Whether the purists like it or not, smart-phone photography has now become a part of our daily lives. Built-in camera and sensor technology has advanced to such an extent that some war photographers and street photographers prefer using them due to their small size, and the fact that big digital cameras can be intimidating to subjects.
There really is no better feeling than getting yourself geared up to take off for your holidays with your camera. As photographers, a change of scenery and the opportunity to document the amazing world we live awakens the artist in us all.
But if we are not careful our well-earned trip could come at a cost. Camera manufacturers insist that our camera gear is “weather resistant”. And there’s the magic word. “Resistant”. But no camera or lens is truly weatherproof.
Do you think you have what it takes to take part in one of the year’s most prestigious competitions?
Bird Photographer of the Year (BPOTY) has announced the winning entries for 2017 and is calling for entries to its 2018 competition.
This years £5,000 prize winner was Alejandro Prieto Rojas with his photo of Flamingos taken in Mexico.
What is Creative Photography?
Creative Photography is about discovering new shapes, colors, dynamic range, distortions and maybe even a combination of all of them.
Creative photography can stimulate you to create impressive imagery. It will help take you to the next level.
It is important to remember that even the most expensive kit in the world won’t get you very far if your photography lacks creativity and flair.
The only limit to this kind of photography is your imagination!
Text: Alex Mita
Do we really need to Photoshop our pictures in order to make them better? The first thing any photography trainer will tell you is that if you depend on Photoshop to make your photos look better then you are not on the right path.
One of the questions I receive more often when I answer e-mails for LSP is “What camera should I buy to attend your courses?”.
It is never an easy answer to give because it envolves several particularities and what is right for one might not be right for the other.
I will write about digital cameras only, but if you want to buy analogue, it should not be too different with few less things to worry about.
The first thing you need to define is your budget. Done that it is simpler to look at the options and choose the best one. That is the total budget and should include all essential accessories:
- memory card
- extra battery
- UV filter for your lenses (check the diameter of the lens)
The second thing is to choose between cameras that have MANUAL Exposure Mode. While you might not want to use your camera in manual mode all the time, we expect you to use them manually as part of your course.
They can be:
- APS Sensor DSLRs
The most recommended cameras for beginners. They can be affordable and have the option to interchange lenses.
- Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Compact (MILC)
- Advanced Compacts
- Super Zoom
- Full Frame DSLRs
- Medium Format Cameras
Have you ever played with the White Balance (WB) settings of your digital camera?
Maybe you’ve never heard of it or never realised your camera had this function.
There is one thing that demanded a lot of practice in the analogue days of photography: FOCUS.
Since its advent, photography has seen many focusing methods:
There were fixed lenses with fixed focus, then the rangefinder-type of focusing, then the split screen focusing and finally came the “loved by all” Auto Focus.
Professional or not, if you are the one with the big camera in the family, chances are you will be asked to photograph a wedding at some point.
That can be very exciting, but it’s also a big responsibility.
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