was it a mistake to buy a nikon d60 dslr as a starting photographer?
i searched nikon d60 in the search answers and browsed through many questions and answers, but many people suggest its a bad camera due to the lack of motor and such.
what do you think?
keep it? sell it? embrace it?
a photographer is determine by his pictures, not equipment?
“Pictureas are not taken, they are made.” Ansel Adams.
“It isn’t the camera, its the photographer.”
Keep the D60 and begin learning about light, composition, exposure and depth of field. Then practice using that knowledge to make the pictures you want to make. These sites will get you started:
You’ll also need to spend time to really READ & STUDY the Owner’s Manual for your camera. Its full of information about all the features and benefits of your camera and you need to know them. After all, if you don’t know them how can you use them?
Good photography requires thinking and thinking requires time. To make a good picture you must think about the composition, the light, the exposure and the depth of field. If you just go out and point & shoot, point & shoot, point & shoot then all you’re doing is taking snapshots. Its what I call the “machine gunner mentality” – take 300 exposures and hope – hope – a few turn out. I encourage adopting what I call the “sniper mentality” – make one exposure, make one good picture.
When a scene catches your attention, don’t just stand there and compose and shoot. Look at the scene standing, kneeling, sitting, maybe even flat on your belly. Move to the right. Move to the left. Back up. Get closer. Try a landscape (horizontal) composition. Try a portrait (vertical) composition. Decide if everything should be in focus (maximum depth of field) or just your main subject (minimum depth of field). Although that flower might look nice in direct sunlight why not get around behind it and shoot it backlit with the light coming through the petals?
Http://www.flickr.com/photos/drifter45h/3581810196/ Flat on my belly in wet grass.
Http://www.flickr.com/photos/drifter45h/2758839501/ This looked better backlit.
Http://www.flickr.com/photos/drifter45h/4032748624/ This is just as I saw it.
While you’re deciding on the best point of view and composition you also need to actually look at what other elements will be in the picture. Litter? Power lines? A dead tree branch? A blah, washed-out sky? Then you have to change your composition to eliminate or at least minimize those distractions. Sure, you can probably clone them out with an editing program but that takes time – time you could be using your camera. The idea is to “Get it right in the camera” because that minimizes your editing time.
Http://www.flickr.com/photos/drifter45h/3991210245/ Before making this picture I picked up 3 cigarette butts, a discarded tissue and a plastic bottle. That’s why I carry hand sanitizer and a small garbage bag.
So study and practice, study and practice. To my knowledge there aren’t any competitions or prizes for the person who makes the most exposures in a day so there’s no reason to not take your time and think about what you want to do and how you can do it.
Accessories I consider necessary as you get started:
1) A UV filter to protect the front element of your lens.
2) A circular polarizer filter. Its used to darken a blue sky and to remove/reduce glare/reflections from glass, snow, water, sand and painted metal – but not polished metal.
3) A lens cloth to keep your filters clean.
4) A tripod. For landscape photography a tripod is mandatory. The more you use a tripod the better your pictures will be.
Always buy quality filters. Choose from Heliopan, Tiffen, B+W, Hoya, Singh-Ray. Check out the Benro “Travel Angel” series of tripods. Manfrotto, Velbon, Slik, Gittos are also excellent brands.
1) Always shoot at your camera’s highest resolution.
2) Always use the lowest possible ISO.
3) Use your tripod whenever possible.
4) When using your tripod, use the camera’s self-timer to release the shutter. Turn VR “OFF” when using your tripod.
5) The horizon should be horizontal.
What should I do before I leave Acapulco?
I’m in Acapulco now, any suggestions on things to do before I leave?
EMERGENCY- PIE DE LA CUESTA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Go in front of the Centro Mercado and catch a green bus with “Pie de la Cuesta” at the very top, There are tons of buses but just look for all these markings ,Playa Luces on the bottom left on the windshield.Make sure it syas Pie de la Cuesta up top and Playa Luces, Hop on it , hand him 4.50 pesos per person and enjoy the ride. A good 45 minute ride , go past Air force base and entrance , Keep going all the way past the runway. He will shortly be turning that amusement park ride around and kick you off. He’s turning around to make the return route back into Acapulco at the Mercardo.
Head to the the store for Cold Coronas, and head down the alleyways to the beach. Sit back and enjoy. Replace backpack of cold beer when needed. You may have to walk a little ways to find one of the little mom & pop “mercardo’s ” . Enjoy ! It’s a much more laid back feel than Acapulco :)
Its completely deserted ! Not a sole to be seen for miles ! Huge waves . Go naked is what Mikey says…………….
Taxi – Probably 100 – 150 pesos. Tell him to take you out past the airforce plane runway at Pie de la Cuesta , Playa Luces . Many taxi’s at the Pie for the return trip. Drink BEER !.
Do not swim in the waves………….You will see! 10 , 15 footer’s !
While going out to the Air Base, Look over and on the other side of that road, That body of water is a fresh water lagoon. First Blood part 2 was filmed there. They have jet ski is to rent , boat tours , water skiing. Wash off the ocean salt water before heading back into Acapulco for the day.
Here are my adventures out at the Pie………….
Look for hotel Gilda. Great Hotel by the way.
Here is my Pie de la Cuesta group. This will give you a “feel” for the place.
Get away from the beachs here in Acapulco and relax…….You’ll love it.
Pack up a backpack with towels and such. Digital camera , sunscreen………….Ice is free when you buy you beer at any OXXO conv. Store. Get a cooler, buy beer and pack it up.
I travel light with a real big backpack, flip flops, ice and beer in the backpack if you pack it right.:)
Do you have a holiday packing list?
Can you use it whenever you go to a sunny climate and you never overpack?
I have one but always overpack.
Please share your list or tips.
Address list and list of important contacts or numbers
Backpack, suitcase, sports bag (something to pack everything in)
Paper or Notebook
Passport (check validity!)
Tickets and itinerary (airline, train, bus etc.)
ATM card (Maestro or Cirrus logos on the back are most widely accepted)
Calculator or currency converter
Cash in the local currency of your arrival destination
Credit card (Visa or Mastercard are most widely accepted)
Money belt (You can’t be too safe in some places)
Sufficient Travellers’ cheques (and receipts for travellers’ cheques)
Resource: Money on the Road
Bra (sports and regular)
Jumper, sweater or fleece
Long or thermal underwear
Long sleeve shirts
Pants or trousers
Pyjamas/Sleepwear (Member’s tip)
Sandals, shower shoes, thongs or jandals
Sarong or Lava lava
A good hat
Cotton handkerchief or tissues
Gloves or mittens
Knitted (woollen) hat
Raincoat or poncho
Comb or brush
Condoms and/or contraceptive pills
Contact lens equipment or glasses
Dental floss (also great for fixing things!)
Hair products (gel, spray etc.)
Moisturiser (face and body)
Shampoo and conditioner
Sunscreen and after sun cream
Talcum/baby powder – Useful against prickley heat, in shoes, on sticky zippers and more (Member’s tip)
Tampons and pads
First Aid Kit
Insect and/or mosquito repellent
Medicines/prescription Drugs (Member’s tip)
Motion sickness tablets
Paracetemol, Tylenol etc.
Replacement/rehydration salts sachets
Water purifying tablets
Yellow Fever certificate or International Certificate of Vaccination (Member’s tip)
Resource: Stay Healthy on the Road
Backpack rain cover
Camera, film and batteries – Spare flash cards or memory for digital
Chewing gum or mints – Especially if you are flying chewing something will help your ears
Combo or key locks
Diary or organiser
Duct tape – Fixes everything! (Member’s tip)
Electrical adapter and plug converter
Fishing line – Strongest string in the world! (Member’s tip)
Flashlight or torch – Don’t forget the batteries
Frisbee, hackey sack, ball, pack of cards or other recreational items
Gifts are always appreciated while travelling (Member’s tip)
Inflatable travel pillow
International driving license – If driving overseas, have your driving license translated
International Student Identification Card – For discounts worldwide
iPod, MP3 player, Discman etc. – Including music and batteries
Laptop – Especially for the business travellers
Maps (incl. Small map of the world to show where you are from) (Member’s tip)
Mini camera tripod – Big is better if you have the space!
Mobile phone or SIM card
Phone card – Both for local and international calls
Photocopies of important documents in case they are stolen (Member’s tip)
Phrase books or dictionaries
Pillow or pillowcase to stuff with clothes
Recharger for electrical items – Save some money on batteries
Resume and work references – Don’t forget these if you are planning to work while travelling
Skis, ski shoes, ski poles or a snowboard – If you are planning a winter holiday, you want to remember these!
Swiss Army knife or Leatherman tool – Don’t keep in your carry on as it will be removed
Toilet paper (Member’s tip)
Towels, beach and otherwise – the quick drying versions are very handy!
Travel alarm clock
Universal sink plug – Squash ball can double as one (Member’s tip)
Wet wipes/Baby wipes – Handy for cleaning hands or washing yourself in absense of a shower (Member’s tip)
Ziplock bags – The freezer ones are usually the best
How do I put pics from my memory card to another?
how do i put some pics on my memory card to my other memory card?? i wanna sort my pics
There’s several different ways.
If your computer has a built-in slot for the kind of memory card your camera uses, do the following. Make a new ‘working folder” on your computer to do the sorting. Remove the memory card from your camera and plug into into your computer’s memory card slot, and make sure it’s locked for security if your card has a switch to do that. Copy (“select all, copy” or selectively “drag and drop” ) the pictures from the camera card to the folder. Remove the camera memory card, plug in the target card, and move the pictures from the folder to the new card.
If your computer doesn’t have a memory card slot, and you’re trying to move pictures around from card to card by having your camera plugged into the computer, that may not be possible depending on your camera and its software. You could try something like the above (pictures in the camera to the computer, new card into the camera, transfer photos back to the camera) but the camera and its software may not allow the photos to be put back into a card installed in the camera.
As an alternative to the above choices, I seriously suggest you get a USB port memory card reader even if your computer has a memory card slot. The card readers work just like a removable flash drive. See link below of what’s available at Wal-Mart. Take out the camera card and put it into the card reader, plug it into your computer, transfer the pictures to your computer, unplug the reader and put in the new card, plug the reader back in and transfer the pictures you want back into the new card. Two of my digital cameras use SD type memory cards, and I purchased the $6.84 card reader for transferring pictures off my camera while traveling. It works fine. I also use the card reader for transferring a variety of photos from different places on my computer onto a blank memory card, so I can take them on that to a store for one hour printing.
Do we ‘read’ imagery differently today as oppsed to our 19thC forebears?
In which the manner the photograthic image is produced, disseminated and consumed as well as its meaning?
I feel It has undergone a radical since the advent of digital technology…
Good observation, Aaron. Art often was created with the purpose of helping others to awaken. Photography today is evolving (imo) back to those days. In the meantime, it really is a bit of a joke. It`s a bit of hay for the animal called vanity.
What I think is making the difference, aside from the level of evolution which travels in circles, is speed or time. A while ago I was being worked over by a traffic cop looking for spare cash (a bribe). I tried telling him I didn`t have any but that wasn`t working. I noticed that people were watching from the busy sidewalk so I pulled out my rent money. I flashed the big bills in front of the officer. Immediately the bystanders pulled out their cellfones and started clicking. It worked. The guy told me to buzz off and that was the end of it. The photos took on a different meaning from the `Hey neighbor! This was taken on our last vacation to Paris.`
Every difference makes a difference, step by baby step. Well at least until the washroom tappers catch on, then we might encounter some resistance. They might pass some new laws preventing people from doing things like those bystanders did in the above scenario.
All is well, though, don`t get me wrong. Now I can sit back and laugh about my experiences. A century from now I should have a permanent sore belly from laughing so much and it will feel so good. Cheers!
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Is there a way to take a picture from digital camera where the image goes straight to your computer?
I am looking for a way to take pictures with my digital camera by using my laptop or computer via USB cable to directly store the images instead of the memory stick or memory card. Is there a software that can do this?
I have a Sony DSLR 700 series Camera. I am on a tight budget but would like to learn more about camera tethering. Can anyone recommend a software I can use to tether my camera to my laptop to directly store it to the hard drive?
There are some ways to “tether” your camera to your computer. Some advanced DSLR’s can be attached to a computer using special software
Some P&S cameras, most notably Nikon Coolpix have cameras that can use WiFi to connect directly to a computer or many at once.
Can anyone provide me with reviews on digital cameras?
I am looking to buy a point and click digital camera for my sister for christmas. She wants something that is thin but is good for basic shots as well as the occasional video. My price range is somewhere under 200 dollars but for something exceptional, I’m willing to go above that. As a recap, my three biggest requirements are: thinness, low price, ease of use.
I would like a review of at least three different cameras.
My daughter is getting one from amazon. I’ll link that one, as well as similar ones
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Kodak Easyshare One 6 .1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
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* 6.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 14 x 19-inch prints
* 3x optical zoom; 3.0-inch vari-angle touch-screen LCD display
* Wi-fi connectivity allows you to email images directly from camera, transfer them without USB cables, and print wirelessly
* 256MB internal memory allows you to store up to 1,500 images without a memory card
* Powered by KLIC-5000 rechargeable li-ion battery (included); stores images on SD memory cards
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It’s a very cool looking little camera. The wifi is very limited. I’m a bit upset at kodak for this. They want to trap you into spending more money so they make it so you can’t independently access any of the wifi features. You have to sign up with T-mobile to use their hotspots, you have to upload the cameras through kodak, you can’t just send them to your computer, they MAKE you use their software, not cool. When you email pictures, you actually mail a link to your gallery through kodak, you can’t just mail the pictures. The interface is a good idea, but very hard to operate. The buttons you have to touch with the stylus are SO SO SO small, you frequently miss the right button, it feels as if this is an unfinished idea, but none of this stopped me from buying the camera, hopefully they upgrade the firmware, but for now, only buy it if you want to put in some work.
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Canon PowerShot SD600 6MP Digital Elph Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
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* 6.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 14 x 19-inch prints
* 3x optical zoom; 2.5-inch LCD display
* ISO 800 shooting; widescreen (16:9) stills recording
* Fast Frame Rate Movie Mode for shooting high-quality movies at up to 60 frames per second QVGA (320 x 240)
* Powered by a lithium-ion battery (battery and charger included); stores images on SD cards (16 MB memory card included)
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Reviewer: Donn Young (Columbus, OH USA) – See all my reviews
This is my third – and possibly final – digital camera. It does everything superbly and in a size I can just throw in my pocket so it’s always there. Before the SD600 I had a Canon S100 2.1 mp [a great camera] and a Sony DSC-W1 5.1 mp [a piece of $%#@ - every other image blurry].
With the Sony less than a year old, I couldn’t put up with it anymore – it was time to go back to Canon so I wouldn’t miss any future shots. I got the SD600 at Best Buy 1 day before leaving on a week-long trip to Boston. My 10-yr old daughter was studying the Revolutionary War in school so I was told to take a lot of photos and “Dad, make sure they aren’t blurry like all those others.” [She's got the old S100, so she's not worried].
Since I’d already had the old S100, the controls were familiar. Best Buy had a 1GB PNY SD chip on sale for $39, so I had room for over 500 photos, plus I picked up an extra battery.
In the week in Boston I shot day, night, flash, long exposure, high light, low light, drizzle, rain, sun, and even a short video of Morris dancers in Boston Common. Every shot was great – and not one blurry, even when the ‘shaking hand’ was on. I’m not sue that the image stabilization with the SD700 would be all that necessary.
I found that indoors [my greatest fear since the Sony made
What are some affordable and functional digital cameras?
I need a digital camera in the next 3 weeks and my price range is $100-$200. I thought I would have more time to save and do research for a camera but my trip was pushed forward but months. I currently have a Sony Cybershot that is like 4 years old and before that I also had a sony. Anyone I know with a Sony has had the same issues as me, where the camera is great at first and then starts getting buggy and crazy. So I am done with Sony.
Do you have any knowledge of good cameras, be specific not just a brand. And most importantly I would like for it to be able to focus, take great night photos or photos without very much light and for them not to be blurry, super delayed and to pick up color. I am so not a computer or tech person that needs a billion features like wifi. I just want a functional camera! lol Is it too much to ask for a camera that can take timely photos that look great?
The Canon PowerShot series has a complete line at every price level.
Can I transfer photos from my camera to my computer via wifi wireless?
I have a non-wifi enabled digital camera. Can I get an sd card (or relatively cheap gizmo) that will allow me to transfer photos over wifi. I am really sick of usb and card readers.
OR do I have to buy a wifi-enabled camera? If so, any suggestions in the $150-200 range?
ps – I am not interested in smartphones
Yes there are already a few wireless connection cameras out there but the best method of transferring files from the camera to the computer is through a USB card reader and My Computer in Windows or Finder in the Mac. The manual way is the only recommended method.
What sorts of tech gadgets do you imagine we’ll have in the year 2044?
Right now we’ve got iphones, ipods, remote starters for your car, powerful computers that are the size of a childrens book, wifi, hands free, GPS, TomTom, digital cameras, voice activated everything, etc…
Almost 40 years from now, how do you think those existing luxuries will be improved upon or what new things do you think we’ll see? Try to keep it to consumer electronics too. Military tech is another story.
I love kseigal’s idea about the bed! I want to make love in a bed like that! 8^)
We are seeing a lot of integration now–cellphones with cameras and GPS, GPSs with MP3 players, etc. I think we’ll see a lot more of that. TVs, computers, media players, GPSs, cellphones, internet terminals, etc. Etc. Will all come together into general ‘electronic devices’. They’ll probably come up with some good name for them, like iGizmo.
Notice how small cellphones and MP3s have gotten in just the last few years. It’s just a matter of time before we’re wearing them on the ear like a bluetooth earpiece, and then -inside- the ear like a hearing aid. These could also have GPS and guide you to your destination with voice commands. (“Now turn left up there by the gas station. It’s the fourth house on the left, with the birch tree. Watch out for that kid on the bike!”)
I have seen ‘glasses’ that have little TV screens on them. They could be made into real glasses that you wear all the time. You could watch TV on them, or other kinds of media, or use them as computer monitors. They are always with you, always connected to the Internet, integrated with your phone and your GPS and your MP3 player and video camera and. . . Well, you get the idea.
We are now only starting to realize remote-control devices. I mean calling your phone and entering codes on the keypad to turn on your heat, record stuff on your TV, thaw something for dinner, warm up your bed, etc. We’ll see a lot more of this integrated into the Internet and your personal in-ear phone/media device/Internet terminal.
WiFi will die, and good riddance! It will be replaced by something more universal. Wireless Internet that you can carry with you anywhere. Maybe a satellite-based system that you can use anywhere in the world, like GPS is today.
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Whats the rules of using someone else photograph?
I’m a digital designer and during my schooling I was able to use any copywrited material for personal use. Now as I’m nearing the end of my studies and I’m not really sure what the official rules are of using someone else photograph. I was told that as long as I manipulated the image in some way it technically is ok? If I change color, mask some of the edges and overlay some text, is it still legal to use?
If it is copyright you cannot use it without permission. End of.
Whoever told you that “as long as I manipulated the image” is quite simply talking out of the wrong hole.
I would suggest that if you want to go into anysort of business where this comes up that you read up on copyright law. Not only that which is specific to your country but also the Berne convention which is the international agreements.
How does the digital camera interact with other technologies?
Since the development of digital electronics in the 60s and 70s, everythng has turned digital. Sound is no longer recorded in squiggly grooves in vinyl but it’s digitized, turned into numbers, and stored on a CD. TV is no longer an analog signal but a digital signal, each frame turned into numbers and sent over the air or recorded on a DVD. Even audio and video editing is done digitally, on a computer like the one you’re looking at now.
In fact for the last few years our communications industries have been busily converting records, TV programs, movies, etc. To numbers to be sent over the Internet or stored on digital media. And this has included scanning photos and artworks so they could be stored, transported, copied, etc. Etc.
Well a digital camera actually produces the image already converted to numbers. Digital pictures are MUCH cheaper to store, to print, to copy, and MUCH MUCH easier to manipulate and edit. Even if you still use film, you send the film out to be processed and it comes back not as negatives and prints but a CD with your pictures on it. Prints from digital media are so easy to produce that you do them yourself at a kiosk in the drugstore, a technician doesn’t even have to be involved.
Digital cameras of a different kind allow you to do video telephone calls with distant relatives, to print your driver’s license with the picture on it, to count the cells in your blood, or to take pictures of distant stars from a telescope in space. Cameras can be connected directly to the Internet so the pictures can be viewed from anywhere in the world (or space!) There are even tiny cameras built into a camera you swallow, and they take pictures of the entire length of your intestines, from the inside.
How has the digital camera impacted your life?
You, personally–not how others use it.
A few months before my daughter was born in 1999, I got my first digital camera. It was an afterthought, really, because I had just dropped the serious money on a camcorder, which of course is the most important thing when you have a baby, right? Wrong.
I carried around my camcorder and shot footage of my daughter religiously for the first two years of her life. At the end of that time, I took all of the many tapes I had collected and put the raw footage on my computer to edit it. I basically made a music video of about 3 minutes but it literally took me nearly three 8 hours days to complete it!
After I completed my project, I showed the finished product to family and friends and they were suitably impressed, but I noticed that the rather large Kodak (Kodak??!!) digital camera I had gotten was taking the pictures that everyone seemed really wowed by. Looking back, she really was a beauty (the camera, not my daughter, though she is a beauty too)–hefty, not unlike a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III.. Oh yeah, and she packed a whopping 2.1 megapixels. But man, that camera took great pictures and I still have them.
It wasn’t long until I realized that I couldn’t really control my shooting environments as easily for video as I could when shooting stills and the poor camcorder started gathering dust. I eventually upgraded to another camcorder and gave it the old college try, but eventually that one went to eBay heaven too. By then, my lot was cast with the digital camera.
After my Kodak, I moved to Nikon for a while and used their Coolpix 995. I had that one before I made the switch to the Canon G2 (4MP). That day was a happy day for Canon, because they have gotten the lion’s share of my disposable income ever since. Today, I have a couple of Canon DSLR bodies and several “L” lenses. My wife has an Elph and I have a G9 (12MP) when I don’t want to take my whole rig with me. 12MP…I’ve come a long way, baby!
Needless to say, throughout all this, the digital camera has impacted my life in so many ways. I recall the joy and excitement I got when I took a picture of my daughter and didn’t have to wait a day or even 1 hour to have the film developed. And how I could find a way to email to someone halfway around the world and they could see it in minutes too. And then there’s the time I’ve spent doing it. I’ve chased around my wife, daughter and now, dog so much that they collectively asked me to start shooting other people, which I do today. There are weekends I work with several models and I often have an assistant (never thought I’d have that) and possibly a makeup artist. It’s my full-blown hobby now and nothing else really comes close anymore.
Cameras are fascinating things to me. The fact that someone came up with this portable little box that captures little moments in time is a gift. There is so much to learn about photography–it all comes down to light really–that you could probably never stop learning about technique. I read somewhere that the word photography means “painting with light.” I don’t know if that is true, but it’s very apropos of what you can accomplish with a camera.
Of course, you still can spend another lifetime learning everything there is about how to edit and manipulate images on your computer. So many pictures, so little time.
All of this is to say the digital camera has impacted my life greatly. It takes up a good chunk of my free time and my family enjoys seeing my handiwork, so that is gratifying. I can put what I shoot online for whomever I choose to see it and I can have total strangers from across the globe view and critique my work. It has given me a hobby and a potential source of income, if I choose to go that route. And I will never be uninterested in what new cameras or lenses come out, even if I can’t always afford them!
Hi fellow seniors, have you taken any photographs recently?
I wonder which type of camera you are using ?
Hubby is due a ‘special’ birthday in November and says he would like a modern digital camera preferably one with a decent sized clear viewfinder as apparently some of them are too small and difficult to aim.
He loves to take pictures of family, friends, animals, scenery and his speciality being old buildings.
As we have plenty of time to save up our family would like to hear of any opinions you may have regarding your own camera equipment and if you’re pleased with your results ?
Some wonderful info thus far thank you everyone.
As I recently said to someone else asking about cameras, I love my new digital Fuji S-1500.
I’ve been a photography buff ever since I was a kid and for most of my adult life I’ve used various SLR 35mm cameras. I stupidly resisted getting into digital photography until recently because I assumed that the digital equipment would be too complicated for me, and that I wouldn’t have as much control over the settings, and that the images wouldn’t be very high quality. Wrong, Wrong, Wrong.
The camera takes beautiful pictures, it’s dirt cheap because you erase whatever you don’t want and the only thing you consume is the electricity needed to recharge the batteries, and once you load the images into the computer you can manipulate them to such a degree that even the worst picture can often be turned into a winner.
The Fuji S-1500 viewfinder is 2 1/4″ X 1 5/8″, which seems plenty big to me. I don’t know how this compares with other digital cameras. It costs about $150.00.
What is the difference between RAW and JPEG images? And what is better?
I am an amateur photographer that shoot portraits and landscapes for fun, really no intent at the moment to go “pro” But someone told me ALWAYS shoot in RAW.
So I wanted to know the differences and what is better for photography?
Someone just asked this the other day. Here’s the answer I gave them.
“Even though most digital photos will end up as a JPEG, raw files provide better image quality than the JPEGs your camera produces. However, they’re most useful for flexibility when you want to manipulate your photos.
If you want to increase or decrease your exposure (recover dark shadows or blown highlights), add contrast, mess with colors, or whatever else, it’s better to do it on a raw file than a JPEG, because a JPEG will start looking ugly when you push things too far. You can also easily change the white balance on a raw file *after* you’ve taken the shot, and you really can’t do that with a JPEG, especially if it’s too far off. So, white balance and exposure adjustments *after* you’ve taken a photo are the two biggest practical reasons to shoot raw.”
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What type of equipment would you use, if you had your druthers?
I asked a question last night that’s got my head running with great ideas. Thank you! I also need suggestions from photographers on what type of laptop/notebook I need to buy to process my RAW files using Photoshop and then print high quality prints on-site, using some kind of photo quality printer while in the field.
What type of equipment would you (or do you) use, if you had your druthers? I need excellent quality and performance while in the field.
Just waiting for the new Fuji S-6..??
A 35mm full frame camera using Fuji’s Super CCD II chip. The donor body could be Nikon’s D-700 as well.
I have most of all I need and doing good with it.
3 D-SLR’s, all Fuji. A S-2.. A S-3 in IRUV and their ‘new’ S-5
Over 20 Nikkor lenses for the cameras I have, some manual some autos.. 16mm fisheye to 500mm telephoto.
Paint Shop Pro X2 Ultimate – as much editing power as needed. And Adobe Lightroom for processing RAW files even further.
A Epson 7600 wide format printer – 24″ wide.
Qimage RIP program for driving the printer.
A 3.1Ghz AMD Duel Core 64 bit computer / mother board. 8 SATA hot swappable ports, 5 in use. 2 DVD’s one with Lightscribe. Built in audio to digital converter so I can rip records (anyone remember records) into MP3′s as well as a in computer digital audio cassette player / ripper.
4Gb fast Ram.
Over 4 Terabytes of hard drive space, some on USB2 drives.
Fantastic Hi Def audio, also piped thru the house and outside to pool and hot tub area, as well as DVD ripping & play back video.
Large flat screen for the computer but the computer is also connected into my 46″ Samsung in the other room via HD cables.
Digital Video authorizing (making) from a digital video cam corder.
High Speed satellite connection (I live out in the desert west of Tucson, no DSL hub or cable) and a totally wireless network for the 3 computers here in the house. 2 desk tops and 1 fast lap top.
There is more, but you get the picture…
Could I wish for more..? Yes, but it isn’t made yet..!
Bob – Tucson
How to get the best out of a photo?
Tips on how to take a beautiful photo, almost everytime.
A Good photo is relative to the photographers skill and instinct.
Knowing what effect you want and what to set your camera on to achieve this. Is achieved by practice.
A good photo consist of good composition http://www.digital-photography-school.com/5-elements-of-composition-in-photography.
Does Your back ground compliment or distract your subject. Vary important.
Angle is it the best angle used for the scene/subject.
Lighting: Is your subject well lighted and how does your contrast effect your photo.
Depth of field. Is your subject well in focus. Or does the blur compliment your subject/message.
The something unique. That’s where your style or you know that different thing comes in.
And this is useally the part that makes your photo unique.
What’s a good way to learn about how to use the manual controls on your camera?
I have a Canon Powershot 720 IS I bought back in 2007. Although it’s a snapshot camera, it has a bunch of manual controls, such as Av Aperture-priority, Tv Shutter-priority, Manual, P Program, flash output, etc. I’ve been wondering how to learn how to get off of “Auto” and use all of these features?
I’m concerned about learning just from trial and error alone. For example, if I play around with the ISO, I often get pictures which are off, and so that’s why I just leave it on the auto ISO the whole time. However, many photographers who take great pictures prefer manual controls much more than “Auto Mode”. What are some of the best ways to learn “Manual Control”? Are there online classes you can take? Classes to take in person? I would think learning through trial and error is important, but because of what I said about when I would experiment with ISO, I don’t know if it would be better for me to first get started with Manual Controls somehow and then use trial and error later on after I’ve master the basics?
Here are some links you should find helpful:
Control of the ISO is not too hard. In general, use as low ISO as possible to avoid blur and excessive noise. Noise is the digital equivalent of film grain. . Sometimes in dark conditions this means you will use a higher ISO. Unfortunately, your older P&S does not handle high ISO too well. Cameras with larger sensors (not megapixel count, but actual sensor size) do better.
You can start learning to control your exposure by using one of the semi-auto modes of shutter or aperture priority. Decide which is more important, shutter speed or depth of field. Be methodical about the experimentation. It is hard to learn by changing settings willy-nilly. Change one thing at a time and see the results. Also the wide angle lens and small sensor will produce more inherent DoF even at large apertures, so it will be harder to get blurry backgrounds.
Kudos for wanting to learn to form your own exposure. Sometimes auto shooting will get the job done, and sometimes it won’t. By taking control, you will get consistently better photos.
How do I work out the magnification of a zoom lens for a DSLR?
I recently got a Canon EOS 400D digital SLR camera and I am looking to upgrade the lens for one with a more powerful zoom. However separate lenses are new to me so I am struggling to figure out which lenses are more powerful than others.
I was hoping someone would be able to tell me how you can either work out the strength of the optical zoom on Canon lenses, or give me suggestions of lenses to look at.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
You already have two excellent answers, but I have this one in the can at all times, so here you go. My answer adds a little visual aid.
There is not a lens-to-distance equation. If we are talking about a “35 mm equivalent,” a 50 mm focal length is approximately “normal” view without any magnification. For most DSLR’s, the lens factor of 1.5-1.6 means a “normal” focal length would be about 31-33 mm. If we go back to a 50 mm “normal” lens then, a 100 mm lens would be a “2 power” lens, 200 mm would be 4X, and so on.
Just divide the smaller number into the bigger number and you get the “X” power of the lens. For instance, a 35-80 mm lens is 2.3X zoom. Divide 80 by 35 and you’ll get the result. 35-80 mm lens is 2.3X zoom. Divide 80 by 35 and you’ll get the result.
It is usually better to know what the focal length of a lens in “35 mm equivalent” is and judge by that, rather than relying on the “X” power of the lens. For instance, most point and shoot cameras start at about 35 mm and have either a 3X or 4X zoom. This would make it a 35-105 or a 35-140. I’ve seen some that start at 28 mm, though. A 3X starting at 28 mm is 28-84 and a 4X is 28-112. Neither one is a particularly strong telephoto lens and the 4X is just about the same as the 3X that starts out at 35 mm.
It’s also important to realize that tradition dictates that lens focal lengths are usually expressed in terms of “35 mm equivalent,” where “35 mm” refers to a 35 mm film camera. This is because of the relation between the sensor size and the actual focal length of the lens and the resultant angle of view of the lens.
I have one point & shoot that is actually a 5.8-24 mm zoom. This is a 4X zoom. The 35 mm equivalent is 28-116 mm. The sensor is 7.2×5.3 mm. (1/1.8″) (And I wish I knew someone who could explain how the heck they came up with sensor size terminology!)
I have another point & shoot that is actually a 5.7-17.1 mm zoom. This is a 3X zoom. The 35 mm equivalent is 34-102 mm. “How could a shorter focal length give a longer 35 mm equivalent?” you might ask. It’s because the sensor is only about 5×4 mm. (1/2.5″)
I have a few Nikon DSLR’s and – thankfully – they all have the same size sensor. They all have a “lens factor” of 1.5. This means that you just multiply the actual focal length of the lens to get the 35 mm equivalent and then you can make comparisons accurately from camera-to-camera. Most Canon’s, for instance, have a lens factor of 1.6. On a Nikon DSLR, a 28 mm lens is the “35 mm equivalent” of a 42 mm lens. On most Canon DSLR’s, the same 28 mm lens is the equivalent of a 45 mm lens.
These example are just to show you how freaking confusing it can all become if you try to make sense of the “X” power of a zoom lens.
Check the 35 mm equivalent specifications for the lens. This way, you will be leveling the field and comparing apples to apples. More or less.
Here is a mini-tutorial I made myself to compare focal lengths. This is NOT a lens test or a camera test! It is merely intended to show the difference between various focal lengths. The lens was the Nikon 18-200 VR lens, which is (by definition) an 11X lens, but that 11X does not tell you what the final image will look like. I added one more frame taken with a 300 mm lens. The camera was a Nikon D200 so there is a 1.5X “crop factor,” “lens factor,” or “focal length multiplier.” There is further explanation on the image itself. It would help if you click on “All Sizes” above the image.
This was done with two different lenses: the Nikon 17-55 and 70-300:
Do all digital SLR cameras allow you to blur the background of a photo? What about shutter delay?
I know w/film SLR cameras you can blur the background; can you do the same w/all digital SLR cameras?
Also do all digital SLR cameras allow you to take photos w/out a delay in the shutter?
THANKS IN ADVANCE!
Blur the background.. You’re talking about depth of field? Yes, you should be able to do that with any digital slr; keep in mind though, if you are using autofocus, the camera is going to try to determine itself what you are trying to focus on. Switch to manual focusing and you can focus strictly on foreground objects, which should become blurred. The farther back they are, the more intense the blur. Different lenses will also affect this.
As for the no delay in shutter speed, what do you mean exactly? That when you press the shutter button, the camera takes the picture instantaneously without having to think first? You just need to make sure the camera doesn’t have any thinking to do before taking the picture – hold the shutter button in halfway to allow it to autofocus, then press fully when ready, OR switch to manual mode.
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What is the best and cheapest Digital SLR for a beginner?
I’ve always loved photography but only had my little samsung digital camera, which is good for just taking around and photos with friends and family. I’ve recently decided i’ve wanted a proper camera for taking more professional shots as i have just joined a photography class and want a new camera.
Please be as cheap as possible but good quality at the same time.
Keep in mind, the camera that you choose now will likely be from the brand that you’ll be using for the rest of your life then, as sooner or later you’ll want additional lenses for it, and once you have these, it will become a costly affair to switch to a different camera system/brand.
Hence it would make sense not to go for the very cheapest, but to perhaps save $70 more for a camera of the brand that you really feel comfortable with.
That being said, check out the Nikon D3100, Canon T3/1100D, Pentax Kx or Kr. I’m not familiar with Sony’s entry level segment, but the customer support of Sony has a bad reputation so people here frequently advise against them.
In terms of total cost to be expected, Nikon will be the most expensive, then Canon, then Pentax as the cheapest. Cheap need not mean bad here though, Pentax is famous for its price/performance ratio (i say that as a Nikon guy myself and i’m a bit envious of the Pentax K5, and the ability to combine fast primes with in-body image stabilization – low light awesomeness!)
What settings on digital slr camera to take indoor sports (basketball) photos?
Trying to take photos of my sons basketball game. There is enough light to take without a flash but on auto setting, images are blurry. When i set to manual mode and a fast shutter speed there doesn’t appear to be enough light. Wondering if I need a bigger flash or different settings.
David Hobby from the Baltimore Sun has a great short description of a simple technique including two flash units and remote triggers here.
There is another great source for sports in general by Jerry Lodriguss, see here for more.
In principle you want a shutter speed shorter than 1/200. Use a fast lens, get close to the action. Set your white balance to custom and use a grey card to take a shot that allows the camera to evaluate the white balance. This saves endless time tweaking it later.
How do I save images and videos from my dig camera on a disk?
From my digital camera…do I need to save it on a CDR or DVDR….how do I do it thx….i want it for later since theyre large files to upload online…thks
Just take your memory card to walgreens or some place like that. I know walgreens puts as many photos as you have on your card onto a cd for you and it’s only 2.99
What is the best brand for a digital camera?
Give me the brand, reason, and the website for all digital cameras [optional]
There is no single best brand, if there were, how could the others survive? The best cameras are made by camera and imaging companies like Olympus, Nikon, Fuji, Canon, Leica, etc. You will get many people with their brand loyalty telling you one brand is best. Just because it works for them does not mean it will work for you.
You want real help, tell us more. What type of shooting will you be doing? Will it be mostly indoors or outdoors? Mostly day or night shooting? Mostly landscapes, portraits or action shots? Do you want somthing smaller or larger? For printing or saving digital? What’s your budget? Etc.
I could recommend a top of the line $8,000.00 DSLR as the best camera. What good would that do for you? Most good photography comes from the person, not the camera. Pick a quality brand and you will be fine.
How can I take videos on my Sony W290 camera without the image jumping and around and the sound not syncing up?
I just purchased a Sony W290 digital camera.
I took a few practice videos and it seems that the videos skip or are very delayed when I play them back on the computer. They play normally when I play them back on my camera.
When I watch them on my computer, it seems that I can only play them in Quicktime.
What could the problem be?
The camcorder is working as designed, saving the files as designed. The 720p high definition video is save to “Motion JPEG” format.
And it sounds like you have a few issues:
“How can I take videos on my Sony W290 camera without the image jumping and around” => Use a tripod or other steadying device when capturing video.
“sound not syncing up?” and “the videos skip or are very delayed when I play them back on the computer.” => Tells me your computer is underpowered to handle the very highly compressed high definition video – the first thing your computer needs to do is decompress the video so it can be played. Since you did not tell us which computer, what CPU, what RAM, what available hard drive space there is or what quality of video you are recording to your camera, it is impossible to know for sure.
And download/install VLC Player – it is a bit more “efficient” and *might* resolve your issues.
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what point and shoot camera should i get?
my sony cybershot dsc w120 now has file errors and deletes pictures by itself. i am now planning to buy a new camera.. it has to be over 8 megapixels, video, and a fast snapshot.. the only brands i like are: nikon, canon, and sony. please include a link..
tyvm in advance.
I would suggest Canon PowerShot SD1200IS 10 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD
What is a good digital point and shoot camera?
I’m looking for a digital point and shoot camera thats is around the ball park of 80-175 dollars. Im looking for a Sony, Nikon or Canon. I just wanted some input on cameras. Looking for advice. As far as camera, Has to have flash, video etc and overall good picture quality. I understand I can’t get the best high grade quality considering the price but there has to be some pretty good ones out there. Any Suggestions? ( First time camera owner)
Look at the link below it is a Sony cyber-shot their newest version. I have had a Sony Cyber-Shot W560
which is a step down from this camera but it has been the best camera I have ever had so far.
What would be the best digital camera for a high school photography class?
I asked the photography teacher and she said get a digital camera that has as many manual parts as possible (i think she means a camera that can be put into manual mode?). I was thinking an entry level DSLR such as the Canon Rebel XSI or Sony Alpha A200W, but possibly a high-end point and shoot. I really need some help!
the digital cameras must have as many manual parts to it. (so not just an auto focus lens
For the most camera of the investment, look for a Nikon D40 with AF-S 18-55 mm ED lens for under $470. It will be a good start and if you later decide to go pro, you will have your camera system started …
Don’t get hooked on the pixel count of cameras.
More on the D40
My friends prefer canon than nikon due to lighting options?
My friends prefer canon than nikon, they are quoting that in automatic mode nikon shows more light than canon has.and the clarity and visual impact of canon is something like the photos took in a sony digital camera, color and brightness is good than nikon. According to me, the photos took in canon is very impressive than nikon.i feel light nikon is adding light to all portions than canon does in a same photo.why?
If your friends are still taking pictures in automatic mode then they have not earned the right to have their opinions heard as they know nothing about photography
Which Canon digital camera model is the best for amateur photographers!?
I would like to buy a Canon camera, not a big professional one, I would also like to know which model gives the best picture quality as well as practical one. Thanks.
Unless you care about brand that much, I wouldn’t recommend canon. You’re paying more for brand name. Go to best buy and check out Nikon and Sony. Those two brands have Cameras equal and better quality that canon and they’re not overpriced. Sony has more high quality compact cameras where Nikon has more larger ones and you can add different lenses if you would like. If you’re really set on getting a canon, get the canon EOS 7d slr. It’s a nice camera even though it’s overpriced
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which is the best digital camera in india ranga within 8000 Rs?
I want to buy a best digital camera from delhi in range between 6000 to 8000 for my upcoming baby, please suggest me the best picture quality camera with in this range.
I recommend you buy the Sony W350, its got good wide angle lens, and a 3x zoom. It costs ~9000 Rs. Though you need to buy a Sony memory card separately :
1# Camera: http://cgi.ebay.in/SONY-DSC-W350-14-1-MEGA-PIXELS-DIGITAL-CAMERA-4X-ZOOM-/270590355696
2# Sony Memory Card Adapter: http://cgi.ebay.in/micro-SD-Pro-Duo-PRODUO-ADAPTER-ADAPTOR-8GB-4gb-/150453760071
3#: Micro SD Card: http://cgi.ebay.in/2GB-KINGSTON-MICRO-SD-CARD-FREE-SHIPPING-/300436150774?cmd=ViewItem&pt=IN_Memory_Cards&hash=item45f363d9f6
what are the good options in instant photo camera market in India ?
I want to buy an instant photo camera and I have no idea as to which companies and what camera are good . I am totally new to it . I have no idea about prices too . Please help me out . I want a good camera and good photos (who dosen’t ??) and I hope not too costly , I dont think I would like a digital camera coz I already have a sony handycam . Please help me out .
First you have to decide what is your intended usage for the camera.
If you have professional intentions you need to go in for a DSLR, then decide upon the model and brand.
If you just want it for fun and clicking family pictures, go for any normal digital camera that’s about 10-12 megapixels. Nearly all companies have similar features, give or take a few.
Either way you will have to buy a digital camera only – film cameras are passe.
Remember a video camera’s primary job is to take videos, so it’ll never be too good in still photo results. The same also works vice versa for a still camera.
You can choose from various companies models like Sony, Nikon, Canon which are market leaders.
Cheaper versions would be available in companies like Minolta, Olympus etc.
You can even buy a camera online. It works out quite well for most people.
how can i use my digital camera as a web cam?
i want to use my sony digital camera as aweb cam , is it possible? how
Better to buy a webcam, a good one with flashlight comes within Rs. 450-600 in india. VGA will be the best option for video calling
what is the best camera and video camera combo in india ?
what is the best camera and video camera combo in india ?
I want to buy a still digital camera which has a good video camera option.
We are going to use more of the still camera but the video camera would be used for small instructional film making once in a while..
Please suggest the best model under the price range of Rs. 30 thousand in India. Also – would you suggest a good website / store to buy it
Have you considered a dSLR
Something like the Nikon D3100 goes for 27k, with the 18-55mm kit lens included
It can do 1920×1080 video at 24 fps
Also checkout the Canon EOS 1100D, minus part is it can only do 1280×720 @ 30 fps
And if videos are a priority with you, the Sony SLT-A37 is the clear winner with 1920×1080 video at 60 fps
Do some reading and familiarize yourself
A dSLR is the ultimate photography tool
Ultimate selection you need to make, go to your local camera stores and handle the ones you shortlist
The one which best fits your hand, best suits your style … That’s it !!
Which is the best digital camera available in the Indian market?
My price range is upto Rs 15000/- (+1000)
Also among sony,canon and nikon which company manufactures the best digital cameras ?
I want to by the camera within a week.
please specify model of the camera(exact name &number) in particular.
Ur best bet undoubtedly would be Nikon cookpix: P7000, price would be slightly higher than rs.15000, but thenm if u want the best in india, then look no further, go for p7000, and if not then atleast go for Nikon Coolpix ‘P’ series cameras.
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I would like a professional photographer to evaluate my photos and help me decide whether to pursue this?
I don’t know who to go to. I have no formal study in photography but have always loved doing it. All I have is an old Pentax film camera, like really old, and a Canon Rebel EO5, so I don’t know anything about fancy expensive digital ones. I just would love some advice and to know whether I have potential. An email address or something would be nice.
There are various photography forums you can join where you can post your photos for critiquing by other forum members. You can actually learn a lot this way and over time, you’ll be a better photographer.
Of course, you’ll want to learn the basics of lighting and composition first.
There are bunch of good articles/lessons that can get you started with the basics of composition, lighting, and a lot of other photography-related learning and more here:
Then, when you’re ready to have different people give you advice and comments on your work, I would suggest you join the fredmiranda.com forums… They even have weekly “assignments” that you can participate in to get your creative mind flowing — where you can submit your rendition of a topic and view the works of others for inspriation!
What is a good digital camera?
I am doing photography for A-levels, I want to buy a digital camera, not the type like fuji films but like panasonic, with good view ect. any reccomendations?
You mention not the Fuji film type, but they do have D-SLR versions, aside from the Paoint & Shoot pocket cameras,
Panasonic Digital DMC-G Series
D-SLR style cameras are what you’re looking for, usually $500 plus, sometimes lower when on sale at electronic shops, Nikon and Canon are commonly preferred,
Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
Sony D SLR Cameras
Olympus E-System Digital SLR
Pentax Digital Cameras
SAMSUNG NX Digital Cameras
Sigma Digital Cameras,
How many pixels are there in each of the 35mm KODAK b&w films?
Asked similar question last week. Slowly understanding differences of the old and newer technology.
And I understand it is possible to transfer and standardize negative quality into digital?…computer or disc or something?
None. The only way you can have a pixel is if you have digital media, not film..
The above article is informative when looking at the different aspects of film and digital photography. It might answer a lot of you questions.
what type of cameras to professionals use?
well im starting a photography thing for a family buisness and im trying to find a camera that keeps taking shots like i guess you could say something like what poparazzi use but i dont know what kind of cameras they use or where to get them for a least expensive price please help me out on this one.
You don’t have to invest in expensive camera. Going digital SLR is the right way to go for sure. But the high end cameras recommanded by “fhotoace” are over kill.
When people say THIS or THAT camera is great, what they mean is that’s what they use. Most people don’t have enough experience to say what is better. Having said that I’ve used Canon 10D, Nikon D70, Fuji S2 pro (I still use Nikon D70 and Fuji S2 pro – but mostly the D70). As for the lens I have variety of lens (including 80-200 f2.8). But the lens I use the most is the 12-24mm and 18-70mm. These are just right for event photographer. You can get started with the 18-70mm lens (it is exceptionaly sharp – good enough for portraits).
Many people are having great experience with D40 and D50. They are (again) suppose to be amateur camera but many pro are using them. I suspect that they bought the D40 / D50 to backup their pro gear and found them great for day to day use (that why I bought the D70 – as a backup but ended up using it as primary camera).
One thing you are not asking about is the lighting equipment. In the beginning you can get away with just using external camera flash (like the SB800). The great thing about the Nikon D70 + SB800 is that I can use that as studio flash in a pinch. But of course because of the limited power, powerful studio flash is the way to go.
No matter which camera company you go (Canon, Nikon, etc.) remember that you will be upgrading camera BODY much more often than the system (lens, flash, etc.). So choose carefully. You are choosing a SYSTME not a camera.
Remember that you will also need to learn Photoshop. Long time ago (in the days of film and negatives), the film developmers took care of much details. Now you the photographer is expected to do all that (color correction, cropping, etc). The basics are not that difficult but getting a GRASP of Photoshop the first time is hard. Try this website:
Just remember that there are lots of people looking to turn their love of photography into a business. So you’ll have lots of competition. Get some books on the BUSINESS of photography. There are plenty of people out there who are great photographers but starve because they don’t understand the business side.
Stay away from weddings for a while. Weddings are somebody’s once in a life time event. They are NOT just paying for beautiful pictures. But they are paying for experience. Without experience you will screw it up. There are no do-overs in weddings. Volunteer to do family and friend’s wedding as just second photographer in the beginning. You will get some animosity from the pro but this is just about the only way you will get experience.
See these links for some free lessons:
In the end good equipment is what you need. But in the end good equipment doesn’t make great photo business. Your artistry and business cunning will be the key.
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What is a good digital camera to bring on a wildlife photography trip?
I don’t need anything too great and expensive, i’m just looking for something to give me decent photos.
If you are shooting wildlife, you might need a good zoom lens (that means expensive).
Which one is best for you? Try the consumer reports site. One allows you to read for free, the other charges a small subsctription fee. Compared to the price of a camera, a small subscription fee is cheap.
Keep in mind that the only real way to compare cameras is to go to the store and pick one up. Only you can decide what camera feels right in your hand, and which one has the best looking picture (best looking to you). After reading the articles to get an idea of which cameras might be worth trying, head to Best Buy. I heard that JVC or Cannon is fairly good (Fuiji Film gets mixed results, depending on which one of my friends that I ask).
I own a Cannon Powershot A530. It works for me (kind of cheap; fair zoom – but no telephoto lens).
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Does the Canon IXUS 125 HS Digital Camera have a self timer? And is it great for holidays?
Iv been looking at reviews for the Canon IXUS 125 HS Digital Camera – Pink (16.1MP, 5x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD and someone said that they don’t know if it has a self timer. I really want a one what has a self timer. Any of you guys know if it does? And I’m going away in November to Florida for two weeks and wondering if it will great for it ?
A quick look at the back of the camera does not reveal a dedicated self-timer switch which comes standard with most digital cameras I’ve seen. A quick visit to Sony’s website reveals there are multiple self-timer options buried deep down in the menu under shooting modes.
Too many options in this camera. Looks like this IXUS should have been a Powershot instead!
How much am I looking at paying to repair my camera lens?
It’s a retractable lens (I guess?? I’m not a camera person) but anywho, it was all the way out like I was about to take a picture and I accidentally dropped it on tile floor. Now that just made one of the levels of the retractable lens bend in a little, and it’s done that before and I’ve just popped it back into place (which I’m sure i not the best idea but thats how I learn) so I attempt to pop it back into place and it totally goes way inside and the par t ( I guess the shutter that opens and closes when you turn it on and off) just broke off…all of it still works but when I try to turn it on the lens tries to come out but it can’t cause it’s stuck inside. So anyway…I haven’t messed with it anymore cause apparently I can’t fix it but I was wondering how much the repair of this would cost. It’s a Canon digital camera if that matters. If this doesn’t make sense just e-mail any questions. Thanks for your help.
Unfortunately it will likely cost more to repair than to replace. Even if its under warranty, abuse such as dropping isn’t covered. You may as well begin shopping for its replacement.
Since you didn’t say what model Canon you have I’m guessing its a digicam. Check the Sept. 2007 issue of Shutterbug magazine for a review of five 10 megapixel digicams. You can also access it at shutterbug.com.
When you get your new camera, secure it around your neck with a good neck strap. In 36 years I’ve yet to drop a camera. My camera is either in my camera bag or hanging around my neck.
what is the latest model of canon digital camera ? I have a canon sd 630and what is diffrences between these ?
i have bought cannos sd 630 . But i know there is latest model of canon digital camera in the market . So i want to know what can i do with my cannos sd 630 and what can’t i do ?
In the SD line, see http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare_post.asp?method=sidebyside&cameras=canon_sd630%2Ccanon_sd700is%2Ccanon_sd800is%2Ccanon_sd900&show=all for newer models.
The SD900 is 10 MP instead of 6 MP AND it has a much larger sensor, so I would imagine the images are superior. This is probably what allows it to go to ISO 1600 while the SD630 stops at ISO 800.
The SD700-IS and SD800-IS have image stabilization.
What does it mean on a rechargeable battery for a digital camera when it says “1050mAh” or “800Ah”?
Does the higher number on a rechargeable (Li-ion) battery mean it will last longer that one with a lower number? Please explain, as I want to buy a generic rechargeable battery for my Canon G10 digital camera that’s a lot cheaper that the Canon version.
The trouble is that the more expensive Canon battery has “1050Ah” printed on it, while the generic has “800Ah” (or something like that).
Higher ratings means more photos per charge.
Generic batteries come in different ratings. You just happened to find one at a low rating.
Below is a link to another generic replacement fot your Canon NB-7L battery. This one is rated 1500mah (higher than your Canon battery) and at $12 still costs less than the Canon battery. User reviews are very good for this generic.
Higher ratings wont harm your camera they will just give more shots per charge.
How good are Canon Powershot digital cameras?
I seem to like Canon but I’m not sure if there are any other good brands for digital cameras. Just want some other opinions. Thanks!
Well, If you read the camera reviews posted in various sites and blogs, you will understand that Canon is the undisputed leader in digi cams. Sony and Panasonic Lumix are also good brands that offer simple ‘point and shoot cameras as well as complex SLRs. Personally, I prefer Sony to Canon just because of my brand loyalty. . Remember, Brand just doesn’t ,matter. The model and the functions you need matter. Some of the Canon models just didn’t click in the market although most of their models did.
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I am looking to buy a good book on Digital Photography?
What can anyone reccomend (Not Dummies)?
Adobe’s “Photoshop: Classroom in a Book” is what you are after. It will show you several ways to do things, and is easy to use for quick references too. You can get an older edition to save money, such as 7.0. Yyou won’t miss much if you don’t get the latest edition.
Best photography book geared for 10 year old?
My 10 year old girl is getting interested in photography. I wanted to get her a book geared more for a kid that would not get too bogged down with all the technical aspects of photography. More of something that would give basics & techniques & stoke her interest in it. Are there any suggestions?
Q: What is the best book for a 10 year old girl to learn photography from?
A: The one that Daddy reads with her.
This is true for so many reasons. It gives you quality time together. In a few years, she will not want to have you any where near her (it’s natural). So capture the moment(s) now.
Not many books are written for that age level, besides Digital/Photography for dummys. Find a book that is easy to understand for an adult, then read it with her and to her. Then explain it to her. With you reading with her, she will soon associate that book with the fun she has with you. She will be more apt to pick it up on her own and read it. She will re-read what the two of you have gone over, and before she knows it, she will start being able to understand more and more of it. And, she will read it and come to you to explain things. Choose the book carefully. It will most likely be the one she says “This is my first book on photography. My Daddy used to read it to/with me” while showing it to friends, children, etc.
After reading something out of the book, the two of you try it out. Play with it, make it fun.
Oh, and by the way… You will probably learn, or re-learn a lot of stuff too. By teaching, you learn.
I make the following point simply as a reminder to you, and others who may teach children. Children make mistakes. Even in something that they know, they make mistakes. They are, after all, human. Mistakes, for the most part, are one of the best ways to learn. I taught my children that it was okay to make mistakes. Never quite got the part about NOT making the SAME mistakes over and over again, across to them (oh well, I tried) If she makes a mistake, so what? Pick on her a little so that it is fun. By doing this you not only show her that she can make mistakes, but you will help embed the lesson learned from the mistake because it was a “fun moment”.
So find a book that is possible for her to understand, with your help, and will still be good reference for her when she is older. Read it to her, with her. Make this learning a time for just the two of you. You will be creating memories that last a life time. Not only in pictures, but in her heart.
cheapest but most useful digital photo editing software?
I am a photography enthusiast (just a simple hobbyist) but I would like to do some basic photo organization and editing. I came to like adobe photoshop with all it’s wonderful tools but it’s cost is prohibitive. Any good but affordable software you can recommend?
I must add I am a dummy as far as following instructions, so the simpler, the better…
The cheapest and most useful without a doubt is GIMP.
It’s free and legal and safe: http://www.gimp.org – and is the closest you can get to Adobe Photoshop, and better than most other paid for software.
The other alternative is to go for Photoshop Elements 10, it’s only $100 – but not as powerful as GIMP. Http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshopfamily.html
Also free, and simpler, but less powerful than both of these is Paint.NET http://www.getpaint.net
Photography Bad Or Good Please Read And Help?
I am into at the moment photography im a beginner with just a Samsung L100 Can you tell me
My Favorite image is Number 5.
Please give me tips and tricks if there good or not and links for learning about photography for beginners..
Thanks for your help
Sorry they aint letting me post the links how do i
This woman has a radio show and knows quite a lot about technology computers, cameras, etc. I bought her CD ’50 Greatest Secret of Digital Photography’ and there is some helpful information on it. She also makes it easy to understand. You can download the CD from the link I included, I think the download is $14.99 look around her website also she has different sections, you might find something else that helps.
Also, the book ‘Photography for Dummies’ is written for beginners to understand, as well. You can get that at Amazon.com
what are good photography books to read ?
im taking a level photography in september, so can anyone suggest any good photography books that cover things i will need to know ?
The Digital Photography Book,
Digital Photography All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies,
Mastering Digital Photography,
Digital Photographers handbook,
They are all great, and pretty easy to understand for beginners!
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