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Things you need to get started

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Here is a list of the things you need to start treading the waters of digital photography.

1. Digital Camera. Of course, you need this to capture images.

There are three major distinctions: Point-and-Shoot (P&S), Bridge and Single Lens Reflex (most commonly called SLR). Point and shoots are handy, compact and lightweight cameras that can fit anybody’s pocket.

Bridge cameras are also compact cameras except that they are packaged with more features and functions than P&S, such as longer zoom or wider angle ranges.

SLRs are often bulky but handsome cameras. If you’re using either P&S or Bridge, that’s just fine. If you have a DSLR (D stands for Digital) that’s even better.SLR camera allows you to see the same way the sensor does. It gives a better control in shutter speed, aperture stop and truck-load of other settings that makes shooting pictures very exciting. These, we’ll discuss on a future blog posts.

2. Ideas. If you lack it, you’ll probably just be shooting like one of those photographers for ID photos. One of the keys to creating beautiful photographs is not possessing the most expensive and recent camera but by having the creative mind and ‘eye’ for amazing images.

3. Willingness to learn. We all started to beginning. Digital photography is the same as all the others. No one is born with the skill to play drums, nor the ability to write proses. I believe in the mantra everything can be learned, and digital photography is no exception.

4. Read. Reading is an important element in learning. Forums is a rich source of valuable information and if you like frequenting in one too many photography forums, you’ll encounter the words “read the manual”. Take that to heart, and do read the manual, if you haven’t done yet. You’ll be caught surprised of the unfound gems(i.e. features) of the camera you’re holding.

5. Determination. Gas drives the car’s engine for it to move. Determination is like gas. It disappears over time. You need to keep your determination to become the “photographer” that you want, checked and always on the radar.

6. Focus. You can have it auto or manual! 🙂 Seriously, as you go along shooting and pressing that shutter, put up your perspective, list your personal objectives (like do you want to be a landscape artist or fashionista photographer) and develop your style. Maintain your focus to your objectives and goals. Don’t quit on learning just a thing or two. Encourage yourself to learn new things and keep that focus sharp!


Written by Jervis

April 16, 2009 at 10:45 pm

35mm Photography

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For this blog’s maiden post, I am going to try to explain what the term “35mm” means for someone who wanted to attend basic photography classes and requires him to bring a 35mm (film or digital) camera.

So, what is 35mm?

Honestly, you can always go to google, yahoo, or any other search engine hoping to find answers to questions such as this. I’ve done this before and continues to do it since I don’t have a version of the mind of Mr. Adrian in Monk with photographic memory.

In a purely technical terms, 35mm refers to a measurement using millimeter (or mm) of the metric system, as the unit of measure. If inches is more convenient to your reading, 25.4 mm equates 1 inch. Thus 35mm is about 1.38 inches.

In the film era, 35mm is the most common format of photography. Every sensor of a film camera, either a single-lens reflex or simply an automatic, the size of its width is 35 millimeter. The film that lays flat on the sensor also measures 35mm. Thus coining the term 35mm camera or 35mm photography.

Transitioning to digital. Modern digital cameras, SLR and point & shoots alike, employ a sensor smaller than 35mm. The common measure that buyers and consumers normally look at is the amount of megapixel a camera can contain in every shot. As I write this, most cameras now can handle 6 to 12 megapixel compared to 2 or 3 years ago when 4 megapixel is already a blast. A physical 35mm digital sensor size is yet to be manufactured and that could present a whopping 24-megapixels.

35mm is a convention referring to the size or format of the film being used. This widely accepted format has also been the basis of digital cameras of today. That’s why when a focal length is define in a digital camera specification, an equivalent range in that of a 35mm is stated for comparison purposes.

So whenever one refers to 35mm, remember that it is the size or format of how the picture should be taken.

Written by Jervis

May 18, 2008 at 2:35 pm

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