Category: Point and Shoot Cameras

What Beginners Can do to Get the Most Out of Photography

Published / by Jamarion Shaun

It can often be a daunting prospect when you’re an amateur photographer. What should I shoot, what equipment should I use, how much should I invest early on? This article will attempt to provide a little insight for the budding snapper to lead you on the way the photo greatness.

Mistakes to Avoid

The first thing you should consider is what equipment you’ll use. The most important of which is the camera. A photographer’s camera should become an extension of themselves. A mistake that many make early on is investing all their money on in incredibly expensive camera, along with an expensive tripod in order to get the best shot. This is unnecessary, as inexpensive point and shoot cameras offer all the benefits required. If you are comfortable with your camera then the quality will show in the pictures regardless of the price.

Similarly, while the tripod offers an easy solution to shaky hands, the ability to get decent shots via a handheld camera is a skill that all photographers should learn. In some situations, the use of a tripod won’t be possible, so it’s always best if you can adapt to your situation. Which is why camera choice is so important.

Camera Choices

Prices for cameras in today’s market can be outrageous at times. With so many models all with different specs, amounts for cameras vary drastically. Don’t be fooled by the top of the line range, as the price doesn’t always guarantee quality. Point and shoot cameras offer the ideal choice for any budding photographer. They provide photographers with all the quality of an expensive camera, but at a much better price.

Point and shoot camera are also incredibly varied in range, meaning that there is a camera for every person and for every situation. As mentioned before a camera should become one in the same with you the photographer, so it’s critical to have a good selection. From Sony’s Cyber-shot to Fujifilm’s X100F, there are plenty of manufacturers and models to choose from.

Be opportunistic

Remember that the opportunity to take pictures can come at any moment. Which is why you must always be prepared. By using cameras like the point and shoot camera, you can ensure that your equipment is easy to carry, therefore allowing you to make the best of every photo opportunity. Point and shoot cameras provide much less of a disturbance to the surrounding area and any people you may be capturing. They also ensure that you never have to leave a golden opportunity behind because you couldn’t carry your camera or your tripod.

Plan Ahead

Because you can carry point and shoot cameras around with wherever you go, it provides a great planning opportunity. Before setting out for the day, jot down some of the areas you’ll be visiting and what you want to capture. Because of the point and shoot camera’s versatility, you’ll never find a less than ideal situation to shoot. From beginners to experts, it always helps to set out goals before you begin your day shooting pictures. Earmark what pictures you want to take and then going on to get these shots will give you a great sense of accomplishment.

Other Useful Tips

Another great asset that point and shoot cameras have is that they are digital. This is perfect for beginners. Never be frightened to experiment with different photos, lighting effects or angles. This provides a great learning tool, as the cost of digital camera shots is nothing. Always take as many shots as you want, all you’re doing is continually improving your camera skills, at no extra price. From colour and lighting techniques to depth of field to composition, the point and shoot camera offers an endless supply of possibilities

Conclusion

The simple nature of point and shoot cameras make them a no-brainer for beginners. Their inexpensive nature means that amateur photographers can concentrate on the learning process rather than on worrying about paying for the best camera. They also provide a great introduction to the big and varied world of photography, allowing beginner photographers to learn about the basic concepts of shooting. Never be afraid to take the plunge into photography, and remember, it doesn’t always have to break your bank to start!

How to Make A Blurry Background

Published / by Jamarion Shaun

There’s nothing better than a blurry background in a photograph. When a photo has something clear and crisp in the foreground against a blurry background the object in focus stands out more and draws the eye. It is best for photos when you want to see something in great detail or something really small.

When it comes to the background blur there are four things that you need to remember; distance from the subject, aperture, focal length and sensor size. The closer you are to the subject of the photograph the better the background blur will be. The aperture controls the amount of light that gets to the camera sensor. The smaller the aperture the better the blur. The focal length refers to the cameras zoom and angle of view. A long focal length will blur your background. A camera with a small sensor has a large focal length and a longer focal length provides a blurred background.

Blur Quality

Good blur quality is called Bokeh and it refers to backgrounds that create rounded, soft lights. You can typically see this when there is foliage in the background. Good bokeh enhances the subject while bad bokeh is a distracting blur. Some photographers even use it artistically using the blurry lights with a dark background.

Depth of Field

A camera’s depth of field refers to the length between the object nearest to the camera and the ones furthest away that appear in focus. As a result, the areas in the image that fall outside of the depth of field will be blurry. A shallow depth of field is achieved with a wide aperture and either standing close to or zooming in on the subject, this will achieve that blurry background that you are looking for. Shallow depths of field are best achieved with cameras that have a macro setting.

Macro Setting

This setting will preselect a faster shutter speed along with a wide aperture to achieve the blurred background. When you select this setting turn off your flash, get close to the subject or zoom in and this will give you the best effect. Since you don’t use the flash with this setting make sure that there is enough light available for your photograph.

Aperture Priority Mode

This pre-set is semi-automatic and it is available on most cameras. Once you set your camera’s f-value the camera will automatically chose the matching shutter speed and ISO-setting. Similarly, you can get this effect by using the smallest f-stop possible.

Cell Phones and Point-and-Shoots

Even when using a camera with less functionality you can achieve a small amount of blur. If the device has an image destabilisation setting, switch that on. Keep in mind that this setting creates more of a motion blur vs a traditional blur. If you do not have this setting then go to portrait mode, turn off your flash, make sure the subject is far from the background and move in close or zoom.

Artificial Background

If your photograph did not come out the way you wanted it too you can still edit the background to your liking in post. There is the Simulated Bokeh effect to add rounded lights, the Gaussian Blur for a soft and even blur and the Unsharp Mask that applies a circle like blur around the subject.

DSLR Lens

A camera can only zoom so much so if you want to achieve an extreme zoom with an extreme blur for the background you will need to get a lens that enhances these functions. The best lens to achieve this is the DSLR lens.