First thing I thought of when I read this letter incidentally
Today for our Wednesday photography features, we’ll go into one of the questions I got in my inbox from one of our readers Aaron/animefreak2k4. He writes:
“I’m Aaron and I enjoyed reading your ‘back to basics’ articles on LYN. I’m quite a beginner in digital photography but i’ve just invested in a new DSLR. I got a Canon EOS 600D with Kit lens 18-55mm.
But the one thing that i really would like to know at this moment is that, is it enough for me to just stick to my Kit lens, or must i get more lens to suit different types of photo shooting? Will the kit lens be sufficient for most types of shooting? (eg. landscape, portrait, micro etc).
Also would be very happy if you can introduce some great websites that teaches digital photography for beginners.
Thanks a lot!
Thanks for your email Aaron and hit the jump for our reply!
It’s time once again for the festive season; A time where we scratch our heads constantly, making sure we don’t leave gift buying to the last minute and end up getting Kinokuniya vouchers for everyone we know. Over the next 2 weeks or so, the Lowyat.NET editorial team will be sharing 5 different gift guides for 5 different types of people. Hopefully by the holidays, we’ll have all the bases covered for you!
So in our first week, we tell you what are the ultimate gifts to buy for that photographer in your life. Now, all photographers would love to have more lenses but we all know that unless you’re swimming in money, that’s not a very practical thing to get for Xmas. Another thing is that unless you’re a photographer too, a kit is quite a personal thing and unless you ask the person outright, you’re going to most likely get something wrong! Here’s a bunch of things that all photographers could use, for any budget!
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An independent test has concluded that the Canon EOS-1D C meets the European Broadcast Union (EBU) standards for HD content acquisiton, making it the world’s first digital SLR camera to meet this stringent testing criteria. The 4K-shooting DSLR was announced over a year ago, alongside a cool $15,000 price tag.
The test results indicated that the EOS-1D C provides “exceptional” HD resolution from a 4K source with “very low” aliasing, and “good” color performance and motion portrayal. The test results also confirmed that the EOS-1D C camera system and its imaging performance comply with the recommended specification for inclusion in HD Tier 1 for HD production.
In addition, a new firmware update for the EOS-1D C is available now, which enables the camera to correct insufficient peripheral illumination and chromatic aberration when outfitted with supporting EF Cinema Lenses. The update also allows the EOS-1D C to accept a line-level audio input via its mini 3.5mm connector as well as improved flicker reduction.
Whether you are a seasoned shooter or an aspiring beginner, there may be something in these tips that you can use to improve your pictures or even just your photography experience as a whole. Take these tips with a pinch or 2 of salt, don’t try to apply all of these at once and you will see results in no time! So without further ado, here we go!
1) Frame in your mind, not in your viewfinder
It’s too easy to be constrained by the small box which you are looking though in order to compose your photo. Those framelines will never fully capture what you envision, or even what’s happening around the scene. It’s always great to be able to know what you want and then only translate it to your viewfinder. Sometimes it may be hard, but also open your other eye to see what’s happening around you, you never know, it may result in one hell of a picture.
If you’ve ever used a camera, chances are you’ve also taken a portrait shot. Whether it be for someone on a holiday, a total stranger on the streets of your hometown, a sneaky shot of your partner or even a selfie for Instagram, they are all portraits of one form or another. As a working photographer, shooting portraits and headshots are part of my specialisation in the huge world of photographic genres and here are some tips that i’ve learned over the years that will get you shooting better portraits in no time!
First and foremost, the biggest question that everyone is inadvertently going to ask would be : “Which camera/lens/reflector/backdrop/CF Card/Tripod will improve my photos?”. While I don’t deny that things like an 85mm f/1.4, or a nice Elinchrom ring flash would improve your portraits with the proper knowhow, but we will focus on the things that DONT cost too much money and more about things that are not DSLR exclusive.
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… and yet it may also be the most unnecessary.
Last week, Nikon showed off the mysterious “Retro Styled” DSLR that it was teasing for the longest time, the Nikon Df. Almost immediately, the photography world was taken aback at how expensive the Df was, coming in at RM8,999 for the body only for what most consider just a fun “alternative” camera for the pseudo-hipster photographer. Some photographers on my timeline were quite appalled at how Nikon was “trying too hard” with the Df and should just stick to what they know.
The Nikon Df is a 16.2MP Full Frame DSLR which uses the same sensor as the flagship, top of the line RM20,000 D4. Unfortunately that’s where the similarity with the D4, or even the D800 or D610 ends. The Df shoots at 5.5fps has the same 39point AF system as the D610 and has a Single SD Card slot. The big selling point is the fact that the Df is compatible with just about ALL Nikon F-Mount lenses INCLUDING the Pre-Ai Standard lenses, a nod to the film photographers of old.
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The new Sony Alpha A7 series cameras – A7 and A7R, are now here in Malaysia, Sony has just opened up a preorder for its latest mirrorless cameras, going from as low as RM4,999. If you haven’t already seen the wonders of the A7 and A7R, the world’s first 35mm full-frame sensor interchangeable lens cameras with autofocus, check out some image samples we gathered for you in our previous post.
The preorder starts today and will go on until 28 November 2013, and it even comes with freebies worth up to RM828 – a SF-16UX memory card worth RM139, LSC-BP2 worth RM289 and a A7 workshop worth RM400; there’s also a purchase with purchase promotion that can get you a LA-EA4 for only RM599 (RRP RM1,199).
- Sony Alpha A7R – RM6,999 body only
- Sony Alpha A7 – RM4,999 body only
- Sony Alpha A7K – RM5,999 body and lens (28 – 70mm)
In addition to that, Sony will also have an A7 tour over the past few weeks at selected locations, so visit the preorder page now to find out more.
We’ve all been there. Aperture and shutter speed set perfectly according to the meter, exposure on the dot and subject looking great, but when you go to review your picture, it’s strangely awash in a sea of orange. Alternatively, your photo is so dull, it looks like none of the colors even resemble what is actually in front of you. Sometimes the color cast is not super obvious but there nonetheless and this phenomenon is due to the White Balance on your image going awry, giving your picture the wrong color temperature.
This week we look at how to correct the color in your pictures using White Balance and color temperatures on your camera. We look at what White Balance is, how to use presets and creative uses of white balance in your photos.
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