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Mastering Digital SLR Cameras - by Joan Butterfield

Mastering Digital SLR Cameras - by Joan Butterfield



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digital Photography for amateurs
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Published by: Joan Butterfield on Nov 09, 2008
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Mastering Digital SLR Cameras
There are a lot of amateur as well as professional camera users who areshifting to digital models for much ease, convenience, and efficiencywhen taking initial pictures, taking more pictures after deleting some,and finally sharing photos to friends or storing them into the computer’smemory.Camera users are normally classified as hobbyists, novice, andprofessionals. To whichever category you belong, it is suggested that youponder and accommodate the following basic information about digitalcameras:1.) Categories of a cameraCameras can be grouped into:a. ultra compact – no flash modeb. prosumer or compact – for hobbyistsc. digital SLR cameras – have lenses, tripod, and external flashes; forprofessionalsIf you want to master the art of photography, it is suggested that youmaster using the third category. Models that fall under this category arepriced for their resolution, among other things.2.) Mega pixelsMega pixels can be classified into:a. 3 mega pixels – for basic snapshotsb. between 3 and 5 mega pixels – images have good print qualityc. between 5 and 7 mega pixels – images can be easily manipulated; largerprint sizes can be made3.) ZoomA camera’s zoom is normally categorized into two:a. optical zoom factor – what is distant appears closer by magnifying thelight entering through the main lensb. digital zoom factor – magnifies the resulting imageQuality photographs depend mostly on the optical zoom factor.4.) Storage mediaThese are the some common storage formats:a. Compact Flash (for compact and DSLRs)b. Sony Memory Stick (compatible with other Sony appliances)c. Smart Media
Storage sizes normally range from 64 K, which can store 3 dozen megapixel images; 1G can store about 500 images with the same mega pixels5.) Carrying caseYou should keep the camera and its accessories in place.6.) TripodTripod can be used when setting the timer mode on and keeping the focusstable.7.) Lenses and FiltersThere are digital cameras that allow additional lenses to be attached tothe main lens, or the lenses can be completely interchangeable.Lenses can be categorized as follows:a. macro lens – allows you to get closer to objects like insects andflowersb. wide-angle lens – used for capturing landmarks, and large and widesceneriesc. telephoto lens – allows longer zooms that let you get close to objectsthat are rather unsafeFilters, on the other hand are used to:a. soften the effect of the imageb. provide blurring on the edges for portraits that have sensitive moodsc. add light flares for the image to be more dramaticd. to reduce glare so that pictures appear more saturated, crisp, andvivid.Here are some basic strategies on how to capture an image:1. Holding the cameraYou should hold the camera steadily and keep your spare fingers frominterfering with the lens. This skill usually takes a few practices.2.) FocusingTo keep the camera from shuddering, it is better to half-press the camerauntil you are able to lock your view on the focus before completelypressing the button of the shutter.You may also use a tripod for better focusing.3.) PreviewingTake and retake pictures if necessary after previewing them in your LCDscreen.

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