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Nov 10

THE AWESOME GADGETS THAT WE CRAVE FOR

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The Awesome Gadgets that we crave for and are available to us, only if we can afford them.

The parallel striking aspect of human civilization has always been the development in technology and inventions of newer gadgets which have been immensely beneficial to human lives. The wheel, printing press and aero plane were some of the previous seminal inventions. In our contemporary modern age computer and internet are the buzzword. With the help of these  devices we can connect to and do a plethora of things fright from the sheds of the golf lawn or from a cab or from a hill resort at any given point of time and connect with anyone staying almost anywhere in the globe.

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  • The tablet computer

In day to day language these are referred to as tabs. They offer the opportunity to view internet television or watching a movie while being on a long distance bus. They eradicated any sense of boredom or fatigue during, say a long journey etc.

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  • The mobile phones

Of course the cellular or mobile phones come in the top of the list while discussion about the mobile gadgets of the modern world. They have connected the world and have rendered an aspect or the globe shrinking to almost to be at one’s arm’s length.

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  • The digital camera

Although many people utilize the mobile phone handset itself for taking snaps – innumerable brands of specialized digital camera and handy cams have now been made available. The respective consumer can record the real life proceedings of any event or speech or family ceremony by using the handy cams according from his own desired angles.  The editing etc will also be as per his desire only.

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  • Laptop with special batteries

For doing high volume work like when correspondents send reports of international football matches right from the stadium – the laptop computers are used – especially those with high powered batteries for enormous duration of use. These are extremely productive when reporting of an ongoing war from almost the battlefields or army camps.

Thus it may suffice to conclude by mentioning the aforesaid items may only be a few among the modern day useful mobile gadgets but it does not need to make special mention of how effectively do these items serve our contemporary times’ hectic activities. These will undoubtedly develop day by day and in the coming days we might be witnesses to the advent of even newer mobile gadgets which may right now seem to be things existing only in fantasy.

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Aug 03

Canon 5D Mark III and Nikon D800 Pro DSLR Comparison

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Canon 5D Mark III and Nikon D800 Pro DSLR  Comparison – Which one Is Better?

Are you a die hard Canon user or a dyed in the wool Nikon fan? There are some biased photographers that swear by their favored brand and claim to be un-compromised when it comes to their beloved camera brand they have used since first being bitten by the photography bug. It may be that most brand snobs don’t realized that it can come across as snobbish (and insulting) when they respond with “I only use [insert brand here] I’d NEVER use [insert your brand here]”  when asked what brand of camera they use.

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But is there really a significant difference that makes one brand better than the other? Or is it all a matter of taste? Both Nikon and Canon companies are based out of Japan have been rated as #1 in camera sales over the years, they both have produced high quality equipment and are backed up with quality assurance and excellent warrantees. Their range in styles are DSLR to compact point and shoot. Whether your a novice who just wants the simple camera for the occasional family vacation or birthday party, or a professional veteran photographer whose lively hood depends on his/her gear, each of these industry leaders can provide the right camera for your purpose.

 

Since both are used by leading award winning photographers around the world saying one is better than the other is just really a matter of preference. It all depends on tastes and what features you can’t live without.

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Megapixels

Nikon D800 DSLR offers an impressive 36 megapixel sensor, while the Canon EOS 5d mark III offers a mere 22 megapixel that’s a 14 megapixel difference for a camera that’s costs is about the same.

 

Video

More photographers are wanting their DSLR to have a high definition video feature. And it’s pretty impressive that some of the latest action packed block buster movies were recently made using the Canon 5d Mark II. Nikon’s D800 is no slacker, it’s been used for TV broadcasting in serval studios from TV shows to nightly news. Both of these camera systems have models that offer full HD recording with range of frame rates, available headphone audio monitoring & stereo sound recording, manual controls for exposure, that are capable of high quality high-definition footage, pretty impressive. However, Canon first came up with a excellent focus tracking system, its Duel Pixel CMOS AF used with STM lenses that’s been designed for video, the autofocus is smooth, fast and an accurate.

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Body Style

The design and placement of dials, controls, flip screens and shutter release buttons differ from Canon and Nikon, they’re almost always opposite. For example, Canon places their quick control dial at the rear of its camera while Nikon has two dials one in front and one in the back of its grip and a D-pad on the rear of its camera. When it comes to zooming and focusing, exposure, and mounting the lens, they’re at opposite ends. So as to why most photographers have a biased camera brand when it comes to handling, it’s no wonder that why there’s a favored brand, if one were to switch back and forth between the two models (in one photo shoot for example), it’d be a recipe for frustration and disaster. However, that being said, there are professionals that carry both and are used to switching back and forth, but with novice or hobby photographers it can be frustrating at best. When it comes to body styles and placements of knobs, dials and controls this is all a matter of tastes, one is not better that the other, so it’s just a matter of personal opinion and preference which is better than the other.

 

Flash Options

For years Nikon has had some kind of secret they’ve patented to ensure perfect and consistent flash exposure, while Canon users struggle with the variation of frame to frame exposure. Just recently Canon’s 5D Mark III has perfected this flash exposure issue and is now equal to Nikon’s. The only draw back is Nikon still out performs Canon by way of user friendly flash settings. While Nikon has easy to find and select options, Canon requires some research and thorough reading of their manual to find how to change settings like flash sync and speed.

 

Hybrid Autofocus

Most DSLR cameras have two distinct types of autofocus speeds, a slow contrast detection or a fast phase detection. The fast autofocus is best used for shooting through the viewfinder, while the slow autofocus is generally best for live view autofocus. Each of these systems are different and non-compatible, until Canon created an advanced system, its 70D features a Duel Pixel CMOS AF than enables an 80% of the sensor area to be used as phase detection so you can switch seamlessly from video to picture. It makes a great camera for film use. Unfortunately Nikon’s hybrid AF system is limited to Nikon series 1 in their compact system.

 

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Canon and Nikon now both carry a vari-angle or tilt and swivel, monitor, but Canon offers a touchscreen and a vari-angle monitor the EOS 60D followed by EOS 600D and 70D, 100D and 700D. Nikon does not have this double feature for the monitors for their DSLR cameras.

 

LCD

While Nikon and Canon have the same screen dimensions, their ratios differ, Canon has a 3:2, the same as it actual images, while Nikon’s differs so image appears smaller on screen. Canon also has a very specific coating on it’s screen that resists oil smudging from fingers while Nikon doesn’t. The materials the screens are made from also different, Canon has a high-quality screen that’s anti-refection and easy to view in daylight, Nikon remains uncoated and difficult to view in outdoor light.

 

Data Embedding

Nikon has more advanced features that lets you embed your images without having to upload to a computer first. Canon has just caught up with Nikon on this, where as before one would have to load the images and use special software to embed images on their PC.

 

Uploading

Nikon offers easy data transferring without any software to install, folders can be created within the camera settings itself for easier transferring too. Canon still requires special software you must install in your PC before you can transfer your images.

 

While there are other features where one is better than the other it’s always best to talk to a professional and ask why they prefer their favored brand. There is always a trade off and if you’re on a tight budget it’s best to try out each before you decide on which you’ll be investing in. If you offer to do an internship with a professional, you can get hands on experience and an insight to the differing features to these two amazing camera systems. You may find that a Nikon fits better in your hands, or you may discover a you favor Canon’s LCD touch-screens, but the only sad part is, as stated before is deciding what your trade-off is going to be. Happy shooting!

 

 

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Jul 04

Perfect Your Photography Quickly In 5 Easy Steps

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Are you always getting compliments on the quality of your photographs? Would you love to make your digital camera create stunning images that don’t require any additional processing once you transfer them to your computer? Most digital cameras need to be adjusted in some way [and sometimes multiple ways] in order for them to take the best image possible. With these simple tweaks, you can make sure your images are the best they can possibly be!

 

#1: Overexposure Is Extremely Common

Unless you’re a professional photographer, there’s a good chance you don’t just carry a light meter in your pocket. Because of this, most people judge the light based on what they see and then use the auto settings of their camera to compensate for this. The only problem with this is that it causes your image to become overexposed by about 10 to 20 percent. Reduce the exposure levels through your menu settings so that your automatic settings can be a better replication of what your eyes can see.

 

#2: Muted Colors Are About Saturation

The amount of color saturation that is within your image is often dependent on the color levels your camera is set to pick up. A good number of digital cameras have a default setting that mutes the green and red levels of the colors that you pick up, creating images that are unnecessarily dull and lifeless. Consider pushing the saturation levels up by a point or two in the green or red spectrum to breathe new life into an image. Every camera is different here, so it will take some experimentation.

 

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#3: The Temperature Is Too Cold

Did you know that there are temperature settings in the menu of your digital camera? These are based on the type of light that your image is being taken in. If you’re taking an indoor photo with fluorescent lights, for example, you’ll need a different temperature setting than you would with a lot of natural sunlight. It takes a little extra work, but change the settings based on your lighting and you’ll create a better overall temperature and hue in your image.

 

#4: The Image Is All the Same

If there is no definition in your image, then what you’ve got going on is a contrast issue. This setting is a compliment to your brightness or exposure settings. It will help to emphasize the shadows that are seen in the image and unless you’re shooting in a white box with light bathed over the subject material from all directions, you’re going to have shadows. A slight increase here is often all that is needed to create just the right image.

 

#5: There’s No Detail

The worst feeling in the world is to have a stunning close-up image that your eyes can see, but the focus on your camera can’t see at all. Instead of leaving the auto-focus on your camera, try using the focus settings through the back of the camera. A manual focus will give you more control and let you really manipulate the image in a custom way.

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Jun 27

Trends for the Artistic Photographer & Photography tips

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Black and White   Although black and white photography is not trendy, it has staying power and will remain a classic among photographers. If, for example you take an image of a deeply green forest thick with fog and change it to black and white, you get a different vibe or story. In color the forest seems alive, lush, the fog will add a soft quietness. Black and white however, gives this scene a haunted, foreboding feeling, the fog becomes menacing, a danger. Black and white photos also uses light and shadow that will give more depth to the image, and presence to your subject and can express strong emotion.

Film Cameras   While film does have its disadvantages, cost, limited shots, and the inability of preview, it does have a soft and rustic look. This may be due to camera’s sensors and its remarkable ability to capture light, especially natural light. Film cameras are impractical for professional use, but for the hobbyist and the artistic photographers, they have a value and quality above digital. The demand for vintage high-quality film cameras is climbing, and sadly some are purchased as collections doomed to sit on a shelf and gather dust.

Digital Infrared   Playing with infrared effects is far more easier than it was when photographers used film cameras. It required special film and filters plus it had to be stored in certain temperatures, it was only for the serious and most dedicated photographer. Today, most digital cameras have built in IR filter, you can also have yours customized too. Photoshop and Elements have settings to convert colored photos to infrared black and white or monochromatic. If you want a clean detailed and sharper image, it’s best to convert your digital to an IR dedicated camera. There are some filters you can purchase as well.   High Closeup of Onion plantDynamic Range Imaging   Or HDRI for short, gives your images a wider and deeper range of colors and depth by combining several shots all with varying exposures of the same image to create one magnificent and powerful image. This process has been used since the early days of film and it’s gaining popularity. With the help of photography processing software you can layer your multiple exposure level images for maximum effect and a realistic image that’s closer to what the human eye sees.

Macro Photography   Getting uber close-ups of smaller objects at 6 inches to 2 feet away. Macro lenses allow photographers to gain far more cleaner detailed close-ups. Just remember if you’re new to photography it’s about the numbers (60mm to 200mm) not the label, learn the difference between macro lens versus macro zoom. Macro lenses are very specific and corrected lenses that allow the photographer to get up close and personal to small subjects like insects and flowers. Macro zoom on the other hand is just another way of labeling a lens as close focusing.

Boston City Lights Bokeh Effects   Bokeh simply means “blurred”in Japanese. Many creative photographers are purposely creating a blurred or fuzzy effect of background lights making them look like orbs, while keeping the subject’s image clear and clean. For example if the subject image is a glass of champagne, the background lighting might be candlelights, or fireworks. The further away the backgrounds lights, the better the bokeh effect will be. This effect can be accomplished with your standard camera or you can upload such an image and use photo editing software or look for online applications where you upload your image and apply the effect.

 

 

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Jun 24

Tilt-Shift Photography Techniques with DSLR Lens

Tilt-Shift Photography Techniques with your DSLR Camera Lens

The Tilt and Shift technique is growing in popularity, although it’s not a new technique, technology has taken it to a new level of artistry. It’s been around for more than 60 years, using specialized adapters or lenses, though its effect differs from what you are seeing most recently. This newest technique is called Fake Miniaturing. Its effect, when used properly, can make almost any picture look like a miniature diorama, giving the subject a toy-ish look. Even though the latter is often referred to as Tilt and Shift photography “tilt”and “shift”can be two separate photography effects.

 

Tilt   A tilt lens is aptly named, that’s just what it does, tilts. Traditional lens are parallel or vertical to the camera’s film, ensuring that your focal plane is in focus, say for example a child on their bike. By using a special lens that tilts you can narrow your focal plane to a one particular point, like focusing in on the child’s face while the rest of the picture is a blur, this gives the picture an artistic flare or depth to your subject. This technique is a great medium to use for those photographers that love to use their photos to tell a story or grab their audience and force them to focus on one particular spot within the whole image.

 

Shift   A shift lens will stay parallel, but move up and down via rails that are built into each side of the lens. This special lens comes in handy with vertical perspective distortion that is too tall to fit within the camera’s shot, e.g. a tall tree or building. If you’re too close to your subject plane, the tree per example, the top of the tree will be cut off. But, if you point your camera up, you get perspective distortion, giving the top of the tree a narrow perspective while the bottom or trunk of the tree looks wider than it actually is. This distortion effect is actually great artistically and most photographers enjoy and appreciate its quality, but if one is trying for an accurate representation, a shift lens can be a real life saver. It’s also possible to purchase a lens that both tilts and shifts, by the way. If you’re handy, you can build your own.

Fake Miniaturing   If done right, this technique can have the most amazing effect making a picture of a large yellow dump truck look like a child’s toy, for example. There’s no special camera equipment or lenses needed. You can achieve that “plastic”toy look with adjustments in your photography software, like photoshop. There’s plenty of online tutorials to help walk you through the process. With patience, you can transform the most blaséscenic picture and give it a dramatic look or an imaginative aura.

 

Tilt/Shift Applications   If you don’t have the budget for expensive software or you’re a novice and just want to play around, there are loads of alternatives available. You can find plenty of Tilt and Shift applications for your smart phone and all your mobile devises that you can play around with. There are even websites where you can upload any picture and give it a tilting effect or fake miniaturing look. Be aware that you may not get the same results you would with photography software. However, it’s a great place to start and play around with different effects besides Tilt and Shift, for a lower cost.

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Jun 15

Bring Back Black and White Photography With Any Basic Digital Camera

Black and White Photography  With Any Basic Digital Camera, DSLR Camera or even FIlm Camera

Black   white photography is still cool

Black white photography is still cool

Black and White Photography

 

Black and White Photography has been around for ages, some of the most iconic photographs in the world today aren’t anything more than a simple black and white image. There’s a lot of focus on how to digitally manipulate images so they stand out in the oversaturated world of today’s photography, but nothing stands out more than a quality black and white photography image. Nothing.

 

Now here’s the good news: you can create stunning black and white photography with any basic digital camera. The first step is to get into your menu settings to create a black and white file instead of a color file. Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to utilize these tips to your advantage!

 

#1. Take Off All the Automatic Settings

This takes some practice, but operating on a manual mode in the front and the back end will produce the best images, especial when it comes to Black and White Photography. For macro-photography, look into your digital aperture settings for an enhanced digital zoom. The toughest part about this is getting the light right. That’s the benefit of the digital format, however, because you can tinker with your camera to get the light settings just right through your ISO and F-Stop. You can still get good images with auto settings, of course, but you’ll create stunning images when you go manual.

 

#2. Speaking of the ISO…

Black and white photography is difficult to get right from an ISO standpoint. You want to put some digital grain into the image, but you don’t want to put a lot into it because it creates an effect like the static snow on a blank over-the-air television channel. Keep your ISO as low as you can so that your image can be clearly perceptible instead of overwhelming the viewer of the image with the image noise a high ISO has produced.

 

Black & White Photography done by DSLR & photoshop

Black & White Photography done by DSLR & Photoshop

Black and White Photography

#3. Low Contrast Is Always Better

Black and white photography is about the subtlety of a contrast instead of the stark reality that a color image provides. When you’ve got a day that is gray, cloudy, and feels like rain, then you’ve got the perfect day for working on your art! That doesn’t mean you can’t take shots during a bright, sunny day, however, but it does mean that you’ve got to be more careful with your light settings. Incorporate shadows when you can, otherwise the higher light levels will create less subtlety in your image and you’ll end up with a result that is monotone.

 

Black & White Photography with female model

Black & White Photography with female model

Black and White Photography

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#4. Do You Photoshop?

If you utilize a software program to manipulate your photographic images, then you may wish to actually shoot in a color format and then convert the image into black and white photography digitally. This will give you more control over the brightness and contrast of the image while letting you blend in some of the lighter spots that show up with ease.

 

Monochrome photo of a models face

Monochrome photo of a models face

#5. Retrain Your Eye

Color photos are about a mixture of different colors and contrasts. Black and white photography is more about tone and texture. The best images will have a variety of different shapes and tones to them so that the viewer has different points of interest. This will bring about a natural focus, create interest in the work, and give you a stunning result in the end.

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