Cheap Digital Camera

It is also necessary to remember that even though you might gift your child a digital camera to click photographs for school projects, they will be using it to take pictures of their friends. If you have made your mind up to start using a digital camera, or perhaps upgrading from an existing one, then you can be forgiven for being confused. The pictures taken by a digital camera have to be extracted by some means in order to get them onto a computer, or perhaps directly onto a printer.

Find a site that offers a wealth of information about how to choose your digital camera accessories, lighting and computer components to ensure you have everything you need to capture those special images. Software that can help you to organize your images properly is one of the essential digital camera accessories that you need. So should you be one of the lucky ones who find a digital SLR camera under the tree this year, you can maximize your photographic skills with the right camera accessories.

Much like a car, a digital camera loses around 30% of its value as soon as it leaves the shop so

Close-Up Magic

What happens when your lens doesn’t get as close as you want? Sure you can run out and by a more powerful lens, but that gets pretty expensive. There are cheaper ways to get close. The most obvious
is getting a close-up filter set, this set will have a 1x, 2x, 4x, and in some cases even a 10x filter
included which you add on to the end of your lens. These filters do get you dramatically closer but
also cut some of the light getting into the camera. Not as commonly known is what is called an
extension tube. An extension tube actually goes between the camera body and the lens itself. This
will allow you to get extremely close shots (fill the picture frame with a bee for example), however
it does cut down on the available light even more so than filters. It is a good idea when using either
one or both of these to also be using a tripod.

The third way is the least expensive and surprisingly the least used. If you have a digital camera,
this is where having one that uses high “Mega Pixels” comes in handy. Set your

Framing Photographs

Using the power and convenience of the web, photographers can now frame their work from the comfort of their own home effectively and efficiently any time of the day. There are many good online picture framing software in the market. Most of them require the following steps:

Uploading image

Uploading pictures is usually the first step. Most people made the mistake by uploading high-res images which can take forever especially if your connection is 56k. If you do not require the software to print your picture, under 200kb is good enough. A small image can also increase your navigation speed from step to step.

Follow the prompts

There are usually wizards to guide you through the entire framing process after you uploaded your picture. You should be able to match your mat board colours and mouldings easily to your picture. Some software such as YourFramer offers a “smart preview” option for you to see your picture in different mouldings at one go. This is a cool feature for you

Camera Clipart

You have come to the right place!

The advantage to this is that this site continues to add images. You probably will never have to
search for clipart again. This site will also explain how to handle all types of image transfers. Whether
it is your camera or different software. By the way it is also fun to just play with the site creating
any type of image.

This is a microsoft website that has over 150,000 free images and sounds that you can add to your documents, spreadsheets, or publisher creations.

Once at the site they make it very easy. To search through the extensive online free clip art library, all you need to do is go to the Clip Art page on Microsoft Office Online, and type your search into the box at the top of the screen! Does it get much easier? Seriously if you are a camera buff this will ease your pain and patience.

Good luck and keep cliparting

Learning Portrait Photography Lighting

First, we wonder what kind of lighting patterns there are.

We go to our local camera store and discover a book that discusses Rembrandt light. Then another guru says that narrow light is the way to go. But for each narrow light application, there’s another time when broad light will do the trick. They talk about split light, backlight, hair light, fill, ambient.

They use terms like main light, key light, fill, diffused, hot, continuous, strobe and so on…

It’s no wonder so many people throw up their hands in frustration. Then they light every subject the same tired old way.

So then, we start to question – why bother?

What difference does it make?

We soon learn that wide faces can be visually narrowed, narrow faces can be visually widened, noses can be shortened, cheekbones can be raised. Not to mention – blemishes can be minimized, wrinkles softened and weight reduced.

Then it finally hits. Lighting is important. We start to realize that being a photographer entails more than buying the latest digital gadget and spending countless hours in Photoshop.

By now we are in information overload. Which way

Child Binoculars

Before buying a child binocular, it is also good practice to allow the kids to learn how to use them and, one may roll a couple of toilet paper rolls together and let them pretend that they are seeing through a pair of binoculars. In this way, the child will be able to get attuned to lifting binoculars to their eyes and pretend to look directly at an object, before handing them the real thing.

As with buying binoculars for adults, the child binocular should have adequate magnification though, a very high power is not necessary and it should show objects brightly and bring objects sufficiently close for the child to get pleasure from the viewing experience. Even the aperture need not be too great and, a 35mm aperture would suffice and there isn’t any need for larger apertures that compensate for loss of light as the child will not need to use it in such situations.

For children that use spectacles, the child should test the binocular before it is bought since, spectacles will increase the distance between their eyes and the lens and so, change the eye relief. The child should also get child

Take Adorable Photos of Your Pet

You can’t get a ‘staged’ photo

The first thing to remember is that Fido, Fluffy or Tweetie may not pose exactly like you want – unless you simply want them to sit and look at the camera. While posed shots have their place as records of important moments or events, it’ll take a little more work to create photo stories of your pet you’ll truly cherish. But the effort you put in will be well worth it.

Get down to their level

In one respect, pets are like kids. They’re all over the place, they fidget and rarely, if ever, keep still. So it helps to get down to their level. No, that doesn’t mean making funny faces or acting a bit foolish. What is does mean is getting down on the floor in order to take the best photograph. Basically, you wan to be eye-to-eye with your pet — whether he’s relaxing on the sofa or on top of the picnic table.

When you do you’ll have be able to share memories of your pet in some of their most natural poses!

‘Go below’

If it’s at all possible, try to

Wedding Photo Albums

Why do I need an album from my photographer? I’ve got the digital files, I can make my own prints and put them in my own album.

True, but since professional-quality, custom-made album companies only sell to professional photographers, you will have to buy an off-the-shelf consumer album. That means you either buy the type of album with slip-in plastic sleeves or a scrapbook-type album where you glue photos to a page. Some companies can print simple hardcover photo books. There’s nothing wrong with that – these types of options can still be attractive. Just make sure you get albums made with acid-free archival materials so your photos don’t discolor or disintegrate over time. However, if you want a truly professionally made, gorgeous album with either flush-mounting or professionally mounted in custom mats, you really have no other choice, you’ve got to buy one from your professional wedding photographer.

Why are wedding albums so expensive?

You can buy a photo album at the local drugstore for $19.95 and slip in all your 4×6 proofs and bam, you’re done! So why is your wedding photographer charging you $2,500 for that album? There are a couple of

Power Of Opposition

If you have ever seen any of the King Kong movies, there is usually a scene where a man steps into the huge footprint of Kong. It’s a great visual! Even before you see this gigantic gorilla your mind starts to comprehend how big he is. This is also a great example of positive and negative space. Positive space usually refers to the main subject, which is usually in the foreground, but not always. Negative space is usually NOT meant to be the main subject, and is usually in the background, but not always. As far as opposition is concerned, the hunter would be the positive space; the footprint would be the negative space.

Using opposition in your own photos can be almost as dramatic. Let’s take flowers for example; they can be as small as a dime, or as big as a basketball. If you shot a picture of a flower and a bee hovered over it looking almost twice it’s size, is that flower big or small? On the other hand; say you shot a picture of a huge sunflower and you had to look twice to notice there was a bee on it, is

Shooting Mother Nature

When shooting nature, you must show her as much respect as you would a human subject. Just as you must show patients when taking a family portrait with six non-sitters (18 months or less), you often have to wait for the right moment or right lighting with nature. Sure you could bring in your own lighting (electronic flash), but unlike a studio you must anticipate and predict where your shadows will fall. Don’t get me wrong, a flash can be useful in nature shots; but often it becomes much more difficult to make nature shots look, well natural. One remedy for this problem is to always bring a tripod. Being the perfect model she is, Mother Nature can stand still much longer than you can hand hold any camera.

There is an unspoken rule in portrait photography, that the photographer should never physically touch his or her subject. Doing so, would be considered crossing the line of the photographer / model relationship. In dealing with nature; some photographers still follow this rule to the letter, some do not. I; being one of the ladder, believe there is nothing wrong with giving her respect, but I also try