31 2017 May

Taking Photos Without Hesitation Using An SDHC Memory Card

I love to take tons and tons of photos when I am on vacation and when I am traveling in general and now I can take a lot of photos without worrying about running out of room with my awesome memory card. I love the way that my new memory card makes it easy for me to get the high-resolution photos that I want and that it has a lot of memory.

I am often in need of a good memory card because I tend to take tons of photos. I literally have thousands of them from some of my previous adventures. I want to have the freedom to take any amount of shots that I want to take and that is easy with my awesome memory card. The one that I have been using is perfect for my needs.

An SDHC memory card is just what I have been looking for and it is awesome for my needs. I can go on all kinds of cool adventures and make sure that I am capturing every amazing detail. I have gone on some crazy backpacking trips in the snow and to high mountain peaks and I can make sure that I am taking tons of photos with the memory card that I have.

30 2017 May

Selecting a Great Digital Camera.

A great digital camera doesn’t have to be a DSLR or Mirrorless camera. When I’m traveling across country in the car, I like to take the back roads a lot. If you havn’t done this, you’ll be surprised to find what you and your camera have been missing.

On my last trip I was taking a detour around road construction-related traffic, over a lesser used mountain pass. There were no formal rest stops on this stretch of highway, only gravel turnouts, occasionally, along the side of the road.

Anyway, I stopped at a turnout to get a sandwich and something to drink. As I turned off the engine, a truck rumbled by, getting my attention. After the truck passed, I realized that I was eye-to-eye with a doe and her two young bucks. They were grazing casually, just on the other side of the 2-lane road, the doe staring intently at me.

If it hadn’t been for my point-and-shoot, sitting on the seat beside me, I would have missed that shot through the open window. It only lasted about a minute, before the next truck came along on their side of the road. After it passed, they were gone.

I like my Canon point-and-shoot camera. I chose Canon because I have found their cameras to be well engineered to keep out dust and moisture. And, if I do need support, I can reach them right here in the US.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

29 2017 May

Choosing the Best Camera Tripod.

Happy Memorial Day! A basic ball head conveniently screws straight into the tripod socket thread on the base of a camera. Of course if you are out taking pictures of various scenes and people all day, you may need to do a couple portraits on the tripod, then a few awkward shots by hand, and then a horizon shot using the tripod. Each time you must unscrew the camera from the head, then screw it back in again. Wouldn’t it be nice if it just snapped off and on, somehow?

With a quick-release plate, you can detach the camera by flicking a lever, then snap it back onto the tripod head to re-attach it. Some quick-release plates use screws with coin slots to connect, but I prefer to have a butterfly nut that I can tighten with my bare hands.

I’ve mentioned that the legs of a tripod typically come in 3-5 sections, but which is better? This depends upon how you are using the tripod and where your priorities lie. It is true that tripods with 5 section legs fold down smaller for carrying around. But when extended, 5 section legs may be more unstable than 3 section legs.

This is why you need to get a feel for the tripod that you like (or one similar), in your favorite camera store, before buying! I generally like to physically shop around until I find a few I like, then go online to find the right price.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

27 2017 May

My Vivitar Vivicam Digital Camera Is My Buddy For Every Adventure

I love having a great digital camera that I can use for the spontaneous shots that I love to take on the weekends and all of the adventures that I like to go on. It is nice to have a camera that gives me some great images and a great way to capture my favorite memories. I get much better quality with this camera than what I get with my phone camera and it is the perfect way for me to create photo albums that I will love looking at.

I have always loved having a nice digital camera and the sleek and compact design of my Vivitar camera is just what I was looking for. This camera gives me some great digital zoom and I love that I can easily put it in my purse and take it with me anywhere. I love making some creative photo albums of vacations and other events and it is a great way to kind of keep those vacations going.

My mom always put together some stunning photo albums of our family vacations and she loved doing this as a fun hobby. I now enjoy doing the same thing, especially since my brother and I live across the country from our parents and we don’t get to see them very often. My Vivitar Vivicam digital camera is an awesome way for me to enjoy making memories that will last a lifetime.

26 2017 May

How to select a lens filter for your DSLR?

The 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!

25 2017 May

Selecting Digital Cameras for Action Video.

It’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!

24 2017 May

Selecting the Perfect Camera Lens.

Choosing 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.

23 2017 May

Selecting a Great Digital Camera.

A term that comes up frequently, when selecting a great digital camera is megapixels. This is a term used to express digital camera resolution.

Pixels are the individual color dots that make up a picture. You should try to select a digital camera with a minimum of 2 megapixels (two million dots per picture). A digital camera with a resolution of six megapixels will rival that of a high quality analog camera.

Another factor that determines the quality of a digital camera is its zoom quality. There are two types of zoom technology: digital and optical. Digital zoom merely enlarges each pixel electronically, while optical zoom magnifies the image you are shooting with a camera lens. A 35 mm analog camera only utilizes optical zoom, but most digital cameras employ both optical zoom and digital zoom.

Since you can now enlarge any photo digitally using photo software, digital zoom in a digital camera is redundant. Don’t buy into the hype! When selecting a digital camera, place more weight on the optical zoom power of the camera. A 2x to 4x optical zoom is a good beginning. For more zoom, you will need to purchase a zoom lens. These lenses will be covered separately in the series on Camera Lenses.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

22 2017 May

Choosing the Best Camera Tripod.

If you are really into landscape photography, you will want a camera tripod with some kind of spike at the foot of each tripod leg. These typically screw onto the bottom of the legs, replacing your rubber feet. Many models are also available with retractable spikes. This feature does not appear to reflect a big difference in the price of the tripod. However, when considering one for purchase, I also want to make sure that the foot is not likely to slip with the spike retracted.

Manfrotto 294Tripod legs typically come in aluminum, carbon fiber, basalt, or stainless steel. Carbon-fiber legs normally come in tubular form and have a threaded twist-lock system to secure the legs, while aluminum, basalt, and steel tripods may come in different shapes with a flip-lock or twist-lock system. A tripod’s height is varied by extending/retracting a number of sections per leg, normally 3 to 5. The tripod generally becomes less stable as its leg sections are extended. I choose the lowest comfortable height for better stability.

Weight is also a significant factor when choosing a tripod. If my tripod is too heavy I find myself leaving it at home more often. Carbon-fiber tripods are the lightest and are extremely durable and stable. The carbon-fiber material also does not rust. However, it does come at the highest price tag.

Aluminum legs are heavier than carbon fiber, but they are also much cheaper. Most inexpensive tripods are made of aluminum or an aluminum alloy.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!

19 2017 May

How to select a lens filter for your DSLR?

So, why would you want a close-up lens filter for your DSLR? For a budding macro photographer, a close-up lens set (otherwise known as close-up filters) can be a good way to ease financially into macro photography.

A close-up lens set is designed to screw onto the filter thread of any lens, and can effectively diminish the lens’ minimum focus distance to allow super-close macro shooting. Well designed close-up lens filter sets are extremely inexpensive (around $30) and completely capable. Portable, cheap, and well-made, close-up lens sets are a truly a realistic alternative to a dedicated macro lens.

A complete close-up set is typically smaller than a pancake lens, and lighter. They usually include a convenient carrying case, to just slip into your pocket. For the amazing amount of creativity they can provide the budding macro enthusiast, close-up filter sets are surprisingly effective.

As with all photo accessories, there are close-up lens sets out there that may cause chromatic aberration and reduce the sharpness of your images, however, these are generally exceptions to the rule. Just be wary of manufacturers that are known for poor quality lenses and filters.

Until next time, Happy Shuttering!