Monthly Archives: September 2016

Tips For Organizing Your Camera Accessories

When you have accumulated a lot of digital camera accessories through the years, you need to find a way to organize them. This way, you will be able to find what you’re looking for in a fast and easy manner. When you know where you keep them, you save time and effort in looking for the things that you want to use.

Storing your accessories in the drawer is a good idea but if you’re the type of person who keeps forgetting and want to find items quickly, you should use organizers that have transparent materials. If you have lots of lenses, for instance, you can actually use a shoe organizer that can be hung on the wall or on your door. Get a clear shoe organizer where you can slip in your lenses and grab them easily when you need to use one. If you need to hang it on the door, make sure it does not swing and bang on it or on the wall. Hanging it on the closet door is ideal as this does not get slammed too often.

These clear shoe organizers normally come in different sizes and colors. So get one that fits your personality. If you’re the creative type, however, you can create your own design using durable materials.

With regards to cables, there’s also an easy way to organize them. Did you know that the toilet paper roll is very helpful? Yes, that’s right.

This toilet paper roll that is often used in school and art projects can also be used to keep and protect your cables. If you have several cables to organize, just get a shoe box or any medium sized box and the appropriate number of paper rolls. To keep your cables intact, fold them according to the length of the toilet paper roll and simply put them inside. To make sure that they don’t fall, you can tape the rolls together.

Another option is to buy a plastic box organizer of just the right size to store your cables. There are boxes that have a handle outside similar to a tool box and have divisions inside as well. You can check out online or in physical stores to be sure you’re getting what you really want.

Having a good camera bag is also best. Find one that has various compartments to accommodate your digital camera accessories. There should be compartments for lenses and filters, batteries, memory cards and your camera. For the memory card, normally there’s an inner pocket with a zipper that you can use to keep and protect your storage cards.

Being organized in your personal belongings is an admirable trait. It shows that you value your possessions and you want them to last long.

As owners of digital cameras, it is also your responsibility to find ways to store your device and accessories properly. This way, you eliminate the chances of getting them damaged. Keep in mind that when you care for your camera, it will also stay with you for a long time.

Bird Photography Tips

Action shots of small birds are difficult to pull off well, partly because they’re so incredibly fast. Success usually requires appropriate photo gear, planning ahead, experience, luck, and lots of practice.

Bird photography, especially wild bird photography can be quite challenging. Birds of prey are some of the most exciting wildlife subjects you’ll ever photograph, but their fast movements and the bright sky behind them pose big obstacles for photographers.

Bird photography tips for perfect bird portraits:

1) First things first – Your camera, is your bestfriend!

So, what DSLR is good for fast-action photography? I would recommend a fast camera that can handle at least 1/2000 of a second shutter speed with 6 to 9 fps (frames per second), if you want to get the best results, plus a good autofocus system for quick focus acquisition. But if you already have an entry-level DSLR, it doesn’t mean that you cannot capture birds – it just means that you might miss a good shot, just because your camera is not fast enough. The most important thing to keep in mind – the speed of focus acquisition both on camera and on lenses is far more important than DSLR’s frames per second.

2) Finding the Subject – Locating birds

Now that you have your equipment set up, you need to find birds to photograph. I recommend starting with the most common birds such as finches, sparrows and robins that are used to people and do not mind cooperating with and posing for photographers. Try to develop some skills and techniques by photographing them sitting on benches, eating, sleeping and flying. The best time for photography? Early morning is typically the best for bird photography, because birds actively look for food for themselves and their youngsters. So try to go out and shoot some local birds and see what you can do. Great Shot!

3) Approaching birds – Don’t scare them away!

What do you do if the bird you are trying to approach gets scared and flies away? There are many different techniques to approach wild birds and I will go through what works for me. Pretty much all birds have superb vision, so it is very likely that the bird will see you first. Also, all birds have their own “comfort zones” and if you try to get any closer, they feel threatened and fly away.

So, here is my technique to approach shy birds:

– Do NOT wear clothes with bright colors and try to blend in with the environment as much as possible

– Do NOT make sudden moves. If you need to raise your camera and take a picture, do it very slowly. In short be Quiet!

– Do NOT stare at the bird while approaching it. Animals in general perceive direct eye contact as a threat and they will flee at their first opportunity

– Try not to walk if the bird is looking at you. The best time to approach is when the bird is looking away or is busy doing something.

4) Post-processing and cropping

Cropping is a big part of bird photography. Unlike people, birds do not sit and pose in front of the camera, so filling the frame with the bird is not always possible. If you photograph a bird from a distance and try to resize the image to a smaller resolution for the web, the bird will look too tiny.

Lightroom is a great and easy tool to organize your images and catalog your bird collection, while Photoshop is great for fixing images that cannot be fixed within Lightroom. I probably spend 90-95% of my time in Lightroom and about 5-10% in Photoshop. I shoot everything in RAW (and I recommend you do, too), so I can achieve much better results while manipulating images in Lightroom or Photoshop, since I have a wide spectrum of colors that I can work with and maximum image quality.

Digital Camera Buying Tips You Can Use

Never before has there been a time when so many digital cameras are on the market and available for purchase. The challenge becomes not just about what camera to purchase but has a great deal to do with the types of features you want and precisely how much you are willing to pay for those features. Another significant factor among major manufacturers like Canon, Casio, Kodak, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony is that the competition becomes fierce at times and you have to be willing to do your due diligence to ensure you are purchasing precisely what you want and not just another camera with a popular brand name on it.

One of the best ways to go about doing the research is to refer to a camera buying guide that makes a direct comparison of the cameras in an apples to apples manner; not apples to oranges or grapes to bananas. For example, your main criteria may be to locate some great digital camera offers currently on the market to ensure that your choices are from those cameras that are a bargain for the price tag whether they are on sale or not. These digital camera deals may be a little hard to come by because the demand for digital cameras has continued to increase over the years and is currently showing no signs of disparity.

Here are some important tips that you can put to use right away when it comes to digital camera deals or some great digital camera offers that you aren’t quite sure how to gauge.

Tip #1 – Don’t Let the Price Tag Change Your Mind

Often people associate a good deal with a lower price. When it comes to digital camera deals, however, the price tag may have little or nothing to do with the quality you are getting. You may find a camera on sale for $500 but it may be located adjacent to a camera that is a higher quality and only $375. Take the time do so some research on what your budget can comfortably afford, not the presence of a discounted price tag.

Tip #2 – Read Informative Publications

Consumer Reports and many other publications offer feedback, reviews and in depth descriptions of digital cameras. The one drawback to these publications is that the data is sometimes hard to decipher and difficult to determine it’s level of importance as contrasted to what your want in a camera. Taken with a grain of salt, however, you can learn about warnings, problems, strengths and weaknesses of the top brands in digital cameras and use this information to help you make the best decision about which camera is right for your particular needs.

Tip #3 – Choose a Digital Camera with an Easy to Navigate Menu

Learning the features of your new camera can be challenging enough without getting lost in a menu that is hard to navigate and has features ordered in a manner that doesn’t make sense to you. If you need multiple shooting features coupled with manual settings, take a moment to check out the navigation menu before you purchase and determine if it’s the right camera for you. You may discover that you don’t require a ton of manual settings so you shouldn’t pay extra for them.

Tip #4 – Know Your Own Skill Level

It makes perfect sense to research purchasing a camera that has AE metering, optical zoom capabilities, exposure EV compensation and more if you are an accomplished photographer or someone who wants to expand their knowledge. You can find a great camera that is not so technical and provides the same quality if you are just looking to have a tool to take pictures on vacations and in a casual photography manner.

Beginning Photography Tips

beginning-photography-tipsTaking great photographs often depends on practice and experimentation. If you are not satisfied with the results of your recent photographs there are some beginning photography tips that can you can use to quickly improve your photographs.

Beginning Photography Tips #1 – Fill the frame

One of the reasons that many people are not satisfied with their pictures is the fact that the subject is so distant within the frame of the photograph that is difficult to see them. In such cases, the subject is typically lost within the scene.

The following beginning photography tips will help you to fill the frame with your subject and create far more interest:

1. Use your optical zoom lens. This is a great way to achieve close-up shots.

2. Move closely in order to make sure you are positioned as effectively as possible to achieve a close-up shot.

Beginning Photography Tips #2 – The rule of thirds

The rule of thirds is one of the most important beginning photography tips you should be aware of in order to achieve good results. Some digital cameras today have the ability to place a 3×3 grid over the scene which can help this process. Even if your camera does not have the ability; however, you can image the grid, divided by width and length.

Your subject should ideally be placed on the intersection of two lines but this is in no way mandatory. There is nothing magic with the intersections and the most important thing with the rule of thirds is that it helps you avoid centering the subject in all your photographs. If you place the subject out of the center of the photograph, you will find that you can achieve more visual interest in your photographs.

Beginning Photography Tips #3 – Unclutter the scene

Another reason why some photographs do not tend to turn out well is that they are too cluttered. It can be difficult for the main subject to stand out in the photograph is the background and surroundings are too cluttered.

Try to choose settings where the background is simple and uncluttered. This will help your subject to stand out and prevent it from blending in with everything else in the background.

Beginning Photography Tips #4 – Fill flash

In some cases you may notice that there simply is not enough light from the existing light source. In this case you may need to supplement the light source. A solution to this problem is the fill flash. This is not a true flash as a flash would generally be used at night.

A fill flash works to provide supplementing lighting, or to fill in light in the part of the photograph where the shadows are too strong. This can make a dramatic and immediate difference in your photos.

A typical example is if you take a close-up photograph of a flower in very strong daylight and contrast. In this case you are likely to get fairly strong shadows in some parts of the flower. A fill flash can give these shadows a “kiss” of light to brighten them slightly.

Most cameras on the market today have a fill flash feature. You do not even need to use full manual mode in order to take advantage of the fill flash feature. The exact way in which you use the fill flash feature will depend on your camera model, so you should check your owner’s manual.

Many cameras have a lightening bolt near the main button. By pressing this button you should be able to go through the different flash options.

Beginning Photography Tips #5 – Practice

Many people make the assumption that buying a lot of expensive equipment right away will automatically produce great photographs. While more advanced equipment can provide you with more options, it cannot take the place of practice and experience.

Even a point and shoot camera can be used to take great photos when you spend some time experimenting and practicing. The more time you spend taking pictures the more you will learn and the better photos you will be able to produce.