• May 30, 2017

Reasons to Buy a SLR Camera

What advantages do SLR cameras have compared to other types of cameras? Is it worth buying a SLR camera?  Is a SLR the right choice for me?

NOTE 1: To give some context, this article is aimed at amateur photographers looking to make an improvement in the quality of their photos, which can be achieved in the technical part or in the artistic area. Many users start with a compact or bridge camera and they consider at some point to switch to a SLR, so we will focus more on the advantages of SLRs with respect to these types of cameras. But we must keep in mind that in the market are high-end compact cameras with incredible performance, at the level of a SLR.

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  • May 24, 2017

Datacolor vs. X-Rite Monitor Calibrator: what are they used for and how to choose?

Once you become seriously interested in photo editing, you will undoubtedly discover how indispensable a Monitor Calibrator (also called colorimeter) can be to your work. Why? That’s what we will be discussing throughout this article.

Datacolor

The Spyder 5 from Datacolor

Many photographers don’t bother using a monitor calibrator at all. Personally, I think this is mainly due to a lack of information on the subject. In fact, the price of these calibrator has dropped considerably in the last few years, meaning that they are no longer exclusively reserved for photo editing professionals. Let’s take a look at how they work and what they are used for…

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  • May 17, 2017

RGB, sRGB, Adobe RGB, what’s that?

If you are interested in digital photography (which is most likely the case if you are reading this article), then you will probably already have heard the term RGB being used. We would like to give a brief explanation of what these 3 letters mean and what importance they have for you as a photographer.

If you have never heard of RGB, simply open a photo in your favorite image editing program and look at the title bar: you will see these three letters somewhere among the text. What does this mean?

RGB

Let’s begin with a definition: RGB corresponds to the additive synthesis of the Red, Green, and Blue colors in order to create all of the various color nuances shown by your display.

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  • May 16, 2017

P, S, A, M, Auto: what shooting mode to choose and 3 exercises to better understand why

Most reflex cameras (as well as hybrids) have 4 shooting modes represented by the letters P, S, A and M. What are these modes? What are they used for? How do you use them? Here are some tips that will hopefully give you a better understanding of how to use your camera.

P, S, A, M, Auto

Questions about shooting modes are among the most frequently asked by our novice readers. This is particularly true of those users who have grown accustomed to using compact or bridge cameras are who, as a result, are left completely in the dark when it comes to the apparent complexity of reflex cameras. Here is the essential information you should keep in mind regarding shooting modes.

The Auto mode is your friend (it really is!)

If you find yourself completely at a loss when confronted with your brand new reflex camera’s different shooting modes, fall back on the automatic mode!

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  • May 12, 2017

AF-C, AF-S, AF-A, 9 points, 21 points,51 points, 3D tracking…: what autofocus mode and zone to choose

The choice of autofocus mode is one of the subjects which appears most often among the readers’ questions. What mode should I choose? Why? Why are my photos blurry?

Here is a description of the main Nikon autofocus modes: AF-S, AF-C and AF-A. Below you will also find a description of the main AF zone detection modes. The Nikon D5600’s AF module is one of the most complex to use.

autofocus modeHave you already mastered the shooting modes, but are still having difficulty with the autofocus modes? Without learning a minimum about the AF module, this is only normal; everything will become clear once you have understood how the AF module works.

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  • May 10, 2017

Nikon D5500 vs. D5600 vs. D7200 vs. D3400, what’s the difference?

We spent two weeks field testing the Nikon D5600 which was more than enough time to get acquainted with all of the features of this Nikon reflex camera designed for amateur photo enthusiasts.

The Nikon D5600 is an APS-C reflex camera which fills the gap between the limited entry-level D3400 and the professional D7500 model which is more ergonomic, but also more expensive.

As a result, the Nikon D5600 occupies a prime position within the Nikon DX product line and is geared towards amateur photographers who are looking for a powerful camera, capable of taking high-quality video sequences without the need to invest as much as it would cost to purchase one of the higher category D7200/D7500 or D500 models.

Nikon D5600

The device equipped with the Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.6-5.6 G ED VR zoom

As with all the other tests, I conducted the testing of the Nikon D5600 in different shooting conditions. I am giving you my personal opinion after having tested the device and I am presenting a selection of the photos taken during testing.

Presentation of the device

The Nikon D5600 has taken over for the Nikon D5500. This new version of Nikon’s amateur photographer reflex camera only adds one new features: SnapBridge – which allows for the automatic transfer of photos to a smartphone as well as automatic geo-tracking. As with the Nikon D3400, this upgrade is a modest one.

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  • April 27, 2017

The Best lenses for your Nikon DSLR Camera 2017

Building the ideal equipment of lenses in which you will rely on during your adventure as a photographer can be difficult, not just because of the large number of options and alternatives available, but also because of the diverse amount of technical details, numbers and nomenclatures that they present.

For instance, Nikon offers more than 200 alternatives in its own lens range called Nikkor, which are meant to allow you to transform the picture you visualize in your mind into a real one. Each of these lenses is designed for a particular type of photography.

If you do a web search or directly investigate a little on the manufacturer’s website, you will realize how difficult is for an amateur photographer to build an ideal lens equipment.

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  • April 27, 2017

Camera comparison: Samsung Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 7 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S8 undoubtedly has one of the best cameras on the market this year, and with its improved camera, it is sure to follow the same path as the S7 Edge did when it became the best camera of its moment.

Last year, the iPhone 7 Plus showed us how its portrait mode turned its camera into one of the best ones of the moment. No other brand has this mode, except for Huawei and its dual camera, although the performance of Huawei’s phone is not as good as that of Apple’s device. Today we are testing the best two current phone cameras thanks to a comparison we found.

Samsung Galaxy S8 camera vs iPhone 7 Plus camera

We are going to show you a comparison between the latest Samsung Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 7 Plus dual camera, so we will have a lot to talk about. In this image, we can see that colors are richer and brighter with the S8 camera, while the iPhone 7 Plus has a better color reproduction. In terms of detail, Samsung’s device remarkable performance wins.

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  • April 19, 2017

Nikon D7500 – The new 4k video recording camera by Nikon.

Nikon finally made official the launch of its new camera, the Nikon D7500, after the latest leaks.

Nikon D7500

Nikon D7500

A mid-end reflex camera which holds advanced specs such as having the same 20.9 megapixel CMOS sensor as its big sister the Nikon D500 (a professional reflex camera and one of Nikon’s best selling models), and 4K video recording, a very anticipated feature in the price range of semi-professional cameras.

Specifications of the Nikon D7500

Characteristics Nikon D7500
Sensor 20.9-megapixel APS-C CMOS
Processor Expeed 5
Video Recording in 4K UHD at 30fps and Full HD at 50 and 60fps
Screen 3.2-inch Tilting and touching LCD
ISO Sensitivity 100-51,200 and extendable up to ISO 1,640,000
AutoFocus 51 focus point AF
Burst speed 8 fps
Connectivity WIFI and bluetooth
Viewfinder

Pentaprism with approx 100% coverage .

Weight 640 g

Nikon D7500

 

Megapixel reduction

I’m surprised with the fact that they have reduced megapixels from 24 to 20 (with the industry’s obsession of showing the highest number on the box). That is compared to the previous model, the Nikon D7200, but we already know that megapixels can be pushed into the background if the sensor offers us professional quality.

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  • April 19, 2017

Buying Guide for Choosing a Wide-Angle Lens (and Recommended Models)

Knowing how to choose the material that best suits your needs when it comes to taking pictures is essential. Everyone knows that in photography nothing is cheap, so before buying anything I recommend that you think about whether it’s really something that you need.

Lenses are the most expensive things in photography, sometimes costing even more than the camera itself. That’s why it’s worth being well informed and reading many of the analyses and reviews that can be found on the internet.

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