How the Camera Battery Should Help Determine What Camera You Pick

When buying a digital camera you need to know not only about the camera, but the camera battery. The camera won’t be any good unless it has a camera battery to power it. Before you buy any camera (or buy one as a gift), be sure you know all about the camera battery.

What Kind Of Batteries Does The Camera Take?

camera batteriesYou need to know what kind of camera batteries any camera takes. Does the camera take a brand-specific camera battery or does it take a general size of battery? For example, a lot of traditional automatic cameras run on AA or AAA batteries. They only need that size. They don’t need a specific brand. These kinds also can be disposable or rechargeable. These batteries are also incredibly common and are sold just about everywhere.

How Easy Is It To Find More Batteries?

Even though your camera might not be brand specific, you still need to take in mind how easy it will be to get replacement camera batteries. You might have to go to specific electronic stores if the camera battery size is rare of unusual. If this doesn’t bother you, then keep in mind whenever you go on a vacation, you need to bring spare camera batteries in case the stores where you are don’t carry your camera’s size.

How Expensive Are The Batteries?

Sometimes the camera battery costs more than a camera is worth. Keep in mind how often you are going to use this camera. The more use means more battery changes. You could opt for rechargeable batteries – but not all sizes of camera batteries will recharge. Most li-ion (lithium-ion) will, though. If you don’t use your camera all that much, then perhaps the camera battery cost will be a moot issue. You will always ask them as a birthday gift.

How Heavy Are the Batteries?

If you plan on doing a lot of travel or on location shooting, a heavy camera battery is a definite minus. You need as light a battery as possible. If you only plan on using the camera around your home or on special occasions and don’t need to pack and unpack it, then you don’t need to worry about how heavy it is.

How Long Can The Camera Go On One Set Of Batteries?

You never really seem to get an answer as to how long a camera lasts on one battery until you actually use it. For this reason, always see if you can get a warranty on your camera.

Digital Camera Lens Adapters Bring The World Into Focus


Now that photographers and consumers have gotten over the honeymoon period of digital camera and movie cameras, art is starting to become into the digital camera picture. The first digital cameras took, quite frankly, crap pictures. The results often looked like Polaroid instant cameras – neat, adequate in everyday use, but often the subjects were small, flat and blended into the background. Although for some people, having any kind of picture is better than nothing, but now we don’t have to settle for poor pictures or nothing. We have entered the age of digital camera lens adapters.

How Do They Work?

Digital camera lens adapters work very much like traditional film camera lens adapters. They fit onto the main camera lens and let other lenses be snapped or screwed on. Digital camera lens adapters work like an electrical socket adapter – you stick that in the socket and then stick the electrical cord of what ever gadget into the adapter. With the digital camera lens adapters, you can shoot better pictures, full of detail and complex compositions. You can attach zoom lenses or panoramic lenses for full landscape shots.

Where To Find Them

First off, you need to know what brand and model your digital camera is. If you’ve lost the instructions, the brand and model number should be right on the camera itself somewhere. Then, knowing the brand and model, you can find the digital camera lens adapter(s) that fit it. If you have a digital camera over five years old, chances are you might not be able to find an adapter for it.

Although not all digital cameras will adapt to adapters, quite a lot of them will, especially ones made from 2002 onwards. Armed with your knowledge of what brand and model digital camera you have, you can them visit a camera or electronics store or an online camera or electronics store. Most of them will have conversion tables, listing what adapters fit what cameras. If they don’t, find another store. You can’t afford to buy just any old digital camera lens adapter.

If you know what adapter you need, you can either buy them at the store or at an online auction site like eBay. EBay is always just a little bit risky, but not if you use common sense and a lot of patience. A lot of the bugs have been worked out of eBay over the years. Never buy from a seller that only lets you pay in a wire transfer, cash or cashier’s check. If possible, ask the seller questions about the camera lens adapter before you bid on it. Reputable online auction sellers will be happy to answer any and all questions about their auctions.

Modeling 101: The Basics of Model Casting

model castingOne of the best ways to enter the world of fashion and modeling is by going to model castings. A model casting allows you to expand your horizon by meeting other models, managers and a number of influential people. However no matter how many people you meet, you won’t get anywhere if you are a big flop. Here are some tips to help you shine in a model casting.

The first thing that you remember is that when a casting call is announced; always arrive on the venue on time. If you can manage it, go there one hour before the casting call. This way, you get to prepare yourself physically and emotionally.  Always remember that model castings are not just grounded on the models’ looks but also their personality.  Also, being there earlier allows you to talk to other people that are already there such as the models and the organizers.

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Digital Camera – A Brief Introduction

conventional cameraMany happy memories and auspicious occasions get immortalized through photographs and hence they are much treasured by one and all. Though cameras have been used since long, conventional cameras have the draw-back of having to be replaced with a new film, once the roll runs out. This could pose a problem, especially to people on the move.  Hence the Digital Camera has emerged as the best feasible solution for all.


A Digital Camera  can be described as an electronic device that helps in capturing and storing photographs electronically, rather than doing so with the help of a photographic film as in the case of conventional cameras.

The digital sensor captures the light and the LCD located on the back of the digital camera acts as a screen guide adjusting the settings prior to shooting and in reviewing the results. Today’s digital cameras are multi-functional with additional capabilities such as recording sound and/or video.


Though digital cameras seem like a recent introduction, the first digital camera had reached the U.S. market about fifteen years ago, and had been released by Kodak. The DCS-100 had 1.3 megapixels (a million pixels), the graphical resolution required by the digital cameras for data display. Fifteen years since, technological advancement has increased the number of megapixels even for entry-level digital cameras. But the prices of digital cameras are now far more reasonable.


The biggest advantage of a digital camera is that, unlike conventional cameras, the storage media could be re-used over and over again without any additional cost. Also, any unwanted pictures could be deleted immediately and more photographs could be taken. The process of making photos is quick and inexpensive due to the fact that there is no film processing required for obtaining prints.

A Digital Camera could be used for taking photographs that could be displayed on the internet, or could be sent as an email, or by uploading to online galleries such as Flicker or Facebook. High quality images could be obtained in a digital camera, when compared to a conventional camera. A digital camera has high storage capability, and helps users to view photos on a number of outlets such as web pages, computer monitor, or even on a paper after developing them on printers. Even DVD players, cell phones, television sets and entertainment gaming systems have the capability to read and display the digital images.

A Look At The Different Types Of Photography

city sceneMost of us don’t know the various types of photography there are. We all love clicking away with our cameras to capture the perfect moments, be it our baby’s first smile or our parents’ golden wedding anniversary. And we all love to cherish our photographs by putting them into albums or in frames to show all our friends. This is what I would call recreational photography, not really a hobby and definitely not a profession. There are many types of photography these days that professionals and amateurs specialize in. I could probably fit in just a few to let you know exactly how vast the field of photography has become today. Continue reading A Look At The Different Types Of Photography

Modeling 101: Modeling Scams You Must Be Aware Of

All people have that hidden desire to become a model or a supermodel. Some are willing to give up everything and give anything to have a shot at becoming a model. This is the reason why there are a lot of people who were able to make a living out of creating modeling scams. This is why if you want to start a modeling career, you have to make sure that you stay clear of these modeling scams.

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Here are the things that you need to remember to do in order to avoid the scams.

If the modeling agency is asking for a ridiculous amount of money which they claim is needed in order for them to jump start your modeling career, just walk away. You are the job seeker. You don’t have to spend money in order to earn money.  Also, remember that these people have their way of getting into people’s heads so that they will be persuaded to pay. This is why if they are asking for money, they are definitely modeling scams and the best thing to do is walk away without talking to them.

Even established models get scammed which is why you should never think that you will never get scammed. That is how people get scammed in the first place. When going to an agency or a casting, get your head in the game. Don’t assume the best in people and in yourself. Always be open to the possibility of a modeling scam.

If the agency or the organizers cannot name the designer, label or even the company that they work for, don’t even consider taking a single photo with them. Modeling scams are not just about agencies that are asking for money. It is also about people who book models for pornographic projects without immediately informing them. This is why you should never sign anything not unless you are completely sure that everything is legitimate.

There is also a lot of modeling school scams. Some people offer fake modeling courses and charge money inappropriately. This is why when it comes to modeling scams, you should keep an open ear and an open mind all the time.

How Digital Photography Lighting Can Work for You

Digital cameras sometimes make taking photos a little too easy. Line up the subject in the viewfinder, check the image on the LCD screen, and click the button. The flash goes off exactly when it should… right?

Sometimes. Learning more about digital photography lighting can help you decide when to trust the camera, and when to trust your own judgment. Below we’ll talk about the different camera settings and accessory options available, and also how to use Mother Nature to your advantage.

Built-In Flash

Most of the digital photography lighting you need is already built into your digital camera. Get to know your flash – look up its maximum range. If your subjects are standing beyond its reach the photograph will turn out too dark. Most internal flashes work best between 10 to 15 feet.

Besides range, most point-and-shoot camera flashes can add digital photography lighting in via their fill-in flash setting. A fill-in flash is a quick burst of flash to light dark areas in the photograph. It can be used indoors, or outdoors in bright sunlight. The fill-in flash heightens the contrast between colors.

External Flash

Compared to film cameras, digital cameras don’t capture the difference between light and dark as well. So for digital photography lighting, external flashes are important when shooting during nighttime, outdoors, or whenever you want more finesse than you can get from your built-in flash because they offer both automatic and manual controls.

They increase flash range, and also get rid of the red-eye effect sometimes seen with built-in flashes. Professionals prefer external flashes for all of the above reasons.

Artificial and Natural Lighting

Not all digital photography lighting has to involve a flash! Pay attention to the way sunlight falls on your subject from all angles. Incorporating some shadows by shooting a flower at a diagonal, for example, can add a layer of interest to an otherwise commonplace photo.

But watch out for sunshine that’s directly over your subject if taking a photo of a person. This can create deep, dark hollows under their eyes and along their mouths. Either wait until the sun is lower in the sky, or hold either a reflective or bright white piece of cardboard under their chin to counteract the shadows.

Artificial lighting, like that given off by fluorescent office lights, needs a different correction. In these circumstances you’ll want to adjust your camera’s white balance setting to either ‘fluorescent’ or ‘incandescent’. This prevents color distortion.

Modeling Jobs to Aspire for in the Modeling Industry

Models-008The modeling industry is not only about being seen as a fashion or commercial print model.  It is a tough place to be because many are struggling to stay or make it to the top.  It offers many modeling jobs to choose from that can open countless opportunities to one who has the brand or name, expertise and credibility, patience and discipline required to survive the challenges in the fashion arena.

There are different modeling jobs to choose from. Finding the right one for you may be a little confusing if you do not know the nature and scope of the work involved. Here are some bits of information about the most sought jobs in modeling:

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The Various Types of Camera Lenses

camera lensAll cameras use a lens in order to view the subject of the photograph. Many automatic cameras have a lens that will shoot from a few set distances, which is fine for many people. For the more serious photographer, who wants greater flexibility from their camera, the lens is the one item that will allow more freedom as far as focusing on different subjects when the distance is reasonable. You can get a telephoto lens that will allow you to take clear photographs from a greater distance than the automatic cameras will allow.

Three Main Types of Camera Lenses

There are three main types of camera lenses that will suit your needs as a photographer. You can get the standard lenses that come with many cameras. Chances are good that you have already used a standard lens if you have ever taken photographs. This is the typical lens that is used for taking pictures while on vacation, family events and for other personal needs.

Wide Angle Lens

The wide angle camera lens is used for getting a wider viewing angle and will give you a large field for taking your photographs. This type of lens is particularly useful for wide angle shots of landscapes, architecture, huge groups of people and nature scenes. This camera lens will enhance the depth that you can achieve with your image.

Telephoto Lens

telephoto lens

The telephoto camera lens is useful for taking a focused photograph of a subject that is far away from the camera. This is great for sporting events, concerts, wildlife and apparently, snapping pictures of celebrities. A zoom lens will allow you to take a range of photographs that depict a subject who is a different distances from the camera.

Specialty Lens

You may want to use the fish eye camera lens, which is capable of taking photographs that resemble a convex image, which is caused by the very wide angle lens. Another lens that you may be interested in is the macro camera lens, which allows the photographer to take close up photographs while remaining in focus unlike other cameras, which cannot focus so well when they are too close to the subject. This is useful for taking photographs of small subjects such as a pin or a penny.

If you will be using a camera for more than just fun, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the options that you have in camera lens. A camera lens can mean the difference between a mediocre photograph and a fantastic one.

Candid Photography, Taking Pictures Of Your Friend Without Their Attention

candid photographyCandid photography is by definition taking pictures of people when they are unaware. Part of the fun in photography is catching your human subject’s off guard so that your pictures have more emotion. Photographers who work for magazines, like Time Life, have been able to get candid shots of their subjects. I think most of us can remember the black and white photographs of Africans and others giving rise to more emotion from the viewer. Taking candid shots may appear easy although there are few techniques in the photography world that will make the candid shot worth more than just a snap shot of friends. Continue reading Candid Photography, Taking Pictures Of Your Friend Without Their Attention