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Different Types of Camera and Their Uses

broadcastOne might be forgiven for thinking that a camera is a camera, and that they all do more or less the same job. Obviously, we all know the difference between a stills camera and a video camera, but are there really that many variations besides? In this article, we look at some of the different types of camera and their uses. Though there are other types out there, we are looking at those used for professional photo shoots, video broadcasting, filming and more. In other words, ignoring things like security cameras.

“Point and Shoot” cameras – these are the simple, one lens cameras which can very simply be picked up and used on an automatic setting to grab quick snapshots. The camera that is on your phone is likely to be a ‘point and shoot’ style. Not the most professional, but a great way for us all to have a camera on us at all times.

DSLR – this stands for digital single lens reflex and what it means is that you can change the lenses. These tend to be stills cameras with video capability. They’re what a lot of professional wedding photographers, landscape photographers and portrait photographers use in order to have control over the lenses they’re using and therefore the style of photos taken.

Handheld video camera – aimed at the consumer electronics niche with a lot of people having one at home somewhere. The quality of these is getting a lot better but they’re still mainly for student projects, learning the basics of video and making your own holiday or family videos. They’re held in the hand and often have a strap which ties around the palm for a bit of added stability.

Broadcast and Cinematic video cameras – if you want to buy professional camera equipment then a cinematic or broadcast camera is the way to go. They can be bought both new and used and though these are among the more expensive types of camera, if you’re running a professional operation then these are probably the cameras you’re going to need. Everything from sports broadcasting to news channels and even music videos can be made with professional broadcast quality cameras.

Mirrorless Cameras – These have become very popular in recent years, and are very similar to DSLR cameras, with the difference of being smaller and more compact, more lightweight and even cheaper in many instances, …

How to Avoid Disaster When Storing Photos

photo-album-959331_640Photographs all eventually become damaged, and the addition of digital photography is a relatively new thing. It wasn’t until recently that storing photos could mean on a hard drive or usb stick, and even if this is the preferred message, having a hard copy of the images is still probably advisable, and you will likely still have a lot of photos floating around from years gone by. Most of us have a cupboard or drawer somewhere in the home full of prints and even negatives from film cameras, but they aren’t just prints, they are our memories, and for something to happen to them would be a terrible shame.

Photos will naturally degrade slowly over time, but there are also things they can be exposed to that can make it worse. Imagine a flood within your home damaging all of your pictures, mice getting to your storage and chewing up your pictures, even hot or cold weather can do damage to your photos. On top of that, just being out of proper protective covers can speed up the ageing process of your pictures and lead to discoloration or damage.

So how do we avoid damage to our photographs? As briefly mentioned, storing in proper, good quality frames which are as airtight as possible, and in plastic page protectors or even within specifically made albums which are PVC free and designed specifically to avoid any damage, can be a good way to ensure your images are protected, but there is only so much you can do, and there is always a chance images can still be damaged.

If you are unfortunate enough to get an image damaged, don’t worry too much, as you can use photo restoration in order to get your images back to their former beauty. The process involves creating a digital copy of an image and editing it within software. This can be tricky if done on your own, but there are professionals out there doing an excellent job, and can be sent the pictures before providing an enhanced or repaired copy back. This is also amazing if you happen to find some old pictures around from your elders within the family, or you just have beloved images which have become tatty or damaged in your purse, for instance. The process has been made a lot more simple in the digital age and photos you may have once …

Finding Free to Edit Images Online

People need images for a whole plethora of reasons, the world is more visual than ever and we spend so much of our life looking at screens that images are vitally important to the way we live. If you’re a content producer or someone who runs a website or a business which needs images, or you just want images to practice your editing skills or create your own graphics, finding images can quickly become costly. Stock photography is an industry where the costs can become astronomical, and a lot of companies that offer stock photos are aimed at huge print organizations rather than mom and pop businesses or bloggers.

If you search google for images, there is a section within the ‘tools’ area that lets you search for royalty free images and the different types of licences such as creative commons, and whether you can use them commercially or not. This is great as a resource for finding images from a variety of sources, but also can become a bit difficult as there is no real quality control and some of the images made available for free don’t tend to be the best quality.

Somewhere that this isn’t an issue is Walkersnaps, where a lifetimes work is available for use with free to edit images available for a simple $1 donation to an amazing cause. Sadly, the founder of the site was diagnosed with a degenerative brain condition and the idea behind the site is to raise money to help with this, along with fulfilling the dream to create and share images. The fee is very reasonable and the fact is that there is a huge amount of images with a lot of different categories to choose from means that you get a huge amount for your money. The website states “You can use my products to create your own personal memories or to create ad copy for commercial use or to create artwork for sale or for whatever purpose you want.” so you don’t need to worry even if you are planning to create images for resale. A lot of creative commons licences are a bit of a tough thing to navigate here when you are not allowed to edit the images or you’re not allowed to create anything made for profit. Using a site like Walkersnaps means you can avoid the need for this.

Another site of a …

Benefits of an IPS Monitor

monitor-41232_640Monitor technology just like any other tech seems to be changing all the time. We have had the standard LCD or liquid crystal display monitors since the 80s now and the technology is improving but generally is the same concepts, IPS monitors are different and more and more people have started to use the IPS technology, but what are the benefits of it and why is it becoming more and more popular?

There are a few different main benefits. As a photography blog we are looking of course at things like the display quality and colors, but there are other things to take into account, IPS monitors can be used for a lot of things now and more and more people have started using monitors to watch movies, play games and more.

The benefits of the IPS are:

  • They have wider viewing angles which can be helpful for editing things like photo and video.
  • Great colors showing a lot of accuracy in the photos and make sure you’re editing to a good standard and that what you see is true to the actual image.
  • Not overly expensive, especially considering how much better they can be than other monitors.
  • Many have reported low pressure in the eyes and that it is easier to view for long stretches of time.

If you’re really serious about monitors, these are definitely an option you should consider, and are not just great for media uses and pro uses but will be easy on the eyes in terms of watching your favorite shows too!…

Get the Most Out of Your GoPro Videos

collapsev15small_copy_2GoPros are all the rage, and the company has grown at a rapid speed in recent years, and more and more people are finding new and inventive ways to get the most out of their GoPro camera and use it in all sorts of different settings and circumstances. There are an increasing number of clever accessories out there and a quick look on Youtube for GoPro videos will probably leave you very inspired as people do everything from wearing them in their helmet to filming sports they’re participating in and more.

GoPro’s are powerful cameras capable of shooting 4k and when accompanied with the right accessory can add high production value to your videos. The fact is that you can make your videos a lot better with a few simple additions to your kit bag, one of these being the MicroJib. The MicroJib (which has recently been superseded by the MicroJib 2) is designed to allow you to rotate your GoPro 360º while filming in either Pan or Tilt mode. It is fully extendable from 16.5″ to 33.5 and gives some amazing results in terms of the panning and tilting features and gives a very smooth finish to the videos. It also has an XL alternative. This is a piece of videography equipment which if you don’t have it can leave you restricted. In terms of GoPro accessories it is up there with the best and you can even get it shipped for free in the US.

Check out their website for some very cool animated homepage images and more info about the MicroJib and other products.…

How to Use Drones for Photography

drone-784310_640Drones, sometimes known as quadcopters, have become very popular in recent years as people start to embrace the new technology and realise that as well as being a lot of fun, they’re also very useful for a lot of different aspects of life, one of which being photography, drones let us reach heights that we couldn’t otherwise and many have remotes to control cameras and get a unique vantage point over your competitors.

As well as taking stills, drones can be great for video and provide some really impressive shots for making films both amateur and professional, and the footage and photos which come from these cameras have really begun to impress people as being pro standard.

Sources such as ProPhotoUAV can be a great place to get your grounding in the world of drone photography and begin go learn about which models are best. A quick youtube search for drone footage shows some of the amazing features on offer, and there is a video on ProPhotoUAV with some incredible views provided by shooting footage from a drone.

You can use your drone to take photos of buildings from a high vantage point, take footage of your friends from above, get amazing views of local sports matches and much more, just be careful that you have permission where you are shooting.

The world of photography is changing without a doubt and using drones to take photos is one of the many ways in which it is becoming more exciting and accessible.…

Make Money from Your Photography with a Wallpaper Site

wallpaperThe internet has provided a way for people to make money in non conventional ways from their art and photography. If you are a photographer in the modern age, you may have to be inventive to make a living, more people than ever have a DSLR and more people than ever are advertising their services as photographers.

For those who are trying to maximize the different ways their photographs can create an income for them, many have looked at creating wallpaper websites in order to make money from advertising revenue.

The process to do this has been made pretty simple, you can even download a wordpress theme and plugin such as PlixPress which turns any wordpress site into an easy to run wallpaper site. The basic business model here is that people searching for a wallpaper of, for example, a city skyline, can find one on the site you create and optimize for search engines or promote on twitter etc. and then visit your site to download it. You can sell them, but so many are available for free that a better model is to make money on your site via adverts.

If you take amazing or particularly topical images and make them available as wallpapers then there is even the potential to go viral and this can lead to a huge amount of traffic. An app like PlixPress means you don’t have to be a superstar web developer to run a wallpaper site and get started on the road to making money.…

Finding Adventure and Hiking Photos on Instagram

instagram-1581266_640Instagram is a global phenomenon. Now owned by Facebook, it has very quickly become the world’s biggest social media platform for photographs, and with everyone having a smartphone these days and ways to upload photos, there are millions of pictures uploaded daily. Some modern cameras even have the capability to upload photos straight to Instagram.

If you’re willing to wade through all of the selfies taken by teenagers and motivational quotes, you can find some breathtaking stuff on Instagram, it isn’t just the A list celebrities who are worth following, and some accounts are amazing for finding adventure photography and following your favorite explorer around the globe. After all, it is a social network for photography, so there is bound to be some great work being shared within.

Some of the best accounts can be found through hash tags, for instance looking for hiking pictures or even putting the name of a camera as a hash tag, or the location where people are likely to be taking photos. Some accounts are built to be an aggregator of other peoples photos, for instance the Lens Bible accepts submissions and publishes photos with credit, which can be a great way to find new photographers to follow.

One of our favorite accounts is for Yuriy Trebushnoy, who offers some stunning pictures of his adventures around the globe, these aren’t snapshots taken on a phone camera, they’re professional, stunning pictures by a great photographer with a clear eye for composition and location. You can share his adventures vicariously here:…

Things to Take Macro Photographs Of

cat-1535160_1920We’re looking today at the things you can use in order to get started with macro photography. Macro is one of the most interesting ways to get an interesting effect and add something new to your flickr or instagram feed! It can be tough to think of things to take photographs of, so we’ve put together a list of things so that you can appreciate the little things, both literally and figuratively speaking!

Bugs – most of us have access to bugs and a quick look outside will quickly reveal some. They may not be the prettiest of things (depending on which bug) but they can create a striking image when taken super close up.

Plants and Flowers – probably one of the most interesting things to take photos of, you can see patterns and details in macro that you couldn’t dream of seeing on other styles of photography.

Mechanics and Electronics – of course, stay safe with this, but anything mechanical or electronic can look very cool with extreme close up photos which are then blown up, a part of a car or tyre for instance can show interesting patterns and textures.

Eyes – some of the most striking macro photos are of eyes, if you have a willing volunteer you can create some amazing pictures, the volunteer doesn’t have to be human either as you can get some amazing results from your pets depending which animals you have.

Macro photography is a great skill to learn and is worth experimenting with, so how better to explore than the above projects!…

Gifting a DSLR for Christmas!

dslrChristmas is a wonderful time for photography, the rich textures and colors in the cities and in the countryside, especially if you live in an area with snow and foliage, plus of course it is a time when people get together. As well as being a top time for taking pictures, it can be a great time for photographers too as photography equipment makes an amazing and lasting gift for the creatives in your life, and items you may not splash out on throughout the year may be given as gifts.

With so many DSLR options on the market, it is important that you try and find the best option to give as a gift. Spending the most you can afford doesn’t automatically guarantee the best, and reading DSLR Camera Reviews for christmas can be very helpful to ensure you’ve got the best. Try to find out if the person you’re buying for has a preference as to brand, as some accessories can’t be used across different brands.

If you’re buying somebody their first DSLR, keeping it relatively simple might be a good option, the more lenses and accessories you buy may be better, but by the same token it can make things really confusing, especially if someone is just starting to learn how to take pictures. A look at what other people have said on reviews will show you how easy it is to pick up and use, and you can even test some models in stores.

There are some good options available on a budget now too, and you don’t have to spend the earth to get a great DSLR camera to give to a loved one this christmas.…