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Jul
29

The Use Of Lenses In Photography

Filed Under Digital Photography, digital photography course, Digital Photography Tips, How To Digital Photography Lessons

Just having a camera is not going to get you the best pictures.With the right digital photography lessons, most of us who are amateurs in taking photos for the art world, can elevate our photography skills to a new height.  Lenses are important especially when you settle on a medium you will train in.  Most photographers choose one area of photography to specialize in.There is a standard 35-80mm lens along with telephoto and panoramic lenses among the many types that are available.

 

Most digital SLR cameras have a 35- 80 mm lens, even the point and shoot type.  Often when you purchase a camera casing they will sell you the standard lens with it.  All lenses are interchangeable.  You do have to stick with the same brand of lenses as your camera and make sure the diameter is the same.As long as you keep to the same brand, the diameter of most lenses is the same.  The 35- 80 mm lens tells you the extent of reach.  While you can take photographs several miles away with a standard lens you will not have the distinction of features in the print that you need.  The standard lens is great for close up shots, such as flowers, spider webs, people, and pets.You need a larger lens in order to gain a more defined picture that is miles away.

 

There are many telephoto lenses in photography.  One is the 75- 300 mm lens.  While this is not as massive as other telephoto lenses you may see a professional walking around with it is a great step up for mountain and wildlife photography when your quarry is some distance away.It is best to have a stabilizer with the lens especially when you begin to move from the 35mm into something larger.Even if your hand moves a little bit, a stabilizer will help you hold the camera steady to get a clear shot.You can use accessories to help with angles and light when moving into the world of telephoto lenses.

 

Photography in the world of panorama is another way to take spectacular landscape photos.Especially with a digital camera, a panoramic lens will allow us to widen the photograph.  If there is a mountain range or glacier that you wish to get the whole picture without pasting them together in Photoshop the panoramic lens is the best way to go.  I’m sure you have seen landscapes with a panoramic view and wished you could have that option.  Even with film cameras you could have a panoramic lens to widen the photograph.

 

All three lenses are just the icebergs on the use of lenses in photography.  Whether you are an amateur photographer or a budding professional you will want to maximize your photo taking skills.  The next equipment you may want to purchase to help you with the larger lenses would be a tripod to stabilize the camera even more.  Tripods are pretty simple and lightweight pieces of equipment and work great for portrait photography.To produce a quality photograph, all photography mediums require moderate to top of the line camera equipment.  Photography also relies on the photographer’s skill and eye.When you begin your study of the art of photography you will find that lenses are just a small part of photography.  If you have any questions on lenses the best places to find answers are your local photography shop.

 

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Jul
10

The Basics of Photography

Filed Under Digital Photography, digital photography course, Digital Photography Tips, How To Digital Photography Lessons

You know what it means for a team to go into what is called a rebuiling year.This is when coaches and owners decide it is time to correct bad habits in people and train new ones as well.  And invariably, what team leadership says when they go into such a time is that they are going “back to basics.”

Sometimes it’s good for us as photographers to go back to digital photography basics .The basics are the place to start if you want to learn the ropes especially if you are just getting started in the world of photography.  But you want the basics of what the professionals know about the craft of photography.

Anybody can take a picture.  I attended a wedding reception where the wedding party left a disposable digital camera on each table at the reception for guests to snap photos.  Before the evening was over, it was the children who were running around taking pictures of everything from the dirty dishes to their own underwear.  These were not photographers and while those pictures will no doubt get a few chuckles, these are not the kind of professional pictures people want for their long-term memories.

The cornerstone of photography basics is the camera obviously.  When you see a camera geek walking around with enough equipment on his neck to launch a space shuttle, you get the impression that cameras are phenomenally complex, more than mere mortals can grasp.If you watch you’ll notice that professionals use relatively easy to operate and portable cameras.The basics of running a camera comes down to two things, aperture and shutter speed.

Don’t be bothered by fancy terms.The camera lens lets lgiht into the camera and how wide open it is set to is called the aperture.  And shutter speed is just how long you let the light come in to affect the picture.  For getting a shot of a fast moving event, you want a wide aperture to let in a lot of light but a short shutter speed so you capture the event quickly and close the window so the picture is caught before more light hurts the quality.

Photography is simply all about light.You need to learn about flash photography and lenses in order to learn how to control the lighting in a shot.Make a willingness to never stop learning a major core skill in your photography efforts.  The better and more sophisticated you get in your ability to work with the equipment, the more you will learn and the more you will want to learn.

You can get a greater control over these basic controls of the camera such as aperture and shutter speed by learning how to switch from automatic settings to manual settings.  The automatic settings of any camera are just there for the general public who are not interested in learning the basics.  So they give you some basic settings like landscape, portrait and sports settings.  By switching to manual, you can learn what settings work best in different situations.

We now come to the concept of practice which is the most important photography basics to becoming a great photographer.  Take some time with your equipment and play with it.  Take it to situations and take photos with different aperture and shutter speed settings, in outdoor and indoor settings and different orientations to light.  Don’t get upset when some shots don’t work.  That’s part of the learning curve.

The best way to build your confidence in order to become a great photographer is to learn by doing.Never become cocky, you can always learn more.This one of the fun things with photography?

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