Author: ryanedick

Getting Started with Photography: Getting Around the Camera

So you now have an SLR camera and you have been playing around with it, but you keep asking…what are all these buttons and how do I use them to my advantage? We will talk briefly about the different features of the camera and how to use them. In further articles we will go more in depth with the features and experiment with different ways of using them to achieve some exciting results. The camera consists of many different functions that when changed will return a different result, this allows you to have extensive creative control over the end product. Camera Modes Not all the cameras will have the same labels but the modes are essentially the same in all models. Auto or Green Square Automatic Mode The Auto Mode puts the camera into complete automatic mode, this setting lets your camera to be point and shoot mode where the camera will figure out what is needed for the picture to be exposed correctly. You compose the shot and press the shutter release. Automatic Mode is a good setting for getting a feel for the camera but don’t linger on this mode experiment. Being afraid to experiment will prevent you from moving on and developing in photography. P Program Mode The Program mode is an almost automatic mode. The shutter and aperture are still figured by the camera but...

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Getting Started with Photography: Choosing a 35mm

When choosing your first 35mm camera there’s definitely not an exact science to the process. You want to choose something that is not too expensive but will also serve you well (read: will not break) while you experiment and learn the process of the camera. Most people get caught up in the brand war and will tell you that either Canon is better than Nikon or vica-versa; or that sony offers the best option in the market. While each brand has their pluses and minus’, I’m going to recommend a few other considerations to think about before choosing the brand you want to go with. Consideration 1: Level of Involvement Consider how involved with photography you want to be, do aspire to eventually make photography your profession or do you just want to learn the basics in order to improve your shots and introduce a bit more creativity into your pictures? This consideration will ultimately dictate how much you are willing to spend and perhaps even the type (digital or film) of camera you want to purchase. If you are looking at just learning the basics, or if you are looking to save some money you will want to pick up cheap film slr. If you just want to pick up one camera that you’re going to stick with for a while then perhaps you want to look at...

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Getting Started with Photography: Camera Types

Photography can be intimidating when you look at all the different camera choices, and the list of cameras seems to keep growing. Where do you start when you are looking to get into photography? We’re going to investigate different camera types along with their benefits and also their drawbacks. Point and Shoot The point and shoot camera is the most popular choice among consumers. The quality of pictures taken with this camera has been continually improving as manufacturers are able to squeeze more and more megapixels out of smaller and smaller sensors. This type of camera is definitely a nice camera for the person on the go, as it is often very compact. Many of the cameras also come with the ability to set the camera into manual mode and make some minor adjustments in order to offer extra creative control. Because of their compact size, these cameras come with some restrictions as far as what they can do. Point and shoots come with a fixed lens which have very limited optical zoom capabilities. The lens size is a major restriction with these cameras as many creative features that high end cameras offer get their abilities from their lens. Benefits: Super light and compact Cost effective High Resolution Drawbacks: Fixed Lens Small Feature Set Lack of Creative Control If you are looking for a camera you can throw in...

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