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Kassil Photo is a personal blog of acclaimed photographer, Smithson Kassil. Born and raised in the US, he only started taking pictures in high school. Now, he’s one of the most-sought photographers in the country and is only getting better each day.

How to Choose the Right Digital Camera For You

Whether you’re buying a new camera for yourself or for a special someone, there are a couple of things that you would have to consider. Here are some tips that would help you choose the right digital camera.

Consider your budget

Before anything else, you should have an idea of how much money you’re willing to spend. It’s also important to note that a popular brand name or a higher price does not always guarantee quality. Moreover, an expensive one does not also give an assurance that it’s going to satisfy your needs as a photographer.

Determine your level of experience

If you’re a novice, you may try to consider an inexpensive and simple-to-use point-and-shoot camera. It has fewer settings to learn, thus it’s quite straightforward to use. Meanwhile, a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera would also be a better option for experts who want more manual controls.

Make a list of the features you need

Most often, you won’t get all the features you want in a single camera. Still, choose a camera that offers all the features necessary for you to perform well. Some of the things you may want to look into are the picture effects, shutter speed control, aperture priority, and a lot more.

Consider a camera that’s easy and comfortable to use

Aside from checking the zoom, memory card, batteries, etc., make sure to consider the size and weight of the camera. Preferably choose a camera that’s light enough for you to hold steadily. If in any case your camera doesn’t have grips, it should at least have a material that you can somehow slip around your wrist.

Moreover, check the case that comes with the camera. Make sure the case is waterproof and capable of providing better protection.

Evaluate the technical specifications of the camera

Don’t just look on the megapixels (MP) of the camera. You’ll soon notice that the difference is barely noticeable between a 5MP camera and a 13MP camera.

Cheaper cameras likewise often have a significant delay between the time you press the shutter button and take the actual picture. If you’re planning to take pictures of sports events, choose a camera that has a lag time of fewer than 0.2 seconds.

If you think you’re likely to use zoom more often, get a camera that features image stabilization. This helps in keeping your image steady, thus there’s a lesser chance of making blurry pictures.

Read more customer reviews

Often, word of mouth is a better way of determining if a product is indeed good enough. For cases wherein you can’t really get an honest opinion from a friend, you can look onto some reviews online from reputable web sites. Reviews almost always include a star rating that’s backed up by the user’s actual experience.

Best Memories to Capture in Photos

If you’re someone who really has an eye for art, you’ll often view the things around you in a unique and interesting way. Just by merely looking at an object, you’ll be able to portray a picture in your head on how things are going to look like in your camera.

Undoubtedly, there are some special moments in your life that you really can’t afford to miss.

Remember, you don’t necessarily have to be a PRO to come up with some great pictures. All you need to have are a good sense of what’s happening around your surroundings, your artistic mind, and your digital camera.

Childhood Memories

Your baby is an angel from above whose precious smiles are always a cause of joy and happiness within your home. For this obvious reason, you surely would want to document every important milestone in his life like his first steps, cute smiles, and even his crying face during one of his meals. Just make sure to choose very cautiously the pictures you’d want to share in public.

Birthday Celebrations

Whether your birthday celebrant is a child or an adult, their special day is something that your camera shouldn’t miss. Children grow fast, while friends may sometimes come and go. You, therefore, must catch details such as the celebrant’s expressions, visitors’ funny poses, and the beautiful background as perfectly as possible. Often, the best pictures are those that are candidly taken. If possible, take a picture of each of the child present at the party.

 

Prom

The prom day is often one of the most talked about events during high school reunions. It’s when some guys and gals get the chance to dance with their crush for the very first time. Make sure to take a snap shot of their blushing faces. Let them throw in some fun and creative poses and capture their beautiful dresses. As a tip, make your subject focus on you, so they won’t be confused and be looking at someone else’s camera.

Graduation Day

Graduation day is significant for both the students and their parents as this opens a brand new chapter in their lives. Aside from taking a shot of the graduating students’ smiling faces, you can try creating or telling a story. For example, you can take a dozen of pictures in the actual ceremony or portraits right after the event. Aside from shooting the wacky poses of your subjects, get a “formal” picture of them. You can also look around the place and capture the atmosphere during the event.

Wedding Day

As photographers, you’ll often think that you and your crew are alone in this task. Just so you’ll know, you can talk to the couple ahead of time to get an idea of they’d like you to capture. Because it’s wedding day, you can also expect people to be constantly moving around. Therefore, it would also help if there’s someone who can direct the whole photography thing to keep your pictures organized. This means that you should be very prepared on the day and should have backup plans in the event that an unexpected circumstance happens.

Best Picturesque Places in the World

There are several beautiful places around the world that are worthy of every inch of memory you have in your camera. While there are obviously thousands of them that we can mention, we’ll just list down some of the most visited places based on their architectural design, paradise-like view, and more.

Here are they in no particular order:

Bora Bora in French Polynesia

Once referred to as a volcano, Bora Bora subsided and subsequently created a barrier reef that allows clear blue water.

Kauai, Hawaii

If there’s one place that would receive the “Rainiest Place on Earth” medal, that would be Kauai. This tropical paradise is perfect for hiking, biking, swimming, and more.

Victoria Falls in Zambia/Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, which forms a border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, is the biggest waterfall in the world in terms of total area. It carries no less than 1,000 cubic meters per second of water down its 350-foot cliff.

Rice Terrace Fields of Longsheng in China

This terrace was named after Longji which literally means “dragon’s backbone.” From afar, Longsheng’s rice fields may look like the scales of a dragon that’s snaking through the mountains.

Amazon River in Brazil

Aside from being the largest river, the Amazon River is surrounded by an immense rainforest that represents about half of the remaining rainforest in the world.

Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany

This 19th-century castle has one of the best views during winter. It’s likewise often visited during the summer as it’s regarded as a symbol of peace and refuge.

Antarctica

This home to different species of penguins is regarded too as the coldest, driest, and highest continent in the world.

Northern Lights in Iceland

If you’re lucky enough, you can capture the varying color that’s naturally-displayed on the arctic sky.

Tracy Arm Fjord in Alaska

Before the orcas and its beautiful environment disappear, don’t miss the Tracy Arm Fjord.

The Ancient City of Petra in Jordan

This architectural masterpiece was carved into the side of a rock cliff in as early as 312 BC. In fact, it was named as a world heritage site by an international organization.

Machu Picchu in Peru

Its peak will give you an amazing view of the Inca civilization. This was established in 1450 and was occupied for about 100 years only.

The Floating City in Italy

Venice is built on the Venetian Lagoon on 118 islands that are separated by a wide network of canals. This makes it entirely different from other cities in the world.

 

The Ancient Temple of Ta ProhmTa Prohm in Cambodia

This temple was originally built as a university and a Buddhist monastery. Although it’s left as is with spun trees and moss growing throughout its architecture, it still has what it takes to provide you with an outstanding view.

Giza Pyramids in Egypt

Who would ever dare miss the Pyramid of Giza which is one of the wonders of the ancient world? Built in 2560 BC, it houses the tomb of the Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu.

Digital Photography for Beginners

It’s no secret how photography has evolved over the years. The gadgets and the techniques have likewise improved immensely, thus making them more suitable to users’ needs in the present time.

Digital photography has also eliminated processing delays and has significantly lessened operating costs.

No wonder more and more enthusiasts are now considering career opportunities in the field. They’re not only thinking about digital photography as a hobby, but are also considering it as a means of living.

For beginners, all they need is to either take a course in some institutes or do their own experiment. However, any expert would agree that choosing the right course would certainly prepare anybody who’s seriously considering opportunities in digital photography.

In addition, they should also learn the basics of digital photography. This includes familiarization of the most commonly used terms and choosing the right digital camera.

Here are some of the basic terminologies you’ll hear in digital photography:

Pixels

The word pixel was derived from the words “PIcture ELement.” Just in case you don’t know, all digital images are composed of thousands or millions of small squares which can be likened to a tile on your bathroom or kitchen.

 

Aspect Ratio

This refers to the proportional relationship between the width and the height of an image. It’s often expressed in the width: height format. For example, a traditional 35mm film that’s approximately 36mm wide and 24 mm tall will have an aspect ratio of 36:24.

White Balance

Before the advent of digital cameras, one would have to buy a tungsten-based film when shooting indoors or a daylight-balanced film when shooting outdoors. This is especially true when shooting under normal domestic lighting. With digital cameras nowadays, one can simply select white balance to suit any light source. That way, colors look more vivid and accurate.

Digital and Optical Zoom

Digital zoom crops an image and then enlarges the cropped portion. This often results in a picture with lesser quality. Optical zoom changes the magnification and focal length of the lens, but retains image quality.

Sensitivity

Its settings are the same as the ISO ratings used on films. The more expensive digital cameras with larger sensors often have higher sensitivity ratings.

Memory

There are a couple of memory cards that are being used in digital cameras. They include the compact flash, secure digital, smart media, and more.

Advances in Camera Through the Years

Probably not very known to many, the technology that our new cameras today are based on was actually introduced several hundred years ago. In 1500, the first pinhole camera, which was also referred to as the Camera Obscura, was created. These ideas were very far away from the types of cameras we’ve known, but they were the best during the time. In 1839, the Daguerreotype Camera was introduced and it’s one of the most expensive cameras the world ever had.

It was in 1885 that the first modern photograph film was made, thus making cameras very convenient for users. The cameras during the time already have the film loaded inside and would require users to go to the maker to get the film developed. After which, the company would return the camera to the user with a newly-loaded film so they can again take some pictures.

In 1901, a new camera with the capability to take snapshots was developed. It was way smaller than the old ones, thus they’re more convenient to carry around.

In 1948, the Polaroid instant camera made waves. For the first time, people can take pictures and have them in just a few minutes. Expectedly, it was more expensive than the other types of cameras of the time. However, its instant gratification capability still made it a best seller. Even with the advent of modern cameras, Polaroid remains as one of the best-selling models in the industry due to its instant features and affordable price.

In 1951, the earliest form of digital camera was created and was mainly used to make still images from film and television. These images are then saved in digital form on magnetic tapes. In 1960, they were used to receive pictures from satellites.

In 1972, the first film-less, handheld camera was created, but it was not made available commercially. It was in 1986 that the first ever “true” digital camera was introduced in Japan. It was very expensive at the time, thus only professional photographers were able to purchase and use them. Even several years after the digital camera was made, they still cost thousands.

Eventually, the other features of the digital camera like the pixel technology were mass produced and soon became more affordable.

Digital photography went mainstream in mid-2000 as they’re already integrated into mobile phones and tablets. The cameras are too small, yet they’re capable of taking very high-detailed pictures. The devices were also easier and more convenient to use. Moreover, users can take tons of pictures and share them very quickly online. With the popularity of social media sites, the digital camera has become a staple device in several households.

Soon, we’ll possibly see cameras that may be controlled by eye movements or voice commands. We can also expect their battery life to significantly increase or perhaps feature built-n solar cells so they’ll easily recharge on the go.

Hi ! I’m Jean

Freelance artist with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Arts, immersed in different disciplines of art, media and basics of information technology. With expertise focusing mainly on photography, graphic arts, traditional illustration, art direction, and with basic familiarity in production design, videography and motion graphics.

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