A Review of the Thinktank Airport 2 Carry-on Camera Bag Read more

A Review of the Thinktank Airport 2 Carry-on Camera Bag

As a photographer who travels a lot quite often, it is important for me that I have a bag that is capable of carrying all of my photography gear without having to worry of either not being able to fit them all comfortably or worse, be subject to damage due to external elements that my bag would have to endure.

Thus, I was simply thrilled to know that ThinkTank Photo has come up with a bag that addresses my needs with the Airport Security V2.0 Rolling Camera Bag. Simply put, it is one of the best camera bags out there and let me explain why I think it is so.


First thing to love about it is how much it can carry with its size. The bag can fit up to two camera bodies, 4 to 6 lenses, 2 or more external flashes and other accessories like chargers, rode microphones, whatever else you may need to put in. if you have a tripod, the Thinktank Airport Security V2.0 Camera Bag has a special compartment on the side where you can attach it to.

With so much capacity, the Airport Security V2.0 Camera Bag is not that big in size. In fact, with its dimensions at 14” W x 22” H x 9” D, it passes the standards as a carry-on luggage at the airport.


Organizing stuff in this bag is not a problem with the included movable dividers that allow you to properly organize the contents of your bag whatever way you want it, depending on the gear you’ll be putting in and how you want them to be organized. In addition, the bag also has a front pocket organizer that allows you put in other items like pens, notepads, and other smaller items.


The Thinktank Airport Security V2.0 Camera Bag is designed to protect your valuable camera gear, something I appreciate with this product. Its exterior is designed to protect my gear from rain, abrasion, and other elements thanks to its water-repellant coating and a reinforced padding inside and out. There is also a waterproof cover included for a more sure and reinforced protection in the case of heavy rains.

Even its wheels are designed in such a way to keep your gear protected thanks to its unique design which makes sure your bag is stable and protected in instances where you have to go through curbs.


This bag also employs a number of security features to keep your gear inside secure from thieves. For starters, it has a TSA combination lock which secures the zippers and deter anyone from opening it. On top of that, it also has a rear security cable which allows you to fasten the bag to an immovable object like a nearby post, preventing anyone from stealing your bag altogether while you are away.

As an added level of protection, the bag also has its own security plate, with a unique number you need to register so in the event the bag gets lost and someone finds it, the bag can be easily returned.


Every element the bag is made out of is made from quality and long-lasting materials. In fact, Thinktank Photo provides a lifetime warranty for this bag, which goes to show how confident they are in believing this bag is made to last. And that’s something my photographer friends at Shane Webber Photography would love.

This warranty also covers the bag’s wheels as Airport Security V2.0 Camera Bag was built with mobility in mind. Even if you wear out the wheels, ThinkTank Photo will readily provide you replacement wheels for your bag.


If in case you are taking the stairs or walking by a rocky surface, the bag also includes shoulder straps that you can attach to the bag, converting it into a backpack as the situation calls it.

You don’t have to take my word for it though. You can check out the Thinktank Airport Security V2.0 Rolling Camera Bag at your neighborhood photography shop and see for yourself all these features and why it is a popular bag of choice among many photographers out there.


5 Points to Guide You When Buying a DSLR Camera Read more

5 Points to Guide You When Buying a DSLR Camera

DSLR cameraA Digital Single Lens Reflex camera is what most photographers nowadays want to own. Both amateur and professionals photographers like this essex wedding photographer are aware or have heard how wonderful DSLRs are so they aim to buy one to use.

Professional photographers usually buy the latest or more advanced DSLRs to add to their gear. On the other hand, amateurs who desire to buy one will need to decide well on which DSLR to buy. DSLR cameras are generally more expensive than most point-and-shoot and mirrorless cameras. You surely would want to invest on the best DSLR camera, right? Well, for first time DSLR buyers, here are 5 points to guide you when buying a DSLR camera.

  1. Camera Kit or Camera Body

When you shop for DSLR cameras, you will notice that some DSLRs are offered in a kit. A kit contains one DSLR camera and one to three lenses. Most lenses that are included in the kit are prime lenses 50mm and standard zoom lens although it will still depend on the brand as well as the shop. Getting a kit is usually more practical especially if you are on a tight budget and your only aim is to learn first the basics before going advanced. If you think the kit contains lenses that are useful to you, then go ahead and choose it.

On the other hand, if you can’t find a kit that suits your goal or type of photography then you can just buy the camera body and lens separately. It will usually cost you a bit more but it is definitely worth every penny if you just carefully choose.

  1. Comfort and design

DSLR cameras come in different sizes, brands and designs. Some are ergonomically designed which make them easy to carry and control. There are DSLR cameras that are smaller and easier to hold even for a long time while others are big and bulky and attaching a lens make them heftier. This makes it important for you to consider the design when buying a DSLR. Is the camera easy to use, hold and handle? Can you effortlessly click on the buttons and controls? Ponder on these questions when buying a camera.

  1. Image Quality and Resolution

DSLR cameras also vary in image quality and resolution. There are cameras that can perform well in low light and has a wide dynamic rage. Meanwhile, the camera resolution is measured in megapixels and cameras also differ at this.

When canvassing prices, you will notice that DSLRs with a bigger number of megapixels are more expensive than those at lower count. The megapixels though should not be your major basis when buying a camera because the output picture will still depend on your skills and knowledge in using the camera.

  1. Special Features

Camera manufacturers offer various camera models with different specs and with additional special features. Some special features to look for when buying a DSLR are the fast autofocus, HDR video capability, face recognition, and wi-fi. More advanced cameras also offer multi-point autofocus which is best used when shooting moving objects.

  1. Price

Of course, an important point to consider is also the price of the camera. There are entry level DSLRs, average DSLRs and advanced types. The entry level is most suitable if you want an affordable basic yet good type of camera. Meanwhile, if you can afford expensive ones, then choose among the latest or more advanced cameras with more special features. Remember though that you still need to buy lenses to go with your camera so be extra choosy and consider your budget before making a purchase.

The 5 points above will hopefully guide you when buying a DSLR camera. Do not forget to read reviews or ask feedback from wedding photographer Cheshire about the camera that you want to buy. You can also try the camera before making payment so you can assess better if it is worth buying or not.

The 3 Most Important Lessons Every New Photographer Should Know Read more

The 3 Most Important Lessons Every New Photographer Should Know

If you are starting out as a photographer, it is important to know the basics. While there are so many things to learn about photography, you don’t have to overwhelm yourself with learning all of them right away. At the very least, you can start by learning the basics.

We have listed here the 3 most important lessons every new photographer should know to help you out as you develop your skills in photography like that in Wedding Photography Hampshire.

Lesson No. 1: Get to know the shutter speed scale

Your shutter speed is one of the two ways of controlling the exposure, the lens aperture would be the other one. In normal situations, you might not have to worry too much about the shutter speed, as long as it’s fast enough to avoid camera shake problems.


But when you’re shooting fast-moving objects, the shutter speed becomes a very important setting. If you wish to freeze your subject in motion, use a fast shutter speed value. One useful tip is to follow the technique many sports photographers do, which is setting a slower shutter and “pan” the shot, following the subject in the viewfinder as they press the shutter. This keeps the subject sharp but blurs the background, conveying motion.

Lesson No. 2: Understand how focal length affects a scene

Lenses are classified according to their “focal length”. Some lenses have shorter focal length, which provide a wider angle of view. Wide angle lenses belong to this type.

One thing though is that when you shoot with a wide-angle lens (such as a 10-18mm), you get more in the frame but objects look smaller. Thus there are some lenses that have a longer focal length (such as 100-200mm), thus a narrower the angle of view. You get less in the frame, but subjects are magnified. This is what telephoto lenses do.

Most lenses these days are zooms that cover a range of focal lengths. The 18-55mm lens that comes with many new cameras, for instance, has a focal range of 18‑55mm, for wide-angle shots at one end of the range and modest telephoto ones at the other. These kit lenses are a good all-rounder, but sooner or later you’ll want to expand your shooting options with extra lenses.

Lesson No. 3: Knowing the relationship between focusing and aperture


The lens aperture is just one of the controls used to get the exposure right; it controls the amount of light hitting the sensor. The other is the shutter speed which, as discussed earlier, controls the length of the exposure.

The size of the lens aperture also affects the depth of field in the picture. Shallow depth of field is where only your main subject is sharp, and any objects in the background or nearer to the camera are out of focus. You get this from using wide lens apertures, like say f/4.

However, you can also increase the depth of field by using a narrower lens aperture (like a setting of f/22), which makes objects at different distances look sharper and more defined.

It’s important to understand how your camera’s autofocus system works so you can ensure it’s focusing on the right part of your scene. But it’s also important to take aperture and depth of field into account if you want to blur backgrounds or make your shots look as perfectly sharp as possible, from the foreground into the distance.…

Top 10 Tips for Brides to Be Read more

Top 10 Tips for Brides to Be

wedding tipsPlanning a wedding is generally done by both the soon-to-be bride and groom. They talk to their wedding coordinator, meet with different wedding vendors and decide on many things for the wedding. Both of them are of course excited yet pressured in making the wedding a success. But well, the bride-to-be is usually the more enthusiastic, hands-on and organized during the planning process. This is especially true if the groom is busy with work or wants the bride to feel extra special by allowing her to choose what she wants.

And because a bride in totality handles the wedding, then they should really know what to do, what to avoid and how to prepare for their wedding. Here are some tips for all brides to be reading this post.

  1. Watch your diet, eat healthy

You certainly want to look the most beautiful on that day, right? Well, start a diet plan or begin eating healthy months before the wedding. Your wedding gown must fit you comfortably. One way to ensure this is by losing weight or not gaining any. Hence, watch what you eat.

  1. Keep your nails clean and manicured

People will be asking to see your engagement ring from time to time. Keep your nails clean so you won’t feel ashamed displaying your hand to people. Clean, well-shaped nails will also look good in the wedding photos taken by your trusted wedding photographer Newcastle.

  1. Exercise regularly to slim down

If you really want to look good on your wedding day, you have to exert effort in working out months before. This is particularly applicable to women who are on the heavy side.

  1. Look for a gown at least 6 months ahead

The bride’s walk down the aisle is one of the highlights of a wedding and at that moment, all eyes are on the bride donning on an elegant wedding gown. A gown can either flatter your body or not. You have to order or have one made at least 6 months ahead so there is still time for adjustments.

  1. Keep a wedding checklist

Make you own wedding checklist and share it with your wedding planner as well as your future groom. This will guide you on what preparations to make, which vendors to look for and many other things.

  1. Delegate tasks clearly

Assigning of task is important when planning your wedding. Make sure the tasks of your hired professionals are clear. If you are going to assign some tasks to relatives, make sure your instructions are clear. You can even prepare a wedding shot list for your wedding photographers andover to use. Do not forget to assign someone to gather important wedding items after the wedding party.

  1. Get photographed with groom before the wedding

Formal shots with your groom before the wedding ceremony are highly advised if you really want to keep awesome pictures of you and your groom. Remember that during the wedding, your makeup might wear off thus lessening the glow or beauty of your face so at least you have good shots before the ceremony.

  1. Find time to write your wedding speech

Writing a wedding speech can help you avoid forgetting whom to thank. You can mention names of people who helped you prepare for your big day.

  1. Hire a wedding coordinator

Getting a wedding planner or coordinator can lessen burden from your shoulder. A wedding planner can assist you in finding supplies, vendors and venue/s. He/she can connects you with the right people in the wedding industry so choosing wedding vendors will be easier.

  1. Practice walking on your new shoes

Yes, you read it right. It might sound like a silly advice but then it surely is true. You will be walking down the aisle on your wedding in front of many people. You surely need to feel comfortable ramping in your new heels or shoes. Hence, go start strutting yourself at home.

Hopefully, these tips can help all brides out there in planning for their wedding.

Documentary Wedding Photography Tips for Beginners Read more

Documentary Wedding Photography Tips for Beginners

Documentary wedding photography has become the most popular form of wedding photography in recent years, thanks to its approach in capturing candid and authentic moments that make a memorable event like a wedding even more memorable. Such popularity has made it become a preferred style nowadays among many wedding photographers.

If you’re looking into going into the documentary wedding photography style, it is important you get to be acquainted with the proper approach and methods in doing this type of photography. Luckily, we have compiled for you some tips on how to get started.

  1. Get to know more about the bride and groom


This may sound like a no-brainer, but some wedding photographers are guilty of leaving out this important tip. As a documentary wedding photographer, it is your job foremost to get to know more about the couple, not just on a level of photographer and subject but as someone who knows at least a few details, knowing their interests and at least a bit of their personalities. This will help you become more knowledgeable as to the moments you should not miss capturing the event.

  1. Be as less intrusive as possible

As a documentary wedding photographer, you are given access to what goes throughout the wedding day, capturing candid moments as they happen. However, you should also remember to keep distance and not be much of an intrusion to the people at the wedding, and especially to the bride and groom. Allow them some space for them to enjoy this special day and you will get to capture more magical moments.

  1. Be able to anticipate moments

A good photographer is not just someone who is always ready for any moment but also someone who can anticipate certain moments ahead. You must learn to have a keen sense of knowing from the initial movements you’ve seen that a certain moment is about come any second. It is not much about being a clairvoyant but having a great attention to detail and using it to your advantage to capture moments right on time.

  1. Be able to tell a story in pictures

Primarily, your job as a documentary wedding photographer is to be able to craft a good story about the couple’s wedding. Thus, every photo you shoot should serve a greater purpose which is to tell part of that greater story. As such, strive to be direct to the point in telling the story, with less of the fillers as much as possible. Also, always be focused on the story at hand and not to be sidetracked along the way, forgetting the purpose why you are there in the first place.

  1. Don’t be afraid to try something new


As documentary wedding photography provider much freedom for you to work on as a photographer, you don’t have to worry much about formal setups. Be bold in trying different angles and compositions in the photos that you shoot to create a better output. Of course it helps to look at other examples you can find that would serve as your inspiration. But ultimately, you should remember to make your own style and brand for you to stand out from the rest.

  1. You don’t have to capture every moment

One mistake some documentary wedding photographers commit is that they tend to shoot just about every moment of the wedding, which not only drains battery life on your camera but also can be tiresome on your part. You don’t need to photograph the minute details unless they help tell the story you wish to convey. A good photographer should have a good sense of judgment as to what is worthy to be photographed vs. what is not.

  1. Never stop learning and improving yourself as well as your gear

Being a good photographer like the wedding photographers west yorkshire involves constant learning and improvement. You should take time and effort to learn new things especially now that so much is going on in the realm of photography. You should also set aside investing for the equipment you will use as a wedding photographer especially now that technology is constantly moving forward and you will need to have the best and latest gear should the situation call for it.

Take these tips to heart and you are well on your way to becoming a better documentary wedding photographer.…

How to Plan the Perfect Wedding Read more

How to Plan the Perfect Wedding

wedding planningAll of us want our wedding to be perfect. We wish that our wedding will run smoothly and that everyone will remember it for how wonderful the celebration was. For a wedding to be go really well, you have to know several important things when it comes to your wedding preparation. There are advice and tips from family, friends and wedding experts which can be very useful to you and your partner.

Here are some helpful tips and suggestions that you can follow when planning for your perfect wedding.

  1. Settle the wedding date first

A wedding date is of course your first consideration when planning your wedding. You can choose a significant date like your anniversary date, birthday, lucky number or whatever you think is best to choose. If you are open to any date, you might want to consider an off-season date. A wedding during the off-peak season can most likely help you save on the wedding costs since wedding vendors, venues and other services like essex wedding photography are offered at a much lower price/rate.

  1. Decide on the number of guests

Think of how many guests you want to attend your wedding. Make a draft list and start with your immediate family, close relatives and friends before your co-workers or buddies.

  1. Divide your wedding budget

Talk it over with your partner on how much you can spend for the wedding then write an estimate on how much each wedding item or service will cost. Ask friends or experts for ideas if you are not so sure on the cost or search online for answers.

  1. Prepare a checklist

Write a checklist containing the tasks you need to work on for your wedding. If you hire a wedding coordinator, share it with him or her then check every task accomplished. This can guide you on what needs to be done and what has been completed.

  1. Look for the right wedding venue

Scout different locations or venues before deciding on what to rent. Your choice must depend on what your desired setup or theme is. If you want a destination wedding, then consider a public or private beach resort. Weigh on the cost, travel time, means of transportation and other factors when thinking of a destination wedding.

  1. Interview wedding professionals

Find time to really talk to or interview the wedding professionals like florist, wedding photographer reading and videographer that you want to hire. Examine well if they are really worth hiring or paying for so you won’t have any regrets.

  1. Finalize the theme and other details

Wedding themes, motifs, colors and other details of the wedding must be final and clear before you get the word out and invite people.

  1. Send out the wedding invitations

Once everything is final, you can now send the invitations in person, thru email or snail mail depending on what you think is best for a specific guest. If the wedding venue or location is somehow unfamiliar to most guests, add a piece of paper and write down the directions to the place. You can also give them a call to confirm if they know how to reach the destination.

  1. Prepare yourself, your partner and the entourage

Set appointment with the couturier or schedule a day for you and your entourage to fit in your dresses or suit. Make sure there is still time to fix any problem with your bridal gown or that of your bridesmaids.

  1. Sign contracts

There should always be a signed contract between you and your hired wedding professional. This can make formalize everything so it will be legally binding to both parties.

  1. Give one last ring to each wedding vendor

Call each wedding vendor at least 3 days before the wedding date to confirm or remind them about your booking. Make sure the date, time and place are also clear to the wedding professional.

  1. Check everything

Do a final checking of each wedding detail. You can use your checklist as a guide and talk it over with your coordinator and other pertinent individuals to see if everything is ready for your big day.

Lastly, do not stress out yourself too much when planning your wedding. Think of it as an event that you need to enjoy and celebrate happily with your loved ones.

4 Great Locations for a Family Photo Shoot Read more

4 Great Locations for a Family Photo Shoot

family photo shootA family photo shoot is highly anticipated by most families who do it regularly. This kind of shoot gives them a certain pride and sense of belonging. They also love the time they spend during the shoot for it is a great bonding moment that they will always cherish and remember. And since this is a special moment for the family, thorough preparation and planning must be done to ensure that it goes successful.

The location for the family photo shoot is one of the major things that the family must discuss with their chosen family photographer. Some families chose to have it in the studio, others choose the family’s ancestral home while there are families who chose a more unique yet significant location.

You can choose the location that you think best shows the love and bond within the family. It must be worth remembering and creating memories in. The family should mutually decide on the location and inform the photographer of their preferred place. If you cannot think of a great location for the shoot, you can ask your family photographer or get ideas from this skilled wedding photographer cheshire. For sure, he/she can give you several ideas.

To make it easier for you to choose a location, here are some wonderful locations for a family photo shoot that you might want to consider:

  1. Amusement Park

An amusement park offers beautiful scenery for a family shoot. It has a wonderful ambience that the whole family especially the kids will certainly love. Look for a park in your area or city which can be a perfect location for the shoot. Kids in your family will surely have fun playing or running around before the shoot. Your photographer can even take pictures of the young ones busily doing their stuff aside from taking formal family portraits and this lifestyle photography style can surely capture the genuine happiness among the kids.

  1. Garden

The garden outside your home can be a good family shoot location. Or you can find a nearby garden full of green plants or colorful flowers which can make everybody feel relaxed and happy. The photographer can surely find wonderful spots in the garden where you and your family can take a pose. Even staffordshire wedding photographers sometimes choose a garden for an engaged couple’s prenuptial shoot.

  1. Beach

If you want a calm yet enjoyable location for the family photo shoot, choose to have it by the beach. A beach may look dull but a great family photographer knows how to make your family shots striking. Make sure you choose a professional who is really skilled in shooting family portraits. After the shoot, your family can even take a swim and it will surely be fun and memorable.

  1. Pond or Lake

A shoot by the pond or lake will surely give you awesome family pictures. You can choose a fishing pond where some members can pretend to be fishing or you can pose by a sparkling lake with a huge rock nearby.

There are truly many great locations for a shoot, make sure to consider the ideas or suggestions of other family members on where to have the pictorial. Remember that in a photo shoot, what matters most is the presence of all family members and not really the location.

What Lenses Are Recommended For DSLRs? Read more

What Lenses Are Recommended For DSLRs?

When you bought your DSLR, chances are there is already a lens included. Commonly, this lens is called the kit lens and works fine for your regular photography needs. But as you advance in knowledge and skills in photography, you realize your kit lens will not be enough for those shoots you need to make.

With that said, there are hundreds of lenses available in the market today to fill those needs. However, the variety of these lenses as far as features and capabilities are concerned can be overwhelming for a newbie photographer to choose which would be best for his/her needs. To make things simple, we have narrowed down the selection to the most common types we think you will need as a photographer like surrey wedding photographer.

Ultra Wide Lenses

Ultra wide angle lenses havelens-190972_1280 a focal length of around less than 24 mm (in 35 mm-format), this means they can take in a wider scene than is typical, though they’re not only about getting all of a subject into a shot. Because of this characteristic, they typically have a large depth of field which means images tend to pull in subjects that are close, and push away more distant ones making them appear further apart.  They are typically used inlandscape, architecture and interior photography, as well as other creative uses.

Wide Angle Lenses

Wide angle lenses have a focal length of between 24 mm and 35 mm, with a wide field of view and often also boast of close minimum focusing distances. Thus, they can magnify the perceived distance between subjects in the foreground and background, providing less distortion ultra wide lenses. They are often used when trying to get the whole of a subject in frame like a building or a landscape, as well as interesting portraits.

Telephoto Lenses

Telephoto lenses are those with a focal length above 70 mm, though many people would argue that “true” telephoto lenses are ones which exceed 135 mm. They focus on a much narrower field of view than other lenses, which makes them good in focusing in on specific details or distant subjects. They are generally larger and heavier than equally specified wider lenses. They can also compress elements such that the objects that are far apart in reality from the camera can appear closer together. They are used often to photograph subjects you can’t (or don’t want to) get close to, like sports or wildlife subjects. They can also be used for shooting portraits and even landscapes where their normalization of relative size can be used to give a sense of scale.

Superzoom Lenses


Superzooms are do-it-all lenses which cover focal lengths from wide to telephoto. If you’re someone who doesn’t like the hassle of changing lenses often, superzooms may be for you. The flipside though is that they do not have the same image quality of more dedicated lenses and often have slower and variable maximum apertures.

Macro Lenses

Macro lenses are the more specialist type of lenses, and they are frequently used to refer to lenses which can be used for extreme close-up photography. Such lenses typically have focal lengths of around 40-200 mm. Because of its close-up functionalities, macro lenses have excellent image sharpness, though it’s worth noting that when working at close distances they also have a tiny depth of field. In addition, they can also be great for portraits thanks to their typical sharpness and focal lengths.


As we have seen, different lenses can give photographers more freedom and capabilities in shooting different types of images under different settings and situations. Thus, it is important that as a photographer, you should first determine the type of photography that you do and the environments you are in that will help you in choosing the perfect lenses for your camera. With proper care and maintenance lenses are good photography investments that can last longer than even your camera.…

4 Fastest Ways to Improve Your Photography Skills Read more

4 Fastest Ways to Improve Your Photography Skills

professional photographyAll of us are unique in many ways. We are equipped with different talents, abilities and skills. Some of us have yet to discover our talents and skills while others are already honing their talents and skills.

Among the talented people nowadays who are impressing other people are the artists. There are artists who are into painting, sculpture and similar arts while there are those who are into photography.

We see a lot of photographers today who are continuously developing their skills in shooting pictures. Some professional photographers are already famous and successful while there are amateurs who are just starting to stand out and are at the moment busy improving their photography skills.

For amateur photographers, here are 4 fastest ways for you to improve your photography skills.

  1. Master your camera and gear

Familiarize your camera from the buttons, dials, specifications up to its special features and proper usage. Cameras have different specifications so you will have to find time to research what camera to buy. Once you have chosen the brand and model, you have to learn and practice using your camera unit. Know what the shooting modes are and read the manual guide especially when you encounter a problem with your unit. You can troubleshoot easier by following instructions from the manual.

  1. Look for an inspiration

By nature, we humans are more determined to achieve our goals when someone or something inspires us. You can try to get inspirations on what to shot or how to capture perfect images by visiting galleries or museums, going to the zoo if you are into wildlife and checking works of other professional photographers. Take a look at paintings, sculpture, artworks or similar art forms, then get ideas on what interesting subjects to shoot. Of course, you will base it on your preferred form of photography. If you are into wedding photography, then find wedding or bridal websites.

  1. Work as second shooter

You can hone your skills by observing how more experienced photographers work or shoot. Be an assistant to some professional photographers for you can surely learn a lot from them and this can help you become better in photography. At times, when they make mistakes with their shots, take note of their flaws, do no imitate but learn from their mistakes. Remember that no matter how great are you, there are really times that you won’t get the perfect shots you want. It is normal to commit mistakes, just avoid doing them again.

  1. Shoot as often as you can

As we all know “practice makes perfect” and this principle is applicable even in professional photography. Find time to practice and do so every chance you can get. Do not limit yourself with the ordinary. Try to experiment with your shots and for sure through hard work and perseverance you can produce pictures that your viewers or clients will really appreciate.

Improving skills may take time and real hard wok but then through determination you can surely become better and better each day. Time will come that you will be among the highly respected professional photographers across the globe.

DSLR Basics Every Newbie Photographer Should Know Read more

DSLR Basics Every Newbie Photographer Should Know

For a person making the switch from using a regular point and shoot camera to a DSLR camera, the transition can be an overwhelming and intimidating experience. This leads to some users to just give up and be content using the auto function of the DSLR, not realizing the full potential these cameras bring if these users knew what DSLRs can do.

That is why we have come up with this handy guide to help users like you make the most of your DSLR and help you discover what you can do with it in ways you never thought about with a camera and hone your skills as a photographer in the process.


Learning and Setting Apertures and Shutter Speeds

One of the most important concepts in DSLR photography is learning the concept of apertures and shutter speeds. First, let’s learn what they are and each of them can do.

Aperture refers to the size of the opening in the camera lens which determines how much light can pass through. For instance, an aperture of f/2.8 means it is a large aperture that entails much light can pass through it, while an f/16 aperture is smaller in size, with little light can pass through it.

Aperture size indicates how much depth of field an image will have. This means that a small aperture allows the image to show objects located at a great distance to be captured clearly and in focus as in landscape photos. A large aperture on the other hand puts distant objects out of focus while the object located closest to the camera is captured more vividly and in greater detail, as is employed in close up shots.

Shutter speed on the other hand refers to the length of time the shutter stays open to capture a photo. This is something to take in consideration especially if your subject is a fast moving object. For instance, a faster shutter speed value of 1/250 sec allows you to vividly capture a running dog without any blur caused by the movement. Conversely, a slow shutter speed value of 1/15 sec captured blurred movements of the water which can create some artistic shots as well.

Learning about ISO

ISO measures how sensitive to light your camera’s sensor is, especially in relation to how much light is available in the area where you will be taking photos. For instance, outdoor shoots on a sunny day require less sensitivity to light of the sensor, thus needing only low ISO settings. However, low light conditions require greater sensitivity to light. Thus high ISO settings are preferred in this case.

You can either set the ISO settings to auto or you can select which ISO level to use as professionals like Emma Joy would do. But as a beginner, it is recommended you leave the ISO settings at auto or choose the settings at 400-800 for outdoors and 1600 and above for indoors. Take note though that higher ISO settings may cause graininess on the photo.

Controlling Metering Settings (If Needed)

Metering refers to the calculation your camera makes for the average exposure, making sure that the photo is properly exposed which means it’s neither too dark nor too bright. Under normal lighting situations, the camera does the work so nothing else is needed to be done on your end, which also makes this control an overlooked one. However, in low light areas, the camera may not be able to do the metering properly. That is why the DSLR has an “exposure composition” control which is the +/- button near the camera shutter, allowing you to increase or decrease the lighting exposure that would be applied on to the image.

Changing the White Balance Settings


White balance refers to how the colors appear in your photos, not just the white. Normally, the camera sets the white balance to auto and while it does the job in some cases, in other situations, it causes unrealistic color tones to appear in your photo. Thus, it is important to adjust your DSLR’s white balance settings beforehand for better results. Fortunately, the white balance settings provide different presets available to suit the lighting condition in the area where you will shoot, ranging from daylight to shade, to fluorescent (for areas mainly lighted by fluorescent lights) and flash, (for instances you will use flash, especially in minimal light) among other settings.

Final Tips

Lastly, always make it a point to read your DSLR’s manual to get you more acquainted with your camera and the controls it offers. Many DSLRs today offer more advanced features than before; discover what features they offer that would help you shoot better photographs.

As you learn more about your DSLR, try to experiment with different settings and setting combinations to get a better grasp of how each element works in achieving overall quality of your photos.