31 2017 Jan

Choosing the Best Camera Tripod.

Manfrotto Compact Advanced 3wayI think if I had to choose either a ball head or a pan head with the camera tripod I was buying, I would choose the pan head. Granted, I may not need this much control for all my photography. But for those cases when I do, I would be very happy with this choice. Fortunately, making this choice rarely comes into play as there are many tripods on the market that come with both.

I prefer a tripod with strong legs, like a sturdy aluminum or carbon fiber, and a twist lock at the leg joints that doesn’t slip. A retractable spike at the ends of the legs is nice to have, but these are more expensive. A less expensive alternative is to buy a tripod with detachable rubber feet and buy attachment spikes for it. This way, when your photography takes you to the slippery slopes you can just switch to spikes with a handy tool that is usually included.

I also like to have an easy to view bubble level for the horizontal and vertical axes on the tripod. This helps to frame the photo properly and reduces setup time.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

30 2017 Jan

A Vivitar Digital Camera is an Excellent One to Work With

vivitar digital cameraRecently, I decided that it would be great for me to be able to choose the right kinds of cameras that I might be able to use on a regular basis. I have always been really interested in photography since taking pictures of different types of items is often a lot of fun. It is very exciting for me to be able to just go out with a camera and try to capture the world through my pictures.

By spending a good amount of time looking at all of the different kinds of cameras that were out there, I was able to find a lot of different ones that I could use to take a picture. It was extremely easy for me to be able to get the right kinds of cameras that I could use just to take fun pictures on a regular basis. I have really enjoyed being able to use a Vivitar digital camera for this.

When I go out with this camera, I am able to really enjoy taking some really cool pictures all the time. It is very exciting to be able to take some great pictures all of the time. I really do feel that I am able to get the most from using this kind of a camera to take the pictures that I like to take.

27 2017 Jan

How to select a lens filter for your DSLR?

ND FilterWhen the leaves begin to turn into their brilliant fall colors, I find my best images of nature at its most vibrant. Naturally, I always carry a polarizer, a neutral-density filter, and a graduated neutral-density filter. Each has its own purpose and overcomes obstacles that otherwise would be impossible to correct, even digitally. These three lens filters are indispensable in many photographic situations.

The polarizer deepens the color of blue skies, provides more saturated colors, and reduces glare and reflections in bright or sunny conditions. It intensifies and saturates color in wet foliage and adds color density to blue or hazy skies.

The neutral-density (ND) filter is designed to reduce the amount of light that reaches the camera’s sensor, so that a longer exposure is required to achieve an equivalent exposure. The longer exposure provides photographers the dynamic feel of movement, especially noticeable with subjects like water, complementing the brisk colors of fall foliage when contrasted to a blurred effect of moving streams, rapids, and water banks.

The graduated neutral-density (GND) filter, compensates for an uneven light source. In landscape images, the sky is often brighter than the ground, so if you meter exposure for the ground the sky is overexposed. If you expose for the sky, the ground becomes underexposed. Graduated filters allow the photographer to darken the sky with various stops of light so that the sky requires the same amount of exposure as the ground. I use color intensifier filters, too.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

26 2017 Jan

Selecting Digital Cameras for Action Video.

3-olympus-tg-digital-cameraWhen mounting a digital camera for action video on a skateboard, bike, or other moving object, you will need to pay attention to the shock rating on your digital camera. The camera will absorb a much greater amount of shock with jumps (and in particular, landings) during these types of activities. That’s why I recommend a shock proof digital camera. It should also offer high-speed movies and sport burst.

I find that a good option will have a wide angle zoom lens to get images from the front and sides, so I don’t miss anything. A good camera manufacturer offering weather-proof sport models will also have various mounting options available as accessories.

If you will want to modify your camera settings while shooting, you will want to pay attention to the control configuration, to ensure that it will support these quick changes on-the-fly. As I have mentioned previously, it is wise to consider how you will be using your camera before you buy.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

25 2017 Jan

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 . 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!

24 2017 Jan

Finding the Best Compact Digital Camera to Use All the Time

best compact digital cameraAfter spending a good amount of time looking at some different kinds of cameras that I might be able to use on a regular basis, I was able to find many nice little cameras that I knew would be great ones to have. I really wanted to be able to find a great camera that I might be able to use to take pictures of our children and to capture our memories as a family.

I spent a good amount of time looking at different kinds of cameras that I might be able to use on a regular basis. It was fairly easy for me to be able to find some of the best compact digital camera options that I might be able to use on a regular basis. With so many excellent ones out on the market, I really was able to find some excellent ones that I could choose from.

Now that I have a new little camera that I might be able to use on a regular basis, I won’t have to worry about losing all the pictures of my kids that are on my phone. The camera will make it easy for me to get different pictures uploaded to my computer without any issue at all.

23 2017 Jan

Choosing the Best Camera Tripod.

Manfrotto Compact Advanced 3wayIt’s especially important to clean all the moving parts of your camera tripod after a day of shooting outdoors, whether it was raining or not.

I find that those tiny dust and dirt particles that a tripod picks up, even on dry, calm days can cause a lot of slipage and havoc to the head locking and positioning surfaces, as well as the tripod legs. If I don’t clean them, as a matter of routine after shooting outdoors, then, the next time it does rain while I’m shooting, all this built up dirt can really cause a lot more wear and tear on the tripod’s components and cause huge delays in my shots due to slipage.

Ok, so you rarely take your tripod outdoors. I have a tripod like that that I keep in my studio for macro work on a table. It’s lite and easy to move around for different layouts, and its reversible center column operates smooth as butter, getting me a perfect shot every time. But did you know that dust and dirt still builds up over time indoors, too? If you look closely, you’ll see a fine layer of dust.

So I’ve found that I have to clean up my indoor tripod periodically. In my case I just set a schedule for cleaning it, like I do for replacing a water filter or furnace filter.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

20 2017 Jan

A Minolta Lens Adapter Helps Me Get The Right Lenses

minolta-lens-adapter-1-20-17When I recently started to work on finding a lot of different kinds of items that I could use to make sure that I could take the best pictures of everything that I wanted to take a picture of, I was able to pick out some different kinds of items that I could use all the time. It was really exciting to be able to find so many different kinds of items that I could use with my camera.

With so many of these different items, I knew that I could better specialize my camera and make it so that it worked well. It was so wonderful to be able to spend time working with my camera and using items like Minolta lens adapter options that I could use all the time. With these items and the different types of lenses that I could use on my camera, I got a lot better pictures overall.

Having some really excellent kinds of lenses that might be able to use to zoom in close or to get the best look at any of the different types of items that I was taking pictures of was wonderful. It was truly spectacular to be able to use so many items to make sure that I ended up with the best pictures.

20 2017 Jan

How to select a lens filter for your DSLR?

If your photography hobby leads you to close-up portraits, you might just find that a Close-up lens filter provides an inexpensive way to produce the effects of a macro lens. Close-up filters can be found online in sets of 4 for under $15.

Close-up Filter

Close-up Lens SetClose-up filters attach to the front of an existing lens, and work like a magnifying glass or a pair of reading glasses. These filters are available in different strengths and are measured in diopters. The higher numbers provide greater magnification and bring the minimum focus of the lens closer to you.

These lenses can also be found in sets with a +1, +2, +4, and +10 diopter lense in a convenient carrying case. Multiple filters can also be combined to further increase magnification. The effects are cumulative, so just add the diopter values together to get the total magnification.

A downside (as opposed to a macro lens) is that the optical quality of these filters is not as high, so you may observe more softening at the edges and perhaps some color fringing. However, these filters are capable of giving you a very different view of a miniature world. They can be used to create records of stamps, coins, and jewellery, in addition to artistic shots that show the texture and detail that a more distant shot fails to define.

With a close-up filter, the focusing range is very limited, no longer focusing on distant subjects. However, autofocus and automatic exposure still function normally.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

19 2017 Jan

Selecting Digital Cameras for Action Video.

Coleman C5WP 12.0M Xtreme UWWhen choosing between digital cameras for action video, you will discover that different manufacturers design their cameras for specific types of action sports. So it will help you in your search if you first define for yourself the types of activities you expect to be recording most often, then seek out manufacturers who develop for that (or those) sport(s).

Since I lean more toward water sports, my comparison usually begins with the depth rating offered with each camera. I know from experience that the depth rating also comes with a qualifier, length of time at that depth. Also, I have to consider the depth rating of the camera lens, if the camera accepts interchangeable lenses. Alternative lens packages are usually offered by the manufacturer of the camera, but are not always rated at the same depth for which the camera is rated.

Next I compare the shock rating. This is frequently listed as the number of feet the camera can be dropped without sustaining damage (for example, shock resistant to 3.2 feet). Of course, if you are not actually performing the sport while shooting, you may not be as interested in the shock rating as you are in the video capabilities of the camera.

Another highly desirable feature I place high on my list is anti-shake stabilization. I am on the move while shooting and the action shots come and go quickly, so anti-shake stabilization helps to ensure that my once-in-a-lifetime shot isn’t just a blur.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!