Smart tips for framing black and white pictures

•November 9, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Black and white photographs have remained popular since their inception roughly 150 years ago. The ability of black and white images to fit many decorating styles has contributed to their increased popularity. As such, people have become more open to alternative, more sophisticated framing designs for these items.

How to best frame a black and white photograph is a subject for much conjecture. Plain and simple to take nothing from the art, or more ornate to complement the subject matter? Add colour in the frame design to help draw the eye to the picture, or stick with a rigid two-tone approach to ensure dramatic elegance?

So where does that leave us? Well to be honest somewhere in the middle. The fact is that there is as much variety in black and white photography as in any other art form. Think of it this way, if we asked everyone to dress in the same way the look would suit a few but be terrible for most. However, there are some simple rules and techniques you should keep in mind when framing black and white photographs.

– Some framers believe a pristine white mount is best for all black and white images, on the basis that it does not detract from the picture itself. However, for pictures with a white focal point, a pristine white mount can be too bright and will compete with the image for attention.

– Another common mistake is to try to ‘lighten’ dark art by surrounding it with a light mount. In reality, a light mount border causes the dark colours in the photo to look even darker.

– Mounts should be black, white or grey. Any other colour adds an element that isn’t present in the picture. If you have a customer who insists on a colourful mount, a common suggestion is to go for a white mat with a small accent of colour as a second mount. However, this accent actually pulls the eye away from the photo. A better solution is to use the colour as the predominant top mount and place the accent of black or grey below it to work as a transition into the photo. With all that colour surrounding the photo it isolates the image, in affect, drawing attention to it.

– When it comes to the moulding, consider the era, style and location of the photograph. As in framing any art piece, each frame must enhance the style and mood of the photograph itself. Many framers believe you should stick to a narrow, basic frame for black and white photographs, but this may not co-ordinate with the subject of the photo. For example, a picture of an ornate piece of architecture may look better with a more classical moulding design.

– Elongation is often a good treatment for portrait photographs, images with vertical subjects or strong vertical lines. By making the top and bottom borders wider, it dramatises all those vertical elements.

– A mountslip which matches the moulding can create a strong, classic outline around the photograph. This helps pull the viewer’s attention in from the frame to focus on the picture. Mountslips can also help enhance the customised appearance of the design, adding character and perceived value.

When any item is framed properly the frame design should add a sense of value to the finished product. So a good frame design will help a mediocre shot look good and an unimaginative framing job will bring even the best picture to the level of a cheap poster.

Remember, just because the subject lacks colour doesn’t mean the framing should lack imagination.

For more help or to discuss any of the points raised above please do not hesitate to contact us or visit us in person.

Mark Johnson
http://www.wall-space.co.uk – UK’s leading manufacturer of quality wooden photo frame

The art to choosing the right Canon camera for you…

•November 9, 2010 • Leave a Comment

There are so many Canon cameras to choose from. But how do you find the best Canon digital cameras for you? It can be difficult to get a clear sense of what’s on offer from a big company like Canon when you’re not familiar with all the jargon.

It’s important to be able to separate the sales lingo from the facts, and make a choice that’s right for you, not someone else’s bank balance! So I want to give you a quick starting guide to who Canon actually are, what they offer and what some of their best cameras are.

So, what sort of company is Canon?

Basically, they’re an enormous Japanese corporation who make lots of imaging and optical products. They are the market leaders in producing digital cameras, along with Nikon (each having about 40% of the market).

You can buy compact cameras or DSLR‘s from Canon. The best Canon digital cameras should last you for many years and provide a fantastic tool that will not become obsolete any time soon.

Canon DSLR’s are named with the suffix ‘EOS’, for example the Canon EOS 550D. This abbreviation simply refers to a technology that makes it possible to have no mechanical links between a camera’s body and the lens.

The first EOS digital camera that Canon turned out was the D30 back in 2000. Quite a few more have followed! There are also lots of great compact cameras made by Canon.

Find the best Canon digital cameras by choosing which category to look in.

So, to keep things simple, there are essentially 4 main categories of Canon camera to choose from.

1. Compact cameras
2. Beginner DSLR cameras
3. Prosumer DSLR cameras
4. Professional DSLR cameras

Your choice depends on the type of photography you’d like to do. Work out how the requirements you have translate into specifications.

For example, do you want to make large poster prints? You’ll need a large sensor with plenty of MP’s. Perhaps you find yourself taking lots of shots when the light is failing but get annoyed when pictures come out blurry. Look for a good ISO range and good performance at the higher settings. Do you enjoy wildlife photography? Look for a fast shutter speeds. Perhaps you like taking little movies? More and more cameras enable this.

1. Compacts. If you want everything to be as simple as possible and are not interested in stretching the creative potential of photography, a compact camera is perhaps the best option. The best Canon digital cameras in this category are increasingly excellent quality. I personally really like the Canon Powershot SD 4000 IS. It has a 10MP sensor, large range of focal length and strong build quality.

2. Beginner DSLR. Perhaps you would like something a step up from a basic compact. Maybe you need to produce images with better detail for larger prints. Perhaps it’s important that you can alter the lenses for greater variety in focal length. Or perhaps you’re just starting to really like this whole photography thing! A beginner DSLR would be perfect. Canon offer several excellent models.

Personally I think the Canon EOS 550D is a great all-rounder. It has a very large 18.7 MP sensor which can turn out highly detailed prints suitable for large format printing. The light metering is accurate making it easy to take good pics and the large ISO range opens up low light photography for you very nicely.

3. Prosumer DSLR. Getting a bit more serious? Started to notice one or two details on your existing DSLR that could serve you a bit better? The best Canon Digital s for you to look at might be those in their prosumer range. A good example would be the Canon 40D. It’s very popular and offers photography enthusiasts an excellent quality camera. For me, its best asset is probably the extremely good performance it delivers at higher ISO settings, sacrificing very little in image quality at these faster speeds.

4. Professional DSLR. Are you prepared to splash out a healthy sum of money on a really top-notch professional piece of equipment? The very best Canon digital cameras belong in the professional category and provide amazing quality and specifications.

The Canon EOS 1D Mark IV is widely praised, though I can’t say I’ve had the pleasure of trying it myself yet! It has a superb full frame sensor, can shoot 10 frames/second (!), has amazing autofocus and an unbelievable ISO range. Only purchase a camera like this if you will definitely use and enjoy it. If you can afford to get one, go for it, but I’m jealous.

To help your search further, a thorough guide to the best Canon digital cameras and Canon camera reviews can be found here: http://www.photography-art-cafe.com/canon-camera-reviews.html

•November 9, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Taking photography as a hobby is as easy as picking up a camera and starts shooting but getting the right camera before one can actually start can be  a tough task. It will boil down to your aims as a photographer, how seriously you take your hobby and where you would like to go with your photography.  These are some things which should be clear before one can start thinking about a camera. One easy way can be borrowing a camera from a friend or relative and playing with it for some days, going out and just taking pictures, to get a feel for it and try figure out what he or she wants to do. But still, this might not come easy.

A digital camera is just like an analog camera but with a electronic photo-sensitive sensor instead of a film. It has a lens in the front with a sensor behind it, some mechanism (mechanical or electronic) to show a live picture to the user(so he/she can she where is the camera pointed at), some electronics for controlling the exposures and shutter speeds and settings and some buttons and controls to set these available settings.

There are literally thousands of digital cameras on the market nowadays. Tens of brands produce hundred of models. Cameras can be generally divided into two classes,which are:

  1. Compact digital cameras
  2. SLR cameras (Single Lens Reflex)

A compact is any small, usually pocket size digital camera. It might be fixed focal length or might have a zoom, have an eye piece or may not and so on. They are small in size and can easily fit in a pocket. They have an advantage of size over the SLRs but they are generally very incapable. To a normal person their pictures might seem of very high quality but a trained eye will really tell how good the pictures really are. These camera, depending on the make and model are very limited with functions and options, e.g. an external flash cannot be normally added to a compact flash. Later on we’ll learn that an external flash is a necessity for low light photography and the on-board or built-in flash in not enough.

As its names suggests, everything on the compact camera is also compact, even the lens and the sensor behind it. The sensor is an analog component and as its size becomes smaller, the noise level it gives out on its signal becomes higher, they are inversely proportional. And this is one of the reasons, pictures from a compact will seem of low quality, they seem to have higher noise levels. If the camera is used in darkness, the camera will try to amplify the signal, as it does that it also amplifies the inherent noise in the signal which results in usually worse quality pictures in the dark. The lens on a compact suffers from the same size problem i.e. it has to be small to fit in the smaller camera body and it becomes harder to produce high quality optics in that size also. Plus when the lens is smaller, lesser amount of light will fall on the sensor, which then requires slower shutter speeds or signal amplification by the sensor.

SLR cameras on the other hand are bigger in size mainly because they house a prism to redirect the light through the lens to the optical eye piece. There is a mechanism inside it, which allows the light to fall on the image sensor when a picture is being taken. SLR are bigger in size and they house bigger, higher quality image sensors. As the sensors are bigger in size they produce lesser noise even when the light is low. SLR cameras provide much more manual settings and options for photography. External flash units can be used, a variety of lenses can be uses for different purposes which in case of the compact would not be possible. But this all comes with a price tag and some weight on ones shoulder.

In general, compacts vs. SLRs is a give and take situation. One would have to think about what he or she wants to do actually. Photography with a compact is fun but with an SLR its on completely different level.

Muhammad Sohail Khan

SLR lenses – understanding your options

•November 8, 2010 • Leave a Comment

You will have noticed that a lot of the posts on camera warehouse relate to beginners in the SLR market. There are a number of reasons for this, and the main one is I don’t know enough to educate anybody who is beyond this stage in the SLR photographic career. Another reason is that SLR veterans know their stuff, yet for the beginner – and we have all been there – the information out there can be a bit scattered. Therefore, todays post looks at camera lenses, their importance for your photography and how to choose the correct one for your camera and your needs.

Camera Lenses serve as the digital SLR cameras “eye,” the lens definitively creates what and how your camera will see your subject and how well that view is transmitted to the camera’s sensor chip for recording. The way I like to look at camera lenses is as painter’s brushes, broad strokes, medium stokes, all purpose brushes, and fine detail brushes. There is a lot to learn about digital slr camera lenses and this article will serve as a basic outline to comprehending them. The following sections show the basic types of digital SLR camera lenses, how they function, and how to select them.

Focal Length

On a digital SLR camera the focal length of the lenses measures the distance between the lens and the image sensor, measured in millimeters. Lenses can be divided into subgroups like prime, macro, wide angle, normal, telephoto, and zoom lenses. They are also rated in regards to f-stop or speed an example would be a F2.0 50mm lens or a 1.4F 80 mm lens. More to follow on this topic later in the piece.

Prime Lenses:

Prime lenses are fixed focal length lenses like a 50mm 1.4f lens. To zoom with these types of lenses you need to use your feet and to get closer or farther away from the subject. Traditionally prime lenses are sharper and faster then zoom lenses. If you’re on a budget you can pick up some amazing used older prime lenses off eBay or your local camera store.

Macro Lenses:

Marco Lenses are your detail brushes they enable you to get up close and personal with your subject. These types of lenses are used for extreme close ups on small objects like dandelions, pennies, and food but not limited to these types of subjects. Examples of macro lenses are 50mm and 100 mm macros. These lenses are also great for selective focus types of photos.

Wide-angle Lenses:

Wide-angle lenses are your broad stroke brushes; these types of lenses have short focal lengths. The short focal length has the visual effect of “pushing” the subject away from the photographer and making it appear smaller. The beauty of wide-angle lenses is you can be relatively close to your subject and fit a broad stroke of the background into the scene.

One problem with wide-angle lenses is known as convergence, a distortion that makes vertical structures appear to lean toward the center of the frame. A way to check if the wide-angle lenses you are interested in has convergence is to take test pictures before buying the lens. With high quality wide angles lenses like Canon “L” series lenses address this convergence issue well. Examples of wide-angle lenses are 15MM, 17mm, 24mm and 28mm lenses.

Normal Lenses:

Normal Lenses try to mimic how the human eye sees and are some of the most versatile lenses you can use. These are my all purpose brushes, and are somewhere between a wide angle and a telephoto lenses. If you buy just one lens try and buy the fastest normal lenses you can like a 50mm 1.4f lenses. Some examples of normal lenses are 35mm; 50mm, 65mm and some consider a 80mm a normal lens.

Telephoto Lenses:

Lenses with long focal lengths 100mm and higher are called telephoto lenses. A long focal length seems to bring the subject closer to you and increases the subject’s size in the frame. Telephoto lenses also give your subjects a graphic look and flatten out your subject.

Zoom Lenses:

Zoom lenses are special because they can be used in many situations. These kinds of lenses change in their focal lengths and come in many in wide-angle, telephoto, and wide-angle to telephoto. In my bag I carry a 17mm to 35mm my wide-angle broad brush, 24mm to 70mm my medium brush, and a 80mm to 200mm my short brush. With these three lenses I get a very board range of focal lengths for any situation. All of my zooms are at least f2.8 through out the lenses range, which means my f-stop can stay constant while I am zooming in and out. These kinds of lenses are very expensive but so get what you pay for. When shopping for a zoom lenses check out the f-stop range rating. An example is a 24mm to 300mm f3.5-f5.6 lenses meaning the lowest f-stop you can shoot is at the 24mm range of the lenses and when you zoom to 200mm the lowest you can go is f5.6. Zoom lenses can give you flexibility and versatility all in one lenses. When buying a zoom lens attempt to get one that is fabricated of glass and is the fastest you can afford, you will not regret it.

A look at the Sony Alpha A500 SLR

•November 7, 2010 • Leave a Comment
Sony has been busy extending its scope Alpha DSLR this week, with the arrival of Alpha A500, A550 and A850 cameras .
A850 is a strange beast and one that certainly increase the surprise it brings to the table almost all the functions of its bigger brother, the A900, but with lower price-tag.
For starters: TechRadar notes that although the A850 makes it possible to shoot full-frame images, the camera can not compete with the A900 in terms of coverage of the viewfinder.
While in 2008, has 100 percent of A900, A850 lets you do with 98 percent coverage viewfinder. Also the shooting was reduced to 3 frames per second, compared to the A900 is 5fps. And now there is also installing a remote control.
As for cost reductions of him that is quite a lot. What is left is almost a professional camera with impressive features.
a850
When we got hold of the camera, it is us, how to get there near the A900 in look. Sony has definitely gone from if it is not broke approach here.
This is a similar trick that they have the A700? C camera, who told us, Sony will now be slowly phased out.
Although we had limited time with the A850, the camera is a solid piece of kit. Aluminum casing feels good in your hand, a large handle that does not feel like any time youre going to remove what is essentially an animal of the camera.
a850
, high-contrast 3.0-inch Xtra Fine LCD rear cam is more than impressive. When you browse our photos, high resolution 921k dot screen was sharp and clear, even in difficult light.
and you can view the images are impressive a solid sports A850 24.6MP Exmor CMOS sensor. Currently, one of the largest sensors around the DSLR market.
We were also impressed with the Fn button, as it essentially means that we do not have to dig deep into the endless menu options that the camera has to offer.
It also meant we introduce the parameters capture what we want quickly and easily.
a850
Like the A900, Sony managed to squeeze the technology SteadyShot inside A850.
is integrated with the body stabilization system essentially means that they are no longer associated with the use of a tripod with the DSLR. It adds up to four steps anti-shake correction and makes handheld shooting much easier.
Beside A850, Sony also provides a lens 28-75mm F2.8 SAM. The company ensures that the lens is perfect for the interior scenes and portraits of the available light.
Although they are somewhat concerned that the A700 is dropped by the Sony A850 is more than enough step-in range.
a850
The price of about 2000(compared to the A900, which currently sells at 2,400), this means that those who are looking longingly at the A900, but not were able to afford to buy, do no harm packing A850.
release date for Sony Alpha DSLR A850 is in September this year.

Via: Tech Will
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Why buy the Canon 60d?

•November 6, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Canon are prolific at releasing new digital SLR cameras, and have released three cameras which are comparable within 12 months in to this market. Their trick has always been to create cameras which remain slightly aspirational for their respective user bases whilst keeping enough of an incentive in place for you to upgrade – often to one of their many new releases. The digital rebel users have had their eye on the Canon eos 7d for the past 12 months, and the 7d users have in turn had their eye on the Canon EOS 1D Mark-IV, which for many remains the ultimate digital slr attraction in the market today.

So if we have established that Canon have a definite hierarchy which they strictly adhere to with their digital SLR releases, then the question which springs to mind is, where does the Canon 60D, launched August 2010, fit into the scheme of things?

Canon’s newest Digital SLR launch, the Canon EOS 60D, is gaining loads of interest. But this is the situation with just about any new version from both Canon or Nikon, the two most in-demand DSLR camera companies.

I needed to know, not what the reviewers were saying, but what the purchasers are stating. I know that not every buyer is a professional, but that’s the exact motive to read their remarks. In most cases, they will deliver their absolute truthful judgment regarding their user’s experience.

A few of the things I want to know are these:

1. Do individuals feel “cheated” because the 60D doesn’t have the same metal body and high continuous shooting capability as the 50D?

2. Exactly how do brand-new buyers like the the brand new articulating “Live View” LCD screen?

3. Obviously, I really want to find out from individuals who buy a Canon 60D just how high they are evaluating this latest camera and why.

Prior to getting to the questions, the first thing I discovered is that there is no simple explanation that identifies the experience level of Canon 60D buyers. There are a few who are pros, and conversely, there are several who are moving up from a compact digital camera. And, of course there are just about all levels in between.

There are numerous high ratings, and only one lower ranking. However, there will not be lots of user rankings as of this article. It could be a good plan for you to go to the web based stores and look over several of the remarks for yourself, given that this new digital camera will likely be receiving user reviews on a daily basis.

First: How about the camera construction?

There was not one statement concerning the “shoddy” feel of the 60D.. Not one. In fact there are a few who really like the truth that this particular model is less heavy than its predecessor. Intriguing. The comment I thought rather insightful says that the camera actually doesn’t feel inferior in the least, and he makes the point that he’ll most likely not use his DSLR to “deflect a gun shot” at any time in the near future. It will be a while before we know if the high quality plastic material the body is built of will last, but for the present, customers are pleased with the way the camera feels, and it really looks like a truly professional product. One customer made the remark that this new camera is lighter, which might be beneficial for carrying it all day long.

Next: How do buyers feel about the new articulating “Live View” screen?

Responses about this new element of Canon DSLR cameras were just what I envisioned. Folks really appreciate it. It does seem some were essentially waiting for this launch just to acquire this functional LCD screen. This is true of individuals moving away from a digital point and shoot camera, since many of them have had this sort of movable LCD screen for some time. It’s a very practical addition, as mentioned by a number of customers.

Third question: What are the scores and why?

The fundamental meaning of this query is to determine if buyers are happy with their buy. This is always beneficial to know. I have observed that some buyers are greatly influenced by the remarks of professional camera authorities, and the majority of of the “professional reviews” I find will at one point comment that Canon might well have included the characteristics that are already in the 50D, but instead decided to downgrade in order to get this model “in between” the T2i and the 7D. What I see is that not any of the people who left comments gave it a second thought. As already stated, the comments out there are hugely complimentary. Many declare that they “really like this camera.” These are the sort of statements that get my attention.

Although those who buy a Canon 60D are not ex – 50D owners (at least I didn’t see any), there are some who have previously used, or invested in, the Canon T2i and the 7D. And these customers are fully pleased with the 60D in contrast to these other two new Canon designs.
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Canon 60d V Canon 7d V rebel T2i

•November 6, 2010 • Leave a Comment

In this post I am going to invesigate whether Canon have, either intentionally or inadvertantly, gone into competition against iteself by releasing the Canon 7D, the Canon 60d and the Rebel T2i during one 12 month period. The 7D isn’t a new release (its been out for around a year now) and it remains strong in the market place. During this time the T2i has been released into the semi pro market, and then in August 2010, Canon released its anticipated 60d.

The Canon 60d is definitely an interesting release becuase it is briding the gap between the rebel range (which has always been for the aspirational hobbyist or semi pro) and the 7D, which is somehwat of a Canon eos 1D mini me. So by releasing the 60D, has Canon bridged the gaps betwen its nicely segmented SLR divisions and in doing so, triggered competition between its own models – possibly for the first time? I recogmend that you visit www.shopow.com (or a similiar site) and search for the three models mentioned (or follow the links i added) and click to add them to the list on that site. From there you can hit the ‘compare’ button and they present the items side by side, which is a fantastic way to compare product specifications side by side. The encroachment mentioned below becomes more obvious when you do this.

Canon has created three cameras this year that are very competitive with each other. They are the Canon Rebel T2i, the Canon 60D, and the Canon 7D.

The first to come out was the 7D. Right out of the gate it proved to be a winner. Sales and customer satisfaction skyrocketed. It is truly a semi-professional digital SLR camera, but it still has the APS-C sensor which keeps it below professional in experts’ eyes.

However, the buyers are not limited to non-pros at all. There are many pros who are owners of this great camera. It is a highly regarded camera, and rightly so. Canon did it right with the 7D.

The next release was the Canon Rebel T2i (aka 550D). It was also an instant winner, quickly making the T1i a distant memory. That was mainly because of the excellent advances in image sensor (the same sensor as in the twice as expensive 7D) and the video enhancements. Aside from being much smaller and plastic, the T2i is really popular among beginning DSLR photographers.

Now comes the Canon 60D. It would seem that Canon has produced another winner “in between” the other two very popular cameras. In order to do that, Canon had to make a few changes in the XXD model line. For instance, the material used for the construction of this model is no longer the fine metal of the 50D, and the continuous shooting rate is also degraded.

But there are a couple of things to celebrate. First there is the same CMOS 18MP sensor as the 7D and the T2i, which is an improvement over the 50D.

Next is the same video capability as the other two cameras.. again a huge improvement over the 50D.

Canon 60D vs Canon 7D

So, when taken as a comparison to the Canon 7D, where does the Canon 60D fall?
Well, you may not be surprised to discover that it falls somewhere in between the other two. And that’s exactly what Canon intended. The surprise is that in spite of the similarities, It does not look like either one of those other cameras.

It has the new articulating (movable) LCD screen to which many are saying, “Finally!” And it has benefits and features that are close to those of the 7D, but the 7D is clearly a better built camera.

So, Canon has done its job. Now it’s up to us as a camera buying public to decide if we like what we see.

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