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Tips for taking digital photography

Welcome to the wonderful world of digital photography. Digital photography allows you to take all the digital images you want to treasure and to change or delete the ones you don't like all with relative ease.

This digital camera guide is for beginners and existing digicam users. There are pages packed full of tips for taking digital photography, storing and editing your photos. Whether you are looking for a new camera or tips to learn more about using the digital camera you have just bought, this web site will help take some of the mystery out of digital photography and lead you down the path to lots of fun and to great pictures.

Your digital camera will take colour photos in the form of digital images that can be stored in electronic form. If you have your own computer you can get instant gratification by transferring them to your pc to view, edit, or email to friends. If you don't own your own computer then it's simply a case of removing the digital storage card, usually an SD card and using a machine to print out the pictures you want. Many large stores and photography outlets have such machines.

Tips for Choosing a digital camera

Tips for taking digital photography - choosing a digital camera

There are over 30 different brands of digital cameras and each of these have a number of models. New models are released all the time so it can be a bit daunting to pick a new camera. Whether you are interested in the best digital camera for wildlife or the top selling digital cameras your choice has never been greater.

Taking good pictures has never been easier with today's digital cameras. Most new digital cameras have standard features like a choice of light metering and focus patterns which all help produce well lit sharp photos. Many digital cameras include gimmicky features like automatic face detection to allow the camera to focus accurately with groups of people.

Compact versus DSLR

As a general rule of thumb, the more expensive the digital camera the more likely it is to take great pictures. That is not to say you can't still take great pictures with a cheap point and shoot digital camera given the correct light and good situation. You'd be surprised how many pro photographers to have a favourite shot taken with their compact point and shoot digital camera just because it was in their pocket.

Tips for taking digital photography - Compact or DSLR

The biggest differentiator between compact and DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) digital cameras is the size. If you want to become a serious photographer you have to consider the DSLR as a serious contender. If you want a camera to slip into your pocket and be able to take pictures whenever you stumble across a great photo opportunity then the compact camera comes to the fore. For more information and tips about digital photography and tips on choosing a digital cameras use the navigation at the side to select My first digital camera.

The main difference between today's digital cameras and yesterday days film cameras is that instead of the image being recorded on film it is recorded digitally on a light sensitive sensor. Advances in micro electronics also means that today's digital camera is more feature packed than ever.

Digital cameras come in a wide range of colours, including black, blue, purple and pink. The top selling digital cameras are usually Canon or Nikon. Most of the top camera manufacturers have kept increasing the number of mega pixels in their latest models. This has somewhat slowed down a bit over the past year. Just how important are the numebr of megapixels depends on what you want to do with your final image. If you want to take pictures for the web, the best digital camera setting for the web is about 3 megapixels in terms of size, then resize the final picture to 600X400. If you want to take portraits or landscapes and print your images above A4 size then you probably want to have a camera with 6 mega pixels or more. For print sizes smaller than A4 you will get away with less than 6 mega pixels.

Phone cameras

Huge advances have been made in lenses and sensors and there are several phone cameras on the market today capable of taking pictures of greater than 3 Mega pixels of a reasonable quality. I say reasonable quality because as of today the technology is still such that even the best phone camera will struggle to compete with a mid range compact camera in terms of image quality, so it is unlikely that I would tip a phone camera as being one of the best for taking digital photographs. Having said that it still does not detract from the fun element of being able to take pictures with your phone and what self respecting teenager is likely to be without their phone.

The Best Digital camera for Wildlife Photography

People interested in wildlife photography will generally go down two main routes when it comes to choosing a camera for digital wildlife photography. If you are starting off in wildlife photography my first tip would be to consider carefully how much you will need to carry.

Tips for taking digital photography - bird

The first and most expensive route for wildlife photography is the DSLR route with all the choices of telephoto lenses. There is a slight draw back about the DSLR route and that is the size and weight of the camera and accessories. A large number of wildlife photographers in particular bird photographers choose to go down the bridge camera route.

Bridge cameras have the look and feel of a DSLR but the lens is not interchangeable. The bird in the picture above, a male finch, was captured using a Panasonic FZ series bridge camera. Both Fuji and Panasonic are favourite makes of bridge cameras that many people in wildlife photography use, however Samsung, Sony and Canon also have super zoom options.

Another must for wildlife photography is a camera with image stabilisation. Image stabilisation is particularly important with large zooms and no tripod which often happen in wildlife photography. Although most people setting out to capture wildlife pictures use a tripod, the situation often arises when you don't have time to set up the tripod or you end up lying down in difficult positions. In these situations image stabilisation is the saviour of the wildlife photographer.

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