Camera and Photographer: Getting your first DSLR

In the movie “Harry Potter,” there is a scene where it is said that ‘the wand chooses the wizard.’ A wizard of photography doesn’t have that luxury, though. You definitely should know what camera you’re looking for.

A Beginner Camera

These days, a DSLR is increasingly becoming the norm. Here are some tips to help you choose your own DSLR:

• For the images

A DSLR will take pictures faster than traditional SLRs, but you should also take note of the shutter speed as well as the ISO. Choose a DSLR that fits your decision making.

• For the price

As with any other product or item you use in everyday life, you should consider the price when choosing your first DSLR. It also helps if you can buy a good camera that has third-party accessories that are affordable.

• For the purpose

Are you a hobbyist looking to take pictures when you can? Are you a photographer whose business it is to take quality shots? Knowing what you’ll use that camera for is a good aid in deciding which DSLR to buy.

• For the use

Cameras have different gear and sizes that make them ideal for certain shots. If you’re a travel photographer, consider going for smaller models. Most mid- to large-sized models are ideal for stationary photography, like studio or fashion photography.

• For the accessories

Most camera models these days are improvements of previous models. If you have a model that was improved upon, you could save some money. Your old accessories may still be usable on the newer model.

• For the future

As previously stated, some camera companies only improve upon their previous designs. There’s a high possibility accessories that you buy today may still be usable in the future.

Buying with Purpose

When choosing your very first camera, don’t buy for style or status. You should always consider making a wise choice by considering what you’ll use it for and how long you need to have it working.

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I Spy with my Hidden Eye: How to spot a Good Hidden Camera

In today’s world, you can never be too sure about your properties or guarding the ones you love. That’s why hidden cameras are always a good investment to have. If you want to keep an eye on the things or people you love most almost always, this is how you do it.

Using a hidden camera is not recommended if you’re just going to give-away its location, though. Here’s how to use it properly:

Conceal it. The main purpose of a hidden camera is to capture videos while staying hidden. You should keep it in a place people wouldn’t suspect. There are some cameras, though, that are hidden within another appliance, like a clock. You should go for that too.

Register it. Most manufacturers always keep tabs on the products they release, especially concerning hidden cameras. Registering it with the manufacturer helps in revealing any flaws that it might hide. You also get timely support and any updates in its software.

Secure it. It’s easy to cover a person’s face when they see the camera, but it’s even easier to hack into a hidden camera’s database. If you want to protect your files, you should get a strong password. Encrypting your WiFi is another good way of keeping unwanted attention away from your videos.

Alert it. If you’re a tech wiz, you probably know that Google Alerts can be used to create alerts for when software or improvements is available for your camera. Use it to keep ahead of the latest regarding your camera.

Buy it. Buying only the best cameras—even if it’s expensive—is an investment you shouldn’t miss out on. Even if it’s expensive, the guarantee that it’ll work just fine for you is too much to pass up on.

Hidden security cams are one resource you shouldn’t skimp out on. Whether it’s for business or for personal use, these cameras are worth every penny that you shell out.

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Worth a Thousand Words: 5 Characteristics of a Great Photo

They say a picture is worth a thousand words; hence, the title of this article. Photographs—or images—have been a part of human history ever since the first man came into existence. With all those images, it must be hard to get yours noticed.

It’s simple, or so some photographers say. Here is what they say makes a good photo:

It creates emotion. A great photo always creates just enough emotion to get your attention. This is what photos in the New York Times or in the Times magazine shares with sudden off-the-street pictures that just happen to get snapped. Even if it’s anger, hate, jealousy, a good photo will always elicit an emotional response.

An idea of what you want to see. Some amateur photographers start out taking photos of almost everything within their scope. They then narrow it down later to what really inspired them the most. The best photographers always have a fallback—a subject—that always inspires them the best.

Freezing time. Almost the same as capturing something, great photos are ones that remind you of a good or bad moment. Whether it’s a departed loved one or a day you won’t soon forget, good photos are also great memories, in a way.

A good composition. There are some photographers that don’t always follow this, but it is a good rule to remember if you’re a beginner or even an intermediate. Going back to the basics will help you in the hunt for that photo you’ve always wanted.

Creating stories. Freezing moments, eliciting emotions—these are elements of creating a great movie, but it’s also a good way to capture a great photo. When you tell a story through a picture you’ve taken, that’s another pointer to know you’ve taken a good photo.

So what are the stories you want to tell? Do you want to share the moment you felt pain or triumph? Tell it through a photo. You never know who might be looking.

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