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29 May 2012 ~ 1 Comment

New DSLR Camera Setup Guide Tips and Hints

If you were lucky enough to receive a new DSLR camera as a gift recently, just purchased your first DSLR, or just purchased an upgrade from your old DSLR you might be wondering… “Now what do I do?”

If you’ve owned a DSLR before, heck even an SLR film camera, then these tips might not be new. If you’ve only used your DSLR on the big green AUTO setting, then trying out something new could help you take better photos.

1) Get Some Glass
Most people seem to think that a newer and “better” DSLR is going to go a long way to better photos… but at the same time they only have cheap “kit” lenses with limited range and lower performance. You can keep your DSLR body for a long time if you get yourself some good lenses! A high quality lens will overcome some shortcomings of the camera and they will be what you KEEP when you decide to upgrade your camera again, so why not invest in some quality glass? Never underestimate the difference that a GOOD lens will make, people tend to overlook just how important lenses are.

How about a nice wide, padded shoulder strap so you don’t get sore carrying your camera for a long time? Maybe experiment with filters, a lens hood or a battery grip? And make sure you have a good padded camera bag to carry it all.

3)Mode Dials Are Not The Enemy
Yes most of us keep our DSLR in AUTO mode most of the time and that’s fine, but why not take a chance and see what those other modes are for? Some cameras are crazy and have dozens of pre-programmed scene modes like kids, fireworks, underwater and more. Some of these are great, some you will never use.

Check out the P,S,A and M modes and see what you can see! For example, S (Tv for Canon) is Shutter Priority: you set the exposure time and the camera does the rest. A (Av for Canon) is Aperture Priority where you set the aperture to achieve a shallow depth-of-field or everything in focus, and the camera does the rest. M for Manual … pretty self explanatory. =) Easy right?

3)Your flash sucks
Ok so your camera has a built-in pop-up flash. Every time you use it, everybody has red-eye, the picture is over exposed, the white balance is off, you tried to use it through a window (really?) or at a baseball game (REALLY??) Ugh, just try not to use it.

If you really want or need to use the built-in flash, get a cheap flash-diffuser or something that will bounce it up and not directly at the subject.  Trust me on this one.

4)RAW Isn’t Just For Steak
If your DSLR is capable of shooting in RAW format (and I’m pretty dang sure they all are) then please try and use it instead of JPG.

JPG image format compresses the image which means that the software decides what part of the image information to throw away so the file takes up less space. Why throw away part of all your pictures? Furthermore if you edit and save, edit and save, edit and save the same file you lose quality every single time you save because the image is compressed every time you save it!

If you can, shoot a picture that is saved in RAW and JPG at the same time. Download them to your computer and compare them side-by-side. I guarantee you that the RAW image will look so much better than the JPG that you won’t want to shoot anything but RAW ever again.

Have a Canon Powershot point-and-shoot camera? Did you know that many of them are capable of shooting in RAW format like a big bad DSLR? It’s true and I’ll write an article about it in the near future.

What is your best tip or trick to using a DSLR that others can use? Let us know!


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25 April 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens Review

Overall Rating (based on customer reviews): 4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6 out of 5 stars

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Nikon has recently revealed the D3100, its latest entry-level providing and its 1st DSLR that can easily record full 1080p HD video clips. Successor to the popular D3000, it boasts a 14.2 CMOS sensor and a 3 inch LCD. As well as Live View shooting, a larger ISO range (100-3200 expandable to 12800) and a host of small modifications.

The specs of ‘Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens’ are:

  • Manufacturer: Nikon
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9×6.9×5.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds

Here are some REAL customer reviews:

“Nikon D3100 VS. D300 VS. D700″

For the cost of this camera, I don’t think you can get anything better. The low light performance is off the charts. As a wedding photographer I regularly shoot with Nikon’s high end professional equipment and I was amazed how close this camera is to a…Read more

“D70 Upgrade”

I recently updated my DSLR collection to the Nikon D3100 from the Nikon D70. There are good reviews out there that you should check out. However, I would like to share some of my first impressions.Pro:-Better image quality and lower…Read more

“Takes excellent pictures and gets out of the way while doing it”

This Nikon D3100 is a phenomenal deal for non professionals, the rest of us people that want to take family and travel shots. I’ve owned DSLRs since 2004, starting with a Nikon D70 and then moving to D40, D200 and…Read more

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The Nikon D3100 competes directly with the similar Canon model DSLR cameras in this price range. The camera that is the right one for you depends on several factors, but you definitely won’t be disappointed with the Nikon D3100 for only $550 including an 18-55mm lens.

Get Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens at the best price available today.


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25 April 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Canon Digital Rebel T3 DSLR Camera w/18-55mm Lens Review

Overall Rating (based on customer reviews): 4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 out of 5 stars

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The Canon Digital Rebel T3 is a very good camera, there’s no question about that. It’s packed with a 12MP CMOS image sensor, HD video recording, and a nice big 2.7″ LCD screen for easy viewing. This is an entry-level DSLR camera, but is still very capable of taking great photos!

The specs of ‘Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm IS II Lens and EOS HD Movie Mode (Black)’ are:

  • Manufacturer: Canon
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8×6.7×5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds

Here are some REAL customer reviews:

“A great little DSLR worth your consideration.”

You will probably read a lot of reviews of this camera that are rather dismissive of its look, feel, and feature set. And while I cannot defend the lack of a rubberized handgrip… spend any amount of time with this camera and you will find it simple, yet…Read more

“Great bang for the buck”

I think the camera is an amazing buy for the money. I was able to unpack the contents & begin shooting good pictures IMMEDIATELY, using the fully automatic settings & the included partially charged battery. You will however, need to supply an SD Card as…Read more

“Love it!”

I purchased this camera a few days ago and I’ve had nothing but FUN with it! Aside from my simple Kodak Easyshare point and shoot, I had a Canon EOS Elan 7 (35mm) and had been wanting to switch it over to Digital for several years. The longer I waited,…Read more

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The Canon Digital Rebel T3 kit with the 18-55mm lens is a real bargain! The kit is currently under $500, you aren’t going to find a similar high-quality DSLR with a lens for this price. If you’re wanting to get started with a DSLR, then the Canon T3 is a very good camera to have on your list.

Get Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm IS II Lens and EOS HD Movie Mode (Black) at the best price available today.


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20 April 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Creepiest Photos of the Day: Barbie and Ken Dolls

So photographers are usually a creative bunch and look for new and interesting things to photograph… partly out of sheer creativity and I’m sure partly out of wanting to be recognized. This guy has a little of both going with this series… Take a look:

Barbie and Ken

You can checkout Hayden Wood from Vancouver BC and the rest of his work on his website, and see the rest of the Barbie and Ken series as well. The Ken model does a great job… take a look closely at Barbie in the other photos though and see what you think.


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