At BetterPhoto.com, I've seen many photographers improve the overall quality of their work, thanks to the regular use of this valuable accessory: the tripod.
When I started using a tripod consistently for stationary subjects, two awesome things happened: 1) using a tripod regularly soon became a habit; and better still, 2) my photography improved immediately.
For the past few weeks I have been shooting with the Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5 cameras with both of the available lenses for the system, the 16mm f/2.8 and the 18-55 kit zoom. I have to say that the first week with the cameras were a bit hit and miss.
This is the Sony Cybershot W350. It features an extremely sensitive 14MP CCD sensor, an Optical Steady Shot stabilizer, immediate shutter response and a 4x Carl Zeiss zoom lens, which has a focal length of 26 to 105mm. This tiny camera also features 720 HD video.
When it comes to resolving power, I'm not sure if or when we'll ever get to the point where we can realistically say "We got enough!" But until we get to that point, we'll just have to "settle" for the Mamiya DM56.
The Nikon Coolpix S8000, at 14.2MP, is a thin camera (1.1 inch thick) with an optically stabilized, 30mm to 300mm 10X zoom Nikkor ED lens. This camera can also capture HD 720p video clips with stereo sound at 30 frames per second. The bright, super high-resolution, 921,000-dot LCD screen measures a full three inches.
The Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS is a Digital Elph camera with big camera features. The 3.8x optical zoom lens has a blazingly fast f-stop of 2.0. You can shoot in low light as well as capture out-of-focus backgrounds behind razor-sharp subjects.
I'm the kind of girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. So much so, sometimes it gets me in trouble. My style of photography, I believe, encompasses who I am as a person and also as a photographer. It's almost a never-ending question—as in life—I'm extremely curious and inquisitive.
Every rule or guideline in photography has an exception. A lot of what we like in our images is subjective, although composition and lighting principles give us a common framework to critique our work as well as the work of others. One important aspect of an image is the quality of light.
I’ve been intrigued by the iPhone photography of Dan Burkholder and others. I love the weathered look, and the apps are getting quite cogent, enabling us to create large files for print. Now, by large files, we’re not talking 20x30 inches, but we can certainly make up to 13x19-inch prints, that can have a fine art, abstract and saleable look.
If you've ever scratched the surface of your digital camera's LCD screen, you already know how disturbing it can be. And it never goes away... ever. To better ensure scuffs and scratches don't put a damper on your day every time you glance at your LCD screen, Pearstone has introduced a new line of heavy-duty, polycarbonate LCD screen protectors designed for use on a variety of DSLRs and smaller digital cameras.
Do your pictures tend to elicit more "ho-hums" than "a-has"? One reason may have to do with the quality of light. In short, fine light adds visual impact. When planning workshops and our own personal outings, I think about the light just as much as I do about the subject.
Camera-mounted speedlites can be lifesavers when you're shooting under low-light conditions, but if you wish to avoid the "blast-in-the-face" lighting effects of on-camera flashguns, you're pretty much limited to bouncing and diffusing. If you're looking to expand the abilities of your speedlite you should have a look at the new Dot Line RPS Studio Speedlite Accessory Kit.
The very best way to improve as a photographer does not involve any particular piece of gear or course of study, nor does it involve apprenticing yourself to a master photographer. Impoverishing yourself by working on nothing but photography as something of a photographic "monk" will not do it, either. While all of these things may improve your photography, the best way is much simpler, yet for many photographers it seems much harder.
In this video on travel photography, professional photographer Ashok Sinha will share “behind-the-scenes” information on photographs that successfully capture his passion for travel and diverse cultures.
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