It’s best to work out what equipment you really need and how to decipher the marketing spiel of the manufacturers and retailers so that you can make the right decision. Very often, people make the mistake of choosing the camera with the greatest number of megapixels. However, megapixels are not everything! Suffice to say, you only need a camera with a adequate amount of megapixels depending on the size of the photos you will want to print.

Use the megapixel chart below to determine the minimum number of pixel count on your camera you will generally need for your purposes. The numbers represent the megapixels you will need for the different sizes of your image.

If you ask anybody what their main problems with photography is, chances are, you will hear blurry pictures as one of their main challenges. Nothing is more annoying than getting home from a day out with your best buds or a event, and realizing that most of your photos have turned out blurry. URGH!

Well, they say the best way to solve a problem is to first find out the cause of it.

Here is something useful that I have learned from David Peterson that I hope may be just as helpful to you as it was to me!

Main causes of blurry photos:

  1. Your camera is out of focus
  2. The subject moves while you are snapping a photo
  3. The camera moves while you are snapping

Out Of Focus

An image that is out of focus will appear blurry. These days with Auto Focus, it’s unlikely that the whole image will be out of focus. More often than not, you’ll see one part of the image crisp and clear, but others (including your subject) are out of focus.

To fix focus problems, use the half-press shutter technique. Press your shutter button halfway down and you aim your camera before you take your shot. I feel that this has always improved my pictures tremendously when the camera has fixed its focus on your subject before you snap the photo.

The subject moves while the shutter is open

You can tell this cause by looking at your subject, If some parts of the subject are crisp while others are blurry then the subject has moved while the camera’s shutter was open.

You can avoid blurry images caused by subject movement by changing your camera’s settings so that your shutter speed is faster. Try switching to the sports mode on your camera.

The camera moves while the shutter is open

This is another common problem and will cause the whole image to be blurry.

When the shutter is open for a longer time, tiny movements of the camera can cause the whole photo to become blurry. Even small movements like releasing your finger from the shutter button, or your breathing can cause it. This often happens when you are taking pictures in low light setting or at night.

To solve this problem, the best way is to get a tripod or a automatic shutter device which acts like a remote control in which you press the button on the device to snap the picture without having to touch your camera ;)

An Ode To Photographers

April 24, 2008

“I believe in the photographer’s magic.. the ability to stir the soul with light and shape and color. To create grand visual moments out of small simple things, and to infuse big and complicated subjects with unpretentious elegance. He respects classic disciplines, while at the same time insists on being fast and modern and wild” – Amyn Nasser

Tip of the day: Use framing devices such as overhanging leaves, branches or doorways and make them out of focus to make your shot more interesting.

Photographers Secrets to Taking Family Photographs - Cheaply & Easily

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Photography. The term that has been used ever so casually. What does it mean to you? Is it the art of creating images that serve as the foundation for a final piece or is it a mechanical process to create pictures that serves to remind us of special moments in our lives?

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“There’s one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment”

– Robert Frank

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Photographers Secrets to Taking Family Photographs - Cheaply & Easily

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