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July 2019: 7 Secrets for Improving Your Astrophotography & Night Sky Photography

While night sky or astrophotography may be one of the trickier genres of photography, it's also one of the most gratifying... perhaps, even one of the most magical. Though technically, it isn't really that difficult once you learn its basics, it's tougher to pull off because there are a lot of other things involved. You have to shoot at night and in the dark, which makes things like setting up and adjusting your composition a lot harder. You also have to account for things like the Earth's rotation, the time of year, and Milky Way location. Yet, even with everything it takes to get just a single great shot of the Milky Way or the star trails, night sky photography is rewarding, which is why many photographers pick it up. And so should you... [read more]

May 2019: Understanding the Exposure Triangle

The exposure triangle is how your camera's aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings affect one another and work together to achieve correct exposure. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Before we can understand what an exposure triangle is, we first need to understand each element. After all, there are three sides to every triangle, each of which is equally important.ApertureAn aperture is an opening through which light travels. More specifically, it's the hole in a camera's lens makes that is responsible for controlling the amount of light that reaches the image sensor (or film) in a specific amount of time. The opening's size is measured in f-stops, which you may have seen listed as f/numbers like F/2.8, F/4, F/5.6, etc.The lower the f... [read more]

May 2019: 10 Mistakes Beginner Photographers Make and How To Avoid Them

If you're new to photography, you're bound to make a few mistakes. That's completely okay. Frankly, it's a necessary part of the process. Even the best photographers in the world have had their share of blunders. Those mistakes are a big part of how they got to where they are now. The key is to take those mistakes and learn from them.Here are ten common photography mistakes that you yourself have probably committed at least once, and how you can avoid making them the next time you're out on a shoot.Mistake 1: Missed FocusEven with camera manufacturers producing better, faster and more accurate autofocusing systems, there are still far too many badly focused photos going around in cyberspace. It's one of the most common mistakes people make... [read more]

May 2019: 8 Simple Ways Improve Your Photography as a Beginner

While the iPhones and Huaweis of this world let anyone just point and shoot without a whole lot of thought, the art of photography is more complex than that. Much more. Many people think that as long as you have an expensive camera, you're guaranteed incredible--or even just good--photos. To be clear, expensive high-quality camera and lenses can make a world of difference to the quality of your images, but that's only if you already have the talent and the skills of a good photographer. If you don't, then you're probably just wasting a whole lot of cash for nothing.Before you invest in pricey gear, invest in yourself first and hone your photography skills. Here are eight simple ways to get started.Turn Off Full AutoFirst and foremost, let's... [read more]

May 2019: Hands On with Sony a7 III / a7R III Firmware 3.00 -- Real-Time Eye AF, Animal Eye AF, & Time Lapses!

When Sony dropped their Firmware 3.00 Update for their a7 III and a7R III bodies, they naturally got all Sony users and devotees all sorts of amped up. Who wouldn't be? This update doesn't only offer Real-Time Eye AF in AF continuous mode, but it also adds the Animal EyeAF function to detect and track animal eyes as well as the Interval Shooting function to the mix, among other things.Indeed, all three are very promising additions to these full-frame crowd-pleasers' already outstanding list of accomplishments. That's not mentioning the fact they are some of the features many photographers have long been asking for. But how exactly do these features measure up? What looks good on paper doesn't always work in practice. The Animal Eye AF, espe... [read more]

March 2019: How To Photograph Spring Flowers

Spring is in the air, folks, which means one very fun photo-thing... spring flowers. Every photographer uses flowers as a go-to subject at one point or another in the early days of their photographic journey. It's hard not to; blooms are readily available and easy to photograph, not to mention, beautiful and vibrant, which makes them naturally photogenic.It isn't just beginner photographers that enjoy taking photos of flowers, however. During the spring season when wildflowers come out to play, hobbyists and experienced photographers flock to meadows, woods, and deserts to capture nature's underrated little miracles.Are you making plans to join them this year? Before you go, here are a few tricks to consider to make the most of your trip an... [read more]

January 2019: How to Create Compelling Compositions: A Beginner's Guide

One of the few things that separate great photographers from people who just take photos is the knack for weaving compelling compositions. The best photographers know that great photography takes more than just mastering the technical aspects and having the right equipment. Great photography also requires the creativity to compose compelling and visually appealing shots that draw an audience in and hold their attention.Since photography is an art form, there are obviously many roads to creating compelling images. However, these ten methods have been tried, tested, and proven effective by the greats themselves to massively improve your compositions.Of course, following a set of hard and fast rules to be creative sounds like an oxymoron. Crea... [read more]

January 2019: A Beginner's Guide to Image Sensors, Formats & Sizes!

Top Left: Olympus OM-D E-M1ii Micro Four-Thirds, Top Right: Fujifilm X-T3 APS-CBottom Left: Sony A7R III Full-Frame, Bottom Right: Fujifilm GFX 50R Medium FormatIf you're fairly new to photography, you might often find yourself in the head-scratching situation of trying to follow conversations about image sensors amongst your newly minted photo buddies. Don't worry; you're not alone. Many non-pro photographers have no-to-minimal understanding of image sensors, what they're for, and how they work. After all, most folks who take up photography don't bother as much with the inner workings of a camera as they do with how to work the actual camera.Well, you don't have to be clueless for long. For our latest How-To piece, we're giving you a quic... [read more]

November 2018: Best Point-and-Shoot Cameras

Best Point-and-Shoot CamerasSteve's Digicams Best Cameras...Under $300 Under $500 Under $1,000 Under $1,500 Under $2,000 $2,000 + Point-and-Shoot Smartphones Drones & Action Cams All-in-One / Bridge Entry Level Enthusiast Advanced & Pro Before smartphones, everyone used to have a Point-and-Shoot camera. They are simple, compact, and packed with features like better lenses. Although smartphones have come a long way in the past ten years, so have point-and-shoot cameras. Cameras from the larger manufacturers benefit from the trickle-down effect. Great sensors, lenses and image processing are often lent down to the smaller cameras in the same line. That's why using a point-and-shoot is a good way to get into photography. They're easy... [read more]

November 2018: Best Cameras Under $300

Best Cameras Under $300Steve's Digicams Best Cameras...Under $300 Under $500 Under $1,000 Under $1,500 Under $2,000 $2,000 + Point-and-Shoot Smartphones Drones & Action Cams All-in-One / Bridge Entry Level Enthusiast Advanced & Pro You might not be able to get the most powerful camera with a budget of $300 and under, but there are great cameras out there that are both economical and functional, some of them even having features like Wi-Fi connectivity and weather sealing. While you can't expect mind-blowing features, these are the cameras casual shooters would want when they don't want to spend money and time on high-performing gear and are just looking for something with which to record their kids' school events, family vacation... [read more]

November 2018: Best Cameras Under $500

Best Cameras Under $500Steve's Digicams Best Cameras...Under $300 Under $500 Under $1,000 Under $1,500 Under $2,000 $2,000 + Point-and-Shoot Smartphones Drones & Action Cams All-in-One / Bridge Entry Level Enthusiast Advanced & Pro While it might seem improbable to find a decent camera under $500 either for a gift this coming holiday season or a treat to yourself, it's not impossible. There are good cameras out there with many of the necessary trimmings, not to mention a few bells and whistles you'd want in a great camera that beginners and casual shooters will appreciate.These may not be the cameras photographers' dreams are made of, but with some touting features like built-in Wi-Fi, 4K video capture, and in GoPro Hero 7's case,... [read more]

November 2018: Best Cameras Under $1000

Best Cameras Under $1,000Steve's Digicams Best Cameras...Under $300 Under $500 Under $1,000 Under $1,500 Under $2,000 $2,000 + Point-and-Shoot Smartphones Drones & Action Cams All-in-One / Bridge Entry Level Enthusiast Advanced & Pro A thousand bucks can get you more than just a decent camera. Where our Under $500 list focuses mainly on action cams, point-and-shoots, and older premium models, you can get a more powerful camera system when your budget hops into that $500-1,000 range. It's not always important to have the latest tech and features, but the benefits here are an appreciable uptick in AutoFocus technologies, fun features like Art Filters and other creative modes, and sometimes the future-proofing capability to record vi... [read more]

November 2018: Best Cameras in 2018 Under $1500

Best Cameras Under $1,500Steve's Digicams Best Cameras...Under $300 Under $500 Under $1,000 Under $1,500 Under $2,000 $2,000 + Point-and-Shoot Smartphones Drones & Action Cams All-in-One / Bridge Entry Level Enthusiast Advanced & Pro $1,500 is the point where you realize that you're serious about taking pictures, where a hobby becomes a passion. Sure, you might not be a pro, but you're an enthusiast who cares about image quality, video capabilities, form, function, and performance. You're not just considering a camera at this point, but an entire system of camera bodies, lenses, and accessories. Maybe you're only interested in taking great vacation pictures, but you also have a creative vision and you're looking for a high-pe... [read more]

November 2018: Best Cameras in 2018 Under $2000

Best Cameras Under $2,000Steve's Digicams Best Cameras...Under $300 Under $500 Under $1,000 Under $1,500 Under $2,000 $2,000 + Point-and-Shoot Smartphones Drones & Action Cams All-in-One / Bridge Entry Level Enthusiast Advanced & Pro Spending up to $2,000--sometimes for a body-only--represents a huge investment for enthusiasts and working pros, and it's a little intimidating to make it. But there's no need to worry here since you're at a budget level where you literally can't lose. Seriously. This $1,500 to $2,000 budget range is our absolute favorite, hands down, because every single camera company is producing something amazing at these price-points. That means that every single camera on this list produces incredible photos, wi... [read more]

November 2018: Best Cameras Over $2000

Best $2,000+ CamerasSteve's Digicams Best Cameras...Under $300 Under $500 Under $1,000 Under $1,500 Under $2,000 $2,000 + Point-and-Shoot Smartphones Drones & Action Cams All-in-One / Bridge Entry Level Enthusiast Advanced & Pro You've now reached the best of the best (priciest of the priciest?) where we have a full list of flagship-quality cameras and the smallest images sensors are "full frame 35mm". Each of these DSLR or mirrorless camera systems delivers outstanding performance, renders colors wonderfully, shoots incredible fast full size uncompressed RAW, and records 4K video. If you're an enthusiast looking to go pro, or a working pro seeking to switch or upgrade, these are likely going to be on your must-have list depending... [read more]

November 2018: Best Entry-Level DSLR & Mirrorless Cameras

Best Entry-Level DSLR & Mirrorless CamerasSteve's Digicams Best Cameras...Under $300 Under $500 Under $1,000 Under $1,500 Under $2,000 $2,000 + Point-and-Shoot Smartphones Drones & Action Cams All-in-One / Bridge Entry Level Enthusiast Advanced & Pro There are two types of interchangeable lens cameras on the market today. DSLRs, or digital single-lens reflex cameras, are cameras where a movable mirror system directs light either to the optical viewfinder or to the image sensor. Mirrorless cameras, also called ILC (interchangeable-lens camera) cameras, drop the mirror and pass light directly from the lens to image sensor. Both of these have two main advantages over fixed-lens systems; they typically have larger image sensors (Mi... [read more]

November 2018: Best DSLR & Mirrorless Cameras for Enthusiasts

Best DSLR & Mirrorless Cameras for EnthusiastsSteve's Digicams Best Cameras...Under $300 Under $500 Under $1,000 Under $1,500 Under $2,000 $2,000 + Point-and-Shoot Smartphones Drones & Action Cams All-in-One / Bridge Entry Level Enthusiast Advanced & Pro Enthusiast-tier DSLR and mirrorless cameras are for photographers whose skillset has advanced to the point where they need more performance features--speed, image quality, autofocus, overall image quality--than their current camera offers. Enthusiast photographers have the basics down and probably own a few lenses that perform better than included kit lenses. They've likely invested in a specific camera brand or camera mount. As need and skills grow, enthusiasts want to take t... [read more]

November 2018: Best DSLR & Mirrorless Cameras for Pros & Advanced Photographers

Best DSLR & Mirrorless Cameras forPros & Advanced PhotographersSteve's Digicams Best Cameras...Under $300 Under $500 Under $1,000 Under $1,500 Under $2,000 $2,000 + Point-and-Shoot Smartphones Drones & Action Cams All-in-One / Bridge Entry Level Enthusiast Advanced & Pro Here we are at the top of the camera food chain, the best of the best, a list of rugged DSLR and mirrorless cameras that offer the most performance capabilities, alongside superb image quality and higher bitrate 4K video recording. If you absolutely adore photography and find yourself in challenging shooting conditions where you need to focus and shoot quickly, if you're a professional who needs to reliable gear, if you already own top quality glass but ha... [read more]

November 2018: Best Smartphone Cameras

Best Smartphone CamerasSteve's Digicams Best Cameras...Under $300 Under $500 Under $1,000 Under $1,500 Under $2,000 $2,000 + Point-and-Shoot Smartphones Drones & Action Cams All-in-One / Bridge Entry Level Enthusiast Advanced & Pro Smartphones have changed the way we look at the world; more pictures are taken with smartphones than all other types of digital cameras combined. It's easy to see why, of course. You always have your phone with you. These phones are instantly connected to your friends and family online. And they actually take pretty good pictures, especially when compared to phones from even a few years ago. The downside to any smartphone is image sensor size and the lack of optical zoom lenses, but these little pocket-... [read more]

November 2018: Best All-in-One / Bridge Cameras

Best All-in-One / Bridge CamerasSteve's Digicams Best Cameras...Under $300 Under $500 Under $1,000 Under $1,500 Under $2,000 $2,000 + Point-and-Shoot Smartphones Drones & Action Cams All-in-One / Bridge Entry Level Enthusiast Advanced & Pro Prosumer level all-in-one or bridge cameras have the features and some of the performance specs of interchangeable lens cameras but are housed in bodies with built-in zoom lenses. This is a great way to get DSLR or ILC-like images, but with the convenience of a point-and-shoot camera. These cameras cost more than your entry and mid-level point-and-shoots, but are often equipped with larger sensors, faster image processors, and improved optics. All-in-ones are perfect as second cameras for DSLR... [read more]


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