Choosing your first digital camera

 

 

Helping other people get into photography is such a pleasure for me. This is why I searched for useful tips on how to choose your first camera if you’re a novice. I believe that it is best to have some knowing about technical aspects before making a purchase. There is a variety of products on the market with so many incomprehensible features which can give you headaches if you’re not a professional photographer. Digital cameras have been around for years now and products have developed so much that even if you don’t possess great knowledge you can still get wonderful shots. So, don’t worry if you still have no clue what to buy. I’ll give you some hints that you may use as shopping guidance for digital cameras.

 

Digital cameras come in different models, shapes and sizes. There are compact digital cameras, digital single lens cameras, bridge cameras and interchangeable lens cameras.

The compact digital camera or point and shoot is the standard camera, easy to carry around, fits perfectly in any bag or pocket and takes good photos when in need. Digital cameras with DSLR feature are more advanced because of their mirror inside the camera that flips the image up and down. These are used by professional photographers in general. Bridge cameras are a hybrid of compact and DSLR digitals without some features of the last and interchangeable lens cameras which offer same quality as DSLRs but with more compact bodies.

Before hitting the stores, you should find a mentor in photography or someone that already has a digital camera. This is very useful because you will get familiar with a specific brand or model and it helps a lot.

Although digital single lens reflex cameras offer shutter speed, aperture, ISO sensitivity which translates in beautiful photo effects the reality is that more than half of the work done by a photographer implies the help of a computer. Very good photos need filters and special effects which you can do with Adobe Photoshop. Plus, without those filters found on your camera menu, you can actually learn how to take great pictures. So, it’s not necessarily the case of spending a huge amount of money until you are more experienced.

Because you will want to carry your digital camera everywhere you go, my advice is to get a feel of the camera. Go to the store and test it, hold it in your hands and see what model catches your attention. Also, check some groups or online forums where you can post questions regarding cameras and photography.

In terms of budget, the more the better. But you can get plenty of quality with fair money. You can buy a refurbished or a used digital camera that works great for a beginner. I say you should rather invest in online courses and workshops that can prepare you for the art of photography, instead.

 

 

I bought a nice pair of binoculars

 

I am definitely a birdwatching freak. I spent a large part of my spare time admiring those beautiful feathered creatures and I must confess, I tend to invest in tools that help me with my hobby. So, recently I bought a nice pair of binoculars at a very good offer. As I must have mentioned in my previous posts, you don’t need to spend a fortune on good equipment if you what to look for. Binoculars are indispensable for birdwatching, therefore, you should opt for a reliable product, as I did. I chose the SkyGenius 10×50 binoculars because there are perfect for outdoors, very resistant material and perfect lenses. It’s a product that suits my needs at a more than fair price.

The reason I wanted to tell you about my new purchase is because the binoculars have features that are very useful for outdoor activities, especially while venturing in nature.

One of the first features that caught my attention was the powerful magnification of these binoculars. 10 times magnifying power along with 50 mm lens diameter seemed a purchase I couldn’t miss.

You can use the SkyGenius 10×50 binoculars even if you wear glasses because the eyepieces are adjustable, separately, and very comfortable. Children and adult alike can use it which makes the product suitable for the entire family.

The design is robust and the material doesn’t look cheap. On the contrary, when you hold it, it feels very resistant and the military look goes well with the whole outdoor concept. Plus, the binoculars are waterproof so a little rain will not be an excuse for missing out your birdwatching session.

What I like about them is that they are not heavy to carry. I tend to have a lot of things in bag when I go outside, a camera, a notebook, maybe some food and water. These binoculars are so lightweight and easy to hold that I can’t seem to leave them at home.

The image they provide is very sharp and clear. Their range is very high and the details can be observed even at dawn or in conditions of bad lighting.

They are built with a tripod adaptor in case you want to attach one for better viewing and comfort. Nevertheless, the cord that comes in the box will be of great use and lens caps that keep the binoculars protected from scratches.

One of the most important aspects regarding the SkyGenius 10×50 binoculars is the lenses coated with a multilayer of Aspherical elements for light reflection and distortion elimination.

You can use this pair of binoculars for stargazing, birdwatching, sightseeing, sports games or concerts watching, climbing and so on. I bet you will find a great use for them!

 

P.S Now that I have my binoculars, what I need next is a telescope. I consider a handheld telescope since I am not yet an expert.

Equipment you need when you go out birdwatching

 

 

When I started learning about photography, I would go outside my house and make photos randomly. At one point, I realized that scenery looks more beautiful when birds are involved. So, I went home and started my research into birdwatching. Trust me, it is more captivating than you might think. You admire their colors and see them in their natural state without disturbing their environment. Nevertheless, birdwatching is that kind of activity that requires some equipment to benefit fully. I am not suggesting investing a considerable amount of money but focus on the standard package of tools that will be very handy when adventuring outside the wild nature. With a little bit of Internet help, I’m sure you can find great offers and deals on the products I’ll recommend below.

 

First thing first, you need a clear vision if you plan on admiring birds from distance. I say this because I use glasses and I know the importance of having your eyes checked for perfect lenses. So, start by solving your eye problems and then get to binoculars and digital cameras.

I may be old-school, but I still like to go everywhere with a notepad and a pencil. I hand it easier afterward if I take notes about the date, time, location, weather and birds details. It’s very similar to a journal where you describe the birds you watched, how their feathers looked and their natural habitat.

You probably heard of birdwatchers that engage at first in their journey with a helping site guide. Now, this is useful because it gives you hints about the best places to see birds and the species you can encounter. Besides the site guide, it would be useful to carry a field book which provides illustrations and photos of a variety of birds. They can be bought in different sizes from a variety of bookstores and can help you recognize faster the bird species you have set your eyes on.

The most important piece of equipment for birdwatching are the binoculars. You should invest in a good model that gives your focus precisions, magnification and color detail. Search for a pair of them, try them if possible before purchase and remember that a beginner doesn’t need something very expensive at first. After you gain experience, you’ll more likely transition to professional gear.

If you plan on getting close to birds, you can opt for a telescope. Because of their price, I think it’s best to buy a used one. You’ll get the same technical benefits without spending a fortune.

Now let’s talk about the camera. A simple one with standard point and shoot functions will be enough, but if that doesn’t satisfy your need you can always invest in telephoto lenses that will give a real feeling of being almost near the birds.

No matter what equipment you decide to buy keep in mind that birdwatching is a hobby best done relaxed and open to adventure!

 

 

Are expensive camcorders worth the investment?

 

With smartphones and digital cameras gaining terrain on the market of video and photography equipment, many people refrain from investing in expensive camcorders, thinking that the above mentioned counterparts will offer the same quality for a much lower price. However, some people, most of them professionals, still defend the old camcorder, and manufacturers seem to insist on keeping their products on the market, and some of them, at no shy prices.

I would like to start answering this question by pointing out that not all photographers and filmmakers have the same thing in mind when buying such a camera. If you only want to shoot some short home videos of Christmas gift unwrapping or your cat being funny, you probably won’t even think about getting a high-end camcorder, since you can easily and effectively use your smartphone. But if you’re into more serious film-making, spending some money on better equipment might be worth a thought. So what are the advantages of an expensive camcorder and can they be found in cheaper packages? Interested in buying the best camcorder? Continue to read!

4K resolution is the top feature presented by the most expensive cameras on the market and it makes room for insanely good picture quality. But as smartphones are catching up in this department, this motivation won’t last for much longer. So if we take this feature off the table are we still left with something worth mentioning?

Many camcorder fans like the viewfinder and the high optical zoom that no other gadget masters like a camcorder, and that are essential for a professional filmmaker. Another feature that really makes the difference in high-end camcorders is the built-in microphone, which does a much better job than one on a DSLR. So these are some of the features that make camcorders the first choice for many filmmakers. Does an increased price make them go away or lose importance? On the contrary. An increased price usually reflects the fact that the manufacturer has put an effort to maximize these features – see the 20x optical zoom vs. the common 10x optical zoom and their benefits, and maybe topped them with additional features – you can now find Wi-Fi enabled camcorders, for example.

Ultimately, the question of expensive camcorders being worth the money is reduced to the question if investing in more quality is worth it. And we think that is always a personal choice, as experience, information, and talent also have a say in the quality of the final product.