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Do you prefer to buy your camera equipment on the high street?

Published June 25, 2014 in Camera Equipment

In buying new cameras, brand-new lenses and the ever-expanding universe of related devices of digital photography could quickly become an extremely expensive leisure activity. That stated, there are a number of ways you could save yourself substantial quantity of money. In some cases this may involve acquiring somewhat more high end tools and in some cases it might be crafting your very own tools from everyday items. Without additional waiting time, I present below the twelve means to save money on your digital photography and electronic camera tools.




Price is the easiest thing in the world for which to shop so it’s what usually gets people in trouble. We all know how to compare prices. This whole article is to help you get what you need, which is more complex. If you’re looking for the hottest new digital item they usually sell at full price until interest subsides, so looking for price alone from an unfamiliar source can wind you up in a scam. On the other hand if you’re shopping for most other things you have a much better chance of getting a deal.

If the prices on a hot new D7100 or 70D from some website you’ve never heard of seem too-good-to-be-true they probably are. On buying used cameras I can always find good deals, but I had to pay full price for my D7100 simply because there are more people who want them than Nikon can make cameras. Thus no dealer has any reason to drop the price. That’s where scams come in.

Use Old Lenses

If you own a DSLR and are on the hunt for new glass, then you may be able to save money by using an older lens. If you graduated to digital from 35mm film DSLRs then you may already own a number of lenses already.

The main thing to look out for is lens mount compatibility. For example, Canon DSLRs use the EF mount, which was introduced in 1987. Prior to this Canon 35mm film SLRs used the FD mount, and while the FD lenses cannot be attached directly to EF-mount DSLRs it is possible to buy an adaptor.

Another thing to be aware of is autofocus compatibility. Whereas the vast majority of contemporary lenses offer autofocus capabilities – either built-in or through the camera – some older lenses do not. A small number of these can even damage modern DSLRs. For example, Nikon has used the F-mount since 1959 and while most older Nikon F lenses are fine on modern Nikon DSLRs, those manufactured before 1977 without a secondary aperture ring or pre-AI (automatic indexing) can damage modern cameras and are best avoided.

I wish you good luck on buying your next camera equipment.

How many Pros still use film?

Published June 25, 2014 in Film



Pro photographers who still use film

It’s a rare to view a professional digital photographer putting in the time to officially survey his associates about the problem, yet that’s simply what San Diego– based shooter Robert Benson has actually done at his blog site. Curious concerning professional photographers who still use movie– he calls them “the holdouts”– he provided some inquiries to 11 shooters, including our very own Jeff Lipsky.
Actually I have posted an excerpt here, however if you have the time, it deserves going here to check out the whole thing.

Why do you shoot movie?

Brian Finke: I nearly solely shoot film, with the different starting to shoot video with the new Canon, and quickly looking into the new Nikon HD electronic camera. More and more these days when I am on project I get the, WOW, response when I take the first Photograph and everybody on set sees I’m making a film. I am quickly considereded as an art photographer, which makes me delighted. I learned filming movie and love it. I shoot solely with the Hasselblad, it is an excellent process, taking the Polaroids, loading all the backs, then while shooting taking a time out and reloading, the physicality of the camera and process are stunning. I additionally choose the grain and depth of film and the chromogenic print, specifically when seen in a huge scale, gallery environment.

Paolo Marchesi: I such as the “organic” feel of movie and the procedure. When I film a movie it is mostly huge style and capturing huge style makes you think about the shot a lot more. It makes you a much better digital photographer. With electronic its very easy to just terminate away without actually making the effort to take “the go”.

Amanda Friedman: Film has far better exposure latitude. Film does significantly a lot better in low lighting, I get better blacks. I shot a lot of evening digital photography and I’m still locating film to be a far better option. I could fire ISO 800 rate movie and get gorgeous outcomes– can’t really do that with electronic.

Are Digital Photographers Still Deep-down Insecure?

Some of the reactions I reached the “# 1 Problem With Film” article (independently also) astonished me. It’s as if each time “movie” is pointed out, it pushes buttons which launch tinned comments (or disagreements, or diatribes) of one sort or another. It appears that many individuals think whenever I mention film in any context that a) I have to hear why they like, or have actually chosen, one or the various other; or b) I should be suggested of the faults of whichever one they really did not choose; or c) they think I’m “determining” in between the two … and need aid.

It appears to me that we’re well past the age in which the trouble was (some) movie professional photographers behaving reflexively premium. (That era absolutely is obsolete) Now we’re into an era where (some) electronic professional photographers are acting reflexively insecure.

Learning to Comprehend Exposure

The previous factor, leads us onto discovering exposure. Although film is typically regarded to have a higher tonal range than digital, is has a lesser tolerance to incorrect direct exposure, particularly if you are making use of openness. An underexposed photo could not be recovered by merely shifting the degrees, it has to be right when the shutter clicks and you have to know just what is taking place when the direct exposure is made.

Understanding Colour Temperature

Unlike an electronic video camera where you can set a colour equilibrium or permit the electronic camera do it automatically, you have to acquire the best kind of film for the appropriate type of light. The initial time you make use of a roll of daylight film under tungsten lighting, you will begin to recognize the relevance of the shade of lighting.

The best compact digital cameras for kids

Published June 25, 2014 in Buying Guides

How times change…

If they’re young enough, your children have actually been constantly exposed to a world in which mobile phones such as iPhones and Android phones are by far the the most well-used gadgets for taking pictures. That’s a shame. Yes it is convienent for the masses, but it takes way the magic of having and owning a proper camera, for people of all ages.  To make certain that the next surge of youthful digital photographers recognize the performance and ergonomic benefits of utilizing an real camera, you’ll need to get one into their hands as quickly as feasible.

Yet not too fast! Just before you slip a costly Canon EOS into your child’s basket of toys, you’ll have to consider threats such as serious damage to the camera, or to the child from small parts… it is true that some children are on the whole much more cautious and careful with expensive gadgets than others. If you would like to get an electronic camera particularly for your youngster – or an electronic camera that your whole family could discuss without fretting excessive – longevity and ease of usage are merely as important, otherwise additional, as photo quality and functions.

And, obviously, a lot of that depends upon the age and maturity degree of your youngster. We wouldn’t trust any sort of kid or the large bulk of 10-year-old boys with a DSLR, but for a teenager or pre-teen that’s smart beyond their years and really thinking about digital photography, an entry-level DSLR or mirrorless camera may be a wonderful entry point into the wonderful world of digital photography.

For those under 5, there are quite a few basic options such as the chunky V-Tech kids cameras, as well as various other simialr models that are larger than average so easier to hold (without getting fingers in front of the lens!) and their bulk also acts as good drop protection – critical for the very young.

Moving up to the 5- 8 age range, it can be a good choice to get a decent digital compact. Friends of ours got a Lumix LZ10 fro their 6 yr old boys birthday from a supermarket – a great little camera that used to retail for over £200 but was on offer for less than £50! He was chuffed to bits as it looks so grown up, but the damage risk is mitigated by being so cheap!

Depending on their dexterity and motor skills, boys and girls of 4 could use a camera such a this, but the zoom, settings, options etc. are probably a bit much until they are 6 or 7.

By the age of 10, if your child has expressed interest in photography, its a suitable time to look for a low cost local camera course – that will help with the handling of a camera, understanding basic composition.

There is little we can do at this age to stop them having a phone with a camera (unless you want them to feel lost and left out) but we can educate that for true photography and capturing amazing images of special events and occasions, that when the real camera comes out.

Choosing the perfect Digital SLR camera

Published June 25, 2014 in Buying Guides

If you’re feeling restricted by exactly what your point-and-shoot electronic camera can do, there are a lot of reasons to consider a D-SLR. These advanced shooters showcase bigger picture sensing units, premium optics, durable handy controls, faster performance, and the convenience of adjustable lenses. All this added capability doesn’t come cheap though, as the price of a D-SLR could quickly accumulate, particularly when you begin buying pro lenses. The cameras are understandably bigger and heavier than their small and mirrorless interchangeable lens counterparts. You likewise require to keep in mind that you’re getting into an electronic camera system. If your first D-SLR is a Canon, there is a reasonable chance that your next one will be also, just for the reality that you’ll have the ability to use previously purchased existing lenses and related devices.

choosing the best dslr camera

Exactly what will You use your D-SLR for?

When you head into a cam store to acquire any kind of kind of question the first point most sales folks will ask you just what type of digital photography you wish to do. It is well worth asking on your own this question in advance as it will aid you analyze the kind of features and devices you’ll require.

Will this be a basic purpose electronic camera for tape-recording ‘life’? Are you would like to take a trip with the camera? Is it for sporting activities photography? Macro Photography? Low Light Photography? Make a realistic list of the kind of photography you will certainly use it for (note I stated ‘reasonable’ it’s easy to imagine all kinds of things you’ll photo yet in truth the majority of us only do half exactly what we think we will).

Do you go EVIL or not?

Ok, so what exactly is an E-V-I-L camera? EVIL represents electronic viewfinder with interchangeable lenses. It explains a type of camera that exists in between a point and shoot and a DSLR. Just like a DSLR, these electronic cameras have bigger sensors (often they’re even the same dimension), assistance interchangeable lenses, and give far better hands-on controls. Like a factor and shoot, they’re commonly simple to utilize and intend to be as small as feasible. You could have listened to EVIL video cameras referred to as micro-4 / 3rds, MILC (mirrorless interchangeable-lens cam), and CSCs (compact cam devices). Each kind is a bit different however they all try to offer the function of being much more compact, consumer-friendly DSLR-like cams.

Some people really feel these cams are the best of both worlds given that they provide premium photo high quality in an extremely mobile size. Others feel they endanger on every little thing, making them merely a little as well large to be mobile and not supply adequate picture top quality for their size. Personally, I believe it depends upon the camera model, however we’ll talk more about  that in a future post. For now, we wish you happy hunting for whatever you find to be the  finest fit for you, whichever sort of electronic camera it may be!

How best to photograph Exhibition Stands

Published June 16, 2014 in On location

Exhibitions happen daily up and down the country, and are often packed with potential customers, and usual many photographers. Depending on the stand and whats being exhibited, there are often many good opportunities for great shots, but the type of shot will depend on yours, or your clients requirements.

For highly visual exhibits such fashion, cars, gadgets, art etc. the focal point of photos is often the products themselves, as well as the general public looking at, playing with etc the products. However some “less interesting” businesses may have less eye catching material to capture… this is where getting a great shot of the actual exhibition stand is worth while.

Some stands themselves look quite plain, but one new type we have seen at an increasing number of exhibitions is a kind of modular exhibition stand (as sold and hired by these guys) that looks impressive by itself. Getting good shots of these kind of stands is often done by being there really early or really late – i.e. when nobody gets in your shot. Getting great close ups of the stands may also result in an extra revenue stream, by offering them to suppliers and distributors who are always on the look out for decent photos to showcase their wares.

Let us know links to some of your favourite exhibition photos in the comments!

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