Hello everyone, in this short post I will show you how to choose the most suitable camera for your career.
You can show your image popularity with your friends by softening the focus for a more flattering portrait shot.
Some tips that you should know before buying any camera
Although the number of pixels is not the only guide to the quality of the picture, the more pixels a camera can record the easier it will be to get a quality shot or enhance specific details. All entry level Nikon Cameras come with either a 24.1 or 24.2 megapixels; much more than you will find on most point and shoot cameras. You can choose the best camera for food photography if you follow my guide about pixel.
An important additional feature is the ability to shoot continuous and fast pictures; thereby ensuring you capture an event unfolding in front of
you or get the exact shot which you wanted.
Of course, you may be unsure how to use or get the best out of some of these features, the following guide should help you to turn the automatic settings off and start using your DSLR camera. The more you practice the better you will get!
The main modes or settings are:
- Aperture priority – which adjusts the depth of the field, it is this setting which can blur the background or foreground and leave the rest untouched.
- Shutter Priority – this adjusts the speed at which the shutter opens and closes. The faster it does so the more information it can catch. A fast shutter speed will enable you to take a picture of a fast moving object and keep it in focus. Slower shutter speeds wall allow a ‘speed blur’
- Manual – As the name suggests, you are able to manually adjust every setting; this can be confusing when first attempted. However, if you adjust one at a time you will quickly get a feel for each setting.
- ISO The ISO relates to the amount of light to which a picture is exposed. It is possible to adjust t so that the camera ‘sees’ more light, but it will also pick up
more irrelevant details.
You can choose to automatically focus on your subject or manually adjust your focus to get the sharpest or alternatively desirable version of your photo.
The exposure is the amount of time that the camera lens is open to receive light. It can make a huge difference to the quality of the final picture. You will learn the best settings by practicing!
It is important to be able to adjust this depending upon the colors in the picture and the setting of the photo.
- Highlight Control: This clever function will allow you to see part of the image from the camera which has been left out of the picture, but captured by the camera.
- Flash Control: Your flash can work in automatic mode, but, it can make a huge difference to the picture and the look of the people in the picture. Instead it is better to learn about the best times to add light to your picture and adjust the flash control accordingly.
- Image stabilization : This can be a useful part of any camera, after all the idea that there is no shake or disruption to focus will ensure quality pictures every time. However, there may be times when you choose to turn this function off and accept the picture as it is.
There are other features but this covers the most important features which you should find on any DSLR camera.
Know how to use your camera
You should, by now, be aware that the Nikon DSLR camera is an impressive bit of kit. If you have one you are probably itching to give it a go.
However, to save spending hours attempting to work out all the functions and deciding upon the best way to take your pictures, you may find the following guide to using a Nikon DSLR useful:
The focus lock function allows you to change the area of focus from the centre of a picture to the left or right of the scene. This can be an excellent way of creating a portrait picture which also tells a story.
Any picture which is composed of two or more elements needs to focus on one and the camera needs to be told which is the most important element; you can then lock the focus on the specific person or object and the camera will retain this focus; no matter wiiere it appears in the frame.
To get the most from your Nikon DSLR you may need to activate one of your focus tracking modes. The autofocus modes are single, automatic and continuous. If you select the continuous mode you will be able to stay focused on an object which is moving.
As soon as you press the shutter button halfway down the camera will automatically refocus as an object moves. This will ensure any object is tracked, whether moving towards you or away from you.
This is a setting which allows you to quickly adjust the lighting of a scene by brightening or darkening any shot.
It works in conjunction with either aperture priority or shutter priority and is perfect for correcting what will otherwise become an over or under exposed photo.
One of the most common times you should use this feature is when you have a much darker or even a lighter background than the object or person you are focusing on.
This will ensure the focus remains on your chosen object.
This function allows you to see the way different tones are distributed across an image. The histogram is displayed as a graph and can be used to ensure you capture as many tones as possible to help keep the picture feeling natural.
The darkest tones are shown on the left and the brightest on the right of the graph. The graphic image needs to be completely contained within the graph area.
If it is bunched to the left or to the right, or if it is not contained by the graph, you will have either highlights or shadows that have no detail.
You have a choice when using your camera between single shot mode and burst mode.
As its name suggests single shot mode allows you to take one picture when you depress the shutter; you cannot take another until you release the shutter. Burst mode allows you to keep your finger on the shutter and you will take a multitude of photos.
It is best to take three or four photos at a time when using the burst function. This will maximize your chance of getting the right picture without using an excessive amount of your available memory space.
A combination of a shaky hand, slow exposure and longer lenses can cause a substantial amount of movement whilst your camera’s exposure is open. This will result in blurred photos.
Vibration reduction is built into the camera and compensates for any picture shake by adjusting the mirrors inside the lenses.
The result should be a clean, clear image. There is usually a switch on the lens to turn this part of the system on.