Digital Cameras Or Film Cameras – Which Of The Two Are Best?

Comparing digital cameras with film cameras, and deciding on which of the two is better, is pretty much a moot choice today. Have you tried to buy film for a camera lately? Pretty difficult. I think in today’s digital world, digital cameras are here to stay – whether good or bad. This article peeks into merits and demerits of both.

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Getting Your Groove Back

Creative photography may be the most demanding of them all. That is because unlike commercial photography, your boss is your creative imagination and the artistic marketplace. And who knows from one week to the next what is considered artistic and what isn’t.

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It isn’t just poetic license that we are using when we talk about you following your creative muse when you use your photography as an expression of your art. You can look at a hundred settings and scenes and only you can know if any have the raw materials for a great artistic piece using your camera. It’s a huge drain on your emotional system and your creative side but it is also one of the most satisfying things you can do.  And if you can make a living at it, so much the better.

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A Guide to Professional Digital SLR Photography

If you’ve outgrown your point-and-shoot digital camera and want to go pro as a photographer, the next step up the ladder is digital SLR photography.

digital-SLRThe SLR stands for “single lens reflex.” This means that the image taken can be seen by the photographer through the lens of the camera. Typically, you look through the viewfinder to snap a photo – which means that the image you see is not exactly the same as the image the camera sees through the lens.

In digital SLR photography, a mirror is placed inside the camera that reflects the lens image into the viewfinder, allowing much greater precision. This technique first hit the digital camera world during the early 1990s.

We’ll discuss the pros and cons of doing digital SLR photography below.

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Why Choose Digital Photography?

Long gone are the days of carrying around camera bags stuffed with extra rolls of film and lenses as long as your arm. Also gone are the days, thankfully, of worrying about whether or not the film’s really rewound before you risk opening the camera case in sunlight! Digital photography strips the pain out of photography in several ways: No film means no mess and less expense.

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How To Find the Best Digital Camera

It seems that every month, if not every week, different manufacturers are coming up with the latest digital cameras to entice potential clients. And it’s just not working for us!

Digital CameraAfter spending a sizeable amount of time at the mall figuring out which is the best digital camera for us, we finally have enough money to buy for that eye-popping, 7 mega pixel, 10x digital zoom, potable, candy colored, up to 512MB expandable memory of super hi-speed SD memory card and not to mention very portable, (that will be the envy of almost everyone we know).

We march to the mall armed with our life savings and lotsa pride in ourselves, when we pass by a new display – an eight mega pixel, up to 1G expandable memory, with built it mic and stereo surround, video playback capable, with 22 scenic modes kind-of-camera. And we sigh because the producer of this amazing gadget claims that this is the best digital camera yet out in the market. And so as we always want to have the best, armed with our life savings and a few credit cards, we buy the “best digital camera.” But then again, that doesn’t last too long, after two months or so, there’s another “best digital camera.”

And so it confuses us. What makes a digital camera, the best digital camera?

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Digital Portrait Photography Suggestions And Tips

Just like computers replaced typewriters, digital cameras have replaced 35 millimeter cameras. For people who know how to use them, digital cameras can often produce a much better finished product.

Digital portrait photography can offer the photographer on-screen editing of the picture which cannot be obtained by more conventional methods. You have more room for manipulation with digital portrait photography, especially if you have the right computer programs. Here we will look at some digital portrait photography tips that will help you produce a great looking portrait.

family-portraitIf the portrait is to contain more than two people you should make sure that everybody is standing, or sitting, tightly together. It is very important that you don’t cut off the top of somebody’s head or the side of their face. You should always make sure you can clearly see everybody in your view frame. You can always crop out additional items later.

If you see a chance to snap a great portrait but you don’t have your camera set correctly, you can relax and still get a great shot. Most digital cameras offer a portrait mode that will automatically focus to provide you with a great portrait, even if it is not considered to be top quality. Many times these chance snapshots bring out the best in the people being captured in the picture.

Digital Portrait Photography Tips For Children

Every parent wants a good portrait of their children but the children are not always willing to cooperate. They don’t want to sit still or they don’t want to smile. Fortunately with digital portrait photography you don’t have to ruin costly film while trying to get the right shot. You can simply delete the pictures from the camera without ever unloading them onto a computer.

Often children are uncomfortable with a stranger standing too close to them with a camera in hand. High quality digital cameras offer several various levels of zoom. This allows the photographer to stay back at a level that is comfortable for the children but yet they can still get a great close-up shot.

Often the best portraits of children are the ones where they are just being themselves. This may not be something that happens in a photography studio. They might be saying their prayers at night or simply playing on a playground. Getting them in their natural setting can provide a realistic quality to that treasured portrait.

Digital portrait photography is a great tool for getting those great looking portraits without having to pay the high prices that come with other types of cameras. You have the opportunity to see what the portrait looks like without having to put it on paper. This will help you make a better decision about which portraits you like most.

A Career In Fashion Photography

Fashion ModelWe see them everywhere, in Magazines, on the Run Way, in advertisements on TV. They are the slender women strutting their stuff or extra ordinary Beauties with their sultry looks flashing their pearly whites while wearing the newest Styles from the hottest Designers. We are talking about the fashion models of today, yesterday and tomorrow. They are everywhere we look, but who brings them to us? Their images are captured with care and precision, patience and that special look for style, color and lighting composition. I am talking about the fashion photographers.

In the fashion circles famous names like Mario Testino (easily one of the hottest names out there) and Eva Mueller (photographer for Fashion Magazine Allure) are just as sought out if not more then those men and women sauntering their way into our conscious.

High Paychecks and glamour’s Lifestyle of hob nobbing it with the rich and famous might be the dream of many young shutterbug, however it is not easy to reach the golden Staircases of the well-known fashion houses and magazines. For every one talented photographer, hundreds are left panting at the sidewalk, only dreaming about the moment that their photo will be chosen.

Here are a few tips for the novice and dreamer of dreams in getting started in fashion photography.

  • Study your subject. You can never learn enough.
  • Read and look at any fashion Magazine you can get your hand on. There are fantastic books on Fashion and fashion photography available. Amazon.com has a true treasure trove available.
  • You need one or two good cameras, tripod and a lighting system. Always make sure that you have plenty of film and batteries available. SLR and digital cameras take different photos, so make sure you find the best for your field.
  • When submitting your work, hopefully to give a chance you have to have a portfolio on hand, just in case the editor of the fashion magazine wants to see samples of your work. I assure you if they consider working with you that is going to be a fact.
  • The sharp, bright images of a 4X5” transparency show of your work to its best effort. If you have already had a publication, no matter if, it was a small neighborhood magazine/paper or a contest a tear sheet (literally a sheet you tore out of the magazine) works well. If neither is at hand a good high quality 8 X 10 “is acceptable as well. You want to make sure that you have a minimum of 20 photos in your portfolio and preferably different styles. You want to show your expertise in full figure or just partial body parts.

Remember, fashion includes jewelry and accessories. Sometimes a watch from a famous maker on the slender wrist of a beautiful woman is a good fashion shoot. If you are applying for the job, be prepared to leave your Portfolio behind for an extended period of time, sometimes as much as a couple of weeks. I would advise you to make copies and have several on hand. This comes in handy when showing your work to many different people for consideration for fashion work.

It is good to display your talent as a fashion photographer online as well. Set up a website; submit your photos to contests. Submit them to an online fashion galleries. This helps with getting your work seen and people can see what type of work you actually do and can do for them.

Most editors are looking for your personality in the photos you take. Each fashion photographer captures the soul of the fashion and its model differently. There are a couple of very good “how to get started” websites on the net. You might wish to start out with http://www.fashion.net/howto/photography/. Most importantly, if this is your dream, don’t give up. Keep trying and I hope to see your images on the cover of my next hot fashion magazine.

Demi Lovato

Born, Demetria Devonne Lovato, this young woman has amazing talent as a singer and actress. She was born on August 20, 1992, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has been acting since she was a young girl. Her first role was for Barney & Friends. In 2008, Lovato was cast by Disney in the hit Camp Rock. She was so popular; they cast her in her own show, Sonny with a Chance, the following year.

Photo credit: Portal Focka / Foter / CC BY-ND
Photo credit: Portal Focka / Foter / CC BY-ND

He debut album was also released in 2008, called Don’t Forget. The album did very well overall, with several of the songs becoming hits. The Jonas Brothers are credited with helping her to write several of the songs on that album. She can play both the piano and the guitar. Kelly Clarkson is her role model for music while Hilary Duff is her role model in the acting realm.

Growing up, Lovato didn’t care for meat much, and by the time she was a teenager, she was a vegetarian. She does eat some meat now due to the protein it offers her body. She admitted in 2010 that she had an eating disorder but works closely with dietary professionals now. She does allow herself some indulgences though – M&Ms and Rice Crispy Treats.

Lovato often speaks against bullying. She shares that school was very hard for her early on and she was picked on. When she started junior high, she begged her mom to allow her to do home schooling. She agreed because Demi was so miserable all the time at public school.

She isn’t the only one in the spotlight. Her mother is a former Dallas Cowboy cheerleader. Her sister is also an actress. Her primary role was on Desperate Housewives as one of the children of Eva Longoria’s character.

It hasn’t been all a fairy tale though for Demi Lovato. The young woman has been in rehab for alcohol abuse. She has also been receiving treatment for bipolar disorder. She believes her dependency on alcohol was a form of self medicating to treat her underlying mental health concern.

She is now an advocate for youth that may be experiencing similar issues. She has a tattoo on each wrist as a reminder to take it one day at a time – “stay” on the left and “strong” on the right. She once met Sir Paul McCarthy, but not under the best of circumstances. In 2012, she almost ran him over while trying to park in Los Angeles.

Adobe Photoshop

In the history of photography, there has never been a time that we can achieve such phenomenal results in editing as has happened in the digital age.  And while there are a myriad of tools that the computer and internet have made available to us to enhance and change the images that come from a photo shoot, none can top the popularity and power of Adobe Photoshop. The program has become so synonymous with editing and creating effects that the term, “to Photoshop” has become a verb that means to enhance or alter an image.

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We can “Photoshop in” new outfits, accessories or even people to a shot where it was just not possible before. So if you want a picture of you shaking hands with the president, you don’t have to go to Washington to get it, just “Photoshop” your image into the image of the president and it will look as real as if you had been there.

Similarly, we can “Photoshop” out things from a picture we don’t want to see there anymore. So if you have a physical flaw, that can be removed. You can even remove a distracting person from the background of the shot. The program is so sophisticated that these images are possible and you really cannot tell the alteration has been made.

Photoshop has become such a de facto standard for photo processing that if you are setting up a photography studio or business, a copy of the software is as necessary as Microsoft word or PowerPoint. The good thing about this software is that it is readily accessible and a lot of people know how to use it. So if you feel insecure about learning yet another computer application, you can probably find a college student, someone at the high school or maybe the junior high that knows Photoshop in and out and can help you jump start your use of the software as well.

But Photoshop has not always dominated this genre. The program was created in 1989 by two brothers, John Knoll and Thomas Knoll. While the brothers developed Photoshop for custom uses they had at the time, it wasn’t long before the market potential of this software became evident. So, being smart entrepreneurs, John and Thomas founded a little company called Adobe and began operations in 1990.

Adobe has been a shining example of how to achieve success in the age of the internet. Today few of us who use the internet are not aware of Adobe. You probably cannot find a personal computer that uses the internet that does not have a free copy of the Adobe reader on it to read PDF files. The PDF format is yet another example of how this little company has created and then taken over a particular market of online business.

To really become skilled at using Photoshop, the first thing to do is probably find a copy to play with. Like most computer applications, you can probably find a copy on a friend’s computer just to tinker with it and get a feel for the controls. Then if your friend is a wizard at Photoshop, let him or her show you some of the real “wiz-bang” things they can do with Photoshop using the same menus you were just tinkering with. This little Saturday afternoon experiment could turn you into a Photoshop addict forever.

After that, you would do well to download a copy for yourself. You can get an evaluation version that will give you most of the features. But you really only need that if you are not sure if you are going to buy a copy. Since Photoshop dominates this market, you almost certainly will buy a copy so you might save some frustration and purchase a licensed copy right away. Now, you will probably find yourself playing with the software for long hours just having fun and that’s great. But don’t overlook the value of taking some organized classes in photo editing using Adobe Photoshop. These classes can show you the shortcuts and how to get the most out of the software.

From there on out, your imagination is the only limit to how you will use this tool to make your photographs better for your customers. And you will be able to respond enthusiastically when someone says, “that’s ok, you can just Photoshop that and fix it right up.”