It is of little wonder why so many people take the time to photograph birds, the natural variation present in this group of organisms together with the fact that they can be found on your doorstep make them a very accessible subject to photograph. However it can be quite daunting when you first decide you want to start photography or want to step up your hobby with the aim of getting a DSLR.
Have you ever wondered how to photograph fireworks? Do you need to have a manual SLR (Single Reflective Lens) to achieve nice shots? Here are some tips, guides, and recommendations on how you can achieve some creative photography with reasonably priced cameras whether you are shooting with an analog or digital camera.
If you’ve ever seen those waterfall photographs where it’s bright daylight but the water appears to be flowing smoothly as if the shutter speed is very slow, you’re probably looking at a photo taken with a neutral density filter over the lens. They basically darken the scene allowing for a longer shutter speed to be used when there is still bright sunlight. Graduated neutral density filters are also popular. GND filters darken part of a scene, e.g. a bright sky, allowing a more even illumination throughout the picture. Below are a few great examples of photos taken with neutral density filters, I hope you enjoy them.
Cheap, light and portable with decent image quality makes this lens an attractive option
Not quite classed as a telephoto lens, but with a greater focal range than most standard lenses, the Tamron 55-200mm is a good all purpose addition to your kit bag. Tamron produce lenses for a number of camera manufacturers, and this lens is available with either a Canon, Nikon or Sony fitting.
This is a video review of the Canon 15mm Fisheye lens. Often a lot of fun and offers a different perspective of SLR photography.
The Canon 15mm Fisheye lens is compact, well built and offers the opportunity to take some pretty stunning yet unconventional images.
Weighing 330 grams it’s light and very portable making it easy to carry around in your kit bag. A slight drawback however being that the accompanying lens cap does not fit all that tightly around the lens resulting in it easily falling off.
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I’ve been using the 18-55mm near to 4 months now. I bought it with the aim of using the wider end of its focal length to practice my landscape shots. It’s actually a good performer and the pricing makes it a great value buy. I can see why many manufacturers choose to offer their DSLRs with the 18-55mm as a kit lens. It’s just very useful and applicable to most of your everyday shooting needs especially if you’re interested in those travel and vacation shots. I actually spent 5 nights in London taking shots with this lens (I simply do not understand how you people deal with that cold weather) and even without a tripod I was surprised at the quality of the shots.
This is the Canon 70-300mm Diffractive Optics (DO) lens. Shorter than the conventional 70-300mm, but somewhat heavier, is it worth paying the extra? Find out by watching this video review