Choosing The Best DSLR For Video

With today’s technological advances, we are now seeing devices that can do a lot more than what they previously could do. Take the case of the cameras today which now are not only capable of taking pictures but also take videos as well.

Of course, not all cameras are created the same, as the more advanced cameras provide not only more superior image quality but superior video quality as well.  DSLR cameras provide such photo and video quality. And if you’re looking into jumping into the realm of creating quality video content, having a DSLR would be a good starting point. Not to mention you get to learn a bit more about photography as well.

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One thing to note first of all is that DSLRs today are all pretty much capable of shooting high definition video. Most, if not all, can shoot videos up to 1080p resolution. However, they pretty much differ with the internals of their video functionality, which is what we are going to focus on here.

SENSORS MATTER

To be specific, the most important feature to check out in the DSLR is its sensor size. Simply put, the sensor size affects the camera’s video capabilities, particularly in the elements of depth of field, field of view, light sensibility, and even the lenses available. We shall take a look at each element and how the sensor plays an important factor.

Field of View

Field of view provides how your subject is viewed at a given distance. In general, larger sensors provide a wide view of the subject compared to smaller sensors which only capture a portion of that wide view the large sensors captured.

Depth of Field

Depth of field determines how sharp the subject and/or the background would look in the video. This is the element at play in films and TV shows where we see the subject is in focus but the background behind the subject is blurred, which is an example of a shallow depth of field.

What does sensor size have to do with it? Well if you would like to have such effect on your video, this is achieved if your camera has a large sensor, like a full-frame sensor for instance. Smaller sensors have a bit more difficulty achieving such effects.

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Light Sensitivity

Larger sensors are more sensitive to light, which brings out more vivid detail in photos, as well as in videos. This is very important when it comes to shooting videos in low light environments.

AVAILABLE LENSES

Somewhat related to the matter of sensors, the variety and the type of lenses you can use for your DSLR camera play an important part in choosing your DSLR for video. The advantage of using a DSLR for video is the fact that you can change lenses to suit the type of videos you wish to create, as well as the effects you wish to make during video production. With that said, not all lenses would work as they would depend primarily on the camera you will use and the sensor size it has.

Generally speaking, a camera like a mirrorless camera with a smaller sensor can use a lens made for a full frame camera. But conversely, a full-frame camera cannot use a lens made for a mirrorless camera the lens would not be able to capture an image and video in full. That is unless you are deliberately going for that effect on your video.

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OTHER FEATURES TO CONSIDER

While sensors play a significant role in the DSLR’s video capability, there are a number of important features to consider as well which may be crucial for your videography needs.

ISO Range

One thing to check out is the ISO range of the DSLR. The more ISO selections available provide for more choices in tweaking the light sensitivity of the camera to create more satisfactory quality in the video.

Record Length

A number of DSLRs have a limit as to how many minutes of video you can record in a single shot. That’s something to consider if you would need to record an hour long video for instance.

Focus Assist

Some DSLRs offer this handy feature to help your camera keep focus on the subject with less to no loss in video quality.

Flip out Screen

This is very helpful for you to be able to do low shots or the subject to be able to see himself/herself as to how he/she would appear in the camera.

Slow Motion

Some DSLRs offer slow motion feature that allows you to capture slow motion videos during production

PRICING

With so many features to consider, in the end budget will be a primary consideration in choosing what DSLR to buy for your video. With the information shared here, may you be able to make an informed choice and eventually make good videos with whatever DSLR camera you will get to have.

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Getting Started in Baby Photography

Babies are perhaps one of the most challenging subjects to photograph, mainly because babies have their own schedules, not to mention you can’t expect them to follow directions as to how they would pose. On the flipside, such qualities make them such fascinating subjects because of them being natural, not to mention being cute to look at as well.

Difficult as they can be, babies are not impossible subjects to tackle. If you’re a photographer who is looking into specializing into baby photography, let this guide help you out on how to get started and develop your skills doing this type of photography.

Timing the shoot

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As noted earlier, babies have their own schedules as they tend to be awake or asleep at any given time of the day. Thus, it is best to plan ahead and coordinate with the mother as much as possible as to the best time when to take the photos. Generally speaking, for newborns, it is best to time the shoot while the baby is sleepy.

Keep shooting

Nevertheless, there are those unpredictable moments when the baby starts to cry or throws a tantrum as you are about to shoot. Given the nature of how babies behave, rather than wait it out until the baby stops crying or throwing a tantrum, it is best for the photographer to keep shooting, preferably having your camera take photos in continuous shooting mode. Chances are, there is a moment worthy to be captured even if the baby is having such moods.

Always be ready

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Given the aforementioned unpredictable moments, you’ll never know if and/or when the baby is caught or having a moment that can be considered “camera worthy.” As a photographer, you should keep your eyes and lenses open for such moments and make sure you get to capture them well.

Keep it simple

One fault a number of baby photographers make is that they tend to prepare elaborate setups for their baby photography shoots. Such preparations only serve to lessen the highlight of your subject which is the baby. And that should not be the case. Simplicity is the key for good baby photography and any elements that are to be added in the photo should not serve to distract the main subject of the photo which is the baby.

No flash, better lighting

For baby photography, the use of flash is discouraged as much as possible. For one, the subject may look bad with the harsh lighting the flash provides. And also, some babies may not be fond of the flash blinking in front of them. On the other hand, a better non-flash lighting system goes well with the natural soft elements of the subject, highlighting the baby’s features. As much as possible, go for natural light like the light coming in through the window or through an open door, creating a more artistic effect.

Invest in good equipment

If you plan to set up your own studio for baby photography, it is important to invest in some good equipment for you to shoot quality images. If your studio does not have any natural lighting coming in, better invest in lights that would highlight the soft features of your subject. Another piece of equipment you should invest on is a small heating system which will provide a little warmth for the baby especially if the baby is going to be shot not fully clothed or wrapped.

Create a personal approach

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Some baby photographers make a mistake in treating babies as a client, with no sense of attachment or connection whatsoever. Regardless of your relationship with the baby subject, it is important that you make a connection, make the subject feel comfortable with you as you take those pictures. Create not just photos but memories that will be cherished for a long time.

Recommendations

For your camera, it is best for baby photography to set it at a high ISO and/or faster shutter speeds to ensure good detail. As a rule of thumb, try to go for 1/500s shutter speed and an aperture of f/5.6 and wider under normal daylight. It is also recommended that the camera lens should be f/1.8 or lower for faster shutter speeds.

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Traditional or Reportage Wedding Photography?

With the evolution of photography and media in recent years, there is also an evolution happening as well in the realm of wedding photography. This evolution has brought about not only change in the style of capturing photographs of such events.

In particular, this has brought up two different and distinct styles of wedding photography: the traditional wedding photography and the reportage wedding photography. Quite often, this has been a subject of debate among wedding photographers as to which is the best, not to mention a source of confusion among those who are about to getting married not only on the aspect of what they are but also as to which would be the best for them.

To answer these questions, it is important first to know what these different wedding photography styles are about and what they bring to the table as far as the output is concerned.

Traditional Wedding Photography

As the term implies, traditional wedding photography is the oldest style of wedding photography that has been practiced by photographers for years since photography began. It is the photography style your parents and the ones before them were used to when they got married.

Traditional wedding photography is considered to be the more “rigid” and “predictable” style as the photographer has taken note of a set of moments to capture, with everything planned out beforehand. It usually is characterized by formal setups with people looking stiff at the camera. As such, candid moments are rarely captured by this type of wedding photography, creating an impression that the images produced look “fake” or “stiff” in the sense that the genuine emotions of a wedding are not perfectly encapsulated by these images.

Also due to the “rigid” nature of this photography style, it is also a style that is time consuming. Photographers of this style take more time in setting up the areas where the photos will be taken and other pertinent details of the shots to be planned, making sure the elements are set up the way the photographer envisioned it to be.

Reportage Wedding Photography

The name may imply that there is an element of a documentary or journalistic report. In essence, that is what reportage wedding photography tries to convey with the photos. This style of photography has become more popular in recent years as the preference for realism in photography has become the trend around the same time. Current trends indicate that this particular wedding photography style is the style of choice among many couples who plan to get married.

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Reportage wedding photography aims to tell the story of the wedding as it happens naturally, with less to no direction or supervision being provided by the photographer. Thus, raw, spontaneous moments and emotions of people at the wedding are captured. For photographers, they get more freedom to capture any moment that are noted to be recorded, without having to rely on a preplanned list of moments to be taken.

Best of both worlds

With such contrasting styles and approaches that are popular in wedding photography these days, there are some photographers who manage to combine elements of both styles into one. It would not be surprising to see in their portfolios some photos of a wedding shot in reportage style while other photos were taken in the traditional style. In addition, employing both styles provide an opportunity for photographers to be creative in documenting the wedding, employing one particular style in moments that may be deemed appropriate by the photographer.

Nevertheless, there is a dominant style that can be gleaned at such photos, as only a few photographers have managed to acquire true expertise of both styles. More often than not, majority of the photographers choose to develop expertise in a single style of photography and at times, employ elements of other styles to make a unique photography style that will be distinguished from the rest.

Which one to choose?

Now that we know the different wedding photography styles, the question remains as to which one you would choose. Ultimately, the choice of wedding photography style is up to personal preferences as each style is suited to fit certain preferences and tastes of the couple.

If you have yet to decide on a photography style you would like to see in your wedding, check out the works of different photographers who employ either style of photography and see which style you would prefer. After all, a wedding is your moment and you get the freedom to choose which style would capture your moment the way you want it.

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How To Make Your Photography Business Grow

With more and more people going into photography these days, thanks in part to a more widespread availability of cameras and other photography gear at lower prices than before, going into the photography business today provides a lot of challenges that need to be faced. As someone who is starting out in this business, I’m sure you may have encountered some of them already.

One of those challenges would be how to make your photography business grow. Especially today when there are so many competitors out there, you need to stand out among the rest. For this, we have come up with five best ways to help you make a mark and get your business to grow in the process.

  1. Create an online presence

In this day and age, it is no longer an excuse for photographers to not have a place to showcase their works. While some photographers are content to use social media to do that, it will give you an advantage if you have your own website to showcase your output, as well as what you can do. Also, having your own website increases your brand, giving you an edge as some clients tend to look favorably on photography businesses that have their own websites.  It does not matter if you have your own domain or you made it through a free site creation platform like Blogger or WordPress. The content is what matters the most.

  1. Harness the power of social media

Earlier, we have stated the importance of having your own site over just using social media. Still, social media remains an important part in promoting your business. In fact your website and your social media accounts complement each other in a way: your website establishes your brand while social media enhances and promotes it.

With that said, use social media to your advantage in promoting your business more effectively. You can advertise your brand or do something simple as sharing some of the photos you have taken as a marketing strategy, promoting them as viral content. If you can, try to learn about social media marketing to effectively promote your business.

  1. Get connected with as many people as possible

Reach out to as many people as possible about the business you offer. At very least, start by promoting your business within your inner circle: your family, relatives, and friends, not to mention encourage to share that information to others in their own circles. If you are ready to move on to a bigger market, take advantage not only of online venues like social media but also offline venues that provide opportunities for you to introduce your business to others. Some examples would be photography events or trade fairs where photographers can participate in.

One thing to remember is that even if you are promoting even to your inner circle is to make sure you showcase the best output that you have available. Always it should be the case.

 

  1. Keep up with new concepts and technologies

Technology and knowledge these days progress in fast-changing pace. How well you can keep up with new concepts and technologies, as well as your ability to adapt them is important for your business’ growth. Make it a point to keep yourself updated with new trends and technologies in photography. Make it a point as well to continuously learn about photography, especially whatever new ideas will be introduced along the way. Make sure you highlight to your prospective customers whatever latest knowledge and technology you may have that will not only make a good impression, but also will help gain more trust for your business, especially from a growingly sophisticated customer base.

  1. Create value in your service

Valuating your service can be a sticky issue to address as you strive to strike a balance between profit and customer satisfaction, especially with regards to the price. Thus, it is important to always be flexible in this matter. Do not be afraid to put a premium price tag on your service as long as it equates to better value as far as your photos are concerned. Strive as well to go the extra mile with making sure your customers are satisfied with the service they will get. The value you provide must equate to the level of service and quality you are giving to your clients.

In the end, going into the photography business requires not only a great deal of skill, but also a lot of guts and dedication in making sure you are offering the best product available. You must be able to show that you have all these qualities which are very important in your continued success not only as a photographer but also as a business owner.

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10 BEST DIGITAL CAMEAS YOU COULD BUY IN 2015

The best camera that you can buy is not always the one you dig deep into your pockets to acquire. People have different preferences for their camera, while pros will need a powerful DSLR at the core of an extensive system of lenses and accessories, it will be huge, weighty, weird and most certainly not the camera of choice for most of us. For someone trying their hand at photography for the first time a point-and-shoot camera will do just fine.

Photography experts need the best combination of performance and versatility for their bucks which in this case would be a DSLR or a mirror less camera. Both of which take interchangeable lenses. You could prefer a high-end compact camera with the specs of a digital SLR in a size that will fit in your pockets. You could also go for a long zoom bridge camera which is able to handle anything on earth. However, to most of us, a camera is just a tool. As long as the picture is of good quality, the camera should not be complicated. It should be easy, affordable and efficient or rather effective. This article lights on the ten best cameras you can buy in 2015 across this platform of users.

Nikon D810

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The Nikon D810 has an ultra-high resolution full frame sensor and it is quite cheap for a professional camera. It is able to produce sharper details, since it has no anti-liaising filter at the front of the sensor. It is a classic DSLR which shows the view via the lens through a mirror and an optical viewfinder. In addition, the Nikon D810 is made up of a huge range of lenses and other accessories which are suitable for both pros and amateurs.

Panasonic FZ1000

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This is a type of a bridge camera, meaning it’s a compact camera. YThi8s means that it has fixed non-interchangeable lenses. The advantage of bridge cameras is that their lenses have a huge zoom range enabling them to handle almost any object or subject. The disadvantage with these types of cameras is their tiny sensors; however Panasonic FZ100 is an exception. It has a muchbigger one inch sensor that gives good definition, quality pictures and low light performance. Other bridge cameras come with a longer zoom range, but the FZ1000 comes with the ultimate blend of zoom range and picture quality.

Canon 7D Mark II

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One of the reasons behind Nikon D810 high price tag is its full sensor frame. Most non-professional DSLRs use smaller APS-C size sensors which produce quality that is a better deal to a much lower cost. This is the sensor size that is embedded on the Canon7D Mark II, making it a good fit for wildlife, action and sports photography where speed and responsiveness are crucial.

Adding to the list we have, FujiX100T, Sony RX10, Canon SX60 HS, Olympus Togh TG-3, Canon PowerShot D30, Panasonic LX1000, and Panasonic TZ70/ZS50. These are the ten best digital cameras that you can buy in 2015. You could get more information on the listed brands on Google.

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