Photography isn’t the cheapest hobby to get into – even the most basic, entry level DSLR cameras cost around £200 (US$280 approx.). In an ideal world, that would be the only purchase you’d have to make – get the camera and start taking photos. In reality, there are certain “extras” that you will want to make a priority, at the same time as buying your DSLR. On top of that, as you get more experienced with your sophisticated camera and get more and more hooked on this fascinating hobby, there are other accessories that you may also want or need.
These are ten accessories that I own and use on a regular basis, which you may wish to consider acquiring, sooner or later. I’ve ranked them in order of most important, to those that are really useful, but which can be added at a later date (if wanted):
1. SD Memory Cards… Put simply, no memory cards = no photos. SD Memory Cards are usually the tool that DSLR cameras use to record all those photos (and videos,
Light painting is a creative way to explore photography when you’ve gotten bored with taking all those standard or cliché photos and have gotten to grips with the features of your sophisticated DSLR camera.
While the activity is most commonly referred to as “Light Painting”, there are actually two distinct styles:
- Style 1: Light Painting… This is where you take a light source (such as a flashlight) and shine it onto an object in your scene (such as a monument or the side wall of an interesting building).
- Style 2: Light Drawing… This is where you shine the light source directly towards the camera and you use the flashlight to write your name or to draw something.
Throughout the remainder of this article, I will use the term “light painting”, but that will also include light drawing. Whichever of these styles you want to explore, you might need to get hold of the following tools:
1. DSLR Camera… The reason you want a DSLR is because you will need to be able to adjust the Shutter Speed to a
When you’re new to photography, whether you’re using an old film camera or a modern digital SLR (a.k.a. “DSLR”), for a time, you may be content just to roam about with camera in hand. Many modern DSLR camera lenses have built-in optical image stabilization, which helps counteract the movement you may inadvertently introduce, despite trying your best to keep your movements under control while taking your photos.
For some situations, you can often get away without using a tripod and, in fact, having your camera mounted on a tripod can inhibit how creatively you use the camera to create your photographic masterpieces.
However, there are situations when a tripod is invaluable. I will cover some typical example situations, and then discuss your options when it comes to buying a tripod – whether it be a more traditional aluminium or carbon fiber tripod, or one of the alternative tripods, such as a Gorilla Pod, an Ultra Pod II, or a camera beanbag.
Why You Might Want To Buy A Tripod
For every situation where a tripod is needed, it is required in order to avoid introducing
The Virtual Vanity Box
Photo Editing tools have become ubiquitous. Visible flaws can now be swiftly fixed or re-fixed. With the introduction of various social media platforms, each and all of us want to look fabulous and glamorous for their display profile pictures. Almost every person now applies these applications, graphic slates, or professional programmes to alter their raw JPEGs or GIFs. Photo Editing endows a hassle free fix for the photographs to make them look just right and interesting to gaze at. Mentioned below are a few major scenarios where these smart editing tools can provide a touch up with precision.
Amateur photographers do not understand the unavoidable use of tripods or monopods in dim lights. Therefore, their pictures come out to be blurry or unclear. Blurred photographs can now be made clear and sharp. There are tools which can also aid you to reverse the effect i.e. anonymize a photograph by blurring it.
Removal of the Red Eye
This defect is generic in photos of the people with light eye colour and when
1. Select The Correct Lens & Use It Appropriately… Wide angle lenses, telephoto lenses, macro lenses, fish eye lenses; they all produce different results and impact differently on your image, particularly in relation to the proximity to your subject. For instance, wide angle lenses tend to distort features when close up to your subject; they’re not the most flattering to people (remember that, especially when photographing women). Unless you’re deliberately after a slightly warped look to your portrait photos, you’re going to create more flattering photos of people when using a longer focal length, such as 105mm to 200mm (that means choosing a telephoto lens). Landscape photos generally appear better with wide angle lenses, as you’re taking advantage of the wide angle to capture as much of the scene as possible, and because you’re not physically close to the subjects in the frame (trees, rocks, rivers, etc.), they don’t take on that same warped effect that you’d typically see, if photographing close up to your subject, with a wide angle lens. While close-up portraits of people tend not to be most flattering
If you have a digital camera, you may want to clean its sensor on a regular basis. For this, you can use a sensor gel stick. This type of product can be used on all DSLR cameras. However, you can also clean the lens of your compact cameras. Let’s help you know how to use the product.
First of all, you should get the sensor exposed. Once the whole sensor becomes visible, you should clean the lens with the gel stick. Then you should clean the dust off the gel using the adhesive paper that comes with the gel stick. Remember: don’t make a rush when cleaning the camera. You don’t want to drop the camera accidentally.
You can use the gel several times repeating the process over and over again. Once you are done, you should turn the camera off, install the lens and set the aperture to f/32. Now, take a photo of a white wall or a white piece of paper. If the picture is free of any spots, the lens is clean.
Usually, sensor gel sticks should not be used in a
Here are 10 features of your DSLR camera that you should know. They will help improve you as a photographer…
1. Shooting Modes #1 (Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual modes)
- Aperture Priority Mode… This lets you control / adjust the aperture, while the camera takes charge of determining the shutter speed, based upon the other settings (including the aperture). Adjusting the aperture causes background elements in your scene to become either crystal clear, or blurred. The wider the aperture, the more the background elements will become blurred, as you focus on your main subject. Conversely, a narrower aperture will enable you to include more things in your scene, without them being lost to the blurring that occurs with the wider apertures. Another thing that aperture adjustment does is to brighten or darken the overall image: with a wider aperture, you’re letting more light in through the lens, and onto the camera’s sensor, so images will become bright. Go the other way, and your images will become darker as you narrow the aperture, as this time you’re letting less light reach the sensor, during the period of
As a vast expanse of this world is still hidden under the cover of surging waves in various forms of water-bodies, the underwater photography is our only window to this mysterious aquatic world of miscellaneous floras and faunas.
No matter how calm the surface of a water-body appears, underneath the cover of such serenity lays a world that is filled with dynamic creatures of different shapes and sizes. The skillfully taken pictures of this aquatic world will not only amuse you with the colorful snapshots of different types of marine organisms, but will also provide you with the basic information about these creatures or plants that survive in the depth of various water-bodies.
These artfully taken pictures will also make you aware about the existence of different types of aquatic terrains that stay hidden from your naked eyes under the dense blanket of water and can only be presented in front of you through the mastery of underwater photographers.
So, it can undoubtedly be said that underwater photography works as your gateway to the unexplored aquatic world that is filled with different types of creatures whose
The Bridge Camera
I have been an admirer of bridge cameras ever since they made their appearance a good few years ago. They filled a gap that had been created between the mighty DSLR and the more diminutive Compact camera. The fact that they have a lens which is non-changeable and yet can cover huge focal distances appeals to many and means that they do not have to carry a bag full of different lenses with them
as they do if they have a DSLR.
A bit of background may help in understanding where I am coming from. I have been a keen photographer for many, many years and cut my teeth, so to speak, on film SLR’s having used Canon, Nikon and Pentax cameras long before digital cameras came on the scene.
I embraced the digital format and enjoyed the differences that it brought. In the intervening years I have tried a wide selection of different types of digital cameras. I have tried the simple compact, the bridge, the DSLR and more recently the CSC or compact mirrorless camera. Each one has their
Over the years, a lot has been happening in photography and its demand has only increased. Several genres of photography have been established, and individuals all around the globe have created an affinity towards this art. Product photography, for instance, is now a vital part of every business that sells goods and services. These days, marketing of such goods and services is imperative which is precisely why it is essential to take several aspects into consideration before clicking product photos.
Some of the aspects which you should cater to are:-
- Background: Well obviously, a background can make or break a picture which is precisely why you should always use a crisp white background. In case it is being utilized for an E-commerce website or online store, you should make sure that you get the perfect white colour by editing in Photoshop. But in case you need to use a vivid background, ensure that the colours make the product stand out and not the other way around.
- Depth of field: In case the items are patterned, make sure that your DSLR is set to the lowest priority
Advertisers know that a picture could be worth a thousand words and dollars both if the image comes out like they want it. They rely on professional photographers to capture images of both still and live subjects so that they can sell their products to the public. When you like taking pictures and want to join one of the many industries that utilize this form of art, you may wonder where you can learn the techniques needed to build a professional resume. You might get the training you need by taking classes offered by a professional institute.
Lessons Learned in Class
Taking pictures for a living goes beyond snapping photos on your cell phone or with your personal camera. Professionals are required to take a number of elements into consideration to ensure that the image comes out just right. If a picture does not come out right, it cannot be sold, and you effectively might have wasted your time.
The lessons you take in school will allow you the knowledge to take these elements into
Professional events could be anything ranging from an annual meet to promotional events for your company. These are events that are landmarks for your organisation where the time spent plays a very important role in the days to come. You may have your employees or other guests capturing photographs of the ongoings of the event but it is limited to what they intend to capture and not all the minute details of all that would take place. It is vital to have a record of the event either in the form of a video or professional photography where a photographer would use the best equipment to ensure that each and every moment is captured for you to have a record and reminisce it later.
Several photographers have made it a business where people are hiring them to be a part of corporate events and in turn, capture the special moments that take place. They not only help you sit in peace but also allow you to enjoy the event along with rest. While you hire them for your corporate events, here are a few benefits that you may
Travelers make a lot of mistakes on their trip. One of the common one of these is to fail to take good pictures! Travel photography is an amazing thing you can cherish for the rest of your life. Even when the trip ends, you can still experience the joy of looking at the photos and reminiscing the good times.
Let’s clear the most common misconception about travel photography. It’s not all about the camera. You need to capture photos that tell a story, so it is more than just owning an expensive camera.
Here are some easy tips to take amazing travel photos!
1. Do Your Homework
In the middle of all the excitement and packing for the trip, you’re missing out on something big. Don’t forget to do your homework for the trip. If it’s your first time to the destination, you’ve every reason to do a thorough research before the journey begins. Get to know the surroundings through articles and pictures. You may wish to befriend other famous photographers of the destination. Search the possibility of famous events happening during the dates that
Are you a professional photographer or an amateur? Do you take photographs for a living? Do you take photographs for a hobby? Do you take photos to express your artistic side? Or do you just like to take happy snaps whenever you can? Do the photos you take hold precious memories that you will treasure forever?
It doesn’t matter what the reason is for your photography, there is one thing they all have in common – a good quality camera!
When shopping for a new camera it can be quite difficult to choose between all the different kinds available. There are people who still prefer to use the old film cameras, which for some types of photos are really great. Most people these days though tend to go for a camera that is small, easy to use and still takes great, vibrant photos. If this is the type of camera you are after then you should consider a HP digital camera.
The days of the old film cameras are becoming numbered as more and more people are now optin for the preferred digital camera. Digital
With Australia heading into winter and expecting its first snowfall of the winter, many fair-weather photographers will be snuggling up in front of the fire keeping warm… but the more adventurous among you will want to get out and capture this winter wonderland on camera. This week we share our top tips for shooting great snow pictures. These snow pictures can be put on elegant canvases in a cheap and effective manner and be made the center pieces of attraction of your home!
1. Early to Rise and Early to Shoot!
Part of the magic of shooting in the snow is capturing those untouched shots before anyone has walked through it. Wrap up warm and head out as soon as the snow has finished falling, because you can guarantee that it won’t stay fresh for long!
Early mornings many times are the best times to be out and about shooting beautiful pictures!
2. Lighting is the key – Get your exposure right!
Winter and Snow means – lots of dark and
Mistake 1. Combining Light & Shadow
A good example of the mistake of combining light and shadow into photographs can be seen when family photos are taken outdoors. They might be in a really nice location, but the one orchestrating the photograph fails to appreciate how the light from the sun, as it filters its way through tree branches and foliage, is going to impact on the resulting image.
An example of bad lighting is where you’ve got your subject in “some some, some shade” and it just ends up being a really, really bad place to take a photograph of someone. And this is what happens with typical family orchestrated portraits, taken outdoors
The ideal to aim for is something more neutral, such as taking your subject (i.e. family members) and placing it/them all in shade, and then adding light with your external flash – the key is to start with the right location (such as in the shade), so that you don’t have any shadows falling on your subject and creating a really strong and visually off-putting combination of bits of shadow and bits of light.
A well-maintained camera is always of value to any photographer. Whether you are into photography professionally or you just love snapping beautiful images for personal pleasure, you must learn how to maintain the camera. Apart from getting a high quality camera bag to keep it safe, you must also do proper cleaning of the device. The cleaning is not just on the body of the camera, but most importantly for the lens and sensor. A clean camera will operate smoothly and will fetch you clean and crisp images. You will manage to extend the life of your camera when you adopt a proper cleaning regime.
One of the easiest ways of knowing whether your camera parts need cleaning, especially when you have not used it for a considerable length of time is to photograph a white clean wall or a white clean paper. This should be done on automatic mode for even exposure and then you can import the images to a computer so you can have a full size view. Check the image for smudges, stringy marks and dots. If you note them, they could be on
A dirty, dusty sensor will not get you very good shots, you most likely get smudged shots and if you value photography, then you know this is not always a very good state of affairs. Fortunately, with the right sensor cleaning kit, it is very possible for you to keep the sensor clean and functional. One simple tip to avoid getting dirt on the sensor would be to hold the camera downwards when changing the lens so that the dust manages to fall out and not into your camera. You should also turn off the camera every time before you change the lenses because sensors which are electronically charged will attract dust.
1. Camera cleaning mode
Most digital cameras have a sensor cleaning mode and this is what you should always try first before going for any other type of cleaning. You should remove the lens and then aim your camera downwards when engaging the cleaning mode. This way, dislodged dust and dirt will fall out easily. The sensor cleaning mode is sometimes all you need to have a clean sensor, but you might need to employ
The first camera was used for perspective drawing; it is a box with a pinhole called the Camera Obscura, meaning ‘Dark Room’ in Latin. Johannes Kepler, a German astronomer first used the term in 1604. The Camera Obscura is a box fitted with a Len in which it faces the targeted image to project an upside down image on a piece of paper therefore artist would trace that image on the paper.
Things started to change for the history of photography during the 17th – 18th century as we as human beings; it is natural for us to be driven to create something better.
In 1717, a German professor named Johann Heinrick Schultz first discovered that images could be recorded using silver nitrate on paper but was not able to sustain the image permanently. This was only the beginning.
Fast forward to 1822, a French artist named Louis Daguerra created the first camera in which he called ‘The Daguerro Type’. ‘The Daguerro Type’ would engrave an image onto a bitumen-coated metal plate calling this process ‘heliograph’. It was not
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Photography may be a more effective and reasonably inexpensive alternative to drawing or painting, but more thought and feeling goes into a painting than a photograph.
Photography is relatively simple in comparison to painting, which is a much more complex task. With photography, the composition is already completely arranged, but with a painting the objective is much more open to interpretation by the artist. The artist has the ability to capture much more emotion, understanding, and significance in an event and apply this fiery drive to his paintbrush when creating his own masterpiece.
When dealing with reality, I think a photograph may represent an actual physical recollection of a person or object, but a painting created from scratch adds the reality of perception to the equation. Reality is always open to a different observation and interpretation.
Artists during the Realism period concentrated on the real world as they saw it, and chose to construct their pieces of work with normal, everyday activities, therefore making it all the more real. One painter during this time period was Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot.