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An adorable doggie
This is a doggie which I saw taking part in the dog competition.Nice and cute and I like it’s eyes looking alert and fierce.
A Silhouette photo taken in Cameron Highlands
“Never shoot towards the light.” We’ve probably all heard this old photography “rule,” but, for now, let’s treat it more as a general guideline. If you want to shoot some photos that really pop, that really jump out and grab you—shoot towards the light. This photo was taken in Tanah Rata, Cameron Highland. The weather […]
Photo essay-wet market ( 8 )
The workers are busy in the back lane to slaughter the ducks, preparing to make roster ducks for sale at the open wet market. You can see the feather of the ducks sticked on the wall when the worker put the ducks into the machine. Customers are used to the scene everyday. Many of the […]
Is this a Olive-backed Sunbird ?
I am not sure the name of this little colorful bird but it looks like Olive-backed Sunbird and the photo was taken at the Cactus Point in Cameron Highlands. This little bird has a different color of underparts which are ususally bright yellow but is white. The Olive-backed Sunbirds are small songbirds, at most 12cm […]
Do you know tiger can swim?
Tigers can swim and they are strong swimmers. Among the big cats (generally refer to the tiger, lion, leopard, and jaguar ) only the tiger and jaguar are strong swimmers. These animals will cool their bodies in the hot afternoon sun and they are often found bathing in ponds, lakes and rivers. The picture was […]
Canon 430EX vs. 430EX II - Which Is Better?
Story By: Mark Lawson II
Many photographers may think it's obvious that you should always buy the latest model of any photographic equipment. But sometimes an older model has advantages that make it a compelling choice.
For example, consider the Canon Speedlite 430EX flash, versus the newer Speedlite 430EX II.
According to Photographer Phil Steele, in his video tutorial at http://www.steeletraining.com, there is a good case to be made for considering the older model.
Sure, the newer 430EX II is a better flash in many ways. It has increased power and a 20-percent faster recycle time. Canon has given it a metal mounting foot to replace the older, fragile, plastic version. It has the new, fast lockdown lever. And it has full compatibility with the menu-driven system on the newer cameras.
Overall, the 430EX II is a better flash.
So why do some photographers prefer the older 430EX? Two reasons. First, you can often pick up the older model used on auction sites for half the price of a new one, or less.
But more importantly, some photographers prefer the manual slave switch on the older 430EX. That flash has a physical lever that you simply flick with your thumb to put the flash in slave mode. It takes a fraction of a second and you can do it without looking.
On the newer 430EX II, you have to hold down a button to enter the menu system on the flash, dial in the appropriate settings, and lock them in. This takes precious time and attention which some photographers, such as fast-shooting photojournalists and wedding photographers, prefer not to spend twiddling flash controls.
There is, however, one huge caveat. The older 430EX puts out a lot of noise in the radio spectrum, and the newer 430EX II is much more radio quiet. Why does this matter?
Photographers who use radio triggers for off-camera flash photography find that radio-noisy flashes diminish the range, and sometimes prevent them from working at all.
So if you plan to use your Canon Speedlite with radio triggers, such as PocketWizards or the less expensive Cactus triggers, you should choose the 430EX II. Its relative lack of radio noise makes it the smarter choice for off-camera flash radio triggering.
A video version of this article, along with other tutorials on Canon flash photography, can be found at SteeleTraining.com Canon Speedlite 430EX flash.
About the Author
Copyright 2010. Mark Lawson writes for SteeleTraining.com where photographers can find free photo tutorials and training on a wide variety of photography subjects, from the Canon Speedlite 430EX flash to Photoshop techniques and more.
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Canon 550D Review of the New Features
Story by Christopher BestThe Canon 550D dSLR was announced by Canon in February 2010 for release in April 2010. The camera boasts several significant improvements over the Canon 500D including better HD video, 18 megapixel images, and a much improved metering system that was previously only available in the much higher priced Canon 7D dSLR.18 megapixel imagesThe image quality of the new 550D Canon improves significantly on the previous models in the line jumping from 12MP and 15MP to 18MP. Added to this is the inclusion of the latest DIGIC 4 image processor technology, the 500D used the DIGIC 3 technology, and you'll find that the photographs captured will be of much better quality.New iFCL Metering SystemThe Canon 550D includes the new iFCL metering system which includes many advances in image capturing technology. For example the new system uses a 63 zone sensor which analyses focus, color and luminance simultaneously to provide accurate and consistant metering. This was previously only available on the much more expensive semi-pro Canon 7D.High Definition VideoThe HD video introduced to the range with the Canon 500D has grown up and now boasts many improvements shooting at 1080p or 720p. The camera gives you full control over the frame rate so you can even capture fast moving images by manually adjusting the settings.ISO Improvements for Low Light ConditionsThe 550D offers a standard ISO range up to 6400 which can be expanded to 12800 for situations where the use of a flash is either undesirable or not allowed. The increased range allows low-light photography and the DIGIC 4 image processor ensures graininess is kept to a minimum.Movie Crop - Shoot at standard definition without changing lensesThe new movie crop function allows you to shoot movies at standard definition at up to 7x effective zoom. This is great for situations where you don't have time or don't want to change the lens. The function achieves this result by using only the center area of the sensor.Improvements in the LCD ScreenCanon have also improved the LCD screen, it's still a great 3" but now improves the resolution and increases clarity for the all important checks on the images as you shoot them.Improving on a Strong LineThe Canon 550D is fully compatible with EF and EF-S lenses as well as EX-Speedlite accessories so none of your existing lenses will suddenly become unusable. Add to this the improvements in control functions and it all starts to make the idea of upgrading to the Canon 550D an irresistable choice.The new Canon 550D will be available to buy in April 2010, I know I'm going to be upgrading. Visit our website for more information on the Canon 550D and for the latest Canon 550D Reviews and news.Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Christopher_Best
12 Common Digital Photography Mistakes.
With digital cameras at their most affordable, anybody can be a photographer these days. Problem is, it takes more than a camera to take good pictures.
It takes a certain eye, a way of seeing things, to take pictures that make people go "Wow!". Fortunately, it can be learned. And the more you practice, the better you'll get.
If you're interested in becoming a good digital photographer, I recommend the "Shoot Digital Pics Like the Pros," a free report.
Start by taking a look at these most common mistakes people make when taking digital pictures:
1. Not knowing your camera
If you never read your digital camera's manual and learn its features and how to use them, you won't be able to make the most of it.
2. Not using a tripod
Tripods allow you to take the sharpest pictures even in low light. Use one as often as possible.
3. Not giving the camera time to focus
Digital cameras need time to properly focus and get the right exposure. It can take a fraction of a second or a couple of seconds. Account for this when taking pictures.
4. Relying too much on zoom
Using the camera's zoom feature makes the picture grainier. Get as close to the subject as possible.
5. Taking pictures against the light
This makes the subject dark and the background too bright.
6. Relying too much on the flash
Natural light gives the best pictures, so use it as much as possible. Flash tends to make images look harsh.
7. Not taking enough pictures
It's almost impossible to take the perfect shot at one try, so take many pictures. With digital photography, this doesn't cost you extra. Try different angles and compositions.
8. Always putting the subject dead center
Learn the rule of thirds in composition, and you'll have more interesting pictures.
9. Forgetting to check the horizon
When taking pictures with the horizon showing, make sure it's level.
10. Selecting a low-resolution setting
Your camera will allow you to select different resolutions. Don't be tempted to choose a low resolution just to save on memory space. Instead, buy additional memory for your camera and always take your pictures in high resolution.
11. Trying to take too much
Don't try to include too many things in one picture, such as people and scenery. A picture is more effective when it's focused on a single subject.
12. Not using the camera
You'll never know when a good photo op will come up, so have your camera with you at all times.
It may seem like a lot to think about, but with practice, these things will become second nature.
For those who want to learn even more digital photography techniques, check out the free report, "Shoot Digital Pics Like the Pros." It's a short but info-filled guide that will have you shooting digital pictures like a pro in no time.
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Fine Art Nature Photography - How to Compose a Perfect Picture
Photo By : Chris Yeong
Story By: Keith Spangler
Fine Art Photography : John M Fleming
As with other pictures , fine art nature photography is meant to communicate . Nature photos that are good will communicate well and put your subjects in the light you prefer . The composition is crucial for great results. Here's a look at some of the most important basic fine art nature photography techniques , and ways to use them. Remember - an amateur can take a great photo once in a while , but practice is needed to do this purposefully!
In photography, composition is referring to the visual elements and their arrangement. This is done using a variety of elements like tone, line, lighting, color, and more . It can seem daunting to remember them all when taking a picture, it's possible to simplify this issue . Simply ask several questions of yourself when you look through your viewfinder. What is the message in the photo, and how can you communicate it best ? If you figure these out , most of the other factors will fall into place .
Fine art nature photography becomes more successful if you have a message that is clear. Every photo that you take doesn't have to be an allegory or even a statement politically. These messages are usually pretty simple , and tough to put into words. But a message is found in good photos. You simply must think .
Keep it simple when you are composing, especially if you're getting your start in this type of photography . Don't use a photo to showcase many subjects - one is fine . Professional photographers often try to see what can be removed from the scene while keeping the composition strong . Through the viewfinder, find tune everything until as many distractions as possible are removed.
You must have patience. Good composition isn't instantaneous , while it may look that way with experienced photographers. Some nature photos take up to ten minutes to compose . Although fast point and shoot is needed in some photography , it's best to slow down as much as the subject will allow .
No part of the scene should be ignored . Keep the frame filled with interesting and on message parts. Zoom or get closer to the subject to avoid it being difficult to see. Don't forget about the verticals, either - many people only shoot horizontally . However, the mountains and trees are also important ! Lines can be found anywhere - recognizing them allows you to use them to make your pictures better , and don't let them get in the way .
Although great fine art nature photography involves practice, you'll be amazed at how your photos improve with some care . Try it yourself and you'll find out!
About the Author
Fine art nature photography captures an instant in time and brings great memories to anyone. Keith Spangler is a professional photographer that specializes in images of fine art nature photography.
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How to photograph perfect flowers.
When you are taking pictures of flowers, you have to look out for flowers with good blossom and also take note of the form, color, lighting and background.
It needs a great deal of patients to photograph flowers.
Frame the picture, get it in focus, set the aperture, then about to press the shutter button and a breeze starts and moves the flower!
These pictures are taken from indoor in the The Kuala Lumpur Orchid Garden. The lighting is not good enough to take the best as I realised the flowers shots are not sharp enough and I should have used a tripod.
Concentrate on what you see in the viewfinder, and recompose the picture until it looks the best to you. Don’t be afraid to shoot a few extra pictures. Try different angles and different lighting. Also depict your subject from several different viewpoints.
I don’t have all the answers to good picture shots of flowers.It’s also important to know the control of depth of fields in your camera.
These orchid flowers were taken on Canon 30D fixed with a Canon 70-200 zoom lens.
White Orchid Flower
White orchid is beautiful to look at and easy to care for. The flower meaning of white is purity.Anyone who wants to grow the white orchid flower is going to need to take the time to find out more about white orchid care and know what they are doing before getting started.This is just another orchid flower taken in the Orchid Garden Kuala Lumpur.
Wild Orchid flower
This is just another wild orchid flower taken in the OrchidGarden Kuala Lumpur.Do you have any colorful orchid in your area ? I will post some more ofthese orchid flowers here..Stay tuned
Wild Orchid Flower
Photo taken with a Canon camera and a 70-200mm F2.8 telephoto zoom lens.
Flower photography is a great photographic pleasure. Flowers can’t look any better than in color. In my opinion not all flowers are the same, some look like they are easy to be photographed but it may difficult to get all the details.
Flowers in tropical and temperate countries are different in size and color. Some look so fantastic and geogeous that the picture just comes out looking exactly how you want. And then some look average and uninteresting, but when you get in close, it will be a surprise to get all the curves, lines, colors and the finer details..
When you are taking pictures of flowers in the garden, you have to look out for flowers with good blossom and also take note of the form, color, lighting and background.
Landscape of orchid garden
When you walk into the Orchid Garden, you will find the beautiful landscape of the garden.This photo was taken with my compact camera whereas the other camera Canon 30D was fixed with a 70-200mm zoom lens for more closeup.
More photos on orchid flowers in next posting..,Stayed tuned