Smart Photography Camera Attachment Tip

“Steady Shots from the Comfort of Your Car”

Not everyone is John Muir, roaming the wilds with just a walking stick and a broad-brimmed hat. Some folks would rather shoot without leaving the comfort of their automobile.

Sometimes, you’re not allowed out of your car, such as when you’re visiting certain wild game preserves or protected wildlife areas. Other times, you can use your vehicle as a duck blind of sorts. Animals seem less concerned about people when they are safely strapped inside an automobile. And then there are those days when you just don’t feel like taking a hike.

Regardless of the situation, you want sharp images from your day’s outing. And the best way to keep things nice and crisp is to steady the camera during exposure. But in a car, that’s easier said than done. It’s not like you can set up your tripod on the front seat.

But what you can do is use the car itself as a stabilizer. Roll down the window about 2/3 of the way and attach a Bogen Car Window Pod (catalog #3292) with a Junior Tripod Style Head.

If $85 is a little more serious than you care to get for your front-seat shooting, take a look at Pedco’s UltraClamp (US$29.95) with UltraMount (US$10.95),If you really need to go on the cheap, try the Pillow Pod Beanbag, available for about US$6 from Porter’s Camera Store. Photo beanbags are great accessories to keep in the trunk because you can use them in so many situations. The bag conforms to the surface on which its placed, providing a steady support for your camera while protecting it from the surface itself. You can plop it over the edge of a car window, on a tree limb, or even on the ledge of a balcony, and it will help you take sharper shots.

Here’s one word of advice: be sure to keep the camera strap around your neck when you place your expensive investment on the edge of anything. One false move and both camera and beanbag might go tumbling to their doom. You’ll get over the loss of the beanbag pretty quickly. Recovering from a shattered camera might take a little longer.

The Best Way To Clean Your Digital Camera

This week I’ve been asked a barrel of questions! I’m very lucky to have such a loyal group of subscribers. One the questions I was asked was from John about digital camera cleaning and what sort of digital camera cleaning equipment did he need (a different John to last week).

Well don’t do what I did before I knew anything about photography. It’s embarrassing, but I’ll tell you anyway. I was standing at a beautiful beach one balmy, Aussie summers dusk and there was a rush of wind. It blew sand all over me and onto the digital camera. Knowing ‘zip’ about digital camera care and maintenance at the time I cleaned the lense with the corner of my t-shirt and went on my merry way.

When I arrived home that night I took out my digital camera to download the images to the computer and out fell small particles of sand onto the floor. I thought “what the..?” I was surprised to see so many grains. I took off the lense cap and there were sand granules embedded into the edge of the lense. And that particular digital camera lense has never retained the same sharpness and clarity since my various trips to the beach. After a while the sand granules on the lense caused the annoying lack of quality that I previously had. I’ve done a lot of dumb things in my time with digital photography from not knowing any better, and that was a doozy.

Thankfully I learnt and am now teaching digital photography. Camera care and cleaning is a regular thing you should give your digital camera. And the best way to clean a lenes? Carefully! This is why you should never take the edge of your t-shirt and clean it because unbeknownst to you, you could be leaving tiny trails of grit and dirt on the lense causing scratching.

Remember all digital camera lenses are made of glass. The clarity and sharpness you get in your digital photos relies heavily on the surface of that glass to be squeaky clean. Nothing must get onto the lense if you can help it. Its pretty hard to keep a lense 100% clean because of dust particles floating around in the air, but you can get as close to100% as possible with some handy digital photography camera cleaning equipment.

There are a couple of ways you can clean your digital cameras lens, and that’s with a bit of spit…..just kidding. Seriously, you must use a proper lense cleaning cloth. You can use cleaning fluid too. This can cause some streaking across the lense if you use too much. One drop on your lens cleaning cloth in a gentle circular motion with a will get most marks off a lens.

In popular digital camera stores you can buy a pretty good lens cleaning fluid. It shouldn’t be more than $20-$25 depending on where you go. The digital camera lense cleaning fluid is an alcohol-based fluid that, just between you and me, I wouldn’t take my digital camera out without it. The digital camera lens cleaning fluid is ideal because it’s not solely for dust but accidental finger prints and other unplanned smudges.

Don’t forget about your other digital camera filters too. You can have a polariser on the front of your lens which will most likely need a clean if you’re using your digital camera a lot, or if you are using it outside for a day. You’ll be amazed at how dirty the lens can get. If you’re not sure, grab a lense cleaning kit from your nearest digital camera store.

Personally I have several lens cleaning cloths, lens cleaning fluid, a brush with an air capsule to blow of dust then brush, cotton buds to get into the crevasse and a small leather pouch I keep it all in. The leather pouch is actually a small ladies purse. I bought it for the size and the durability and protection it gave my cleaning equipment.

Selecting a Photography Camera

Ever wondered how some magazines are able to take those amazing shots? No magic was involved in making it happen. The only thing done was getting the right equipment to shoot the subject.

The camera was first invented some time in the early 19th century. This invention was big and heavy so there was always a crew present to bring it around.

Improvements later on made this easy to carry around because of the weight and size. This also enabled people to buy it at a cheap price.

Cameras needed batteries for the flash and a roll of film so that the pictures can be developed. It took years before manufacturers were able to produce digital cameras, which is what is more popular these days.

There are more than 40 brands fighting in the photography market. This can surely give the person a headache in selecting the right camera to use. Here are some tips that will help in the deciding process.

  1. The person has to work on a certain budget. The basic model can be bought for less than $400. Those who want the advanced one that has interchangeable accessories will be spending more than a $1,000.
  2. Image resolution plays another factor in selecting a camera. The first models that came out were 3.0 or 4.0. Nowadays, there are 8.1 and higher making the images much clearer when these are seen on the LCD screen, in the computer or when it is printed on paper.
  3. The digital camera comes with a CD. Before selecting a particular brand, this has to be checked if the software is compatible with the computer at home. The person may have to upgrade it if it does not suit the requirements.
  4. The digital camera must also have a built in memory aside from the memory card. This will allow the user to shoot more than 300 pictures before it has to be uploaded in the computer. The individual can get more shots by buying a card that has more space.
  5. The digital camera must have an LCD to review the pictures after each shot that can be deleted if it is not that good. It must also have flash, a built in timer and a time and date setup display. The person can also ask the clerk for the model that records a few minutes of video.

There are a lot of photography cameras to choose from. There is no single brand that is better than the other because these function in the same manner. The individual can read some magazines to get some reviews before buying one and bringing it home.

Digital Photography Cameras

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When it comes to digital photography cameras, there are so many out there, when shopping for one, where do you begin? Though old models faze out and new ones take their place, most every digital camera has the same standard features. Of course you’ll want to choose a camera that fits in your budget and is appropriate for your level of expertise and picture taking needs.

Digital cameras are categorized on the following criteria:

Pixels- Each image is composed of a grid of tiny square units known as pixels. Some cameras express pixel values in two numbers: total pixel count and effective pixels. Total pixel count resembles the number of pixels of the sensor size and effective pixels amount is the number of pixels remaining after the edges have been trimmed.

Megapixels (MP) – One megapixel equals one million pixels. The larger the number of pixels each image has, the more the picture can be enlarged without losing sharpness quality. Hence, cameras with higher than 5 MP are ideal for commercial purposes.

Optical vs Digital Zoom- Most cameras offer both types of zoom lenses. In an optical zoom lens the focal length and magnification increases as the zoom expands. In a digital zoom lens an image is cropped down to a smaller area within the picture while magnifying its appearance. As the magnification increases, the image loses quality and becomes blurry. This can be corrected with image editing software.

Memory – Removable memory modules come in several forms and storage capacities. The Compact Flash (CF) is used in most digital cameras and come in storage capacities of 1-2 gigabytes. All other cards including Secure Digital (SD), Multimedia, Smart Media, XD, and Sony memory sticks are smaller in physical size and more commonly used in digicams than CF’s are. There is no major advantage in choosing one type over another, but each digital photography camera uses only one type.

When purchasing a camera, it is best to find one that suits your picture taking needs. Hence, if you’re a novice who takes pictures only on holidays or vacations, a camera with manual adjustments or more than 5 MP would be overkill. If you’re a professional photographer whom takes pictures for commercial use, a high-end DSLR camera may be perfect for you.

Importance of Joining a Photography

The reason I chose this as a topic, was I always see people that are eager to learn photography but don’t have the venue and to learn photography.

Here are some basic reasons, I would suggest you join a club.

1. Improve your photography.

Joining your a club will surely improve your photography. Seeing how others shoot
and studying their different shooting styles give you an insight to their
photography. You will be able to compare different styles and effects that
photographers do and choose the one that you are comfortable with.

The contest “themes” will give you a window to the photographers mind and how he
thinks the interpretation and execution will always be different because these are
expressions of their own creative styles.

2. Meet new friends that share the same passion.

When joining a club, you will meet new people that share the same passion of
photography and can keep this passion alive. It is hard to shoot by yourself and
share your work if no one is interested.In joining a club, you have an audience, a
friend and a teacher all rolled up into one.

3. Increase your confidence.

Showing of your photos and learning from each contest will give you the confidence
to be able to present your style and photographic work to others. As you build your
confidence you will also build up your own style and in turn build up your
photographic identity to others.

4. Explore the world together.

Sometimes you are given the opportunity to go travel as a group and explore
different places and share these places through your photography. At times you are
invited to On-the-spot shooting contests which are usually done out of town. These
are some of the things that put your creative juices to the test. Showing the world
through your eyes is always a reward in itself.

5. Humility.

In a club you will learn humility. Not everyone will like your style and the expensive
cameras are at par with any digital or film camera. The Photographers eye is what
counts. It is the theme execution that counts. You will always be judged and will not
always be on top. This is what drives you to perform better and want to outdo the

6. Learn for Free

The club is where you can go and learn for free by asking question on how the
photos were taken presented or how it was shot. you can learn from other members
that specialize in different fields like portraiture, wildlife, fashion, interior, wedding
or food. You can share tips and tricks that you have learned and understand how
others do their work.

7. Stock Photos

We have monthly meetings in our club and during those monthly meetings we have
our contest with different Theme each month. Thru the years you will be able to
compile Photos from different topics and from different Places and eventually have
your own mini “stock photo library”.

Digital Photography Classes That Obtain Awesome Results

Standing near a path, hedge, fence or wall which stretches away into the distance will carry the eye from the foreground through to the distance, giving the picture the extra dimension of depth. Rivers and streams, stretching into the distance, can be used to serve the same function with the added advantage of sparkling with light and reflecting a blue sky. Whether the photograph is framed to give a vertical picture (portrait format) or horizontal picture (landscape format) will always be dictated by purely visual considerations. Just what is visually most effective in any particular situation will determine whether we should take a landscape or portrait format photograph. Street scenes are another popular subject in this category. Streets in villages, old market towns or the endless variety of town scenes in other countries provide a continuous source of interest. Looking down a street automatically gives the picture a certain depth. Finding a suitable item for the foreground can help this along. This might be such things as a quaint shop front, a market stall, the wing of a car or a person.

If you’re planning on opening up a studio to take children’s photos then you’re going to need to lease a building. It doesn’t have to be anything large but it should be in a visible part of town with a lot of other businesses. Visibility is half the battle won. Finally, you’re going to have to take lots of photos, especially if you want to build a reputation for yourself. You’ll want to put together a portfolio of your work so that you can bring it around with you. Again, this is going to depend on what field you want to get into, whether it be freelancing for a magazine, setting up your own shop, or working for somebody else, which is usually a good way to break in. The world of photography is wide open. There are many options to each aspiring photographer. So pick a game plan and stick to it. With patience and perseverance, you’ll eventually get to where you want to be.

A digital photography camera is a tricky choice for some. Many people are more concerned with price than they are with how much memory the camera will have. The cameras range in price from a hundred dollars all the way to thousands of dollars. Depending on what is needed, the choice can seem overwhelming. One photography site that can help determine just what is right is Short courses. This site helps the consumer decide from the four major types of cameras as to which one fits their lifestyle. Digital photography is a great way to capture the images of an individual that will be seen for generations to come. By using digital photography instead of regular film, those memories will be perfect the first time. The choices of cameras are endless, and with the help of the internet, a person can make sure and choose the right camera that best fits their lifestyle and price range.

Anyone who wants to learn how to be a photographer doesn’t have to enroll for many years to get a degree. There are colleges who offer this as one of the subjects which the student may take as an elective. Can you still learn how to be a photographer being out of school for many years? The answer is yes. The only thing needed is your dedication to learn from the proper techniques and a camera to take some shots. Some students don’t have to go to campus anymore. There are some institutions that offer distance education. A good example is the New York Institute of Photography. You will learn everything from exposure, lenses, the various techniques used to cover different events, journalism and much more. Being affiliated with the school, you will be entitled to free online magazine articles such as contests and digital imaging.

Some of you may have more options than others depending on where you live. If there are several schools in your area I highly recommend investigating the following; 1) Go over the course outline; by looking over the subject matter in the digital photography course, you will be able to check out which classes are suitable for your skill level. Some classes teach just the basics like how to work your camera. So if you’re well passed that, why not take on something a little more challenging? 2) See if there are any interesting aspects to your class. Does the class teach nothing but black and white photography? Will you be out and about in nature trying to photograph birds at six in the morning? Some of this may interest you and it also might give you a headache.

Computer skills: A good photography school needs to have courses regarding the use of computers. The field of photography is a very competitive one and you could really use some knowledge of computers. With the advent of digital photography, the need for computer literacy is more evident than ever. Scholarships It would be best if the photography school is offering some kind of financial assistance for their students. Some of the equipments in photography are not that cheap. These are just some tips on how to choose a photography school. Choosing the right school is as important as having a good view of where you want to go. The right school is the best way to get there.

To keep yourself enthusiastic about your subject, you might want to shoot two or maybe three projects at a time. Spend a Saturday afternoon shooting your local town’s attractions and people, and next weekend drive into the nearest city to shoot architecture and calf culture. But how do you choose projects that will assist in creating strong saleable images? Search stock photography agencies, look through travel magazines and newspapers. What you see everyday is what sells. The key is to plan what you are going to shoot. Although we are all guided by weather conditions, it is possible to select the images you want before you arrive at your location. I rarely arrive without at least a few images mapped out in my head, and never without a shoot list. As travel photographers, it goes without saying that we have a passion for travel. It’s why we do what we do. But it is an extremely difficult business to get into. The catch 22 is that to produce a portfolio or stock image library you need time and money. To fund your photography you need to work. It will take time and dedication, but by shooting close to home you will gradually improve your photography skills and start to build a portfolio of images to be proud of. It all comes down to the way we view our surrounding.

Tips for Better Digital Photography

Digital photography is quickly replacing film photography. While there are some hobbyists and even professional photographers that still shoot film photos, the many advantages of digital photos are winning over more photographers on a daily basis. Digital photography tends to be easier and faster to shoot. In addition, it gives the photographer more options in shooting the pictures, editing the photos and even printing and ways of sharing the photos. If you’re ready to be a better digital photographer, here are some tips to get you shooting higher quality photos.

Tip #1 Be Aware of the Background

Not only do you have to be conscious of the subject you are shooting, but you also need to be aware of the objects or scenery in the background. The awareness helps you to keep trees from seemingly growing out of people’s heads or a passing vehicle that draws the attention away from your subject. Even if it means moving the subject you are shooting over a couple of steps or adjusting the angle at which you take the photo, it can make all the difference in the outcome of the picture.

Tips #2 Use Available Lighting

If your digital camera has an option to turn the flash off and there is sufficient natural lighting, then switch the flash off. In general, the flash on a camera is harsh and it reflects in the color quality of the digital photography. Camera flash can make human skin look pale or can distort colors and make subjects blurry. Indoor photographs may not provide enough light for the picture to turn out, so you may need to use the flash. In these circumstances, shoot away from windows or bright lights inside of the home or area to avoid overexposure of what you are shooting as well.

Tip #3 Shoot at a Slight Angle

Rather than take the photo straight ahead, shoot at a slight angle. Even a three-quarter angle toward a person’s face permits you to see more of the person’s features and expressions than if you shoot the photograph right in front of the subject’s face. Shooting subjects at a slight angle also has a slimming effect on the person that you are shooting and how they turn out in the photograph.

Tip #4 Focus

Not only can you use the focus feature on a digital camera, but you can also move closer or further away from what you are shooting to bring the subject into focus. When you get a little closer to your subject, the subject tends to fill more of the frame of the camera, and ultimately the photograph. This allows you to enhance the photograph and avoid taking photos with too much of a background and not enough of the subject you wanted to capture in the first place.

Tip #5 Avoid Dead Center Subjects

Never put the subject of your picture in the dead center of the frame. Instead, put the subject slightly off center; not a lot but just a little. When shooting a group of people, draw an imaginary line in the center of the group. Then, shift slightly to the left or the right of the imaginary line to take the picture.

Following these tips won’t turn you into an award-winning photographer overnight. What it will do is get you on the right path to taking better and more powerful photographs that others will comment on for years to come. Digital photography may remain your hobby or you may be able to make a little cash from selling your photographs. Either way, these tips will get you where you want to be.

Beginner Digital Photography Tips for Camera Excellence

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Learning digital photography tips as a beginner is a lot like learning a new sport. You must first acquaint yourself with the movements and foundational aspects of what you are learning before you can reach any level of success.

Concerning photography, one should realize that the key to successful photography taking begins with two things: a solid understand of how to use your camera and a solid understanding of composition.

What is Composition?

I’m talking about the arranging of objects in a photo frame. When you take a photo and look through the viewfinder you are looking through a frame. The contents within this frame are arranged according to where you stand and where you position your camera.

A simple adjustment of a few inches of your arm can turn an ugly beginner photo into a professional shot for a magazine cover! It’s these little adjustments and why professionals do them that will take you to the next level.

There are a handful of compositional techniques that you can learn. For example,simplicity, a simple rule, says to keep the photo simple. Avoid complex and cluttered image with too much information. Instead, find a subject and isolate it.

Example of Simplicity: Instead of standing in front of your subject and photographing it, zoom in to isolate the subject from the other objects nearby. Get lower and shoot from below to remove background objects. Use a small aperture to blur the background and isolate the subject as well (this is a more complex technique that uses camera techniques).

Camera Knowledge

The last technique above requires a good knowledge of the settings on your camera, particularly the shutter stop and aperture. The more you learn about your camera and how to use it, the better you’ll be able to take photos.

Learning how to use a camera is not nearly as complex as it once was. Fifty years ago before digital cameras were the norm, if you wanted to take photos you had to know how to use your camera and properly expose the image. If you didn’t, you would end up wasting rolls and rolls of film.

Despite the modern ease of cameras, it is important to learn the essential camera functions. Simply looking at your camera manual can be a great start. It all depends on the type of camera you have. If you have an automatic camera then you will be limited as far as what you can do. SLR cameras, on the other hand, offer a wide variety of functions and manual features.

It should be your goal to shoot in manual most of the time. This will result in better exposed images that look more professional.

How to Excel in Wedding Photography

Wedding photography is also a forte that has been mastered be amateurs over ages. It is essentially the most important day, in the life of two people and needs to be adhered to with proper value, recognition and honor.

Tip 1: Creating a list of the shots

Speak with the couple earlier and get a checklist of all the snapshots the couple are looking forward to. This will help you avoid mistakes like not photographing the happy couple with the grandma.

Tip 2: Get a coordinator

Getting the family to round up for all the photograph sessions, can be chaotic. In that case gets a coordinator to get things going on both sides. The coordinator can actually help you get all the people at the venue to round up for the photographs, so that nobody is missed. The happy couple will thus not be tired out, and the party continues for them.

Tip 3: Location probing

Make sure you have probed the entire location before the d day. This will help you picturing shots beforehand, so you do not actually get confused in the party and miss out on a good spot or idea in the process. Knowing the road actually makes travelling easier.

Tip 4: Prep your way ahead

Have a back-up for a bad weather plan, a battery charging option, a back-up plan for your memory card malfunctioning. The itinerary must always be handy so as not to lose track of the day.

Tip 5: find out the couple’s expectations

The style varies with every photographer. Ensure you have the styling expertise on the kind of shots that the couple wants in place in their wedding album.

Tip 6: Turn the sound off

Beeps and clicks do not add to the vows and the kiss. They only spoil the moment. Be invisible, which is the way the couple will love your work. Switch the sound off on the camera.

Tip 7: Keep up the minute detailing part

Flowers, centerpieces, dresses, menus, dresses make up a wedding. These have a different style and trick to get through with. This is also the part that usually takes you to the top of your acclaim.

Tip 8: Camera usage

Always have an extra camera for the day. Use two different lenses for the cameras. This will help you get perfect shots in every go. A wide angle lens works best for the wide angles, and a longer lens will help you trace the larger shots.

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Top 5 Tips For Taking Great Camera Phone Photos

Most of us have mobile phones these days with a camera feature. And, most of us don’t know how to use them to take the best possible photos despite their limitations. People either take lots of really bad photos that are often blurry and the subjects indistinct, or, never take the opportunity to use them.

We always have our phones with us but seldom carry a camera all the time. We lose many opportunities for shooting and the camera phone allows us to redeem the situation. That old adage “a Kodak moment” happens all the time but where’s the Kodak camera?  Let’s take a look at a few tips that will encourage you to shoot more often with your camera phone.

1. Shoot lots of photos

This should be obvious. A camera phone is with us all the time but we don’t take the opportunities. Shooting lots of photos increases your chances of capturing a great shot. Okay, so there are limitations on how good the shot will be because of the limitations of a phone camera. But, many will be really acceptable and printable. Taking lots of photos helps you practise and practise makes perfect.

2. Get in close

As with any camera be it compact, film or digital SLR the closer you get to your subject the better the image. Fill your frame with the subject and exclude all unnecessary clutter. With camera phones your zooming feature is digital and the more you zoom the more the image degrades. So move those feet and get closer. Not too close though as you’ll find the image starting to distort and find that blurring will start to occur.

3. Shoot at eye level

By getting down to the eye level of your subject you immediately change the whole image and make it far more engaging for the viewer. Eyes are said to be the window to the soul and by focusing on them will draw you into the photo. Just make sure that they are in focus. Out of focus eyes spoil the image even if the rest of the subject is sharp.

4. Change your angle.

Doing this will immediately make your images more interesting. Everyone shoots photos with the subject in the middle of the image. Get up higher, lie down on your back and shoot up or change your viewpoint. All of these angles will make for a far more interesting photo. Don’t be afraid to try new angles and even make a fool of yourself doing it. When you see how good the photo looks you’ll be happy you did.

5. Don’t move around

Change your viewpoint, yes. But, don’t move your camera once you have your viewpoint. Keep very still as camera phones don’t have the best shutter speeds and you need to remain very still. Remain still for a second or two after pressing the button to make sure you get a great shot. Hearing the shutter doesn’t mean the camera has finished taking the image.

Learning to take great camera phone photos is just part of your photography journey. What you’ll probably find is that it will encourage you to learn more about photography. Camera phones have their limitations and your successes will be limited. But, by using them to their fullest will probably encourage you to use your digital camera more often or even buy one.

Make sure that above all you keep shooting photos no matter what camera you have. Practise is key to becoming a better photographer and no matter what camera one uses, we all want to take great images. So use your camera phone photo experience to help you become a better photographer.