Digital photography, where to start

By: Dan Feildman

When you are getting a camera the best thing you can do is price yourself accordingly. You should do this before you starting shopping online and in camera shops. Buying a digital camera is just like getting any other large item like a car. There more than few dozen brands of camera, and you must be careful not to get confused. Before you go buying a large high-end SLR camera, think about the smaller, yet more powerful camera. High-end cameras offer the best zoom, the most added features and more megapixels. Just because you have more megapixels doesn't mean you will have a great photo quality. Being new in cameras it wouldn't be the best idea to spend a huge amount of money on a high on camera. It would be a better option to look for cheaper, smaller, yet capable, small digital cameras that are quite a bit easier to hold and travel with. It is better learn the basics with electronic cameras and make sure you enjoy photography before spending extra money.

Some people don't really enjoy going on airplanes or helicopters, how do they take those spectacular aerial photos? Guess what you don't have to use planes or helicopters! Sometimes aerial shots on planes can sometimes get expensive unless you have a friend with a plane. Flying in a little plane around a city a couple of times can be quite frightening for some people. The little secret that few photographers know is: some "in-flight" photos are not actually taken from a plane. Quite the contrary, they are taken from a countryside or city vantage point. Being in the observation deck of a skyscraper will actually get you just about as high as a low flying plane would. Your photographs will look like aerial shots that were taken as you were flying around, but in fact you didn't even enter in any aircraft.

Fall is one of the most pleasurable times for photographers. It brings beautiful orange, brown, and red leaf colors. If you plan on traveling to take advantage of nature's yearly fireworks display, you need to ensure you get to your destination at the peak period to enjoy the best fall leaves. If you live in the US, the US Department of Agriculture has a website that displays fall foliage information by geographical area. Finding out the best times to visit areas is crucial. A good place is New England. A well planned trip could be the best way to get some really extraordinary pictures. Information is updated as soon as conditions permit. If traveling is out of the question for you, check with your government agriculture website to see the best times. Good research results in spectacular pictures. Here is a good source for US photographers: The Foliage Network -

Fireworks are one of the most fun places to take as many photos as you can. Composition is one of the most important factors of getting a fireworks display on your camera. Before it even starts you need to find a good place to observe and take pictures. You should scout out an area that provides you a clear shot and won't get you in trouble. Going to a crowed baseball field may not be the best option if you don't have clear high seats. Streetlights are also a big no; they compete with the brilliance of the fireworks. Try to not intrude on private property and be safe where you go at night. Keep a really good eye out for a place that you will be able to see the fireworks and catch them on film clearly.

Shooting photos at dusk may provide your digital camera with just enough light to take great cityscape photos. If you are looking for a great nighttime cityscape picture, consider taking your photos at dusk instead of in the pitch black of night. The sky is dark at dusk, but not so dark to prevent some degree of sunlight entering your digital camera, making it easier to take hand-held photos that do not result all blurry due to 'camera-shake'. Dusk only lasts for a little while, so research your shot locations beforehand. Plus, check the local newspaper or visit a weather website for the sunset time, and be prepared to shoot photos around that timeframe.

Parade shots can sometimes be difficult, people are always moving, and something is generally happening. It is a complete waste of time to be refocusing shots during a parade. Try to shoot as many photos as you can, focus locks can help you do keep the focus on your camera. What a focus lock does specifically is it keeps your shutter button held halfway down and doesn't completely release it after taking a photo. Or you might want to set your camera up for manual focus. This way, you can take several photos one right after the other, or use your camera's drive mode for lots pictures within a small amount of time. This enables you to take a bunch of photos without having to refocus for each shot and your digital camera should function much quicker. Some shots you may want to set up for specifically but you can have just as much fun shooting continuously.

When you are taking digital pictures on sunny days, you must be careful. Sometimes the sun can completely damage your electronic camera. Taking pictures of sunsets and rises can be amusing and enjoyable, but pointing your lens directly at the sun may damage it. Try to keep your lens pointed a little bit away from the sun directly. There is a similarity between your eye and the camera lens, they both can see and both can be damaged by the sun. As a little kid your parents told you never to look at the sun or you will see spots. The same concept applies to your camera. When you are not capturing fantastic views, turn off your camera and store in someplace room temperature so you don't damage it. It is best and easiest to take photos in increments, and then allow your camera to relax by enclosing it somewhere cool.

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