Tips for Buying a Digital Camera

We live in the age of digital cameras and selfies. Cameras are literally all around us, on our smartphones, game consoles, televisions, computers and tablets. Don’t be surprised if we start to see them being integrated into our home appliances. These are already becoming smarter by the year. If you’re on the market for a digital camera, whether it’s to take photos of family moments or wildlife adventures, you can use the following tips as a buyer’s guide.

Before You Start Shopping

Before you begin your search for a digital camera, there are some important things you should know. For starters, don’t get caught up in the specs. These are great to know, but won’t really tell you which camera is the best one. Plus, some specs are over-hyped and turn out to be a dud. Also, megapixels don’t really matter. The resolution of your camera is only essential if you’re going to be taking professional photographs. What you want to be looking for include sensor size, image-stabilization and auto-focus.

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[Photo courtesy of TeroVesalainen/]

As you’re looking around, don’t try to find the absolute best or newest digital camera on the market. Sometimes, the newest isn’t always the greatest. You may be able to find a model from a year or two ago that has exceptional photo quality, features, performance and design (plus it’s much cheaper).

Lastly, always try the camera before you buy it. You may find that it’s too large, clunky or heavy for your liking. Or that the functions are too complicated or lacking. Drive over to a tech store to get your hands on the model you’re interested in to test it out beforehand.

Some Considerations to Keep in Mind

Once you begin shopping around for your camera, you want to determine if it has a fixed lens or interchangeable lens. If it has a lens that’s interchangeable, then you can easily switch it out for one that has better quality and performance. The fixed lens have its own advantages, such as being compact in size, no need to swap lenses and are typically higher quality than the interchangeable lenses shipped with most cameras.

Another thing you should consider is dSLR or mirrorless lenses. A lot of people think that dSLRs are the best on the market for quality. However, there are mirrorless models that have high performance and sophisticated auto-focus systems. These tend to be in the midrange to higher-end of the price spectrum though.

The quality and control of the video features is something you want to look at if you’re planning to do a lot of recording. If you’re just a casual recorder, then good auto-focus would suffice. However, if you’re going to be an avid filmer, then you may want to look into 4K support and other advanced features, such as all-intra codecs, various frame rate options and tone curves that are customizable.

There’s a whole lot that goes into figuring out which camera is right for you. You can use the above tips to help you determine some of the features that are important to consider when buying a digital camera.

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There’s a Rainbow after the Rain

Seeing a rainbow is a blessing, it was sign of God’s promise for beautiful future and peaceful days ahead.  Early morning today a rainbow was seen from the sky after an early light rain, kids and kids alike were excited seeing a rainbow in the sky.

Morning Rainbow

A rainbow is a meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. It takes the form of a multicolored arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun. –

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A Green Nature, A Beautiful Landscape

Isn’t it beautiful when the nature around you is green and there is water flowing in the river? The mountain is one of the noticeable landmarks in our barangay, at the other side of the mountain is another municipality or town.  For a long time they been working for a road that will connect two towns but until now it isn’t finished.

Green Pasture

The river is one of the source of gravel and sand in our town, they’re been quarrying for decades but it seems the gravel and sand is enormous.

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Sunset in the Shoreline of Odiongan

I have been fascinated lately of taking pictures of the sunset whenever we go to town and went by the shore, to stop and used the internet. The connection in the shore is faster than in downtown maybe because the mobile satellite is just around the shoreline.

Sunset in the Shoreline

The shoreline is a way better than I remember, although sometimes it is quite dirty because of the dirt, woods and bamboo sticks that went ashore. Nearby the barangay hall, there are set of swings made of old wheels, it is maybe for the children in the Day Care Center but it is commonly used by students from different schools spending their break time in the shore.

The shoreline is not lonely as it looks to be because there are families taking a dip in the late afternoon, group of friends walking along the shoreline or couple dating. We usually sit in the flower box along the street where a lot of people and motorcycles passing by since there is an intersection going back to the main road.

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Bosphorus Tour and New Mosque in Istanbul

We are in Instanbul for almost a month already, the other day we did Bosphorus boat cruise after being postponed for one day because of laziness to get up out of bed after tiring and exhausting days of sightseeing. The boat cruise was not almost materialized because it was already eight in the evening when we decided to get out and headed to the cruise port in Eminönü.

We are both in hurry, it was 5 minutes before eight o’clock when we arrived in Eminönü, after few minutes walking we found people offering boat tours for 10TL for 1 hour and 15 minutes ride, my husband want to walk more to look for Toryul company but I insisted just to ride the available tour in our front right now instead of walking and losing the last opportunity for a boat cruise.

The picture above was taken while we are still in dock and waiting for few more passengers, we left exactly at 8: 30 in the evening.

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View from Castle Hill – The Parliament Building, Budapest

It was been almost two month since we started travelling around Eastern Europe, the image below is taken from Castle Hill in Budapest, Hungary. It is overlooking the Parliament house and the Danube river.

Parliament House

The Hungarian Parliament Building  which translates to House of the Country or House of the Nation is the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary, one of Europe’s oldest legislative buildings, a notable landmark of Hungary and a popular tourist destination of Budapest. It lies in Lajos Kossuth Square, on the bank of the Danube. It is currently the largest building in Hungary  and still the tallest building in Budapest.

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Snowy Snapshots

It snowed a lot last Friday and I took the chance to walk around the snowy street to take some photos of snowfall this year. When I went to downtown I dropped by the nearby park and lake to snap some photos. It was just unfortunate that I didn’t bring a tripod with me so I don’t have good photo of me in the snowy park.

Snowy Snapshots

The park was empty so I am able to walk around and take many photos I want without thinking what would other people with think with my non-stop snapshots. The photo above is just one of the photos I took in my short snowy adventure.

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Some Tips For Good Travel Photography

In case you are a lover of photography, then you are likely also an enthusiast traveler and vice versa. There exists an inseparable relationship between photography and travel regardless of whether you are shooting for travelling or travelling for shooting.

Travel is a useful tool of shooting, however, it is not an easy job to beginners. Before you make your final decision on the place to conduct your photography, you need to get to know about the culture and law of the place you will go. For instance, in Greece it’s illegal to perform photography services at the airport. In other countries like India, people really love to be photographed while in a country like Bolivia, people don’t like to be photographed. Also you must know of something to talk or communicate to the local people and finally make sure the place is safe.

The following are some shooting tips:

  • Make use of late afternoon light.

Since light plays a vital role in photography, be sure to use it wisely. Actually, experienced photographers will always wait for the best light. At noon the day is sunny, light is ugly and dazzling so try not to use this light. The best light to use is the one just after and before the sunsets and sunrises.

Snow Photography

Also blizzard or rainy days, especially at sunset may form a non-repeatable and an interesting light. You can capture very nice photos at this time.

  • Make use of bright colors.

Ensure that you use as less as possible shooting colors. About 1 or 2 will be fine. When you take a photo using blue or red as the dominant color will have a strong effect.

It is important to go online and check information about the place you are about to visit. You can also look for some great shoots of some reputable photographers. Getting this information will tell you where you should go and even get a bit of inspiration. This way, you can plan you shooting itinerary and schedule.

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How To Take Great Photos During your Travel

Travel photography is a very fun thing to learn and do. Sadly, taking great travel photographs is not for everyone. The good news is anyone can get to learn how this should be done. There are various things that a newbie travel photographer needs to do before he will be able to take amazing travel photographs. Here are some of them:

Be ready at all times.

The best travel photographs are those that are candid and unplanned. This is why it is best that you are always ready to take photos. This is why you should carry your equipment with you just about anywhere.

Travel Photography

Buy travel photography CDs or DVDs.

One good way to improve and get better with your craft is by learning from the experts. There are various DVDs that are available today. Such DVDs feature photography experts sharing advices and tips. If you wish to buy such DVDs but you do not have extra money, you can try selling your old DVDs online first.

Travel light.

There are some photographers who carry their whole gear with them. Can you imagine how difficult and heavy that can be? Along with being ready, you should always be in the go and you can do that if you have all these gadgets weighing you down. When packing, just think about the basic accessories and equipment that you need to take a great picture.

Get ready to have your hands and feet dirty!

Traveling is all about having fun! Traveling photography is all about capturing the fun that you are experiencing. This is why taking travel photographs leave no room for stiffness. Loosen up and have fun. This will surely show in your photographs.

Getting started with travel photography is no piece of cake but it is made a lot more simple with these tips!

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View from Seongsan Ilchulbong, Jeju

The View from Seongsan Ilchulbong in Jeju is so lovely and mesmerizing.  It is a place where do you want to stay the whole day looking around you and below. It has an uplifting mood and a good place to hang around when you sad and lonely.

View from Seongsan Ilchulbong, Jeju

Seongsan Ilchulbong, also called ‘Sunrise Peak’, is an archetypal tuff cone formed by hydrovolcanic eruptions upon a shallow seabed about 5 thousand years ago. Situated on the eastern seaboard of Jeju Island and said to resemble a gigantic ancient castle, this tuff cone is 182 meters high, has a preserved bowl-like crater and also displays diverse inner structures resulting from the sea cliff. These features are considered to be of geologic worth, providing information on eruptive and depositional processes of hydromagmatic volcanoes worldwide as well as past volcanic activity of Seongsan Ilchulbong itself. – Wikipedia

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