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Buying a New Digital Camera

It’s the eternal newbie question and rightly so I would think.Buying a new camera can be a very daunting thing, especially for the newcomers to photography who are still grappling with terms like ‘megapixels’, ‘f-stop’ and ‘focal length’. These newbies are lucky enough to be starting out in what can be a wonderful, fulfilling and rewarding art and buying your first camera, is as exciting as buying your very first car.Sadly though, it’s like a minefield out there. The dream camera can be seen on the horizon, but to get there you need to avoid the hundreds of ‘wrong camera’ mines…. perhaps you may even need to cop a few long the way?What camera should I buy?…It’s a question to which I will never give a defined answer. In fact, just like “Does my bum look big in this?”, it’s a question where there simply is no right answer.Photography is a subjective art, right from the moment that you pick up a camera, until the viewer is looking at your image. What appeals to one, may not appeal to another. So here is how I don’t answer the question….What is the intended use?…There is no need to go buy the latest and greatest 20+ megapixel DSLR, if you only intend to take happy snaps and print them at 6×4 or just keep them on the computer. Also, it would be crazy to buy that megapixel monster if your intention is to carry it in your pocket, because with a DSLR that is not going to happen!So think about your needs and how you intend to use the camera. This should lead you towards buying a compact, a mid-sized camera or that megapixel monster.How many megapixels?…Again “intended use”. Small prints or computer viewing of images do not need heaps of megapixels. Most cameras have reasonable resolution these days, so an 8-12 megapixel camera is readily available in compacts, mid-sized and DSLRs. These will be more than enough to make A3 prints with good clarity.Yes you can get higher megapixel counts, but ask yourself “Do I really need them?” In a nutshell “if you intend to print big, go big” is a good rule of thumb.What camera is the easiest to use?…There would be very few cameras that don’t have a “full auto” mode that allows the photographer to simply point and shoot. But ease of use extends far beyond that. Think about the ergonomics (how the camera fits your hands), the use of the menu and how it is structured. Can you change quickly and easily from one shooting style to another?…that kind of thing.These will be quite personal and opinions will vary greatly from person to person. So “hands on” is the only way. Go to your local camera store and pick one up, shoot a few shots, delve into the menu operations and get a good feel for how the camera operates.Which has the best image quality?…This will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, from camera to camera. So find your need first, then seek out image samples from cameras that meet your criteria. Online review sites such as DPReview are a great resource for images and these can be used to compare. Delve deep into the “full size” images at 100% viewing size and find what appeals to “you”.As a landscape photographer, I like lots of detail and neutral colour, but a wedding/portrait photographer may rather a little less micro-detail and a slighter warmer base tone to images. Cameras are tools and when you are driving a nail, you need a hammer. It’s all about the right tool for the job.”What lens do I need?”…Very good question! There is no point buying a camera body, if the lens you want or need is not available for it. So now you need to think about the “system”. Try to look forward, what will I need down the track, will the x,y or z manufacturer be able to meet my need? Thinking about the system and what additional equipment you need now and into the future, may well turn your head in another direction.As a starter however, a zoom lens that offers both wide-angle and moderate zoom is a great place to start. Try and avoid the massive zoom ranges, as these generally make compromises in order to achieve the extended range and these can often lead to a little less image quality. They are very convenient however, so if you are willing to trade a bit of image quality for single lens convenience, then that is your call.My budget is only $XXXX…Budget is the biggest killjoy. I doesn’t matter if we are buying a house, a car or a camera, that darn “budget” just keeps raising its ugly head.:(Obviously budget will be the ultimate deciding factor for many and my advice is to not overextend… on anything! Car, house, camera… whatever! If you can’t afford it, then don’t buy it! Buy something that is within your means, as the stress and ultimate heartache of losing it in the end should not be endured.When thinking about your budget, think about this… “Camera bodies come and go, but good glass can last a lifetime”. So if you have the extra coin, invest in the better glass, perhaps even drop down one body model to allow for that glass, as you can always update the body later.Cameras are getting cheaper all the time and if you are a newbie, perhaps you could learn the ropes on a much smaller camera to begin with. This would also allow you time to find out more about your own needs and likes with regard to your new art.So there is my NON-answer. Just a whole bunch of things to think about when making your decision. I may not have given you the answer you wanted to hear. I may not have made your decision any easier, but I am sure that when it is made you will feel a lot more comfortable about it.

Vampire Pictures and Fantasy Art Design

You have probably noticed some great vampire pictures and Gothic type fantasy art online these days. The images and quality of the works are incredible. You also might of wondered how this type of art is produced, CG fantasy art makes use of software to produce fantasy style art.The initials “CG” stand for computer generated and involve the artist using a variety of drawing or rendering software programs. The first movie to use computer generated imagery was Westword in 1973 but that was 2D, today’s 3D Computer generated imagery used by Disney and others has come a long way since its origins. CG art can now be done by anyone in the comfort of their own home with the help of software programs like Maya, and Bryce or using more common graphic design programs like Photoshop and Gimp. The market for computer generated art is much larger than most people realize. The Internet has really expanded the commercial prospects for alternative works of art. Many of these digital artists make a living selling prints of their Gothic, fantasy or vampire pictures online. You can buy high quality prints on eBay and others sites devoted to the medium. CG digital artists often will work on a commission basis either for commercial purposes or when contacted by a customer to produce a one of a kind work. Its hard to know if CG art will be a good long term investment as the market is so new, but some of these works command high prices.If you would like to try your hand at drawing some vampire pictures or other fantasy art be patient, realize many of these digital artists have spent much of their life perfecting their craft, which isn’t that long since most are fairly young. So do not expect to produce something that blows people away 5 minutes after you install the software.