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.

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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

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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.

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A review of the Olympus OM-D EM5 Mark II Read more

A review of the Olympus OM-D EM5 Mark II

After the rousing success of the OM-D EM5, Olympus recently unveiled the successor to this successful compact mirrorless camera, the OM-D EM5 Mark II. How does it fare compared to its predecessor and to other mirrorless cameras out in the market? We shall find out in this review.

Design and controls

First things first, the EM5 Mark II looks very much like its predecessor. However, the EM5 Mark II offers some improvements in the design, with a better grip, easier navigation of the control dials even with one hand while still retaining a good, solid build for its body.

The camera offers a large and detailed electronic viewfinder, one of the best viewfinders found in cameras today which provides great detail and information and a fully-articulated 3 inch touchscreen LCD that provides a better intuitive interface. It also offers a built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for better sharing of the images caught on this camera.

Superior image quality

The EM5 Mark II offers a native 16 megapixel image resolution. It also has a high-speed Live MOS Sensor which offers an improved performance and a remarkable level of clarity and speed in all aspects of image capture. The camera’s TruePic VII image-processing engine improves image quality as well in low-light environments.

The camera’s sensor allows for a maximum ISO of 25,600, and the dynamic range has been expanded for more faithful color reproduction. It also offers a quieter mechanical shutter and a fast, accurate, focusing system to better capture images

Image Stabilization

However, the EM5 Mark II’s killer feature is with its performance in image stabilization, a feature many cameras in the market today tend to overlook. In the case of Olympus however, they have developed for this camera an ultra-sensitive 5-axis VCM (voice coil motor) technology that employs updated gyro sensors for a full 5 exposure steps of compensation. This gives the camera an exceptional performance in image stabilization, being able to deliver sharp, clear still images even in low light or steady HD video when capturing movies.

Another good thing is that this feature works with any lens you wish to use for the camera. So if you’re a shropshire wedding photographer, there’s no need to worry about what lens to use that would offer stabilization as the camera does it exceptionally well for you.shropshire wedding photographer

High Resolution Shot

With an improved stabilization mechanism, the EM5 Mark II offers another interesting feature, the 40MP High Res Shot. This allows the camera to shift the sensor over eight frames and then combining them into one higher resolution image of up to a whopping 40 megapixels.

Please note though that this does not increase the camera’s native megapixel resolution; you will still get 16 MP on your camera even when using the High Res Shot feature. What it does instead is enhance the quality of the image taken into the camera and make it more detailed. Also, this feature would only work well in ideal situations and environments, such as still subjects.

Final Thoughts

The Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II is a worthy upgrade from the previous EM5 model as it offers more features and, most especially, an improved photographic performance.

Its features are not only impressive, they are also unique in the sense that not many cameras offer those features, most especially the image stabilization feature. That only makes the EM5 Mark II a solid camera that can rival any mirrorless camera in the market at least. If you are looking for a good mirrorless camera, or a camera that can provide an improved image quality, the Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II is a camera worth very much considering.

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