Prime Lenses vs. Zoom Lenses | Digital Cameras

There’s a couple of different kinds of lenses out there. The two specific distinctions are zoom lenses and prime lenses. The difference between them is really simple. Prime lens is just one focal length. In this lens’s case this is an 85mm portrait lens. This is a zoom lens and its focal length is 70-200.…

Storage & Memory Card Options | Digital Cameras

So if you’re shooting photos with a digital camera chances are you’re going to need a memory card. There are a lot of different kinds of memory cards out there but the two most popular formats are something called CF which stands for Contact Flash, looks something like this. Most DSLR’s and professional level gear…

What’s a Beginner Digital Camera Kit? | Digital Cameras

Another question I often get is from beginner photographers regarding what gear they should buy and how to get started in photography. Thankfully all the big manufacturers have really well priced DSLRs that a lot of times will come with a kit lens for a pretty good bargain. Canon for instance has the T2I, the…

How to Take a Group Portrait | Digital Cameras

Good group photography can be challenging because the more people you put into a frame, the harder it’s going to be to get everybody to smile, everybody to loosen up, everybody to have their eyes open. So the trick I always use is I’ll rattle off a bunch of frames. For example, this image here…

How to Use Macro Modes & Lenses | Digital Cameras

Another really popular form of photography is macro photography, which is essentially close up photography. It’s kind of a confusing term because it’s really in theory very similar to what a microscope does and that is bring something very small in to much larger focus. When shooting macro images it’s important to remember that you’re…

Exchangeable Image File Format (EXIF) | Digital Cameras

Embedded in every photograph you take with a digital camera is something called EXIF data. What EXIF data physically is a record of all the settings that your camera had when you made that image, things like aperture, shutter speed, ISO, color space. Some cameras will even geo-tag your location of where the image was…

How to Hack Your On-Board Flash | Digital Cameras

Nearly every digital camera out there has an on board pop up flash. This camera is no exception. Truthfully though, it’s kind of a little dirty so you go to the camera industry and these flashes are really God awful for lighting your subject well. It’s just straight on, blinding light that generally washes out…

4 JPEG Basics | Digital Cameras

The generic image file that most cameras create is called a JPEG. A JPEG is just a very simple file that has the exact exposure as recorded by your camera embedded with your metadata in the image. All computers can process JPEGs and can open JPEGs. It’s the standard for images on the internet. It’s…

7 Basics about Camera Lenses | Digital Cameras

We’re going to talk a little bit about digital camera lenses or just camera lenses in general. Now, any DSLR camera, which stand for Digital Single Lens Reflex with the word lens in there, has a lens that affixes to the front of the camera. Something kind of like this. This happens to be a…

7 Tips about Shutter Speed | Digital Cameras

Other than aperture, other things that control the final outcome of the exposure of your image are shutter speed and ISO. Shutter speed is a really simple concept and really easy to break down. And I’m going to show you first on this camera and then I’m going to write it out on the white…