Photography Guide


Digital Camera Buying Guide

Every year, more and more cameras are being produced by different camera manufacturers. They differ in design, features and a lot more which makes buying a new digital camera confusing especially for the non-techie.

Don’t fret, though. We have provided you with a list of some things you have to look out for when buying a digital camera. Read them below.

  1. How many megapixels do you really need?

More advanced cameras come packed with more pixels. But before shelling out tons of money for that gazillion megapixel camera, keep in mind that there are other factors that have to be considered when buying a camera.Besides, a study showed that people, even experts, cannot see the difference between the prints of pictures taken by 5 and 10-megapixel cameras.

  1. How much memory do you need?

Are you the type of person who prefers to store your images on your camera instead of your computer? If that’s the case, then you need to buy a memory with a larger capacity for your camera. It’s also the case if you’re a professional photographer using a digital SLR since cameras of this type use up more memory to store high-quality pictures.

  1. Batteries are the lifeline of your camera.

Therefore, when you buy a digital camera, you should make sure that a backup battery can be found easily just in case you run out of juice (which always happens when you least expect it). You should consider buying rechargeable batteries since they save a lot of money than buying the single-use variety.


Digital Camera Care and Maintenance

Like most electronic devices, digital cameras need extra care when being handled. They have sensitive components that may be damaged by improper handling. We therefore came up with several tips to help you maintain your camera so that you can use it for a much longer time.

  1. Keep your camera from getting wet unless it indicates that it is waterproof. Otherwise, moisture will build up inside it which will destroy your camera’s internal components.
  1. If you are using a rechargeable battery for your camera, the time will come when it no longer works as well as it used to.

Typical Lithium Ion batteries last up to 500 cycles after which a decline in its performance can be noticed. Dispose of your batteries properly and replace them with new ones.

  1. Always keep your lens clean. This is especially the case if you have a digital SLR as its lens is more complex and needs better maintenance. Read your user’s manual on how to maintain your camera’s lens.
  1. Avoid dropping your camera. As mentioned earlier, your camera contains sensitive equipment which may be destroyed due to excessive shaking or impact.
  1. When shooting pictures in the sea, make sure to protect your gear by waterproofing it well. Salt water can corrode your camera.

Therefore, you should gently wipe its surface with a cloth dipped in fresh water to rinse off remnants of salt water on your camera. Wipe it dry after.


Editing Your Digital Images

While the use of digital cameras has made it easier for photographers to quickly check whether or not they like the shot they’ve taken, there are still usually flaws that need to be touched up or a crop that will make the image more dramatic. Because of this, they need to use image editorn to produce their desired results.

While image editors that are built-in to the computer’s OS (take Microsoft Paint, for example) can do very basic editing, power users such as professionals and web designers need more powerful programs. There are a number of good image editors out there that are popular among photographers and web designers alike. For one there’s Adobe Photoshop.

Ever since it was released in 1990, its use has become an industry standard in the image editing industry. Then there’s Corel PHOTO-PAINT of the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite. This program specifically targets photographers who wish to edit their images using the computer.

Another photo editing software is GIMP which stands for GNU Image Manipulation. The good thing about this photo editor is that you can use it in a variety of operating systems such as Windows, Mac and Linux/Unix.

For those who are used to the Photoshop interface, there’s the GIMPshop developed by Scott Moschella.

Google has also developed Picasa which is a basic photo editing and organizing software which can be useful to photographers who only need to crop, fix red eye, and adjust the hues on their photos.


Equipments Used in Digital Photography

So you want to take up digital photography? While most of the specialized equipments used in this field are pricey, you can take it up on a budget. Below is a list of the pieces of equipment used in digital photography along with some recommendations whether or not amateur photographers really need them.

  1. Digital camera

– anyone who wants to take digital photographs needs this of course. While there are higher end models out there with dozens of pixels available, you should first find out your needs before buying one. Do you plan to take only pictures of your friends during parties? Maybe a point and shoot model would fit you better. If your needs are much simpler, you can opt to just buy a camera phone with a decent resolution.

  1. Memory

– this is another consideration when buying digital cameras. If you’re a professional photographer, you will need tons of memory so you should buy those with large capacities.

  1. Tripod

– need to keep that image stable? A good camera with an image stabilizer can do that for you.

If however, you have more specific needs, you may opt to buy a tripod for your camera. It keeps your camera stable far better than your hands can, resulting in clearer images.

  1. Lighting

– if you work in a studio and need more controlled lighting, then you’ll need specialized lighting equipment. But if you’re just a point and shoot photographer, you can survive with your camera’s built-in flash.

Introduction to Digital Photography

The phenomenon of digital photography began when digital cameras became commercially available sometime in the late 1980s to the mid-1990s. Since then, a lot of people have stacked away their film cameras in their closets in favor of the digital camera.

But before jumping into the digital camera itself and its finer details, it is important to know what digital photography is. In a nutshell, digital photography is the act of taking pictures and saving it into a digital format. A scanned photograph, therefore, can also be considered as a digital photograph.

Most people prefer the digital format over film because of several reasons. First of all, seeing the results of digital photographs is instantaneous.

After the shot is taken, the photographer can immediately see and decide if he does or doesn’t like the result of his shot. This method is much cheaper than film because when using film, one has to print all the photographs taken including the duds which can’t be seen until they are processed.

Another reason why people prefer digital photographs than traditional ones is that there are a variety of ways in sharing a digital photograph. One can send it through it e-mail, burn it to a disc, send it via Bluetooth or print it just like film photographs.

However, there are purists who choose film photographs over digital ones. According to them, there film photographs produce more lifelike images than those taken by digital cameras.

But the more advanced digital cameras of today are slowly but surely gaining ground and it will only be a matter of time before they produce images that will impress even the purists.

© Etropa Publishing



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