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In Topic: Help Me To Buy

12 February 2012 - 07:28 PM

QUOTE (rider @ Feb 9 2012, 11:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am looking forward to buy a bridge-camera to start my wildlife and nature photography career (part time).
My budget is less than 25k Indian Rupees ($500 USD)
I have two options :
Nikon CoolPix P500 (35x zoom)
Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V (30x zoom)

After checking photos I prefer Sony's camera. But as per new Nikon is going to launch a successor "CoolPix P510" with 42x zoom.
Should I wait and buy that model or go with Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V ?
Please REPLY!! I will be highly thankful.
Thanks! (In Advance)

I cannot respond to your question asking which is the better camera. But, what I can say is this. If you get stuck in the frame of mind to wait for the better camera, you will be waiting, and waiting, and waiting, and waiting. Next year there will be a bridge camera with even a longer zoom. So, don't wait. Jump in. Buy the camera that 'feels' best to you. What it looks like on paper, that is with the best stats and numbers means nothing really. What is most important is how you feel about the camera overall. If you have a big zoom but hate the camera for various reasons like it is heavy, large, the menu is hard to handle, etc. then you won't be happy. So, go with the camera you like. Whatever that camera is. Working with a camera you like means you are not fighting with the camera. But, are free to pursue your hobby happily. Best of luck. BobWed

In Topic: Do You Socialise With Other Photographers In Your Area?

06 January 2012 - 05:33 AM

QUOTE (jcpphotraphy @ Jan 5 2012, 11:14 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Where i live there are a few photographers but there is still that almost taboo thing of socialising with other photographers
its to the point where bar a few im pretty much stone walled by them when trying to network with them
in a couple instances ive even been moaned at because of my blog where i select pictures ive taken and give away all the settings and kit used to achieve it.
what are your experiences with your locals?
oh yeh if you do want to follow the blog its http://www.jayclappp...y.wordpress.com i welcome all new friends rolleyes.gif

This seems a very interesting topic. For myself, I don't find it hard to find friends or contacts on the Internet. For example, on this Blog or Flickr it seems the technique is to comment on others work and they will mostly do the same back. But, on a face to face basis I've found it generally impossible. I am a p&s user that often shoots on full manual mode. This means that most p&s users find nothing interesting in what I do since they seem mostly oriented to program-auto mode. Dslr users aren't interested either because the issue to them is more about lenses and their application. Or about aspects of Photoshop when I use Picnik. I suppose if I were a Big Camera, Big Lens type the conversation and mutual interest would be at a better level. Also, it is important to remember that photography is largely a lonely hobby. Go on a shoot or meet-up with others and little serious shooting takes place. So, it seems the best place to go is to a club meeting where such as I do mostly listening, while Big Camera types do all the talking.

In Topic: How To Photograph Fireworks Displays

31 December 2011 - 05:39 PM

QUOTE (xiaohan @ Dec 30 2011, 11:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
1. Use a Tripod
Photo by Piero Sierra
Perhaps the most important tip is to secure your digital camera to something that will ensure it doesn’t move during the taking of your shots. This is especially important in photographing fireworks simply because you’ll be using longer shutter speeds which will not only capture the movement of the fireworks but any movement of the camera itself.

2. Remote Release
One way to ensure your camera is completely still during fireworks shots is to invest in a remote release device. These will vary from camera to camera but most have some sort of accessory made for them. The other way of taking shots without touching your camera is to use the self timer. This can work but you really need to be able to anticipate shots well and its very very hit and miss.

3. Framing Your Shot
One of the most difficult parts of photographing fireworks is working out where to aim your camera. The challenge you’ll face in doing this is that you generally need to aim your camera before the fireworks that you’ll be photographing goes off – anticipation is key. Here are a few points on getting your framing right.

4. Focal Length?
One of the hardest parts of photographing fireworks is having your camera trained on the right part of the sky at the right time. This is especially difficult if you’re shooting with a longer focal length and are trying to take more tightly cropped shots. I generally shoot at a wider focal length than a tight one but during a show will try a few tighter shots (I usually use a to give me this option) to see if I can get lucky with them. Of course zoomed in shots like the one to the left can be quite effective also. They enable you to really fill the frame with great color. Keep in mind however that cropping of your wider angle fireworks shots can always be done later to get a similar impact in your photography.

5. Aperture
A common question around photographing fireworks displays is what aperture to use. Many people think you need a fast lens to get them but in reality it’s quite the opposite as the light that the fireworks emit is quite bright. I find that apertures in the mid to small range tend to work reasonably well and would usually shoot somewhere between f/8 to f/16.

6. Shutter Speed
Probably more important to get right than aperture is shutter speed. Fireworks move and as a result the best photographs of them capture this movement meaning you need a nice long exposure. The technique that I developed when I first photographed fireworks was to shoot in ‘bulb’ mode. This is a mode that allows you to keep the shutter open for as long as you hold down the shutter (preferably using a remote shutter release of some type).

7. ISO
Shooting at a low ISO is preferable to ensure the cleanest shots possible. Stick to ISO 100 and you should be fine.

8. Switch off your Flash
Shooting with a flash will have no impact upon your shots except to trick your camera into thinking it needs a short exposure time. Keep in mind that your camera’s flash will only have a reach of a few meters and in the case of fireworks even if they were this close a flash wouldn’t really have anything to light except for some smoke which would distract from the real action (the flashing lights PANASONIC CGA-S002E/1B Battery).Switch your flash off.

9. Shoot in Manual Mode
I find I get the best results when shooting in manual exposure and manual focus modes. Auto focusing in low light can be very difficult for many cameras and you’ll end up missing a lot of shots. Once your focusing is set you’ll find you don’t really need to change it during the fireworks display – especially if you’re using a small aperture which increases depth of field. Keep in mind that changing focal lengths will mean you need to need to adjust your focusing on most lenses.

10. Experiment and Track Results
Throughout the fireworks display periodically check your results. I generally will take a few shots at the start and do a quick check to see that they are OK before shooting any more. Don’t check after every shot once you’ve got things set up OK (or you’ll miss the action) but do monitor yours shots occasionally to ensure you’re not taking a completely bad batch.

Thank you for your wonderful topic. It was beautifully written. I've saved it to my archived articles as a special one. It tells me all I need to know. Thank you.

In Topic: Kris From California

28 December 2011 - 05:30 AM

QUOTE (FUJIFILM NP-120 Battery @ Dec 22 2011, 05:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Welcome to come here, I wish you a happy. Why not say welcome me?

Welcome. Happy New Year!

In Topic: Camera Shopping

22 December 2011 - 06:48 AM

QUOTE (amie @ Dec 10 2011, 08:49 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

Hi My name is Amioe Brownlie:)
im 16 in april and am starting a photogaphy course in august 2012. iv alwayt had a great passsion for photography, and want to make a carer out of it if posssible, so im looking for some beginners advice.
i have make a portfolio but it has to be diffrent from all the other to insure i get the placement. my mothe is looking to by me a camera after christmas and new year and i need your help choosing one good for beginners and iseas for pictures? any help will be most appreciated:)


Hi,Amie. It seems to me that you will need a camera that has manual mode as well as automatic mode. Automatic mode is used when you simply let the camera make all the adjustments for you. That's the mode you will start with just to get to know your camera as a novice photographer. The manual mode is where you do all the adjustments instead of the camera. This will be essential for your photography class. In this mode you will learn how to handle a camera's important settings. Cameras with manual mode, especially those with interchangeable lenses can be quite expensive. I know of one camera that I have personally used that has a good manual mode as well as excellent auto mode, too. It does not have interchangeable lenses, but its lens is quite good. I would suggest you look at it. The current model is named the Canon sx150. It is a very versatile camera with good picture quality. It is large for its class - called point and shoot. But, that may be an advantage. The interchangeable lens cameras which you may advance up to as you get more experience are also quite large and heavy. So, beginning with the Canon sx150 may be a good idea. Also, at this time this camera is priced well. Good luck.