Methods Of Cleaning Your Camera Sensor

Cleaning Your Camera SensorA dirty, dusty sensor will not get you very good shots, you most likely get smudged shots and if you value photography, then you know this is not always a very good state of affairs. Fortunately, with the right sensor cleaning kit, it is very possible for you to keep the sensor clean and functional. One simple tip to avoid getting dirt on the sensor would be to hold the camera downwards when changing the lens so that the dust manages to fall out and not into your camera. You should also turn off the camera every time before you change the lenses because sensors which are electronically charged will attract dust.

1. Camera cleaning mode

Most digital cameras have a sensor cleaning mode and this is what you should always try first before going for any other type of cleaning. You should remove the lens and then aim your camera downwards when engaging the cleaning mode. This way, dislodged dust and dirt will fall out easily. The sensor cleaning mode is sometimes all you

Cleaning Your Camera To Extend Life And Enjoy Better Performance

Cleaning Your CameraA well-maintained camera is always of value to any photographer. Whether you are into photography professionally or you just love snapping beautiful images for personal pleasure, you must learn how to maintain the camera. Apart from getting a high quality camera bag to keep it safe, you must also do proper cleaning of the device. The cleaning is not just on the body of the camera, but most importantly for the lens and sensor. A clean camera will operate smoothly and will fetch you clean and crisp images. You will manage to extend the life of your camera when you adopt a proper cleaning regime.

One of the easiest ways of knowing whether your camera parts need cleaning, especially when you have not used it for a considerable length of time is to photograph a white clean wall or a white clean paper. This should be done on automatic mode for even exposure and then you can import the images to a computer so you can have a full size view. Check the image for smudges, stringy marks and dots. If you note them, they could

10 Features Of Your DSLR Camera You Should Know

DSLR CameraHere are 10 features of your DSLR camera that you should know. They will help improve you as a photographer…

1. Shooting Modes #1 (Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual modes)

    • Aperture Priority Mode… This lets you control / adjust the aperture, while the camera takes charge of determining the shutter speed, based upon the other settings (including the aperture). Adjusting the aperture causes background elements in your scene to become either crystal clear, or blurred. The wider the aperture, the more the background elements will become blurred, as you focus on your main subject. Conversely, a narrower aperture will enable you to include more things in your scene, without them being lost to the blurring that occurs with the wider apertures. Another thing that aperture adjustment does is to brighten or darken the overall image: with a wider aperture, you’re letting more light in through the lens, and onto the camera’s sensor, so images will become bright. Go the other way, and your images will become darker as you narrow the aperture, as this time you’re letting less light reach the sensor, during the period of

10 Tips For Taking Better Photos

Taking Better Photos1. Select The Correct Lens & Use It Appropriately… Wide angle lenses, telephoto lenses, macro lenses, fish eye lenses; they all produce different results and impact differently on your image, particularly in relation to the proximity to your subject. For instance, wide angle lenses tend to distort features when close up to your subject; they’re not the most flattering to people (remember that, especially when photographing women). Unless you’re deliberately after a slightly warped look to your portrait photos, you’re going to create more flattering photos of people when using a longer focal length, such as 105mm to 200mm (that means choosing a telephoto lens). Landscape photos generally appear better with wide angle lenses, as you’re taking advantage of the wide angle to capture as much of the scene as possible, and because you’re not physically close to the subjects in the frame (trees, rocks, rivers, etc.), they don’t take on that same warped effect that you’d typically see, if photographing close up to your subject, with a wide angle lens. While close-up portraits of people tend not to be most flattering with wide-angle lenses, you can take

A Quick Guide To Tripods & Tripod Alternatives

TripodsWhen you’re new to photography, whether you’re using an old film camera or a modern digital SLR (a.k.a. “DSLR”), for a time, you may be content just to roam about with camera in hand. Many modern DSLR camera lenses have built-in optical image stabilization, which helps counteract the movement you may inadvertently introduce, despite trying your best to keep your movements under control while taking your photos.

For some situations, you can often get away without using a tripod and, in fact, having your camera mounted on a tripod can inhibit how creatively you use the camera to create your photographic masterpieces.

However, there are situations when a tripod is invaluable. I will cover some typical example situations, and then discuss your options when it comes to buying a tripod – whether it be a more traditional aluminium or carbon fiber tripod, or one of the alternative tripods, such as a Gorilla Pod, an Ultra Pod II, or a camera beanbag.

Why You Might Want To Buy A Tripod

For every situation where a tripod is

Tips That Can Help You to Create a Simple Photo Booth

Simple Photo BoothPhoto booths have obviously become a very common option in many parties these days. This is mainly because of the extensive range of options that it offers to the people. Setting up a photo booth involves many ways and there is not a single right way. All these ways have their own complications and for this purpose we have compiled for you a few important tips. These tips are as follows.

1. Pay heed to the lights

The lights are placed right beside your camera and this obviously helps in reducing the shadow. This light was then made to bounce out of the white umbrella. You can also go for the most affordable lights for this particular purpose and it will serve you with dignity.

2. Background is important

You must also concentrate on the background of the photo booth. You need an awesome background in order to get the most out of the booth. An idea area is around 5 feet height and also 8 to 10 feet wide. In case you are fancy, you can go for a fancy and a seamless

Branding Your Business With Photography

Business With PhotographyHow you brand your business sets the tone for everything you do afterwards: How you advertise, how you handle your customers… even the appearance of your business and its products.

That’s because your brand is the personality and identity of your organization and everything reflects that identity… your logo, your advertising, your storefront. Think Apple computers: anytime you walk into an Apple store, the facility, its employees, the window displays… everything says “we’re cool, we’re creative, we’re on the cutting edge.” Go to any Cracker Barrel restaurant and everything says” “we’re homey, we’re country, and we serve grits.” This allows the customer to connect on a personal level.

The point of branding is to offer customers a distinct choice. If you hate country home cooking you stay away from Cracker Barrel. If you love fried catfish you know you’re in the right place. Good branding doesn’t try to please everyone, it let’s people know clearly what you are. Then buyers makes the right choice.

One of the best ways to convey the feeling of your brand is through photography. Images are able to project mood

HP Cameras For the Best Digital Photos

HP CamerasAre you a professional photographer or an amateur? Do you take photographs for a living? Do you take photographs for a hobby? Do you take photos to express your artistic side? Or do you just like to take happy snaps whenever you can? Do the photos you take hold precious memories that you will treasure forever?

It doesn’t matter what the reason is for your photography, there is one thing they all have in common – a good quality camera!

When shopping for a new camera it can be quite difficult to choose between all the different kinds available. There are people who still prefer to use the old film cameras, which for some types of photos are really great. Most people these days though tend to go for a camera that is small, easy to use and still takes great, vibrant photos. If this is the type of camera you are after then you should consider a HP digital camera.

The days of the old film cameras are becoming numbered as more and more people are now optin for the preferred digital camera. Digital

Take Amazing Travel Photos With These Easy Tips

Amazing Travel PhotosTravelers make a lot of mistakes on their trip. One of the common one of these is to fail to take good pictures! Travel photography is an amazing thing you can cherish for the rest of your life. Even when the trip ends, you can still experience the joy of looking at the photos and reminiscing the good times.

Let’s clear the most common misconception about travel photography. It’s not all about the camera. You need to capture photos that tell a story, so it is more than just owning an expensive camera.

Here are some easy tips to take amazing travel photos!

1. Do Your Homework

In the middle of all the excitement and packing for the trip, you’re missing out on something big. Don’t forget to do your homework for the trip. If it’s your first time to the destination, you’ve every reason to do a thorough research before the journey begins. Get to know the surroundings through articles and pictures. You may wish to befriend other famous photographers of the destination. Search the possibility of famous events happening during the dates

Learning The Skills To Take Professional Pictures

Take Professional PicturesAdvertisers know that a picture could be worth a thousand words and dollars both if the image comes out like they want it. They rely on professional photographers to capture images of both still and live subjects so that they can sell their products to the public. When you like taking pictures and want to join one of the many industries that utilize this form of art, you may wonder where you can learn the techniques needed to build a professional resume. You might get the training you need by taking classes offered by a professional institute.

Lessons Learned in Class

Taking pictures for a living goes beyond snapping photos on your cell phone or with your personal camera. Professionals are required to take a number of elements into consideration to ensure that the image comes out just right. If a picture does not come out right, it cannot be sold, and you effectively might have wasted your time.

The lessons you take in school will allow you the knowledge to take these elements into consideration. One of the first things that you might learn

Ten Reasons Why You Should Scan Your Old Photographs

Scan Your Old PhotographsMany of us have one or more piles and boxes of old photographs, and/or slides and photo negatives. Further, there are likely to be one – or many – old photo albums hidden in closets, attics, basements, or storage lockers.

The Digital Age is now fully upon us, and these relics of an earlier time have become what are essentially modern artifacts. We know we have them around, but we seldom look at them anymore. It is too much trouble to dig them out and sort through them. The answer, obviously, is to have all this photographic memorabilia scanned into digital files – in essence, to bring them into the Digital Now.

OK – some of us already know that’s what we should do. But, so many of us just keep putting it off. Most often, that happens because we just haven’t really thought through all the reasons that getting all that stuff scanned is important – but it is! Here’s why:

    1. All photographic materials will deteriorate with time. The rate at which they decay is

3 Reasons to Watermark Your Photos

Watermark Your PhotosWhy Watermark?

You see it all the time when you want to find an image on the Internet. You could download almost any photo, but often they have a watermark on them. Why?

Image providers watermark their photos so that you can look at them and download them, but requires you to pay a fee to use the image without the watermark. You certainly don’t want that watermark visible.

However, fine quality stationery often exhibit faint watermarks that you can see when you hold it up to the light — a mark of elegance, a desirable effect.

The watermarks on your photos that I’m referring to are more like the latter.

They don’t get in the way of the photo, but enhance it and you at the same time.

Here are the three reasons, you might want to watermark your photos.

1. Branding.

Your watermark can be a signature, a small photo or a logo. As such, it serves to brand you. When people look at your images, they learn something about you.

If you consistently show photos that

Avoid These 10 Newbie Photographer Fails

Wrong Choice Of LensThere is an awful lot of things to learn when you get your very first camera, especially if it’s an ultra-modern, sophisticated DSLR, with shed-loads of features. So, it’s not surprising that mistakes will be made by many a newbie photographer. Here’s a short list of ten common mistakes…

Newbie Mistake 1. Flashing From A Distance

Flash can be useful even on a bright sunny day, such as to illuminate subjects when they’re backlit by the sun (to avoid their features disappearing into silhouette). However, while external or pop-up flashes can be exceptionally bright, they’re not going to do anything for subjects that are too far away and beyond the reach of the power of your flash (e.g. mountains).

Newbie Mistake 2. Getting ISO Wrong

In dark environments, you can turn your ISO up to lighten your image; in light environments, you can turn your ISO down to darken your image and improve image quality. If you’re unsure of what ISO to use, just choose Auto ISO and let the camera figure it out for you.

Newbie Mistake 3. Mode Dial Confusion

Tips to Find a Great Wedding Photographer

Wedding PhotographerAs people keep saying, a picture is worth a thousand words and the experience that you and your husband or wife will have during your marriage is something that you never want to forget. It’s important to preserve all of these memories to remind us of these special moments and it can all be made possible through a good photographer. Here are some essential tips that you need to keep in mind when choosing a photographer to help you get the best possible experience.

Know your style

The style of photography should be the biggest priority. It all depends on your personality and you should be able to find recurring patterns in the way photographers work. Some photographers choose to have less lighting while others like to have their images have an over the top feel attached to them. Some photographers specialize in black and white images as well. Depending on what kind of images that you want to get, you should be going through your options accordingly and choose a photographer depending on what kind of images that you want for your profile. Even the best

5 Habits Of Highly Effective Photographers

Effective PhotographersEffective photographers…

1. Don’t expect their camera to do all the work. This means saying goodbye to ‘Auto’ and bravely using other modes such as Aperture Priority or Manual.

    • Read the camera manual, several times, to get familiar with their gear.
    • Gradually work through various functions and features on their camera.
    • Take control of their camera, and the lighting conditions they are faced with.

2. Understand that pressing the shutter is only half of making a good photograph.

    • Modern cameras are no match for the human eye, and still have lots of limitations, especially in low light situations.
    • Post-processing has been done since the invention of photography (either in a traditional darkroom or on a computer). This is where you polish your final images, and make adjustments to compensate for the constraints of the camera.
    • Select and present only the very best images from a photo shoot.
    • Store a back-up copy of their images onto an external hard drive, or somewhere safe.

3. Publish photographs, so they aren’t destined to die on a dusty hard drive, unseen by the world.

    • Share their work to get constructive feedback from

13 Bad Habits That Can Ruin Your Photography

LEAVE THE CAMERA AT HOMEDo this simple test below. For each bad habit, give yourself a test score.

01. LEAVE THE CAMERA AT HOME

The best camera is the one you have with you – even if it’s on your smart phone. Not every photo you take is photography competition material, or is of commercial value. Regardless, a huge megapixel count and optimum lens quality on a DSLR is useless if left at home.

02. RELY ON A SINGLE MEMORY CARD

Those little storage cards are hugely expensive, but the temptation to be frugal will bite you on the bum. Murphy’s Law states that your memory card will fill up precisely when you’re shooting that ‘money shot’; when the light is right; or when the entire group is all smiling at you. The remedy? Buy more memory cards.

03. DON’T BACK UP YOUR PHOTOS

I know a friend who fills up a memory card with images, then buys another, fill that up, then buys another – a dangerous habit! He recently confessed he’s lost some of his precious photos. Personally, I have experienced the

Learning Photography and How to Do So

Learning PhotographyThere have been instances throughout history where people have been successful only when they did what they loved to do, not just as a hobby but as a profession as well. For many people, the daily grind of 9-5 is not as pleasing and they feel suffocated. Their hobbies and personal interests are their saving grace. There are a number of avenues that people can go down as far as their hobbies are concerned and turn them into a full time job.

There are endless opportunities which turn out to be full time jobs and people don’t feel a burden at all, because of their interests.

The proliferation of cameras and the influence it has on young minds has changed the photography scenario by wide margins and this has come up as a new youth centric platform. People aspire to be full time photographers and have started taking full time and part time photography courses as per their needs and level of skill.

The skill of capturing memories through photographs can be intoxicating and once the adrenaline seems pumping, not because of adventure, but because of

How to Take a Picture

How to Take a PictureA Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Photography may be a more effective and reasonably inexpensive alternative to drawing or painting, but more thought and feeling goes into a painting than a photograph.

Photography is relatively simple in comparison to painting, which is a much more complex task. With photography, the composition is already completely arranged, but with a painting the objective is much more open to interpretation by the artist. The artist has the ability to capture much more emotion, understanding, and significance in an event and apply this fiery drive to his paintbrush when creating his own masterpiece.

When dealing with reality, I think a photograph may represent an actual physical recollection of a person or object, but a painting created from scratch adds the reality of perception to the equation. Reality is always open to a different observation and interpretation.

Artists during the Realism period concentrated on the real world as they saw it, and chose to construct their pieces of work with normal, everyday activities, therefore making it all the

Photography, a Brief and Detailed History

HistoryDo you love photography? Have you ever wondered how it all started?

Here’s a brief history.

The first “camera” was invented during the 9th century by a man named, Alhazen, he is an Arab scientist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher whom had a fascination with the principles of optic. He discovered that a box with a pinhole is able to project an image onto an object/canvas using light.

Johannes Kepler, a German astronomer describes the method of Camera Obcura(meaning; Dark Room in Latin) in 1604. The Camera Obscura is a box fitted with a Len in which when faced in the targeted image, it would project a negative image on a piece of paper therefore artist would trace that image on a canvas/paper. Artist like Leonardo DaVinci uses this method for perspective drawing.

Things started to change in the history for photography during the 17th – 18th century when man’s drive for discovery gets the better of them and the nature to discover and create kicks in.

In 1717, a German professor named Johann Heinrick Schultz first discovered that images could be recorded using silver nitrate

10 Mind-Blowing Photography Tips For Beginners

Photography Tips1) Pick a subject matter that speaks to you!

Pay attention to the reoccurring themes in your work. Think of what draws you to these things so you can find new ways to capture and express what you like!

2) Practice!

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes! Sometimes those mistakes turn out to be something unique and innovative that you can build on.

3) Work the subject!

Try shooting the same thing in as many ways you can that capture different aspects about it. After you shoot look through your shoot and critique your work. Be mindful of what worked and what didn’t and why. Editing your shoot is an important part of the learning process.

4) Study the work of other photographers.

Find something that inspires you and pay attention to what you like and try to mimic it. Then try to make it your own by bringing in something new and different.

5) Composition.

If you pay attention, most great photographs will contain at least one of these guidelines:

    • Rule of Thirds: Imagine the image is divided