Being new to photography means being excited in buying new lenses, flash, and the endless additional camera accessories. But before you splurge, it’s best you understand the priorities and which are must-buys. Here is oneslidephotography.com’s version of priorities in order:
1. Camera Body
Of course, since without it, there’s no buying anything else.
At the least, if you’re buying a lens for the first time, buy an all-around zoom lens. This lens can take pictures in both wide angles and telephoto shots. The all-around zoom lens comes in different varieties such as the 18-200 mm, the 18-135 mm, and the 28-135 mm. This is a very flexible lens for everyday use. It’ll be a hassle to start out with a lens that’s only wide or only tele. Read the rest of this entry »
There is one feature in the average pocket camera that you should avoid the usage of: the digital zoom. Why? Here is the explanation:
Usually, a pocket point-and-shoot camera is equipped with lenses that have two zoom capabilities: optical and digital zoom. When you use the optical zoom, the optic glass component inside the lens will zoom in on the subject (like when you use a telescope), and the sensor will then capture the zoomed result to record. Read the rest of this entry »
Bokeh describes the rendition of out-of-focus points of light. Bokeh comes from the Japanese word ‘boke’, which means fuzzy. In photography, bokeh defines the quality of the blurred lights presented in a photo. We’re not referring to a badly taken photo that’s all out of focus, but rather the aesthetically pleasing background blur. Usually, this type of blur highlights the focused subject even more. Bokeh is different from sharpness. Sharpness is what happens at the point of best focus. Bokeh is what happens away from the point of best focus. Bokeh describes the appearance, or “feel,” of out-of-focus areas. Bokeh is not how far something is out-of-focus, bokeh is the character of whatever blur is there.
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Using lens filters when you take a picture is much more satisfying than spending hours sitting in front of your computer trying to get the effect you want. You can of course still use your software to make image adjustments. So you’re using a filter on your lens, maybe to protect it from dust or finger smears or maybe for an effect that you want, what can you do to ensure that it does not degrade the quality of your expensive lens? Here are some pointers: Read the rest of this entry »
Do you delete images in camera? Have you ever discovered a ‘mistake’ shot that turned out to be one of your favorites?
Everybody, it seems, uses the delete button on their cameras. Hey, there must be a reason it’s there, right? Heck, I know I’m guilty of abusing this button too.
It’s about time though that we make this delete button obsolete. Why? Let me count the ways… Read the rest of this entry »