Digital Camera Memory And Memory Cards

Digital Camera Memory And Memory Cards

Every digital camera uses some kind of memory that provides storing space for the images you take. We will be discussing what type of memory cards there are and how many is required as a professional photographer. The memory within a digital camera is a chip called flash memory. It contains all the information that completes a photo. Each digital camera has card slots that are used to contain cards for storage.

When you remove a memory card from a digital camera, it does not mean that you are losing all your photos. They are safely stored on the card to download on your computer. When buying a digital camera, you would probably get a card in the box to start with. It is essential that you buy more cards for extra storage space when you do professional photography. Always check your camera manual before you buy more cards to ensure that you get the right kind.

There are different kinds of memory cards that also have different storing space measured in megabytes and gigabytes. 1 gigabyte is equivalent to 1024 megabytes. So, when comparing the space on a card, note that a 1 gigabyte card has more space than a 512 megabyte card. The bigger the gigabyte indicated on the card the more space you will have to store your images on. The more gigabytes a card has, the more you will pay for one card, but you would save money if buying multiple lower gigabyte cards.

Compact Flash (CF) CardsCompact Flash (CF) Cards

The most popular cards are the compact flash as it has been around since the digital camera. It comes in capacities of up to 256 gigabytes and is available in higher performance versions with improved writing speeds when shooting high-definition videos.
These are often denoted as having a 300x or 1000x write speeds.

 

 

Secure Digital (SD) and Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC)Secure Digital (SD) and Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC)

The secure digital card now comes out in secure digital high-capacity that is designed to offer an increase in storage for high-resolution digital cameras. Most digital cameras can shoot high-definition videos and would require bigger storage capacities and performance.
You can get capacities of up to 128 gigabytes.

As a professional photographer, you should not only get the highest capacity cards available. My reason for saying so is that all your photos are stored on one card. If something goes wrong, you will not lose all your images. I recommend that you buy several smaller memory cards to store your images on and get a handy card carry case to safely carry your cards in your carry bag.

I recommend that you buy several smaller memory cards to store your images on and get a handy memory card carry case to safely carry your cards in your carry bag. I have prepared the following list that I would recommend buying if I was starting out as a professional photographer. (And for full disclosure, since I’m all about doing things right, almost all the links in this article pays me a commission if you use them, so please use my links and thanks for helping support this site by using them to make your purchases!)

SanDisk 16 GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash CardSanDisk 16 GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash Card

It features technologies that were previously only available in the professional line of CompactFlash memory cards. It is managed by the Power Core Controller, which raises the bar for speed and performance of the product line. The advanced Error Correction Code engine improves the overall data integrity and reliability of the card during read and write. Experience RAW + JPEG continuous burst mode shooting and capture fast-action Full HD video like never before. For capturing Full HD video or that professional shot with your D-SLR or HD camcorder. Check your camera manual before you buy more memory cards to ensure that you get the right kind.

Total cost: $36

SanDisk 16 GB Extreme CompactFlash CardSanDisk 16 GB Extreme CompactFlash Card

Get exactly the shots you want with a professional-grade card. With up to 60 MB/s read/write speeds, you’ll see it takes more than a great digital SLR camera to bring your ideas to life. And with 16GB of space, you’ll have room to capture it all in RAW+JPEG, and save the editing for later. SanDisk engineered its Power CoreTM Controller to take whatever your camera’s buffer can dish out. By distributing image data across the card more rapidly and efficiently, this card delivers professional performance. Check your camera manual before you buy more memory cards to ensure that you get the right kind.

Total cost: $69

SanDisk 32 GB Extreme CompactFlash CardSanDisk 32 GB Extreme CompactFlash Card

The SanDisk 32GB Extreme CompactFlash Memory Card were designed for professionals who shoot the highest quality RAW photos and high-definition videos, and need the large storage capacities that these files demand. The SanDisk Extreme CompactFlash card comes in capacities up to 32GB so you won’t need to worry about running out of space.
Check your camera manual before you buy more memory cards to ensure that you get the right kind.

Total cost: $150

Storage and Memory Card CareECO-FUSED® Memory Card Carrying Case

This compact and convenient case provides the perfect storage solution for your precious memory cards. It contains 8 pages which can hold up to 22 memory cards and has a secure zipper closure. This case is perfect for professional and amateur photographers alike and will keep your cards together, safe, and protected.

Total cost: $7


Digital Camera Care, Maintenance And Cleaning

If you have invested a lot of money into your digital camera, you will want to protect and look after it. We will be discussing a few points on how you can protect your camera and maintain its performance. A digital camera is a piece of equipment has precision tasks that contain many delicate elements, in particular the lens, optic, sensor and electrical circuitry. Each of these elements can be damaged very easily if you do not take care of your digital camera.

Camera BagsCamera Bags

The simplest way to protect you digital camera is to make use of a camera bag that serves as a protector for your camera. You can get a bag that is waterproof in case it gets wet and must have decent cushioning. If the bag has an opening that fastens twice, like a zipper for example would be a great benefit. Ensure that you have enough room for extra gear such as lenses and memory cards. Water, dirt and sand are a digital camera’s biggest enemies. When you go to the beach or the wild with your camera, ensure that you use a waterproof house that would protect it against these elements.

Inserting Connection Leads

Never force a connection lead into your camera sockets if it does not fit 100%. You will be supplied with leads made specifically for connecting to a television or personal computer. If you damage a socket, it would cost an extensive amount of money to repair them.

Camera Cleaning KitCleaning kits

It is not hard to clean a digital camera. Simply wipe them down with lint free cloth and never use water or solvents. If you bought a D-SLR camera and you can see dust on the charge-coupled device sensor, never ever clean this on your own. The charge-coupled device is very fragile and despite that you can purchase cleaners, if you touch the sensor, it might likely break. Get your charge-coupled device cleaned by a serving agent certified for your make of camera. If the sensor breaks it is going to cut a huge chunk in your budget to repair. There are other cleaning kits that you can choose to clean your camera.

Storage and Memory Card CareStorage and Memory Card Care

If for any reason you are not going to make use of your camera soon, store it in your camera bag with silica gel in the bag. Silica gels are small packs that contain gel absorbing moisture. Also remove the batteries from your digital camera to void the risk of corroding. Memory cards are not affected by X-Ray machines in an airport, but…

● They are affected by magnetic fields. Keep them away from television screens and speakers.
● Keep your cards away from direct sunlight and ensure they are cool and dry.
● Keep them away from dust as this can block the electrical parts communicating with your digital camera.
● Always keep them safe in memory card protective cases.


Choosing And Changing D-SLR Lenses

Choosing And Changing D-SLR Lenses

Normally when you purchase a D-SLR camera, it comes out with a lens or lenses, but you are not restricted to using only them. D-SLR cameras have a wide variety of lenses made for them, but there are pitfalls.  In this article, we will talk about the things you need to know to make the right lens choice and how to change them correctly. When you buy a D-SLR camera for your professional photography business, you will have the ability to use different types of lenses which can offer you two things: access to quality lenses and unparalleled versatility.

You will be able to purchase specialist lenses that enable you to stretch the ability of your camera. On D-SLR cameras, interchangeable lenses allow you to easily remove a lens and fit another with a different focal length. Let’s take a look at how you are supposed to change a lens on a D-SLR camera.

Specialist Lenses For D-SLR Cameras

You will be able to purchase specialist lenses that enable you to stretch the ability of your camera. On D-SLR cameras, interchangeable lenses allow you to easily remove a lens and fit another with a different focal length. Let’s take a look at how you are supposed to change a lens on a D-SLR camera. D-SLR cameras use interchangeable lenses that are made for their specially made brands. Canon for example uses one type of mount and lens. Nikon on the other hand uses a different type. Then you get different manufacturers that make lenses to fit on different types of D-SLR models.

These types of lenses are designed in such a way to shoot specific scenes, such as portraiture where a lens is designed to provide a suitable focal length with a blurred background. It can also provide an option for macro (close-up) shots and take wide-angle shots. In every type of scene, each lens can perform its function to a greater or lesser degree.

Changing Your Interchangeable Lens

To change a lens on your D-SLR camera is not that difficult, but there are good and bad ways of changing them. Keep in mind the following things when you are changing a lens:

● Before you decide to remove a lens from your camera, ensure that you have switched it off.
● You will find index dots on your camera and on your lens that you can use when changing a lens. Line these dots up with one another.

First, insert the lens base into the mount and turn the lens counter-clockwise until you hear a click which will then lock the lens in place. When you press the lens release button on your camera body, it will enable you to turn the lens clockwise and remove it. There is a risk on letting dust enter the camera every time you change a lens. The dust will lie on the low-pass filter, which would be in front of the image sensor. This would be the result of getting photos with black or gray dots on it. To prevent dust falling on your image sensor, you need to minimize the exposure to the inside of the camera body.

Have the lens that you want to change ready to go before you take the current lens from the camera. If you leave the camera’s power on, you will risk creating static electricity that would attract dust to the image sensor. Shield your camera from the wind, rain and dust with your back as these elements could possibly blow into the camera very easily. When you handle a lens, avoid touching the rear and front elements to prevent fingerprints. Rather grasp the lens barrel. I always use front and rear lens caps to protect the lens. Practice these techniques at home before you do a shoot.

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Recommended Lenses

As a professional photographer, you should buy specialist interchangeable lenses for your D-SLR. I have prepared the following list of lenses that you can buy when starting a professional photography business.

(And for full disclosure, since I’m all about doing things right, almost all the links in this article pays me a commission if you use them, so please use my links and thanks for helping support this site by using them to make your purchases!)

Nikon 24mm f/1.4G LensNikon 24mm f/1.4G Lens

This lens is the sharpest wide-angle lens created by Nikon. Whether you are into wedding, portrait, landscape, architecture, street or other photography, this Nikon lens will not disappoint you with its clarity, colours, sharpness and background blur. It is specifically designed for full-frame cameras, but will also work on any DX camera.

Total cost: $2,200

Nikon 50mm f/1.4G LensNikon 50mm f/1.4G Lens

A compact, lightweight, inexpensive and a very handy portrait lens that can be used more than any other for weddings and portraiture. It works perfectly well on both DX and FX cameras and it yields a beautiful blur at large apertures. If I were to take only one lens to a wedding, this would be it.

Total cost: $440

 

 

 

Nikon 85mm f/1.4G LensNikon 85mm f/1.4G Lens

If you love to be able to isolate your subjects and have the smoothest blur, this is the portrait lens you want to own. It is regularly dubbed as the “blur king” by many photographers. It is unbelievably sharp from center to corner and yields amazing clarity, colours and contrast.

Total cost: $1,700

 

Nikon 105mm f/2.8G VR LensNikon 105mm f/2.8G VR Lens

Without a doubt, this lens is the finest modern macro lens. Optically it is so good that many photographers employ the lens for portraiture. It is sharp wide open and has a beautiful, creamy blur. In addition, it comes with a Vibration Reduction/Image Stabilization mechanism, which works its magic in challenging light conditions.

Total cost: $960

 

 

Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G LensNikon 14-24mm f/2.8G Lens

This is one of the best lenses ever produced. The lens is so good, that some photographers use it with an adapter on their Canon D-SLR cameras. It is sharper than many prime lenses that fall in the 14mm to 24mm range and yields amazing clarity and contrast in images. I would have called this lens perfect, except it has one major pitfall for landscape photographers – you cannot use it with normal circular filters.

Total cost: $2,000

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G LensNikon 24-70mm f/2.8G Lens

Every time when I review the list of lenses I used the most at the end of each year in Lightroom, I find that the Nikon 24-70mm is usually the second most used lens after the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G. While it is not as optically good as the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G and has some weaknesses (like sharpness issues in the corners at large apertures, distortion and vignette), it is a very practical lens for landscape photography on full-frame cameras. The 24-70mm range is perfect for most landscape photography needs and the lens is very sharp when stopped down beyond f/5.6.

Total cost: $1,900

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II LensNikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II Lens

If you need the flexibility of a zoom lens when photographing people, wildlife or landscapes, this lens is the answer. It truly is a versatile lens with a very useful zoom range and unbeatable performance throughout the focal range, from center to corner. The colours, clarity, sharpness and contrast are all amazing and the lens performs flawlessly on both FX and DX cameras. Furthermore, it magically works very well with all Nikon teleconverters.

Total cost: $2,400

 

Nikon 200-400mm f/4G VR Lens Nikon 200-400mm f/4G VR Lens

This lens is ideal for wildlife photography. It has a very useful focal length for situations when you need to zoom in tight or zoom out when the subject is too close or too large. It works very well with the Nikon TC-14E II throughout the 280-560mm range, but unfortunately does not like any other Nikon teleconverters (mostly due to AF performance issues). Sharpness-wise, it is very comparable to the expensive Nikon prime lenses and the blur it yields is very soft and smooth.

Total cost: $6,750

 

Nikon 300mm f/4.0D AF-S LensNikon 300mm f/4.0D AF-S Lens

Every time you want to travel lightweight on an airplane and whenever you do not feel like hiking with a bazooka, you can take this lens with you. The Nikon TC-14E II is almost permanently mounted on this lens, because it performs very well with it, even in low-light. The AF performance is very fast, almost as fast as on the expensive 300mm+ prime lenses and its optics are exceptionally good when compared to other lenses. Unfortunately, it has no Vibration Reduction, so you have to be a little more careful when hand-holding it in low-light conditions.

Total cost: $1,500


Getting The Right Computer From The Start

Getting The Right Computer From The Start

Which computer should a photographer buy when starting out a professional photography business? If you want to create stunning slide shows and learn awesome editing skills, a computer is a must for any professional photographer. A personal computer (PC) is an ideal tool for digital photography and can be thought of the old fashion darkroom. What used to be done in a darkroom can now be done at home with relative ease. With the latest computer technology, you will be amazed at what can be achieved to provide the best quality images to all your clients as a professional photographer. With a bit of practice and learning, you will be able to know how to use your personal computer to its fullest potential. This would enable you to provide quality services.

What Type OF PC?

In the current market, there are two types of PC’s used as a tool by photographers. A portable laptop PC and a desktop PC. It all depend on how you will be utilizing your PC for its purpose whether you will need to edit on location and require portability or whether you will edit at a fixed location later on. Remember that a laptop has a slower processor than a desktop and they are more expensive than a desktop with the exact same processing power. A laptop will also have less storage space on their hard drive and the screens are often smaller than a desktop PC, but they have built-in wireless connection.

Mac or Windows

Mac or WindowsAll personal computers use a specific operating system (OS) to function. It is a computer program that is used to run individual programs with. Normally when you purchase a computer, it would have a Windows operating system and about 95% of all PC users that owns a computer has Windows installed on it. Most personal computers are designed for specific requirements such as having faster graphic processors to perform better in digital imaging or movie playbacks. So, you need to check before you buy a personal computer.
The second type of operating system is Mac.

Essentially Mac does the same work as Windows and is designed to be simple for children. Mac PC’s are usually more expensive than Windows PC’s, but has software loaded on it and ready for use. It has the perfect hardware for imaging and multimedia such as creating movies to storing and editing digital images. Mac PC’s has everything you would ever need to get started with your professional photography business. I recommend a state of the art iMac from Apple. Apple created a thin design and refined, re-imagined, or re-engineered everything about iMac from the inside out. The result is an advanced, elegant all-in-one computer that’s as much a work of art as it is state of the art.

You will be able to burn Blue Ray/DVD and CD discs, manipulate images and create music files and slide shows with their software. If you buy a cheaper Windows PC, you will probably not have a powerful enough graphics card to handle large image files. This would mean that you will have to upgrade the Windows PC and end up paying more for it than you would pay for an iMac.

What Features To Look For

What Features To Look ForEnsure that your computer has a large hard drive, as this would be where you will store all your programs. As a photographer, you will be taking plenty of images and will need to store them as well. So, you will need to buy the biggest hard drive you can afford. You also need to consider the speed of your processor as it does all the computing for you. You will be paying a little more for a faster processor, but in the end it would be a good choice. Check to see if your screen has HD (High Definition 1080P) compatible to get the most out of your images.

Maximize Your RAM

Maximize Your RAM One thing that you can do to increase the speed of you PC is to maximize the amount of RAM (Random Access Memory) you have. RAM is different from storage memory as you computer will be using it to carry out functions you give it. So, if you are busy printing an image and your computer was instructed to process changes to another, it will use more RAM to perform those task. If you have multiple programs open on your PC, it would also use more RAM. The more RAM your PC uses, the slower it becomes. Avoid slow speeds by ensuring you have as much RAM installed as you can afford. It does cost more, but will be worth it.

More About iMac

Stunning Ultra Thin Design
Just 5 mm thin at its edge, iMac packs a remarkably powerful computer into a gorgeous design.

Maximize Your RAMBeautiful Widescreen Display
It’s been engineered to reduce reflection by 75 percent and make you feel even closer to the action.

csm_4th_Generation_Intel___CoreOE_i7_Processor_Badge_904a10a5abThe Newest Technologies
With fourth-generation Intel processors, the latest NVIDIA graphics, and fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi, the slimmest iMac yet is also the most powerful.

fusion-drive-ico-100012390-largeBreakthrough Fusion Drive
Available as a configurable option, Fusion Drive combines a high-capacity hard drive with high-performance flash storage, so disk-intensive tasks — like booting up and importing photos — are faster and more efficient.

imac-header5Powerful Apps for Creativity and Productivity
Right out of the box, you can edit photos and videos, compose music, create presentations, and more. Built-in apps also let you do everyday things like check your email, make FaceTime video calls, and browse the web.

screen-shot-2013-09-03-at-8-49-07-pmOS X Mavericks
Easy to use, incredibly powerful, and packed with features you’ll love, OS X Mavericks is the world’s most advanced desktop operating system.

2012-imac-overview-boxWhat’s in The Box
• iMac
• Apple Wireless Keyboard
• Apple Magic Mouse
• Power cord

 

 

Recommended iMac Computers

As a professional photographer, you should be equipped with the best computer hardware on the market as it will save you lots of money in future when starting a photography business.
(And for full disclosure, since I’m all about doing things right, all the links in this article pays me a commission if you use them, so please use my links and thanks for helping support this site by using them to make your purchases!)

iMac 21.5-inch: 2.7GHz

Specifications
2.7 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 Processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.2 GHz) with 4MB L3 cache. 1TB (5400-rpm) Hard Drive, 8 GB (Two 4 GB) of 1600MHz DDR3 Memory. 21.5-inch (Diagonal) LED-backlit Display with IPS Technology; 1920-by-1080 Resolution.
Intel Iris Pro Graphics and Mac OS X Mavericks

Total cost: $1,300

iMac 21.5-inch: 2.9GHz

Specifications
2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz) with 6MB L3 cache. 1 TB (5400-rpm) Hard Drive, 8 GB (Two 4 GB) of 1600MHz DDR3 Memory. 21.5-inch (Diagonal) LED-backlit Display with IPS Technology; 1920-by-1080 Resolution.
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M Graphics Processor with 1 GB of GDDR5 Memory and Mac OS X Mavericks

Total cost: $1,500

iMac 27-inch: 3.2GHz

Specifications
3.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz) with 6MB L3 cache. 1 TB (7200-rpm) Hard Drive, 8GB (two 4GB) of 1600MHz DDR3 memory; Four User-Accessible SO-DIMM Slots. 27-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Display with IPS Technology; 2560-by-1440 Resolution.
NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M Graphics Processor with 1 GB of GDDR5 Memory and Mac OS X Mavericks

Total cost: $1,800

iMac 27-inch: 3.4GHz

Specifications
3.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz) with 6MB L3 cache. 1 TB (7200-rpm) Hard Drive; 8 GB (Two 4 GB) of 1600MHz DDR3 Memory; Four User-Accessible SO-DIMM Slots. 27-inch (Diagonal) LED-backlit Display with IPS Technology; 2560-by-1440 Resolution
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M Graphics Processor with 2 GB of GDDR5 Memory and Mac OS X Mavericks

Total cost: $2,000


Computer Accessories Ideal For Digital Photography

Computer Accessories Ideal For Digital Photography

You have bought a Digital SLR camera and an iMac computer for your professional photography business. Now it’s time to look at computer accessories that is essential to help improve your productivity and make your business work more productively. Your iMac computer will come with a wireless keyboard, magic mouse and power cord to do all the basic tasks for your photography business, but there are other devices available that can help make your image processing even simpler.

Graphics Pad

You might feel that it is a bit difficult to carry out image editing with your mouse, but with a graphics pad editing can be done easier and more precise. You simply use a digital pen to “draw” changes on an image. Working with a graphics pad would be ideal for fine adjustments and intricate image editing work. With the Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch Small Tablet, you’ll enjoy making digital art with the comfort, precision, and feel of working with traditional media. This tablet lets you create expressively and intuitively with your computer, whether you’re sketching or drawing, editing photos, or coloring digitally. The Tablet is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later (with Intel processor). The tablet connects to your computer via USB. A Wacom Wireless Accessory Kit is sold separately.

Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch Small TabletWacom Intuos Pen and Touch Small Tablet

Edit digital photos, paint and draw with the natural feel of a pen on paper with this tablet. You will also get Free downloadable creative software which includes – Autodesk Sketchbook Express and Art Rage 3 Studio. The tablet has a Multi-touch gestures to scroll, zoom, rotate and a Pressure sensitive pen with an eraser. There are 3 replacement nibs included, located in the middle compartment on the underside of the tablet and 4 application specific Express Keys. The wireless accessory kit is sold separately.

Total cost: $90

Wacom Wireless Accessory KitWacom Wireless Accessory Kit

You can store up to 15-hour of battery life depending on the size tablet. It has RF wireless technology which offers immediate pairing and avoidance of compatibility issues with an operating distance is up to 10 meters. Recharging through your USB port takes 3.5 hours for an 85% charge and less than 6 hours for a 100% charge.

Total cost: $40

Memory Card Reader

A memory card reader is a device that you can plug into your computer’s USB port to accept memory cards. Using this device would void connecting your camera to your PC. You simply open your memory card wallet and insert them into the device. This would speed up image downloading and will also save battery power on your digital camera. There are many different types of memory card readers from reading only one card to multiple formats. With the ABC Products All in One Multi Memory Card Reader, it is simple as ABC. This memory card reader will read all cards except Smart Media. It also has a USB cable included for connecting to your PC.

ABC Products All in One Multi Memory Card ReaderABC Products All in One Multi Memory Card Reader

This memory card reader has a 1 Year Warranty and I have read a review of guy that have abused this item, dropped it, cracked the case, even bent one of the pins on the inside of the reader and still worked fine!! It works with USB2.0 and Mac OS V9.2 and above. The card reader reads all memory cards except smart media and has a USB cable included. This products is a registered trade mark.

Total cost: $12

External Hard Drives

The best way to increase the storage capacity on your computer is with an external hard drive. You can get hard drives with a storage capacity from 250GB to well over four terabytes. 1TB (one terabyte) is equal to one thousand gigabyte (GB). When you have a large external hard drive, you do not have to use much of your PC hard drive space. You will then mainly use the PC hard drive space to install new software.

Buy the largest drive capacity that your budget can meet as you will be amazed at how fast they will fill up. With the Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB External Hard Drive for Mac, you can back up your digital content anytime, anywhere. It is designed for ultimate portability and the sleek metal design allows for the thinnest portable hard drive available with up to 2TB of capacity.

The drive is powered by a USB cable and does not require a power supply. The drive works perfectly with Apple Time Machine software right out of the box to provide easy backups. You can also get a hard drive case protector wherever you go. It’s an internal elastic strap that keeps the hard drive in place during transport, while a semi-rigid shell protects the physical integrity of the hard drive. In addition, an internal mesh pocket allows you to store your necessary cords.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB External Hard DriveSeagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB External Hard Drive

Easy backup for your digital life on your computer, with 1TB storage capacity. It has a slim, metal design that allows you to slide the drive into your pocket, purse or backpack. The drive is formatted for Mac and compatible with Time Machine backup software right out of the box. Share feature allows multiple files to be uploaded to social networks at once from your computer. Simply select files to upload and choose where to post them and even add comments.

Total cost: $85

Logic Portable EVA Hard Drive CaseLogic Portable EVA Hard Drive Case

This Logic case is EVA molded, durable, with a semi-rigid exterior to protect your valuable data. It has a compact case to store or transport smaller portable hard drives. Its slimline design allows the case to easily fit into any backpack or briefcase. With an interior strap and zippered closure, it will secure your portable hard drive in place. It also has an internal mesh pocket that conveniently stores USB cords.

Total cost: $9

USB Port Devices

Having an additional USB port device come in as a very handy tool when you need it. It allows you to connect devices such as digital cameras, phones, external hard drives, flash drives, and printers to your Mac in one convenient place. With this device it is easy to move between systems because of its portability.

The Sabrent Premium 4 Port Aluminum USB Hub adds four additional USB ports that you can use to connect other devices to your Mac It has a sleek aluminum design with a shielded white cable that complements your Mac computer and products. It does not require any software or complicated installation process. With a slim, strip-shape design, it saves you precious desktop space. The nice thing about this product, it comes with a three year warranty.

Sabrent Premium 4 Port Aluminum USB HubSabrent Premium 4 Port Aluminum USB Hub

Sleek Apple-style design ideal for iMac and adds an additional 4 USB 2.0 ports to your computer – Up to 480 Mbps data transfer rate. It is very easy to set up and has a shielded cable that makes it safe and efficient to transfer data for maximum performance and long-time usage.

Total cost: $15

External CD/DVD and Blu-Ray Burner

One thing about the new edition of an iMac is that it does not have a CD/DVD ROM installed. You will have to buy an external burner to what movies and burn discs. A DVD burner is highly recommended in the photography business market so that you can supply digital images on a disc to your clients. It would make it much more attractive if you can do it all on Blu-Ray. In addition to Blu-Ray discs, it also offers a way to back-up huge volumes of image data without using more space on your hard drives.

The Pawtec UltraSlim Blu-Ray Writer comes in a silver, sleek and slim multifunctional drive. It is a must-have accessory for your iMac allowing you to read and write Blu-Ray, DVD, and CD discs. You can also use it to watch the latest Blu-Ray movies or backup important files on a Blu-Ray disc with your iMac. It is the thinnest Blu-Ray writer on the market and is a perfect match for your iMac product line. Its Plug and Play and no drivers are required. Burning software is not included.

As a professional photographer, you should products that would make your business life much more efficient. (And for full disclosure, since I’m all about doing things right, almost all the links in this article pays me a commission if you use them, so please use my links and thanks for helping support this site by using them to make your purchases!)

Pawtec UltraSlim Blu-Ray WriterPawtec UltraSlim Blu-Ray Writer

Plug and Play – Works with Mac OS X. Note: Surface Tablet users will need a powered USB Hub with power adapter to supply additional power in order to operate. It has the ability to read and write CD, DVD and Blu-Ray disc. Constructed with industry leading slot loading Blu-Ray writer. Sleek durable silver top plastic finish that does not dent or bend with an aluminium slip resistant bottom.

Total cost: $160

 

Express BurnExpress Burn

CD and BluRay Burning. With authoring software you can burn Audio, Video and Data to CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs and create and record discs quickly and easily on Mac. Popular features include: Ultra fast burning to save you time. Drag and drop files straight into the application. The ISO burner will record ISO images to disc. Burn Blu-ray data and video discs. Burn to recordable and re-recordable discs (CDR, CDRW). Copy and burn DVDs and other discs.

Total cost: $170

 

100 x Verbatim 4.7GB White Printable Disc DVD+R100 x Verbatim 4.7GB White Printable Disc DVD+R

These discs have been extensively tested for compatibility with inkjet disc printers. It offers 4.7GB or 120 minutes of DVD-quality storage capacity, these are one-time record discs, ensuring that your movies, video clips or other data will not be erased. Today, most DVD writers and readers use these discs interchangeably, with no noticeable performance differences.

Total cost: $37

 

50 x Verbatim 25GB White Printable Blu-Ray Disc50 x Verbatim 25GB White Printable Blu-Ray Disc

Blu-ray Disc is the next-generation optical disc format that was developed to enable recording and playback of high-definition video (HD), as well as storing large amounts of data. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc can hold 25GB, which can be used to record over 2 hours of HDTV. Blu-ray uses a blue-violet laser to read and write data while current optical disc technologies such as DVD use a red laser.

Total cost: $43

 

100 Pack 14mm Double Black DVD Case100 Pack 14mm Double Black DVD Case

The Double Black DVD Cases are made from Polypropylene Material and are of exceptional quality. The Cases have a clear/transparent cover for labels or graphics covering the front and the back. Will arrive in quantities of a 100 pack. The discs will not fall out from the case due to a strong hinge: would not become white and broken after several opening and closing. These quality cases are ideal for professional use.

Total cost: $22

 

25 Pack Double BLU-RAY Case with Blu-Ray Logo25 Pack Double BLU-RAY Case with Blu-Ray Logo

Replace your double-disc DVD cases with these Blu-Ray Cases. It also has a Blu-Ray Logo, designed to hold one or two discs. Please be aware that there are several different Blu-Ray case designs, so these may not exactly match the cases you already own. They come in a pack of 25 and these quality cases are ideal for professional use.

Total cost: $17


What Software You Need as a Photographer?

What Software You Need as a Photographer?

There are many different kinds of software that a professional photographer can buy to edit their images. So, what software do you really need to get for your photography business?
Image editing software can improve your images by changing colour, to correct exposure problems, remove redeye from portrait photos, and crop an image to improve composition, make blurred photos sharp, add special effects and remove unwanted elements. Not only can image editing software do this, but you will need to learn how to achieve these effects as fast and professional as you can to start your photography business.

What Software To Buy Or Download?

The below list of software packages are the best in the market, to enhance your images. As a professional photographer, getting the best software to add exceptional effects to your images will bring in much more business for you. (And for full disclosure, since I’m all about doing things right, some links in this article pays me a commission if you use them, so please use my links and thanks for helping support this site by using them to make your purchases!)

Adobe and Apple have worked closely together to test Adobe Creative Cloud applications and Adobe Creative Suite 6 applications for reliability, performance, and user experience when installed on Intel-based systems running Mac OS X Mavericks. (v10.9). All Adobe CC and CS6 products are compatible, but a few products require updates to the latest builds to work properly. Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS4, and CS3 were also tested with Mac OS X Mavericks and there are currently no known major issues.

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Adobe Photoshop CCAdobe Photoshop CC

Adobe Photoshop CC comes with Adobe’s Creative Cloud (CC) suite. It has new features that make it stand out from the traditional versions. Professional photographers gain great benefit from using Photoshop CC in their daily work. To install apps with automatic updates will take place with the Creative Cloud dashboard and can be installed on any device where you can store files in Creative Cloud. When you want comments and reviews on your work, you can post them to the CC community and discover the fantastic work of other photographers.

Requirements: Your device must meet the minimum system requirements before you can install Adobe CC applications.

Browser Requirements:

From Adobe: “The Creative Cloud website is designed to work optimally in the latest versions of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. The site should degrade gracefully on older browsers; you may have trouble using certain features on those older versions. Internet Explorer 8 and earlier are not supported.”
Creative Cloud Desktop App Requirements:
Microsoft Windows 7, 8, or 8.1
Mac OS X v10.7, v10.8, or v10.9
An Internet connection required and individual CC applications may have other system requirements. Photoshop CC has the following tech spec requirements:

Windows:

Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 processor (2GHz or faster)
Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1
1 GB of RAM
2.5 GB of available hard-disk space for installation
1024 x 768 display (1280 x8 00 recommended)
Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, membership validation, and access to online services.

Mac OS:

Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
Mac OS X v10.7, v10.8, or v10.9
1 GB of RAM
3.2 GB of available hard-disk space for installation
1024 x 768 display (1280 x 800 recommended)
Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, membership validation, and access to online services.

Total cost: $20 per Month

Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a BookAdobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book

The fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe Photoshop CC. A 400 Page Classroom in a Book®, the best-selling series of hands-on software training workbooks, offers what no other book or training program does—an official training series from Adobe Systems Incorporated, developed with the support of Adobe product experts.

Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book contains 14 lessons that cover the basics, providing countless tips and techniques to help you become more productive with the program. You can follow the book from start to finish or choose only those lessons that interest you.

Purchasing this book gives you access to the downloadable lesson files you need to work through the and to electronic book updates covering new features that Adobe releases for Creative Cloud customers.

“The Classroom in a Book series is by far the best training material on the market. Everything you need to master the software is included: clear explanations of each lesson, step-by-step instructions, and the project files for the students.”

Total cost: $42

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 software makes everything about digital photography easier and faster. Perfect your shots with powerfully simple adjustments and a full range of advanced controls. Easily find and organize all your photos. Quickly share your favorites on social networks, or showcase them in elegant photo books and web galleries.

Get all your digital photography essentials in one fast, efficient application. View and organize, perfect and process, print, and share — Lightroom includes everything you need. Get the best from every pixel in your photos, whether you shot them with a pro D-SLR camera or a camera phone. Lightroom includes a comprehensive set of advanced tools for tone, contrast, color, noise reduction, and much more.

System Requirements:

Windows:

Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 processor
DirectX 10-capable or later graphics card
Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 or Windows 8
2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
2GB of available hard-disk space
1024 x 768 display
DVD-ROM drive
Internet connection required for Internet-based services

Mac OS:

Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
Mac OS X v10.7 or v10.8
2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
2GB of available hard-disk space
1024 x 768 display
DVD-ROM drive
Internet connection required for Internet-based services

Total cost: $120

Adobe Lightroom 5 Classroom in a BookAdobe Lightroom 5 Classroom in a Book

Serious digital photographers that seek the fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 can choose Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Classroom in a Book. There are 11 project lessons in this book that show readers step-by-step key techniques for working in Photoshop Lightroom 5.

The book delivers 5 complete workflow solutions for a digital photographer, from powerful one-click adjustments to a full range of cutting-edge advanced controls. Readers learn how to manage large volumes of digital photographs, work in a non-destructive environment to allow for fearless experimentation, and perform sophisticated image processing tasks to easily produce good-looking pictures and polished presentations for both web and print.

This completely revised 416 Page edition explains how to fix tilted images and unwanted flaws in one step, and how to create off-center and multiple vignettes within a single image. Learn how to utilize new Smart Previews so you can work on images without bringing your entire library with you. You’ll also learn how to combine still images, video clips, and music into video slide shows that can be viewed on almost any device.

Total cost: $36

 


Choosing The Best Printer For Digital Printing

Choosing The Best Printer For Digital Printing

You will need a printer to turn your digital images into photographic prints and there are hundreds of them. There are digital cameras that can print directly from a computer or compatible printer and selecting the printing sizes yourself, will provide great flexibility on the choice you make. Here we will talk about some tips on making sure that you have the right printer and practicalities of printing images. Once you know what you want to use a printer for, it would be easy to select them for your business.

The 10 Best Photo Printers

Inkjet Printers

The most common type of printer is an Inkjet printer that is designed for office and general printing. There are many varieties to choose from and some that is more suitable for printing photographs. If we look at a standard Inkjet printer, they would use a combination of four coloured ink cartridges – cyan, yellow, magenta and black – that is all combined to form different combinations of colour. But you also get Inkjet printers that are designed to print high quality photographs and would then use additional special photo inks. These extra inks are designed to improve the quality of your prints and would be able to create finer gradations between light and dark areas.

Printers also come in various sizes to be able to print A4, A3 and even A2. Some printers can even print on CD’s and DVD’s so that you can customise your own brand. A4 printers are usually used for general work and are very affordable. A3 printers offer larger prints with better print resolutions and quality, but are more expensive. A2 printers are more for professional and high quality printing and are aimed at studio work that comes with a very expensive price.

Dye Sublimation Printers

Dye sub printers are specifically designed for printing excellent and quality photos. They also come in different range sizes up to A4. They use special film coated in cyan, yellow and magenta dyes plus a special fixing layer dye. These are then transformed to a special kind of paper that receives the dye using heat. If you are interested in printing only 6×4 inch photos, this would be for you.

Printing Without a PC

Most printers also comes with the ability to print directly from your device, you will not need a computer. Other printers have memory card slots where you can insert cards to print from directly. Look for a printer that is a “true” photo printer and that has separate ink tanks that is economical for use. Dye sub printers cannot be used for anything other than photos and buy a “photo quality” inkjet printer for your photography business if photos are the main task for your printer.

The below list of printers are the top 10 that I would recommend for a professional photographer just starting their business. (And for full disclosure, since I’m all about doing things right, some links in this article pays me a commission if you use them, so please use my links and thanks for helping support this site by using them to make your purchases!)

Epson PictureMate Charm Photo PrinterEpson PictureMate Charm Photo Printer

Share memories instantly — at home, on-the-go or in the office — with PictureMate Charm. This portable photo printer turns your photos and professional images into better-than-lab-quality prints. Just connect any digital camera or insert a memory card. Then, use the 2.5″ color photo screen to preview photos, remove red eye and enhance colors. Once you choose to print, PictureMate Charm will print a 4″ x 6″ photo in as fast as 37 seconds. With this portable printer, you can get stacks of photos without the wait or cost of a photo lab, and without a PC. Use the optional battery and print photos wherever you go — at the park, on vacation or at a photo shoot.

Total cost: $167

Epson Stylus Photo R2000 Color Inkjet PrinterEpson Stylus Photo R2000 Color Inkjet Printer

Take your creativity and productivity to the next level with the advanced features and uncompromising quality of this printer. This robust, 13”-wide printer delivers remarkable efficiency and versatility with high-capacity cartridges, and networking and wireless connectivity, along with flexible media handling. Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 pigment ink, delivered through Epson’s Advanced MicroPiezo AMC print head, yields beautiful archival prints with an unprecedented glossy look and feel. Offering the latest in wired and wireless networking, it’s easy to print from anywhere in your home or office.

Total cost: $689

Epson Stylus Photo R2880 Color Inkjet PrinterEpson Stylus Photo R2880 Color Inkjet Printer

Designed to deliver your creative vision without compromise, includes an advanced ink set and versatile features for incredible quality and control. Boasting the same technology professional photographers demand, Epson UltraChrome K3® with Vivid Magenta Ink gives the R2880 a larger color gamut for more saturated reds, blues and purples. This powerful machine has the flexibility to create beautiful prints on a full range of professional and fine–art media, including glossy, luster and canvas up to 13 inches wide. Achieve professional results every time with the quality, control and versatility of the Epson Stylus Photo R2880.

Total cost: $665

Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Color Inkjet PrinterEpson Stylus Photo R3000 Color Inkjet Printer

Unleash your creative inspiration with the advanced features and uncompromising quality of the Epson Stylus Photo R3000. This 13”-wide printer delivers the professional features you desire including high-capacity cartridges, networking and wireless connectivity, plus Advanced Media Handling. Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta pigment ink, combined with Epson’s innovative MicroPiezo AMC print head, enables the R3000 to produce gallery-quality black-and-white output. Offering the latest in wired and wireless networking, it’s easy to print from anywhere in your home or studio. Now, you can produce stunning wide-format images and professionally showcase your work.

Total cost: $721

Canon PIXMA MG8220 Inkjet Photo All-In-One PrinterCanon PIXMA MG8220 Inkjet Photo All-In-One Printer

A sleek, beautiful design is your introduction to the superior quality. It begins with built-in Wi-Fi®1 which lets you easily print and scan wirelessly virtually anywhere around your house. Print gorgeous, borderless photos at home up to 8.5″ x 11″ size with a maximum print color resolution of 9600 x 2400 for professional color and black & white photos. The MG8220 also lets you print on your printable CD, DVD and Blu-ray Discs, and you can even turn your HD Movie clips into beautiful photos. Built-in Auto Duplex Printing allows you to automatically print on both sides of the paper.

Total cost: $280

Canon PIXMA MX922 Printer, Scanner, Copier and FaxCanon PIXMA MX922 Printer, Scanner, Copier and Fax

Bring superior quality and many wireless capabilities to your home. This printer has built-in WiFi1 for printing and scanning virtually anywhere. It also includes AirPrint, which lets you wirelessly print from your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch devices. The MX922 also has a new high-capacity 250-sheet plain paper cassette so you can focus on your work and not running out of paper. Superior 9600 x 2400 maximum color and 5 individual ink tanks means incredible business document printing and efficiency with the option of a high yield pigment black ink tank to print more documents without changing the pigment black ink as often.

Total cost: $100

Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Color Inkjet PrinterEpson Stylus Pro 3880 Color Inkjet Printer

With the Epson Stylus Pro 3880, uncompromising quality is within reach. Engineered for the discriminating professional, this compact, 17″-wide printer includes Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta Ink Technology, world-renowned for professional printing applications. This, combined with an advanced print head, to produce gallery-quality color output up to 17″ x 22″. The printer’s industry-acclaimed ink set delivers a phenomenal color gamut with breathtaking blues and violets. Exceptional print quality and professional media support Now, you can achieve stunning wide-format prints to professionally showcase your work and bring your creative visions to life.

Total cost: $1190

Canon PIXMA PRO-1 Professional Inkjet PrinterCanon PIXMA PRO-1 Professional Inkjet Printer

This printer is the quintessential tool for the professional photographer that gives you the ability to print the images you captured with your Canon EOS Digital SLR, exactly as you envisioned it. The 12 LUCIA pigment ink system expands the color gamut with improved saturation of colors and darker, deeper blacks which allows the professional photographer to achieve new levels of skin tone reproduction, accuracy and quality, so your prints exhibit stunning detail. Five monochrome inks raise your level of professional print quality when creating the dramatic expression of grayscale photography. The built-in Ethernet connection allows multiple users to print.

Total cost: $1200

Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Photo PrinterCanon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Photo Printer

It’s time to step up to the large format, professional quality printer you’ve been dreaming about. The PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Professional Inkjet Printer possesses the functionality and technology you need to achieve high-quality output, so your prints can look as good as the images you capture. The 8-ink dye based ChromaLife100+ system provides you with an amazing color gamut so your prints will look as vivid as you remember. Connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Ethernet and USB and you have a professional machine that easily fits into your workflow that you can place anywhere around the studio. For media support, the PIXMA PRO-100 features two paper trays.

Total cost: $378

HP Designjet T120 Thermal Inkjet 24" ePrinterHP Designjet T120 Thermal Inkjet 24″ ePrinter

The printer is a compact, easy-to-use, Web-connected printer. It has Wi-Fi connectivity, a front-loading media roll, B+ tray, and long-life Original HP printheads. Its small footprint, color touchscreen, and true print preview make printing simple. And print from virtually anywhere using HP Designjet ePrint & Share, from your laptop, iOS device, or Android™ device. It is best used by AEC students and freelance professionals who need an entry-level printing solution that is easy to use and affordable. It has an intuitive, full-color, 4.3-inch (109-mm) touchscreen that simplifies navigation and printing. Access and print projects when you’re away from your studio, using HP Designjet ePrint & Share.

Total cost: $851


Epson Perfection V370 Photo Scanner

Which Scanner is Best For Photography?

Scanners are amazing, they will allow you to scan old photos into a digital format so that you can have a copy of them or edit them as required. Let’s take a look at what the latest modern scanners can offer your professional photography business. After you have scanned in old photos to your computer, you will be able to print copies out and will also be able to enhance and restore the damaged areas on them. Scanners are very simple to operate and allow you to scan images directly to your personal computer, email address or to a printer. We will be discussing how you can get the best out of your scanner.

Software will come with a scanner to link to your PC and some scanners comes with additional image “cleaning” software, that you can use to edit an image as the scan is made. Scanners comes in three different types and it all depends on what you scan will reflect on what you need.

Flatbed Scanners

Flatbed scanners are referred to reflective scanners as they will reflect light from the original document or photo and capture it. This captured light is ideal for creating images that you can print later on. The scanner has an A4 glass platform that you can use to place your original photo, or document on. Some scanners has a transparent unit that allows you to scan negatives. A flatbed scanner is not that expensive and can scan at high resolutions to make new prints.

Film Scanners

Film scanners are designed to scan film in particular sizes. These scanners are transmisive and copes with either colour or black and white negative slide. They use special mounts to hold film while being scanned and also comes with cleaning software. They are capable of using very high resolutions due to the original being smaller. These film scanners are expensive but have a higher professional level in scanning than flatbed scanners.

All-In-One

An all-in-one is a combination of scanner, printer and copier. Some of these scanners also come with an option to fax as well. These types of scanners comes in handy if you have limited space in your office. The printer is usually a good printer, but the scanner has a lower resolution than a stand-alone scanner. These scanners are inexpensive compared to buying three or four separate machines as an office tool.

Canon PIXMA MG8220 Inkjet Photo All-In-One PrinterCanon PIXMA MG8220 Inkjet Photo All-In-One Printer

A sleek, beautiful design is your introduction to the superior quality. It begins with built-in Wi-Fi®1 which lets you easily print and scan wirelessly virtually anywhere around your house. Print gorgeous, borderless photos at home up to 8.5″ x 11″ size with a maximum print color resolution of 9600 x 2400 for professional color and black & white photos. The MG8220 also lets you print on your printable CD, DVD and Blu-ray Discs, and you can even turn your HD Movie clips into beautiful photos. Built-in Auto Duplex Printing allows you to automatically print on both sides of the paper.

Total cost: $280

Epson Perfection V370 Photo ScannerEpson Perfection V370 Photo Scanner

Scan photos, film, oversized originals, plus scan-to-cloud – you get it all with the Epson Perfection V370 Photo. This powerful performer makes it simple to archive photos and documents or create enlargements with the built-in transparency unit and 4800 x 9600 dpi optical resolutions. It also offers one-touch buttons for scan-to-email and copy. Plus use photo restoration to bring those faded family photos back to life. You can even scan oversized artwork or photo album pages with ArcSoft Scan-n-Stitch Deluxe software. Featuring Epson exclusive ReadyScan Technology for fast scans and no warm up time, you will be scanning in no time.

Total cost: $100

Epson Perfection V500 Photo ScannerEpson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner

The Epson Perfection V500 Photo offers extraordinary quality and versatility with 6400 dpi resolution and a LED light source for greater productivity. Remove dust and scratches from slides, negatives and film. Or, restore faded colour photos with one touch. Then, take your photos further with the included Adobe® Photoshop® Elements. When it’s time to archive important documents, you can scan multiple documents fast with the optional automatic document feeder. Best of all, the energy-efficient LED means you can work smarter with faster scans and lower power consumption. Plus, with no warm up time, it’s easier than ever to get started.

Total cost: $155

CanoScan LiDE210 Color Image ScannerCanoScan LiDE210 Color Image Scanner

The CanoScan LiDE210 Colour Image features the quality, speed and ease of use that will bring your electronic filing system to another level. Its maximum resolution of 4800 x 4800 (Optical) dpi1 provides excellent scanning quality for both your photos and documents with a vivid 48-bit colour depth and over 281 trillion possible colours. The scanner enables you to scan, copy, email or create a PDF faster than ever while you enjoy three scanning position to accommodate workspaces of any size. Plus, you can scan those bulky items as the Advanced Z-Lid extends up and over the platen to scan large items such as notebooks, textbooks and other thick documents.

Total cost: $80


How To Reduce Camera Shake

How To Reduce Camera Shake

When your photos are having a blur, it is caused by camera shake, but there is a range of solutions to prevent this from happening. Camera shake happens when your digital camera’s shutter speed is too slow to freeze a scene that you are photographing. Slow shutter speeds are a result of using a lens that has a long focal length and would reduce light reaching the camera’s sensor, or it is dark. Here we will discuss ways to prevent camera shake from happening and what support accessories you can look at to provide you with a solution.

Adjusting Your Shutter Speed To Prevent Shake

Always use the shutter speed that is the reciprocal of the lens focal length to prevent camera shake in your photos. Let’s take an example, if your lens focal length is 100mm, your shutter speed must be at least 1/100th second. If your lens focal length is 150mm, you shutter speed must be at least 1/150th second. If you are not familiar to control your shutter speed on a digital camera, then you will need to support the camera. Basic digital cameras do not always have an option to adjust shutter speeds, so a support is required such as a tripod or monopod. Even if you are able to control shutter speeds on your digital camera, you might still have to keep your camera as steady as possible in low light situations.

So when you would like to take a photograph of city lights or a sunset when the sun is very low, a support will help you to achieve a sharp image. Here are some support options that is best suited for a professional photographer. (And for full disclosure, since I’m all about doing things right, some links in this article pays me a commission if you use them, so please use my links and thanks for helping support this site by using them to make your purchases!)

Tripods

A tripod is a digital camera support structure with three legs that the camera screws onto via a small screw lug on the tripod’s mount. A tripod is very portable and easy to work with. They are ideal for long focal lengths, low light situations and shooting landscapes where sharp detail is crucial. There are many different sizes and models which professional ones are best for any environment.

SLIK PRO 700DX Professional Tripod with PanheadSLIK PRO 700DX Professional Tripod with Panhead

SLIK’s exclusive A.M.T. super titanium alloy legs make the PRO 700 DX tripod rock steady yet lighter than it looks. The A.M.T. alloy has a 40% greater strength to weight ration than standard aluminum, meaning the legs are lighter weight yet stronger than the standard metal used in most of today’s tripods. Capable of handling the weight of large format (4×5) field cameras or heavy, long telephoto lenses, The PRO 700 DX offer professional photographers and advanced amateurs the strength and stability they need while its size, and the use of A.M.T. alloy, make it lighter weight and more portable than THE PROFESSIONAL series.

Total cost: $140

Monopods

A monopod is similar to a tripod, but with only one leg and not three which are also designed to support a camera. You mount your camera on the top of the monopod via a tripod bush. It keeps your camera steady while you are able to manoeuvre it around. They are not as steady as a tripod and requires some practice to work with and offer a more portable solution. They can be folded down for easy transportation and are not ideal for long exposures at night. But best used for shooting a fast moving subject with a long focal length.

Slik Pro Pod 382 Carbon Fiber MonopodSlik Pro Pod 382 Carbon Fiber Monopod

Designed with the professional photographer in mind. Ultra heavy construction for use with a D-SLR and 35mm still camera with long telephoto/zoom lenses, large format camera and medium format camera. Made from CARBON FIBER and approx. 30-40% lighter than the equivalent aluminum monopod.  The Pro Pad 382 CF Carbon Fiber Monopod holds a maximum load of 11 pounds and can be extended to a maximum height of 64″.

Total cost: $90


Is Flash Necessary In Your Photography Kit?

Is Flash Necessary In Your Photography Kit?

Almost every digital camera has a built-in flash system that is designed to provide artificial light, but they are small and do not always provide enough illumination. There are solutions for too little light. Digital camera’s built-in flashes are ideal for close up shoots.Depending on the type of digital camera you have, you can adjust the amount of light you want with an accessory flashgun. These are the kind of units that are more powerful and can be controlled as required. Slave flashes are another type of accessory flashgun which can be triggered by another flash unit, but more on that later.

Hotshoe Flash

Hotshoe FlashA D-SLR camera will have a hotshoe on the top plate winch are a fitting with electrical contact points. This is where you connect a flashgun to your camera. These types of flashguns make use of their own battery power (usually four AA batteries). Once the flashgun is connected, it will “talk” to your camera to gather information on how much flash exposure would be right.

When an accessory flash is mounted onto your digital camera, the automatic built-in flash will be deactivated. Flashguns also have a bounce head that are used to tilt the head, turn and swivel to bounce light in a certain direction as required. This will allow you to control where the light comes from, like bouncing light from a wall or ceiling. This comes in handy to create and reduce certain shadows of your subject. The more control you have with your flashgun, the more expensive it becomes.

Studio Flash

Most D-SLR cameras have a flash synchro terminal that is used to plug into a studio flash system and the studio flash will then be triggered by the camera. Studio flash often has big lights with reflectors (umbrellas) and requires power from an electrical plug. Some systems are conveniently portable and can be used in your home. They normally used for portraiture shoots, but are very expensive aimed at serious photographers.

Slave Flash

Slave flashes are another type of accessory flashgun which can be triggered by another flash unit. Due to this concept, they are revered to be “slave” flashguns, and can trigger multiple units simultaneously as required. They can be placed almost anywhere to get more light onto a scene such as a large group photo where one flashgun would not do the job. So when you would like to take a photograph of in poor light conditions or working in a very large room, flashguns will help you to achieve a better image. Here are some flashgun options that are best suited for a professional photographer having wedding photography in mind. (And for full disclosure, since I’m all about doing things right, some links in this article pays me a commission if you use them, so please use my links and thanks for helping support this site by using them to make your purchases!)

Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlite Flash for Nikon Digital SLRNikon SB-700 AF Speedlite Flash for Nikon Digital SLR

The next great Speedlite from Nikon is here, introducing the Nikon SB-700, a high-performance portable flash with a host of new features designed to make flash photography simple, accurate and creative. The SB-700 is for photographers looking for an on-camera Speedlite offering more power for greater depth-of-field control than the built-in flash or for users looking for a compact Speedlite that can be set up as a Commander or a Remote in wireless flash set-ups as well as those who want to upgrade from their existing or older Nikon Speedlite.

Total cost: $327

Nikon SB-910 Speedlite FlashNikon SB-910 Speedlite Flash

Engineered for both FX and DX-format D-SLR’s, the SB-910 offers unparalleled lighting performance in the field and in the studio. Featuring Nikon’s versatile i-TTL (intelligent through-the-lens) metering for on camera or wireless flash control, the SB-910 can operate as a hot shoe mounted Speedlite, remote unit or wireless Commander. And with refined operability including illuminated buttons for use in low light and improved thermal cut out protection, the SB-910 is the perfect partner to your Nikon camera.

Total cost: $547

 

Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash for Canon Digital SLRCanon Speedlite 430EX II Flash for Canon Digital SLR

Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash has a full swiveling bounce head that zooms automatically over a range of 24mm-105mm. It’s wireless E-TTL II compatibility permits it to function as a slave unit, triggered by a 580EX, ST-E2, or MR-14EX. Any number of 430EX and 550EX Speedlites can be combined as slave units for creative compatibility.

Total cost: $260

 

 

Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite FlashCanon 600EX-RT Speedlite Flash

Canon’s new Speedlite 600EX-RT is engineered to provide a new level of performance and reliability for professional flash photography with today’s most advanced D-SLR’s. With wireless two-way radio communication, the Speedlite 600 EX-RT allows photographers to expand their creativity using wireless speedlites with the reliability of radio triggering. The Speedlite 600EX-RT offers an expanded zoom range and a higher guide number, plus a number of improvements over its predecessor in both operation and feel. It features a new dot-matrix LCD panel for display of all pertinent shooting information, backlit controls plus an internal sound generator.

Total cost: $500


Measure Light & Battery Use

Measure Light & Battery Use

Are you having trouble to get the light right on your pictures? Making use of a light meter can be your solution to stop suffering from over or under exposing your images. While in the middle of a shoot you realize that your low battery power light is flashing, what are you going to do? All D-SLR cameras have built-in automatic light meters, but are not as accurate as they should be. As a professional photographer you would demand the correct light calculations. We will be discussing on how you can get the most out of your digital camera’s batteries as they are the lifeblood in your photography experience.

How To Use A Light Meter

A digital camera’s light meter measures light that reflects from a subject, a person’s face to use an example. When you use a hand-held light meter, it will measure this light as well, but it will measure the actual light that falls on the person’s face. When you hold your light meter next the person’s face that is within the same light situation as you will be photographing the subject, you will obtain accurate measurements. Using the measurements, you will be able to hone your exposure settings on your camera. After setting your camera and taking control of the aperture and shutter speed, you can take a photo of the subject as normal. Hand-held light meters can be expensive at times, but they do offer quality measurements that are accurate to assess exposure in all your images.

Batteries & Power

Batteries are measured in milliamp hours (mAh) and you need to ensure that you buy batteries that have a high-mAh reading. 500mAh batteries are less powerful than 1000mAh batteries and would not last that long. If your camera uses AA batteries, it is advised to get good quality recharge batteries that can last you a lifetime. Charge batteries the correct length of time by multiplying the mA figure by 1.4 and divide that figure by the charger’s current mA figure.

To use an example: for a 1000mAh battery being charged by a 200mAh charger, you can make the following calculation…
1000 x 1.4 ÷ 200 = 7

You would then charge your batteries for not longer than 7 hours.

Always ensure that you take an extra set of batteries with you on a shoot as well as your battery charger. Once your first set of batteries runs out, you can use the second set and charge the first set if needed. This process saved me a couple of times and I probably should just get two more sets of batteries. Professional photographers don’t guess when it comes to lighting. They make it happen, deliberately. So as a professional photographer, measuring light with a light meter will help you to set your camera accurately for a shot and ensure that you have enough power (batteries) to complete the shoot. (And for full disclosure, since I’m all about doing things right, some links in this article pays me a commission if you use them, so please use my links and thanks for helping support this site by using them to make your purchases!)

Sekonic L-758DR Light MeterSekonic L-758DR Light Meter

What moves the L-758DR DigitalMaster to the head of the class? It’s the only meter that can be calibrated to read light the way your particular camera system reads light. Every camera system is unique. Optical, mechanical and imaging components all act on each other to produce slight differences in exposure and the dynamic range of the camera system. Sekonic helps you discover the differences in your camera system and use this information to control light, make better exposures and take better pictures than ever before. Profiling data from up to three cameras can be stored in your meter for instant recall.

Total cost: $635

Nikon SB-910 Speedlite FlashNikon SB-910 Speedlite Flash

Sekonic’s new LITEMASTER PRO L-478-Series meters are the world’s first touch-screen-operated light meters and have unique, must-have features for both still and motion story tellers. Their compact size is both instantly familiar and comfortable to use. The large LCD (2.7-Inch) displays ambient, flash, cine and a host of other information in a clear and understandable way. Settings are made by simply touching or sliding a finger over the screen. Amazing Must-Have Features L-478D for Still Photographers. Full featured Ambient-Flash modes including new T-F mode. Measure, compare, and mix ambient and flash displayed on a color, touch screen for beautiful, controlled, results.

Total cost: $399