for other camera accessories precedes them.

The Manfrotto Adventure 1 Backpack is a structurally sound, high-capacity yet compact, backpack that I can also be modify to be used as a standard day pack. It will hold my DSLR and 2 lenses, my 15” laptop as well as my personal items and accessories. So the Adventure 1 will get me through a day’s photo adventure or a day of backpacking.

The bag has four zippered compartments. The top section is designed for personal items and the bottom for photo gear. I can fit plenty of accessories inside including a flash, laptop, documents and cell phone. The removable bottom insert allows me to transform the bottom half from a photo backpack into a handy day pack for all my personal gear. This is a very useful, everyday bag that is strong yet flexible enough to meet the needs of anyone who wants to carry and protect a wide variety of photo gear and personal items. It also sports a tripod attachment on the outside and fold-out rain protector.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

21 2016 Dec

Selecting the Perfect Camera Lens.

Canon 28-300Choosing the right camera lens to buy for your DSLR or interchangeable lens camera can be a confusing and difficult task. If the only lens you currently have is the one that you received with your camera kit, then your next choice will probably be a telephoto zoom lens or a fast normal prime lens. To shop for a new lens, you need to understand the information recorded on the barrel of the lens, most importantly the focal length, maximum aperture, image stabilization, lens mount, and format type.

Focal Length

Focal length is expressed in millimeters (mm). A higher number means that an object in your frame can be made to appear much closer (more zoom), while a lower number means that the lens can be used for wider angle shots, appearing farther away.

A range of two numbers (xx-xx mm), means that it is a lens capable of zooming and being used at any point within the labeled range. If the focal length is marked as a single number (50 mm for example), the lens will provide a fixed width of view. So to increase or decrease the width of view with this type of lens you will need to physically move the camera away from or toward the object, respectfully.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering.