Schlagwort-Archive: Fotografie

Prime Vs Zoom Lenses in Photography – PictureCorrect

If a budding photographer looks to upgrade a lens the choices seem endless. Point and shoot cameras come equipped with a zoom lens permanently attached so I’m really talking about those with Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras. DSLR cameras often come with some type of zoom lens or several as a kit to cover a wide variety of focal lengths.prime vs zoom lens

“nikkorw” captured by Tanveer hoque

A zoom lens lets the photographer choose different focal lengths, from wide angle to telephoto. Zoom lenses have the advantage of allowing the photographer to get closer to a subject without physically moving. They also enable the photographer a better chance of getting the shot because the photographer can compose and shoot without changing lenses. There is also less chance of getting dust on the sensor from constantly changing lenses.

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Lens Hood: A Vital Piece of Camera Equipment – PictureCorrect

“What’s that weird thing on the front of your lens?” This is something I hear every time I teach a photo workshop. Well, you canʼt blame the students. They’re usually beginners, and since we were all beginners once, I try to cut them some slack.lens hoodVarious lens hoodsLens hoods or lens shades are a vital piece of camera equipment that you must have on all lenses. Why? Because its main purpose is to prevent lens flare, which happens when you point your lens toward the sun at just the right angle. It looks like a series of translucent rings. Sometimes you’re able to see them through your eye piece and are able to change your angle, but most of the time they appear unexpectedly—and they arenʼt easy to Photoshop out.

A lens hood keeps the light from entering the lens from the sides and degrading the quality of your image. It helps improve the saturation, color, contrast, and density of the photograph.Why do I have so many students come to class with “naked lenses”? The reason is simple—they arenʼt told that a lens hood is an essential piece of camera hardware for the production of quality images.Lens hoods are also good protection for the front of the lens, keeping it safe from damage and fingerprints. The tulip shaped lens hoods are used on zoom lenses to accommodate the many focal lengths of the lens. Lens shades for fixed focal length lenses are not tulip shaped.camera lens hoodsAn example of lens flareThere are many different lens hoods produced by third party manufactures, which are less expensive than brand name equipment. They can be made out of plastic, metal, or rubber. Rubber lens hoods are ideal, because theyʼre best for shooting through glass; the rubber may adhere directly to the glass without slipping and thus reduce reflections. As an added bonus, rubber lens hoods can collapse to take up less room in a camera bag.The most important thing to remember when buying a lens shade is to find one to correspond to your lens’ focal length. An incorrectly matched shade will produce “cut off” on the corners of your image, which is just as bad as lens flare, if not worse. The rim of the shade contains the necessary information for matching it to the lens. The shade will list the circumference of the corresponding lens in millimeters, and it will also show the focal length of the lens which the shade was designed to be used on.Why manufactures donʼt include a lens shade with the purchase of a new lens is beyond me, but what I find even more startling is that camera stores that donʼt recommend lens shades to their customers. Itʼs no wonder so many people fail to realize the necessity of this equipment. I personally have lens hoods or shades for all of my lenses and use them whether Iʼm photographing indoors or outdoors.how a lens hood worksHow light slips through the sides of the lens without a lens hood.If youʼd like to improve the quality of your images, I highly recommend that you buy a shade for all of your lenses.About the Author:Brian Leng (calphotoworkshops dot com) is a photography educator at Santa Monica College, Pasadena City College, and Glendale Community College. He leads photography workshops around the downtown Los Angeles area and hosts overnight workshops in many locations in the Southwest. He is a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography and has worked as a freelance photographer in Los Angeles for over 30 years.

 

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Cameras Change But Photography Basics Remain the Same – PictureCorrect

Camera manufacturers are putting bigger chips behind better glass at lower price points than any time in the history of photography.

 

“First Shoot” captured by MaacoSome photographers grumble about modern cameras introducing low-cost competition into the market, but overall this is an exciting time to be in photography!While modern cameras make it almost impossible to take a poorly exposed photograph, none of the technological advances have made any changes to the basics of taking good pictures. Here are a few tips for getting great photos no matter what camera you own.

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Of smoke: a field guide to photographing smoke | Photigy Studio Photography

By Alex Stepanov (www.astepanov.com)

Of all the subjects I get to photograph in my studio, a few could rival the graceful beauty of smoke; also true that not many subjects are as capricious and temperamental as smoke. While smoke is used as an important element in many advertising images, it is also fun to work with and, if everything works out to your benefit, you will be rewarded with the most beautiful abstract images that are virtually guaranteed to wow your audience.

 

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No One is Making a Bad Camera, Youre Just a Bad Photographer

No One is Making a Bad Camera, Youre Just a Bad Photographer.

 

Editor’s Note: This is an OP-Ed. On the other hand, you can call it a rant. In fact, call it a rant.

Five years as an Editor in Chief, two years as a wedding photographer, a half a year at Magnum Photos, and two years as a working photojournalist taught me something: there is such a thing as a very bad photographer. Give them expensive gear, all the lights in the world and more and you’ll begin to see that if you don’t have the vision, creativity, and the know-how when it comes to working with a scene and creating something then there is a strong change that you’re going to be creating useless garbage.

Trust us, we should know.

This year, the site is turning five years old–and we’ve been reviewing cameras since day one. The technology has become better and better and back then folks used to say that something is a good camera or a bad camera. To a certain point, this is still expressed in forums, in conversations amongst friends, and by people that have nothing better to do with their lives than be trolls. But I’m going to tell you the complete God’s honest truth right now about the world.

Are you ready?

Are you really ready? Okay, here we go.

No one is making a bad camera or a bad lens or a bad light or a bad camera bag or a bad sensor. For years (yes, years) the sensors have been incredible. Too much noise at a high ISO level? Oh well, bring it into Adobe Lightroom and no one will bitch about it unless they like looking at an image at 100% all the time. But those people never go on to become better photographers and only worry about looking at lab tests all day and night. Now, more than any other time in history, it is possible for you to create a better image.

Real photographers embrace noise and grain because it’s beautiful and the photo and art world has been doing it since the very beginning. Do you think all of those war images would have anywhere near the same level of impact if there were no grain? Or do you think that famous Hollywood directors wouldn’t be trying to band together to save film if the look of grain didn’t work?

Hating on Samsung? Why? Their sensors deliver some beautiful colors and great high ISO results that otherwise can be fixed in the processing stage on your computer. Think that Micro Four Thirds sensors can’t perform well? You’re dead wrong–those files are super versatile in Adobe Lightroom and if you’re shooting for the web no one that really cares about photography will be asking to look at your image at 100%. They’ll instead be staring at the whole thing.

No bride in the world is going to look at images of her during her wedding and be like, “Hmmm, my pores look really great at 100%.”

But beyond this there is autofocusing technology. It’s all good. No. Really. Everyone does an amazing job right now; and if the camera isn’t doing what you want it to, it’s because you’re not telling it what you want it to do. A machine can only do so much without instructions.

And with this, there is absolutely no need for brand wars. We get it Pentax fans, you have a great camera. You don’t need to rub it in the faces of Canon, Nikon and Fujifilm users.

If you want better pictures, just go out and get a camera and a lens and whatever you need to create the scene that you want. You know why? Because no one is making bad products anymore. In this stage of the global economy, no one can afford to screw up. So instead, go train yourself to be a better photographer.