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Buyer Guide to Digital Camera

Digital Camera Buying Guide

Digital Camera

Every year, more and more cameras are being produced by different camera manufacturers. They differ in design, features and a lot more which makes buying a new digital camera confusing especially for the non-techie.

Don’t fret, though. We have provided you with a list of some things you have to look out for when buying a digital camera. Read them below.

  1. How many megapixels do you really need?

More advanced cameras come packed with more pixels. But before shelling out tons of money for that gazillion megapixel camera, keep in mind that there are other factors that have to be considered when buying a camera.

Besides, a study showed that people, even experts, cannot see the difference between the prints of pictures taken by 5 and 10-megapixel cameras.

  1. How much memory do you need?

Are you the type of person who prefers to store your images on your camera instead of your computer? If that’s the case, then you need to buy a memory with a larger capacity for your camera.

It’s also the case if you’re a professional photographer using a digital SLR since cameras of this type use up more memory to store high-quality pictures.

  1. Batteries are the lifeline of your camera.

Therefore, when you buy a digital camera, you should make sure that a back up battery can be found easily just in case you run out of juice (which always happens when you least expect it).

You should consider buying rechargeable batteries since they save a lot of money than buying the single-use variety.

 

My Secrets of Choosing a Digital Camera

When shopping for a digital camera, there are a few things that you should consider. It is not only to get the cheapest digital camera or the model with the most functions. Check out my list and than go and find the right camera model for your special purposes.

Size
Small is beautiful. Todays digital cameras are sometimes so small, that they fit into the breast pocket of your shirt easily and are still fully featured so you get the most out of the camera in almost every situation. Just imagine taking a picture of a wonderful sunrise when your are on your morning run or the happy smile of your kids when you pick them up after school. With a small digital camera you don’t have to lug around heavy equipment, you are always ready to take the picture of your life.
But too small could be a nightmare for someone with large hands or big fingers. In this case it is not practical and the fingers could cover the lens, the internal flash or could not work the tiny buttons to select the diverse functions, a modern digital camera offers.

A larger, heavier digital camera is useful when you want to do more serious work. Think about taking pictures where the internal flash is disabled and you work with longer shutter speeds. A heavier camera is easier to hold steady and it can better compensate the tine movement when you press the shutter button.

System
there are many different kinds of cameras on the markiet today. The consumer has the choice between an ever increasing number of brands, but mainly his decision is based on what what he wants to use the camera for and what his past experiences with photography are.

Viewfinder cameras
this is the most simple system on the market. The viewfinder is located in the upper left corner of the camera (seen from the rear) and presents a picture that is slightly offset to what the camera really sees. When you are very close to an object, the difference in view can be dramatic.
This type of digital camera works very good for snapshots as well as for most photographic needs of the average person. Disadvadvantages are the fixed lenses, the lack of influence you can take on the picture (e.g. sharpness, focus, light).

Some more advanced models also use the small LCD monitor as a viewfinder. The advantage here is that the picture you see on the screen is the same that you will take with your camera. You have good control of what you will put into your picture. Disadvantage witht his type of display is that you cannot preview the pictures in a brightly lit environment. Taking pictures in brought daylight is sometimes difficult as you try to hold the camera stready and also shade the lcd.

Bridge cameras
this type of camera is more heavyset than the usual compact digital camera. Usually it features a fixed lens with a good zoom factor. Ranging from wide angle to telephoto, you can cover most photographic challenges with these models. They offer a trough the lens view finder, which gives you a correct impression of the photo you are going to take, regardles of focus length. The picture is projected on the CCD chip in the camera and projected on a small monitor that is either inside the camera positioned like on traditional cameras or on the back panel of the camera body.
These cameras are usually more capable of changing photographic parameters and are used by people who want to do more than the occasional snapshot.

Digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex)
this is the most advanced type of digital camera on the market today. It works very similar to traditional SLR cameras, but using the digital process instead of film.You can choose different lenses for every possible purpose. Whether it is a wide angle lens for landscape photography or a small telephoto lens for doing portraits or close-up work. The lenses are interchangebel and you sometimes even get compatible lenses from thrid party manufactures that are of similar quality, but lower in price. The picture is reflected into the viewfinder via a mirror (this is why its called reflex). When you release the shutter to take the picture, the mirror is moved away, the shutter curtains open and the light is directly sent to the CCD chip. A small LCD screen on the back panel of the camera is used for doing a first check on picture quality and for setting the different features and options of the camera. Digital SLR cameras are usually used by professional photographers and high level enthusiasts.

Memory – Bigger Is Better
The advantage of digital cameras compared to traditional ones is that you can shoot as many pictures as the memory chip allows. Pics that turned out to be low quality can easily be discarded and again you have room on your memory card to take new pictures. As advantageous as it is, this circumstance leads to taking more pictures than with traditional cameras and as the resolution of the digital cameras increases from year to year, the need for memory increases. Therefore it may be useful to exchange the memory card that came with the camera with a bigger one or having a spare one when going on a longer trip. Below table lists the aproximate number of photos that fit on a 128 MB memory card when using the jpg-format:

Resolution Quality_____Best_____Good_____Standard
6 mpixel – 3008x2000_____34_______70_________117
4mpixel – 2400x1600______51_______96_________161
1.5 mpixel – 1536x1024___106______173_________271

The above quality rating is based on the compression factor of the jpg format (higher compression results in smaller files, but in lower picture quality).

Now, I wish you good luck with shopping for a new digital camera.

 

What every photo researcher ought to know about buying digital stock photos

What every photo researcher ought to know about buying digital stock photos

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Buying Digital Stock Photos

If you’ve been a photo buyer for your magazine or site any length of time, you probably realize how much the photography industry has changed.

Many professional photographers are now using high-quality, high-res digital cameras instead of film for their stock photos. Read below to find out the easiest way to locate and purchase digital stock photos for your magazine, brochure or Web site.

Where to Buy Stock Photos

One way to find stock photos quickly and easily is through a stock agency Web site. Stock agencies provide several benefits.

– They offer a large inventory of stock photos by many different photographers.
– You can choose from a variety of styles, colors, photo sizes and quality.
– With digital stock agencies and portals, you can normally buy right from the site without having to put in a request for certain images
– You conveniently have 1,000s of stock photographers in one location instead of having to sift through individual photographer’s stock photo submissions sent by parcel post. As you know, postal mail doesn’t come with a search box!
– With a stock agency or stock image portal, you can save time because they offer uniform buying guidelines, download methods and search capabilities no matter which photographer you choose.

Individual Photographers

Another way to find digital stock photos on the Web is to contact a freelance stock photographer directly.
You might need to work with a photographer one-on-one if …

a) you need stock photos for a specific location or with a specific theme, and are unable to locate the photos you need, or

b) you’d like to assign certain projects to one photographer who specializes in that field. It is even possible to work with some stock photographers by setting up an “on spec” relationship.

This means that you give the stock photographer your photo needs and he/she shoots images with the understanding that you may only purchase one or two (or none) of the stock images.

I have worked with several textbook photo researchers this way and I’ve found that the images the photo buyer didn’t use many times sold at a later date to a different photo researcher.

Working “on spec” may be easier to set up than you may think, especially if you catch the stock photographer during a slow photo period.

“On spec” is many times a win-win for the stock photographer and the stock photo researcher.

This is just one example of how the Internet makes it possible to work with one or many photographers and transmit your photos quickly by email or by download from a photographer’s Web site.

Quality and Size of Digital Photos

Probably one of the most confusing aspects of buying digital stock photos is how to determine the size and quality of an image.

When you receive photo submissions by postal mail, you have the actual photo print or transparency in hand, making it easy to determine if the quality and size are adequate for your project. However, with digital photos it’s not always that easy.

Formats Used in Digital Stock Photography

JPG (or JPEG) format, which is one of the most popular formats for digital stock photos, enables the photographer to reduce an image’s size tremendously for emailing to photo buyers while retaining the size and quality needed for most magazines and publications up to even a two-page spread.

Most digital stock images are displayed as thumbnail images, and then high-resolution (high-res) images are emailed at the photo buyer’s request.

Warning: A major drawback of using JPG digital files for photos is, if the photo is re-saved over and over it will lose some digital information each time it is saved. So, it’s a very good idea to save a JPG image as a Tiff file as soon as you receive it. This way you can save it without sacrificing quality.

Fortunately, most stock photo agencies require that images be of top quality before they’re accepted. This eliminates your worries about the quality of images in many cases, but always make sure the size of the stock image fits your needs before making a purchase.

Model / Property Release

If you plan to use your stock image for advertising purposes, or for some editorial use, you may need a model or property release. Check with your magazine or client and do some research to make sure which images will need a release.

Licensing Agreement for Digital Stock Photo Usage

Also, read the photographer’s licensing agreement carefully so you’ll know how, where and the length of time you can use the photo.

The general rules of usage still apply when buying stock photos on the Web. That’s another reason to work with a dependable stock agency site or directly with a professional stock photographer.

Use these tips to help locate great digital stock photos easily, and when you need them!

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