Choosing just the right camera to buy for someone else can be tricky, but if you’re armed with solid information about what makes a digital camera good and how to choose equipment for a particular age or field of interest, you’ll make a good choice.
Learn a little about the essential features that any digital photo frame should have, and what some of the extra capabilities of some of them are, and you’ll be able to make an informed choice when you buy one.
If you want to take photographs but don’t know where to start, the old saying has it right: begin with the basics. Understand how the essential camera settings work and what’s involved in making a photograph, and you’ll open up a whole universe of possibilities.
Adobe Photoshop Elements can do an awful lot for a scaled-down version of a powerful image editing program, but learning the ins and outs can be daunting at first. We’re here to help you get the most out of your software.
Keeping your digital camera in good working order doesn’t have to be a chore if you keep up with regular maintenance and make sure to protect your equipment. There are even ways to fix common problems yourself.
Photography comes in many varieties, which may be defined by subject matter, by philosophical or conceptual approach, or by the equipment used. Naturally, many of these categories intersect or bleed into one another, but they are still a useful way to organize picture-taking.
Photography can be an expensive hobby, and even more expensive when you go pro. But there is a lot of equipment that is essentially very simple and can be made at home with a little instruction and the right materials.
“Through the Viewfinder,” or TtV, photography is a fun way to combine analog and digital photography. Shooting with a digital camera gives the advantages of digital photography, but using an old camera as a filter adds an appealing grungy, old-fashioned look.
Shooting with a large format camera, or view camera, has a lot of advantages (as well as some disadvantages). Though digital backs for these cameras are extremely expensive, there are other ways to combine digital photography with a view camera if you don’t fancy working solely with film.
Eugène Atget saw himself not as an art photographer, but as a documenter of Old Paris and provider of references to artists. Yet it is because his work was so straightforward that he became lauded as an artist after his death, when his work had enormous influence on later documentary photographers.
There are a number of strategies for documentary photography. You might choose to shoot a lot quickly, or you may work slowly and carefully. You can shoot from the hip, or you can frame each image deliberately. Which strategy you employ can depend on your own preference, or on your subject matter.
Bernd and Hilla Becher are a husband-and-wife team of German photographers, best known for their extensive series of photographs of the industrial landscape. Their technically perfect photographs had a conceptual basis that elevated the work from “merely” documentary to the realm of fine art.
Photographing architecture presents its own special set of problems, especially if you want your images to accurately record the buildings you shoot. Fortunately, there are also plenty of solutions, from hardware fixes to software adjustments.
Taking close-up photographs is easier than ever now in the age of digital cameras, thanks to most cameras having built-in macro settings. If you really want to get in close, though, you’ll need to look at some other equipment.
Camera-mounted flash units are a convenient way to add light to a scene, and there are specialized types of flash for many situations–like the ring flash. A ring flash can be a useful tool, but why spend the money until you know if you need one or not?