The Beginner's Guide to Photography Terminology

So you want to get into photography? Great! There are a couple of terms that everyone really needs to learn first before they get into this and beforehand. They are the most basic of terminology that is essential to photography. I will be using these terms throughout my pieces and this is a good reference guide for students that are taking a photography class as well.

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50mm F0.95 Micro Four Thirds Lens is Coming from Noktor

According to PhotoRumors.com via 43rumors, we should be expecting to see a new 50mm F0.95 lens for Micro Four Thirds. This will be the equivalent of a 100mm field of view. That means that the cameras will be able to shoot basically in the dark and shouldn’t have to suffer from the problems that plague the cameras at higher ISO settings. Noktor is a company that can be followed on Twitter, but when one goes to their website, there isn’t much. Either way, I’m excited to see what comes out. That means that cameras like the EP-2 and GF-1 will be able to shoot almost in the dark. Additionally, the GH1 will be able to shoot amazing video using native lenses.

Words cannot describe my excitement right now.

UPDATE: A commentor on PhotoRumor’s posting linked us to the possible origins of the lens. Here’s the Google Translation. Notice that the lens attached to the camera though says SchneiderKreuznach.

Field Review (Day 5)- Leica D-Lux 4

As the Leica D-Lux 4 field review continues, I explored the High ISO settings last night. This little camera delivered some results that pleased me and that also made me gawk at the images on screen. It’s really up to you and your own judgement. As a point-and-shoot with a larger sensor, we can’t expect it to have 5D Mk II type image quality but some of the images that come out will still be very usable, especially with use on Flickr. The images here have been resized specifically to be with Flickr’s Large setting. More analysis after the jump.

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A List of Cameras To Help Blind Photographers

Over at the Blind Photographer’s blog, I have a posting on what cameras a blind or visually impaired photographer can choose from to help them take pictures and reach their inner creativity despite what some may call for us, “a disability.” I personally see it as an advantage for me as I can see one way with my glasses on and another way without them. Amongst my choices are the Leica M9, Olympus EP-2, Panasonic GF-1, GH1, the Canon S90 and more. Head on over there for my reasons why. Also remember to please support The Phoblographer by please clicking the links and purchasing the items as we get a small portion of the monies spent.

Learner's Tips For Shooting Great Portraits

Alex in Central Park With Polaroid Look

So you want to take portraits? Great! There are a couple of basic tips and reminders that you should always check before you press that shutter button. Now that you’ve learned some of the terminology you can put it to good use. To aid with the process, here are a couple of basic tips for shooting portraits in the studio or anywhere else.

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Fuji Releases New HS10 and Loads More Cameras

Fuji has announced new additions to their series of cameras such as the XP10 which Fuji is saying is essentially “LifeProof”, and the Z70 which allows you to tag images for upload to Facebook and videos to be uploaded to Youtube which just simply tagging the photo in the camera’s menu. More advanced photographers will appreciate cameras like the new HS10.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Free Lensing

Free Lensing is a technique used by photographers to achieve certain effects such as extra bokeh in the photo or if the lens is tilted in a certain direction it shall create a light leaking effect on the photo as well. You can see the difference below in the 2 photos. They aren’t the best examples, as the technique takes some practice.

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My Favorite Photo Sites To Check Out

Olympus's Micro 4/3rd's camera

As a tech blogger for years that’d had primarily online experience, I’ve developed quite the taste fora number of photo blogs in my Google News reader. I’m just going to get straight into this: here’s a list (in no particular order) of some of my favorite photo blogs and websites.

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Entry Level DSLRs are Better Than We Think

Most readers of this site use Entry Level DSLRs of some sort. Semi-pro and professional photographers like me don’t always tend to give those types of cameras the full credit they deserve. After seeing things like a Sony A350 survive time in a freezer and Fred Miranda’s Rebel XT survive a fall out of an airplane it can be said that quite a bit can actually be done with these cameras and that they probably can last much longer than we think. More after the jump.

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Situations Where Micro Four Thirds is A Better Choice

Olympus's Micro 4/3rd's camera

As a photographer, I’ve run into many situations these days where a small good quality Micro Four Thirds camera may have been much more useful as opposed to my DSLR or my cameraphone. As readers may know, I’m a Canon 5D Mk II DSLR user that came from shooting an Olympus E-510. Olympus and Panasonic are part of the Micro Four Thirds group and they really are onto something useful for photographers that can justify the purchase of one via profits. Here are a couple of situations based on personal experience where Micro Four Thirds may have been better.

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Great Photography Apps for Android Phones

As Android gains more momentum with the hastily updated OS and new phones like the Nexus One, it’s time to give their photography apps some attention. Lots of Apple iPhone photography apps are talked about across the photo blogs, but no one has talked much about Android. As a T-Mobile G1 user for a year now, I can tell you that photography on the Android platform is fun, social, and versatile. If you’re a photographer considering (or already owning) an Android phone, you’ll probably want to hit the jump right about now.

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A Brief Explanation of Your Camera's Shooting/Scene Modes

Fact: most people don’t read their manuals when they buy a new camera. Further, if they do, they have no idea what most of it means to them. If you’re one of those people, or know them, then this is the blog post for you. As a photography instructor, I’ve seen lots of people take photos then look at their images and wonder why they’re not getting the results that they want. Something I learned in computer programming is that technology only does what you tell it to do, not what you want it to do. More on how to tell your camera what you want after the jump in a concise compilation.

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Field Review: The Arctic Butterfly

Though not a new product at all, VisibleDust’s Arctic Butterfly is still something that photographers may want to keep in their bags as it can prove invaluable to cleaning their camera. Some photographers may prefer their Zeeion Blower for safety reasons, but the Butterfly has served me well over the past year that I’ve used it (I got it at least years Photo Plus) with only minor problems. More after the jump.

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