Film-less photographs, pictures on a chip, scanned memories, call it what you will, digital photography is a phenomenon of technology that allows for instant gratification. The Internet Brothers have been dabbling in digital imagery for years now, so we'll share some of what we've learned with you. We explain the differences between digital and traditional film photography, help you decide how to choose your new camera, share information about digital SLR and sensors, and offer tips for creating 360° panoramic effects. Just for good measure, we have some suggestions for storing your digital imagery for posterity.
Step One — If you have years of experience with traditional 35mm photography, you will discover some obvious and immediate differences when you start using your brand new digital camera. Here are a few gotchas to watch out for and features to enjoy. We want you to be absolutely sure before you spend your hard-earned money. FYI, if you want to see up-to-date comparisons and prices of digital cameras, we have learned the best place is Digital Camera HQ. Experience is the best teacher.
Digital Techniques — Some professional and serious amateur photographers wince at the thought of low resolution photos rendered with a computer, ignoring the fine art of traditional photography. Make no mistake, digital photography is here, itís big, and itís the way things will be from now on. The Internet Brothers believe traditional film photography will be a thing of the past within ten years except for those few die-hards who refuse to give up.
Digital SLR Cameras — If you're seeking the best image quality, or planning very large prints for your photos, consider a digital SLR. They generally use better lenses, and you can attach a variety of lens types from wide-angle to telephoto to zoom. They allow full manual control of exposure and focus. At the very least, consider the image sensor size in the cameras you look at.
Exposure Bracketing — The correct exposure is perhaps the most fundamentally important aspect of taking a good photograph. It doesn`t matter how well a picture is composed or how well it tells the story, if a photo is under or over-exposed its value is lost. So learning to manage the exposure compensation options on your digital camera shouldn't be bypassed. The fact is it's very easy to do with exposure bracketing.
We're much more likely to carry a pocket-size camera along with us when we're backpacking. You may wish to have two cameras for your differing needs.
Touch Ups — Get rid of dust and specks, balance the colors, create a matte or mask, merge images. There's a lot you can do with modern photographic editors. Here's a few tips to help you perfect your online photograph. If you get really good at it, send us a sample of what you've done, and we'll post it in our Visual Guest Book.
Choosing a Tripod — Tripods are great for taking long exposures and for getting crisp, clear nature shots. Choosing a suitable tripod for your photographic needs can be a tricky process. There are so many different brands on the market and it is difficult to decide which is the right one for your particular project. Different types of digital photography require different equipment, and when it comes to selecting a tripod, there are several factors to consider.
Creating Panoramas — Putting your photography into motion in 360° panorama has never been easier. We'll guide you step by step from picking a spot, to setting your camera for multiple frames, then stitching your shots together in movie format. Give your web site an interactive look and feel with this cool tool. Make your friends envious when you show them what you can do.
Digital Photo Storage — You may not think much of it when you're first starting out, but over time, storing digital photographs on your computer can become a hard disk resource constraint. You also want to protect the future readability of your electronic photo album. Here's a few tips to help you, and your kids, enjoy your new hobby well into the future.
Some Samples — We wouldn't be very good teachers if we didn't at least show you some of our digital photography work. These galleries offer collections from some of our travels over the years. Actually the scenery is so beautiful even a dolt couldn't mess up these shots. You decide for yourself.
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