Buying a Good Camera

Canon Camera

Cameras have been used in the world for long time. They are used to capture important moments in our lives for future reference and memories. These devices have therefore become crucial necessities especially in a world where each day is marked by a memorable event. In a world full of competition, many camera companies have emerged, meaning a variety of cameras in the market. This fact raises the question of buying a good camera. Some cameras are embedded in other gadgets such as mobile phones and laptops. It is therefore important for the buyer to be specific about the use before buying.

The three most important things you should put in mind are aperture, ISO and shutter speed. The three work hand in hand and it is a matter of controlling them in order to ensure that you have the best image. The ISO basically explains your camera’s sensitivity and it is usually set against a certain standard. In our modern digital cameras, the ISO is adjusted to the user’s satisfaction. The higher the ISO in a camera, the brighter the image and this is achieved by amplifying the images collected. This process normally results into errors that are usually seen through the speckling and unattractive effect in photos. The camera’s sensor quality and noise reduction capabilities will result into better images. Nikon’s D4 and 5D Mark III are great in this respect.

When it comes to aperture, most lenses are capable of constricting light that goes through them using an element known as diaphragm. If you required more light in the image, backward adjustment of diaphragm is done. Where less is required, then limiting of incoming rays can help. Therefore, aperture is the relative measure of the lens opening. This means that lower f-numbers is an indication of wide aperture. One disadvantage of a wide open lens is that they allow too much unfocused rays of light. This normally results to shallow field depth; this means that anything behind or in front of focus appears blurry. For larger focus, we would obviously tighten our aperture to f/8 – this bundles the incoming light to a more focused beam resulting to greater depth of the focus area. The main thing that you should note here is that defocusing effect is not impressive with smaller sensors.

As opposed to aperture and ISO, shutter speed controls time spent by the camera collecting light. This is normally measured in a second’s fraction, so a 1/125 speed shutter means that the shutter is able to open 125th of a second. For a blur-free shot, a high speed shutter is required. On the other hand, lower speed shutter enables you to soak up more light at the expense of blurry results.

Finally, apart from ISO, aperture and shutter speed, there are other features and factors that a camera buyer must consider such as megapixels and lens sharpness. When it comes to megapixels, what you need to consider is how big the image can be without necessarily making digital enlargements. A 3 megapixel photo can conveniently be printed on a 6 by 4 inch paper at 300ppi. A great Lens on the other hand, allows light to filter through thus giving you the best picture.

Bride Guide To Wedding Photography

Wedding Bride

A wedding is one of the most treasured life time events and such events should always be remembered. One thing that will help you remembers the events are the photographs. As we all know, women always cling to these memories so that they can share them later with their friends and pictures are the best proofs.

For you to have the best photos on your wedding day, you need to plan well for photography. There are important things you have to consider in order to have the best wedding day that is worth remembering for as long as you will live. The following are Wedding Photography Guide For Brides.

Wedding Photography Guides

If you want end up with best pictures after the wedding, then you really should consider the best ground for shooting photographs. Bear in mind that the spot where your pictures will be taken will appear as the background in your wedding pictures.

Hire a professional photographer

Despite the fact that many people can handle a photo camera or video cameras, it is very important that you book a professional photographer with some experience. This will be perfect and accuracy will be attained. With the presence of a skilled photo man, things will run smoothly. Apart from shooting quality pictures, professional photographers will also assist in the following ways;

  • Setting up the perfect backgrounds for your pictures
  • Suggest best wedding poses and photo styles
  • Produce you high quality snaps

Have a pre-wedding photo shoot

This will help you confirm whether the photo man is who you really want. It also creates a room for you and the photographer to trust each other so that when the wedding day comes, you will not feel like he is a stranger and you will not fear posing a certain pose because you will now be familiar with the photo man.

Make up

This is another requirement. A bride should appear smart in the picture better than anyone else, this is true, besides, it is your day and you should not let someone else be the outstanding one to look at. Before the wedding day, make sure that you have prepared enough how you will appear on your wedding day photos. If you want to appear smart and stylish in your wedding photos, you need to;

  • Dress your hair early enough, make sure it is the correct style that you want
  • Arrange for make-up and assign those specialist you want to make you look smart

Plan for the weather

The weather also matters. You have to choose your wedding day to be on a perfect weather day. The weather affects the light and brightness of a day, and for your wedding photos to appear clear and standard, the day should rest on a clear weather day.

Bouquets

Because every wedding must have flowers, yours should too. But when it comes to photo shooting, you need to choose the types of flowers you want to appear on the pictures. These chosen flowers are supposed to add colorful features to your wedding pictures. Also, choose the right size which is not too heavy.

When you as a bride consider and follow these guides, your wedding photography process will run smooth and easy. The pictures form this day will be of quality and will remain treasured whenever you will be looking at them.

Top Winter Photography Tips

Winter Photography

While most may consider winter a not so good time to be out and about, it actually poses a great time for one to be able to get some breath taking photos. However, taking photos in winter does have its challenges and many people might confess that the pictures don’t come out as they would like and as such end up being disappointed. However, this does not have to be the case or at least, it won’t be once you get the tips that will transform your winter photos into master pieces. Here are some of them.

Keep warm

First and foremost, you need to keep warm and get the right gear. The last thing you want is to have shaky hands while you’re taking your photos due to shivering as a result of exposing yourself to the cold. Get your jacket boots and gloves. Everything you need to keep you warm. Once you have all that on, you can now step outside.

Keep your camera cold

Have you ever noticed that when you put something cold in a glass that was previously warm it fogs? The same is likely to happen to the mirror of your camera. This is potentially dangerous because it might end up short circuiting the components once the fog condenses. To avoid this, don’t keep the camera in your coat or close to your body. Just leave it as you would in its gear. It will also give you an easier time while shooting.
White balance.

Among the things that might be quite a disappointment when shooting during winter is the white balance. You tend to end up with blue snow and if that is not the case you tend to have some strand shadows. To avoid this, start by shooting raw. This means that you disable the auto white balance as in most cases it is the one that is responsible for the blue snow. Additionally, after you have taken your photo you can adjust the color as much as you want hence this does not pose a problem and also allows you to have your white snow. Disabling this functionality also allows you more flexibility when setting the white balance on the jpeg as opposed to what would be the case if it was on.

Exposure

This is easily among the top issues that most people find annoying when doing winter photography. Exposure in this scenario is tricky because there is too much white in the details. If you expose for too long, you end up with all the details washed out and if you take too short the photo looks dark. However, there are certain tools that you can use that are vital in helping you get the exposure right and one of them is the histogram. By taking a quick look at your photo once you have taken it, the histogram lets you know how much you should adjust the exposure to get the right image and detail.

Rail Tracks in Winter

There are other minor problems that one may face while taking pictures in the winter but these are the most notorious and working with the tips that have been offered puts a great difference in the quality of pictures that you’re able to shoot allowing you to be happier with your winter photography.

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