28 2017 Feb

Selecting a Great Digital Camera.

Lumix ZS40Some people like the versatility and challenge of a high quality DSLR and its interchangeable lenses. But for others, a high quality and versatile point and shoot digital camera allows them to travel lighter within a much lower budget while still getting a lot of value and versatility. Such is the case of the Panasonic Lumix ZS50, for those in this latter group.

At around $300 online, this camera rocks with a 12.1MP High Sensitivity MOS sensor and Venus Engine image processor, to enable high-resolution still imaging and full HD 1080p video recording with exceptional low-light quality and sensitivity to an expandable ISO 6400. Fast performance is also afforded throughout the camera system, including the ability to record full-resolution imagery at up to 10 fps or 6 fps using continuous AF.

Also supported is Full HD 1080p video recording in multiple frame rates up to 60 fps in the high-quality AVCHD Progressive format or 30 fps in the Internet-friendly MP4 format. An onboard stereo microphone is incorporated into the camera’s design to render clear-sounding audio with suppressed mechanical noise and, with the inclusion of an Auto Wind Cut function, lessened background noise.

And the full 30x range of the optical zoom lens can be used during movie recording, which benefits from the HYBRID O.I.S.+ system to render smooth, shake-free videos. High-speed HD 720p movie recording is also afforded with a sensor output frame rate of 120 fps. This is a full featured point and shoot at an affordable price.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

27 2017 Feb

Choosing the Best Camera Tripod.

manfrotto290-monopodThere are times when I don’t want to carry the full weight and size of my camera tripod. That’s why I bought a relatively inexpensive monopod for myself. It’s all about the convenience of having to only carry an extra 1.1 pounds.

This monopod extends from 19.3″ to 59.4″. Plenty of flexibility for me. It supports a camera and optional head load of up to 11 lb, and weighs just 1.1 pound. Flip locks allow me to adjust the four sections of the leg. A reversible 1/4″-20 and 3/8″-16 mount allows me to attach the optional head and my camera, or my camera directly to the monopod. It tops everything off with a nice rubber grip and a wrist strap to provide comfort and a secure hold.

Even my lightest tripod weighs about 4-5 times this amount, making the monopod an easy choice for long hikes in wooded trails and up hills. My monopod is designed in light but rigid aluminum, so it will stand up to the test of time while lightening my load, too. And I found it online for around $50, so it was very easy on my camera accessories budget. I find it great to work with in a crowd, as well.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

24 2017 Feb

A Sony Lens Filter Adapter Keeps My Camera Sleek And Ready

Finding some good camera accessories is something that I always really like to do. I have been into photography for a really long time and finding the right equipment helps me to always line up the perfect shot. With some great camera accessories, I can have the best way to protect my camera and get the most enjoyment from it as well.

With some good camera accessories, I don’t have to worry about my camera staying protected from dust and dirt. I like to use a lens filter adapter to keep my camera slick and ready for some amazing shots. This kind of an accessory it perfect for my needs. I love the features that I get with it and that I can be ready for some stunning photos.

My Sony lens filter adapter has been my buddy for a while now and it is just the thing when it comes to giving me the effortless protection that I am looking for. I can easily attach the adapter to my lens and I can put a lens protector on my camera with the help of the adapter. It works well with the lens caps that I want to use as well.

24 2017 Feb

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 aberrations 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!

23 2017 Feb

Selecting Digital Cameras for Action Video.

Coleman C5WP 12.0M Xtreme UWWhen shooting underwater I find that my digital camera for action videos needs to have automatic functions to help me get the quick response from my camera that I need. Visible distance underwater is significantly shortened by turbulance in the water, sometimes requiring very fast response time to get my shot.

I find that features like Automatic Face Detection, image stabilization, and auto focus are extremely helpful in these short visual range situations, allowing me to get some shots that I would have otherwise missed. And with an 8X digital zoom, I can zoom in and out quickly to frame my picture just right.

The 2.7 inch sharp and clear LCD is easily viewable underwater and my camera’s controls are simple and well configured for my use. My camera also has a built-in underwater scene mode to help me.

I found out that I didn’t have to tap my budget for much to enjoy these features. And since I spend most of my time shooting around the reef, the 33 feet maximum depth of my camera works just fine for me. For me, this was a great choice for my digital camera for action videos. And I find its features allow it to work just as well for me above the water line as below it.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

22 2017 Feb

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!

21 2017 Feb

Selecting a Great Digital Camera.

Canon SX530So you are looking for a great digital camera, with all the modern bells and whistles, but you are on a hobbiest’s budget. Here’s a good place to start your search, if you’re looking for something to shoot great pictures right out of the box.

Whether it’s still photography with up to 10 shots per second (burst mode) or video clips of up to 30 minutes duration, you’ll find this camera is well suited for the task in high quality performance. And with a self timer, it allows you to get into your images, as well.

Great for traveling, you’re ready to shoot close up or distant shots with the 50x (24-1200mm) zoom power of this camera. The quality of both your still images and breathtaking 1080p Full HD video will impress you, especially in low-light situations, due to a 16.0 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor.

The camera is also equipped with wireless connectivity, so sharing your spectacular images and videos with friends, family and other devices is seamless and simple. You can record videos in convenient MP4 format for the easiest online sharing.

From its comfortable ergonomic grip to advanced systems like Intelligent IS and Zoom Framing Assist, the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS is designed to let you track your subject easily, and capture it with accurate focus and clarity. This is a fantastic choice to fit right into your hobbiest’s budget.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

20 2017 Feb

Choosing the Best Camera Tripod.

Manfrotto Compact Advanced 3wayWhy do I look to Manfrotto first, when shopping for a new camera tripod? Well, to begin with Manfrotto is well known for reliable tripod engineering and a wide selection of the most desired types of tripods.

When I think of Manfrotto, I think of quality; solid tripods of good materials, leg locks that clamp tight time and again, a variety of great heads to choose from, and prices to fit every budget. If the tripod I buy isn’t exactly what I want, I know that they have a great return policy, just like I do.

Manfrotto also has a fine selection of accessories to fit their tripods, like easily replacable retractable spikes. If I need to upgrade my tripod later, they can help me there, too! I know that they will not disappoint me.

I know I will be happy with any tripod I choose from Manfrotto. This is why I carry them in my store and use them myself. Give Manfrotto a try, and you won’t be disappointed. Packages are available to fit every budget, hobbiest or professional, which include a carry bag, necessary tools, and one or more heads.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

17 2017 Feb

How to select a lens filter for your DSLR?

Polarizing FilterYou can reduce reflections from objects such as water and glass by using a polarizing lens filter. It can also be used to darken the sky, bring out the clouds, and help reduce haze; making the colors in your shots or videos much more vivid.

A circular polarizer is easy to use. Once you attach it on the front of your lens, all you need to do is rotate it clockwise or counter-clockwise to get different amounts of polarization. Polarizing filters are designed to block certain light waves from entering the lens. Rotating a polarizing filter allows certain types of light waves to pass through, while blocking other light waves.

To get the maximum effect from a polarizing lens, you will need to position your camera’s point-of-view so that it is as close to 90 degrees from the sun (in any direction) as possible. So if the sun is in front of you or directly behind you and close to the horizon, you might not see the effect of polarization on the sky at all. But the polarizing filter will still help reduce haze and reflections under these conditions.

You do have to be very careful when using a polarizing lens with a super wide-angle lens, because the sky might not get darkened equally. As with all lens filters, check the lens filter thread of your lens before buying. Step up and step down rings are also available from most lens filter suppliers.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

16 2017 Feb

Selecting Digital Cameras for Action Video.

Canon Rebel T5Today I’m going to focus on composition when using your digital camera for action video. Remember the old days, when you got your first movie camera? (Ok, some of you may not have experienced this.) Maybe it was a Bell and Howell or Kodak. A booklet came along with the camera that told you how to use your camera to take good films. In the booklet, I’ll bet that the first thing it said was to “move the camera slowly”. So you put film in the camera and gave it a try. You thought you were moving the camera slowly, but when you viewed your movie later on screen you were disappointed. Your subjects jumped around on the screen, revealing to you that “moving the camera slowly” meant a lot more slowly than you imagined.

I expect we’ve all had this experience, and it’s just as important in the digital world as it was in the 8mm film world. When using your digital camera to shoot action video, you need to pan slowly and zoom in and out slowly to avoid a jumpy, flitty video clip that is really hard for your audience to watch. It is also a good idea to use a tripod or monopod to remove any camera jitter from your clips. Pan slowly and zoom slowly, whenever possible. Your audience will appreciate your videos even more.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!