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One of the most important assets for any photographer is their camera. This is their main tool of trade. It goes without saying therefore that a photographer ought to be able to choose the best camera for their needs. Granted, the needs of one photographer will vary from the needs of the next photographer but there are certain things that will overlap. Without further ado, some of the things to look at when choosing the best photography camera for use with Lightroom Presets.

Ease of carrying and size

A lot of photographers do not keep this in mind but remember, your camera will be hanging from a strap on your neck 90% of the time you are out with it. This means that you have to get a camera that is light enough to ensure that it is easy to carry. The weight of a camera will also determine how easy it is for you to handle it. A very heavy, imbalanced camera could slip and fall. It could also be pretty hard to keep steady when taking photographs.

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Shooting formats

If you are a professional photographer, there will come a time when you need to edit your photographs or do some post production work on them using Adobe Lightroom and Lightroom Presets. Now, there are two main photograph formats that you can do this on, JPEGs and RAW images. RAW images are a lot easier to edit and work with and are usually of a higher quality than JPEGs. The camera that you choose ought to be able to shoot all of these formats so that you make the choice of which format you would like to use on your own and not be forced by the limitations of the camera to shooting one format or another.

Image quality

Your photography will be judged ultimately by the quality of the photographs that you take. While the quality of the photographs you take will be largely determined by your skills, the camera that you have will also play a huge role in determining the quality of the photographs that you take. Therefore, it goes without saying that you have to choose a camera that lets you shoot in the highest quality possible.

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Shutter speed

Over the course of your photography career, you will shoot lots of different types of photographs. Some of them will be fast moving, some of them will be slow. The shutter speed of the camera that you get will determine if you are able to shoot in all of these conditions. The hd action cam you choose should have a wide range of shutter speeds so you are able to choose the optimum exposure you need for the conditions you are shooting in.

My gosh! This digital technology has moved fast. I can remember talking to an expert photographer in Boseman, Montana, and he said “get yourself a digital camera, any digital camera you can find, some version of PhotoShop and begin to make pictures.” That was five years ago and I haven’t really looked back.

My next introduction to this exciting medium came while attending a photography workshop on Mt. Rainier,Washington. That was four September’s ago. I had a little 2MP (megapixel) point-and-shoot camera in my pocket, but was using my film camera for the important photographs. Several others were using the current DSLR (digital single lens reflex) cameras of that time. At the time, I still thought those cameras were only for photojournalists and commercial photographers. Then, while looking at each others photographs, one fellow from Oregon showed us his 11×14 inch prints and I was amazed at the quality. He was using a 3MP DSLR camera. I came home and within days had purchased my first DSLR camera.

The other day I was asked a question on the basics of making better pictures with a digital camera. If you are using a fully automated camera these are my suggestions for setting its menu or programs mode.

Turn off Auto ISO. Select the lowest or no higher than 200.

Turn off the Red Eye Reduction. Red Eye Reduction sometimes allows camera shake as the flash cycles thru several flashes before releasing the shutter.

Image Quality – select the highest available. Some may say this will reduce the number of pictures one can take on a memory card, but with today’s value-priced memory cards one should have 512MB or more.

Sharpness: choose Auto, Off, or Normal. The Photo Labs will sharpen your image just fine. If you are a PhotoShop user, learn how to sharpen the image yourself!

Functions: Gosh these cameras have lots of stuff that seems neat, but can be done by your Lab or in PhotoShop – probably better – like B&W (black and white) or Sepia tone. My preference is to select colour and make B&W later rather than have no future choices.

If you are using your camera in program mode get out your manual and learn about Exposure Compensation. Most digital cameras on the market offer some means to control exposure, even the fully automatic ones. Some magazine articles say “just shoot and fix it in PhotoShop,” however, how much time do you want to spend trying to fix those poor images? The saying is “garbage in, garbage out”.

The exposure as captured by a camera is decided by measuring the brightness of a subject.

What if we are photographing friends standing in the snow or a bright reflecting lake with the light behind them? Unfortunately, they will be under exposed because the camera will read the light around them.

Since the introduction of photography, photographers have been doing something called “bracketing”. That is what I suggest you try.

Under Expose and Over Expose – Using your camera’s exposure compensation function. Every camera model does this in a different way so I won’t fill up this article trying to explain.

My last suggestion; and you will have to do this to learn exposure compensation, and that is, “Read your camera’s instruction manual.”

These are my suggestions to get you started making better pictures with your digital camera. I’ll have more next week.

About The Author

John Enman owns and operates Enman’s Camera at 423 Tranquille Road in Kamloops. Enman’s Camera sells new and used photographic equipment and offer professional wedding photography. Check out www.enmanscamera.com or call John at (250) 376-4715 for all your camera equipment needs.

By Peter Lewis, Fortune senior editor

Ah, the memories that a photo album can evoke. Here I am with my first digital camera, the Apple QuickTake 100, along with a serial cable and the Macintosh portable I had lugged up a 12,000-foot mountain, because that was the only way to view the digital snapshots I was taking. See the look on my face? Today I can’t tell whether my expression was one of rapture at discovering the joys of filmless photography or oxygen deprivation. The QuickTake had a resolution of about 300,000 pixels and cost $750.

Now here I am with the new Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera I carried up the same mountain recently. It has an effective resolution of over ten million pixels and costs $799 (body only), or $899 with a high-quality 18-55mm zoom lens. Pictures can be snapped at three frames per second at full resolution, up to 27 shots in burst mode, and viewed on the camera’s exceptionally bright built-in 2.5-inch LCD display.

Now see the look on my face? Definitely rapture. The Canon is, quite simply, the best digital camera I’ve seen for under $1,000.

But that’s partly because Nikon’s new 10.2-megapixel D80, another delightful DSLR camera I’ve been testing, misses the $1,000 cutoff, unless you count the price of the camera body alone, without a lens. With an 18-135mm zoom lens, The D80 fetches $1,300. And it’s also partly because Sony’s impressive new ten-megapixel Alpha DSLR-A100K camera, $1,000 including an 18-70mm zoom lens, didn’t get to me in time for a review.

The arrival of so many high-quality ten-megapixel digital SLR cameras this summer represents a milestone in photo gear. Megapixels are not a reliable measure of a camera’s overall quality, because so many other factors – the size of the pixels, the quality of the lens, the color accuracy of the imager, and so on – contribute to the picture that the camera captures. For most users, the salient point is that a ten-megapixel image can be printed at much bigger sizes than, say, a shot taken with a 4MP camera. More practically, a 10MP image gives the photographer more ability to crop a shot, creating a big print from a smaller segment of the overall picture. In general, though, a double-digit megapixel camera is a step closer to that threshold where digital cameras pass 35mm film cameras in quality.

Designed for serious amateur photographers but also friendly to the casual point-and-shooter, the Canon Rebel XTi also features a built-in cleaning system that reduces the chance that dust inside the camera will spoil a shot, a bugaboo that plagues most other cameras in its class. No matter how careful one is when changing lenses, dust can enter the camera body to ruin subsequent shots. The XTi literally shakes any dust off the sensor when the camera is turned on or off, using ultrasonic vibrations. The motes are then immobilized on a sticky trap. Also, the camera can “map” stubborn dust particles on the sensor and then erase them from images via software.

The Nikon D80, in turn, borrows several features from Nikon’s professional-level DSLR cameras, including the image processor from the $4,000 Nikon D2X and the automatic focusing system and 2.5-inch LCD of the upscale D200. One thing the D80 inherits from smaller and cheaper Nikons, however, is an SD (secure digital) memory-card system. Most DSLR cameras today use the larger CF (compact flash) cards, and a ten-megapixel camera demands a high-capacity storage system. (I tested the Canon with Kingston’s new eight-gigabyte 133X-speed Ultimate CF card, an excellent performer at $449.) SD cards have smaller capacities than CF (no 8GB SD cards are available today), but the D80 is also compatible with next-generation SDHC cards, which promise to raise capacity to 32 gigabytes someday.

Although both the Canon Rebel XTi (usa.canon.com) and the Nikon D80 (nikonusa.com) are superb cameras, I did have two quibbles. The Canon has a plastic body that feels less than rugged. While the D80 has Nikon’s typically solid fit and finish, the SD card system is, for now, constraining for a high-quality camera. Even so, both are excellent performers that will fill your photo albums with mountains of happy memories.

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