Photography For Beginner

In this post, I provide a list of the key features that you should think before buying a digital camera. Here’s a summary on how to choose a digital camera that is right for you:

Resolution

Resolution determines how sharp your image will be, how much you can enlarge your photo before the pixels start to become distracting, and how much you can crop a photo but still be left with a decent image that you can manipulate.

Lens

The lens is the eye of your digital camera. Below are the thing that you should look in your lens;

  • Good quality optics can focus a sharp image on your camera’s sensor. Try take a test photo or two to gauge the quality of the lens. A vendor’s reputation or lab tests in magazines are other ways to evaluate a lens.
  • The lens need enough light-gathering capabilities to let you shoot in low light levels. You can find out your camera’s light-gathering power by finding out its f-stops.
  • The magnification power of the lens (how large or small an image appears to be from a particular shooting position) is another factor. A digital camera’s lens magnification can usually be varied by zooming in and out to make the image larger or smaller.
  • Another characteristic that need to look at is the zoom range. Where magnification tells you only how large or small the image can be made to appear, the zoom range tells you the difference between the two. One lens may extend from a 28mm to 85mm magnification with a 3:1 zoom range and another lens might go from 35mm to 105mm and also qualify as a 3:1 zoom range optic. However, the second lens would provide more relative magnifications.

How To Digital CameraFocus controls

Most digital cameras have an automated system for sharply focusing the images. Many cameras also let you focus manually to ensure that the subject matter that you want to emphasize is the sharpest.

Viewfinders

Generally, there are four ways to let you preview your images in digital cameras. The color LCD panel on the back of the camera shows you the exact image that the sensor is capturing. But, the LCD is often hard to view in bright light, so some digital cameras have optical viewfinders that let you see a non-electronic version of the frame. More advanced cameras might include a second LCD (EVF) in the camera, where it is shielded from the glare of the surrounding light. Single Lens Reflexes (SLR) camera let you see an optical version of the picture through the same lens used to take the photo.

Exposure Controls

A lot of digital cameras have automatic exposure controls that adjust the amount of light reaching the sensor based on the lighting conditions of your subject. If the light is low, the auto-exposure system uses a wider lens f-stop or exposes the sensor for a longer period of time. If there is a lot of light, the auto-exposure system reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. Cameras with more versatile automatic exposure controls let you choose what type of exposure to use in different situation.

Storage

The more storage space you have for photos, the more pictures you can take before reloading your digital camera. Most cameras use CompactFlash, Secure Digital, or other electronic “film” media.
Other Equipment

As you choose your digital photography gear, think about accessories such as tripods, filters, external flash units, printers, and other additional stuff. Even the storage media you use to archive you photos, such as CDs or DVDs can all be important.


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