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With today's economy, getting into any field is challenging regardless if you have a college degree or not. In just the span of five years, the job market's been flooded with employees with a lot of the same skill sets. This makes finding a creative career a challenge. So, how can one break into the Photography Industry? Whether you're an amateur or have just graduated from high school or college/university, here are some key ideas on how to get started working as a Photographer and hopefully continuing on to steady work.
 
WIth an opportunity to visit the beautiful City of Paris, I thought I'd take the chance to try out the Canon EOS 5D, along with my trusty Canon 17-40mm and 15mm fisheye. The Canon 5D is an older camera, launched in 2005, and it's price has been dropping steadily thanks to the introduction of more recent full frames such as the Canon 5D Mark 3, the Canon 6D and Nikon D600. So, if you're looking for a cheap full frame digital slr, then the Canon 5D could be a decent option.
 

Fujifilm have recently announced a new model to their arsenal of pretty decent hybrid or bridge cameras, namely the SL1000. The big selling point of the SL1000 has got to be the huge zoom capabilities offering 50x optical zoom WITH image stabilisation. Very impressive!

It's a 16 megapixel camera and with the lens you've got an equivalent focal length of 24-1200mm. That's some serious magnification. Unlike a number of Fujifilm's previous bridge cameras, such as the finepix HS30, the SL1000 uses a lithium ion battery pack rather than AA batteries.


 
To be able to photograph the Northern Lights, a bit of planning is required. In fact, the Northern Lights are only visible in the "Auroral Oval" at high latitudes around the Polar Circles, and where there is no light pollution, far from the big cities. Some well known areas for photographing the Northern Lights include Lapland and the north of Scandinavia, Alaska and Iceland. It's more difficult to find a good spot in the Southern hemisphere around the Antarctic Circle. In the Southern hemisphere the Southern Lights are called the Aurora Australis.
 
HDR, or High Dynamic Range, is also known as HDRI (High Dynamic Range Imaging). It is basically a single image created from the combination of a minimum of three different shots of the same scene taken at different exposures: correctly exposed, overexposed and underexposed. The resulting image will have a higher number of bits per colour channel compared to normal photos.
 
Venice is a beautiful City which offers many brilliant photo opportunities. Below is a small collection of photos of Venice taken by photographers who have managed to capture something special about the City floating on water. Don't forget to check out Dominique's post 'How and where to take less conventional photographs in Venice' for a slightly different perspective.
 
Macro photography truly is a unique form of art. It brings into focus the minuscule aspects of our world that are typically too small to notice or see. A typical and insignificant part of our day is suddenly given new life and vibrancy, providing a greater understanding of the smaller world that surrounds us. As the following images demonstrate, we can finally see the extraordinary details that were hidden before photography became possible.
 
Jessops has recently relaunched itself thanks to being purchased by Peter Jones. I think they did need to modernize, and hopefully with a slight change in direction they'll soon return to their proper place on the high street.