We are all landscape photographers some time in our lives no matter how professional our camera is. You have probably unwittingly taken ‘landscape’ photos when you are on holidays or even just out and about. Strangely, there are photos of nature that we all like more than others and there is a formula to achieving this with all of your shots.
The biggest thing to remember when taking large scale shots of a landscape is the rule of three. Your photo should be broken up into three portions and the easiest way to do this is:
Canon and Nikon are certainly edging out their competition for the prized higher end digital camera+ DSLR market. With both brands offering excellent mid level through to professional models it is hard to tell the two companies products apart. Because of this healthy competition photographers are getting cheaper and easier access to fantastic technology that was previously preserved for high end photographers.
Canon and Nikon concentrate on three levels of the photography market and seek to bridge consumers leaps in between:
When you start shopping for a camera the first thing you think about is the brand. Some of us have a brand loyalty while others are just looking for the best features and price. While you do have some brands that are cheaper you will find the well established brands best when you are buying photography equipment. So yes, camera brands do matter but it is perhaps more important to find the right model to suit you.
Established brands obviously compete with each other so they do tend to have some similarities in their products. In fact, you will find all of the major players offering certain types of equipment:
Portraits have been popular long before a camera was ever invented and one of the best known portraits is the Mona Lisa. With this painting in mind you can start to picture (excuse the pun) what a good portrait can be. A traditional portrait is assumed to be just below the shoulders encompassing the persons face and head.
There are other ways to shoot portraits but the main idea is still to bring out a person’s personality:
- Action shots with subject’s likes and interests.
- Fun photos with subject’s environment or surrounds.
- Group photos with subject’s family members.
- Themed Photos with subject’s achievements.
With technology improving at a dramatic rate, ways of capturing the world around us have become better and, more importantly, cheaper. No matter what kind of camera you are looking for, all brands offer a range of pricing and quality to suit beginners through to avid amateurs. With the technology involved, entry level digital cameras are not only affordable but equipped with features.
Canon Powershot Series
Canon is a great starting brand for budding photographers because there is a lot of room to grow. The canon range has great affordable cameras through to higher end digital SLRs. The powershot series is a great option for those family shots or for taking to parties.
After you have been using your camera for some time you may want to experiment with other ways to improve your photos. Once you have the basics down pat you will want to try out (or may have already) different kinds of filters for different situations. This can add slight improvements to photos especially under certain conditions.
What is a Lens?
The lens is the tool containing the glass elements which ‘refract’ light onto the camera sensor which it is digitized into a photo. Depending on your camera these lenses are either permanent or can be interchanged for other lenses. Even if you do have a non changeable lens camera system you should check to see if there is some ‘thread’ inside the front of the lens that will allow you to have some add ons.
If you have grown tired of using your standard compact camera and want to shoot with something more professional you need to look at equipment used by others. While we all have a budget for our creative equipment figuring out which style of photography to take with your camera will help you along the way. There are actually many different kinds of ‘professional’ photographers and most of them will tell you that experimenting will do more than a particular piece of equipment.
Types of Professional Photographers:
If you have found a passion for photography you may want to look into snapping up a new DSLR camera. The basic ‘point and click’ models are excellent these days but to move up the ladder you need to purchase a DSLR. Upgrading to this type of model will give you more creative control, flexibility and let you improve your photos.
If you are looking to be either a professional photographer or an avid amateur you really do need to move to a DSLR camera. These are just some of the added features you can expect: