Monday, May 9, 2011

Will Camera Phones Destroy Photography?

In any “photo op” moment any more, it is impossible to miss the invasion of the camera phone.  Where it used to be easy to tell when a camera was around and if people had them handy, now anyone with a phone could be a clandestine photographer.  Even at occasions that used to be ruled by the professional photographer such as weddings and the like, we now see those dozens of hands going up snapping photos with camera phones that seem to dominate the scene.

Conventional photography is a highly developed art form and profession.  The precision of the equipment and the ability of photographers to deliver a high quality product to their customers is well known and the result of decades of evolution of the craft.  But today it is possible for anyone to become an amateur photographer using that tiny cell phone in their pocket or purse. 

The question needs serious consideration for three audiences.  For the professional photographer, is this the end of your profession?  Will digital phones wipe out your customer base and make you obsolete?  For the aspiring photographer, what about your future?  Should you even invest in learning to use the sophisticated equipment that makes professional photography so superior?  Why bother if camera phones are going to make it all obsolete?  And for you the consumer, can you get the same quality of photographs with using camera phones as you can by hiring a photographer?

These are valid questions.  It is very common when a new technology begins to make inroads into a profession for the old guard of that profession to feel threatened.  It happened when television came along and the media called it the death of radio.  It happened when talkies and then color was introduced to movies and television and at each technological improvement in the music world.  And with each dire prediction of the demise of an industry, the opposite took place and that industry adjusted, evolved, got better and prospered all the more.

So there are good reasons not to worry that camera phones is going to destroy photography as we know it including…

*        Camera phones cannot achieve the same levels of quality.  There is a good reason that the professional photographer has invested in the highly sophisticated equipment that he has in his studio and that he or she takes to a shoot.  The many years and decades of research have surfaced the problems with quality that primitive equipment could not deal with.  Modern photography equipment has precise instrumentation to handle lighting issues to properly frame each photograph and to produce a professional quality outcome that people want from a wedding, a portrait or any kind of professional photography.  You can bet that forensic photography, fashion photography and photography for publication will ever be willing to accept the low standards of quality that are the outcome of camera phone pictures.

*        It’s an amateur game.  When you see kids holding up their camera phones at a concert to steal a picture, you know that device is not going to result in a professional quality shot.  This is especially true in a live setting like a concert where there are myriads of issues such as lighting, visual noise and other problems that have to be overcome with sophisticated instrumentation just not available on a camera phone.  Camera phones are an amateur photography device.  And they will always occupy that niche.

*        Standards of the final product would be compromised.  And high standards of quality are what make professional photography a value to it’s customers.

This is not to cast camera phones in a negative light.  They have their place and they are great fun.  But we in the professional photography world have nothing to fear from the growth of this technology.

Camera Tripods Variations | What tripod to buy

In simple form - a camera tripod is best explained as a three-legged stand used to stabilize and elevate a camera. A camera tripod can be used in either still or motion imagery. Most commonly used by professional photographers in a studio - a camera tripod is designed to capture the perfect image every time.
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A camera tripod is available in several variations - including floor model or tabletop. The least expensive begins at $50.00 and goes up - depending on the size and features. A basic camera tripod is designed for consumers and is best used for amateur photography or filming. An expensive camera tripod features feet suitable for rough ground and the head of the unit is designed move smoothly for improved video recording. The most expensive - which are used is studios and professional filming - are made of wood.

A full-size camera tripod is much better equipped to handle heavier equipment - whereas a tabletop model can accommodate up to 50lbs. These portable units are ideal for traveling and where compact equipment is needed.
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There are several ways that a camera tripod can be used - including a family portrait where you want to be included in the photo. Simply set the camera up on a tripod and position it so that everyone is in perfect view - set the timer on your camera - push the button to take a photo and get into place with the family. Other uses may include an instance where your hands are shaky and you want to stabilize the camera for a quality image or if you are responsible for taking school pictures. Do you remember the days of middle school when the photographer would come into the gymnasium - set up his/her background sheet and tripod? All he/she had to do was to situate the child - convince him/her to smile and snap the picture. A camera tripod makes it easy to take multiple photos - in which the subjects are in the same location - without having to worry about placement every single time. With a tripod - placement is always perfect so long as the subject is where he/she should be.

When shopping for a camera tripod - first consider the uses that you will need it for. The weight of your camera - the needed features and swivel capabilities - the locations that the tripod will be placed and the needed height. In addition - a realistic budget that you can afford will be best considered early before shopping for a camera tripod. Most photography supply stores - both online and local - may offer camera tripods. Before purchasing - be sure to check out the dealer’s reputation with the Better Business Bureau and also learn about their return policy.
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M Rock Camera Cases

A successful photographer must be ready for action at a moments notice. A successful photographer never really stops shooting when the action happens. A successful photographer has everything they need close at hand. For all of these things to occur - a photographer needs the right camera case for their needs. There are lots of options available to suit any type of photography.
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What Type of Camera Case do you need? First identify what type of camera case you need. Consider the type of photography you are doing. Is it action packed - constantly moving and on the go? Or is it time intensive and localize to one area? These factors greatly affect the type of camera case a photographer chooses.

M-Rock camera cases come in a variety of sizes and styles to suit different types of photographers. For the first case of action photography - a small digital camera case is the perfect fit. M-Rock small camera cases fit a digital camera perfectly inside with soft felt lining so there will be no abrasion during movement. The rigid outer structure composed of water resistant materials - plastic panels - and thick foam protect the camera inside for the worst case scenarios. The small camera cases also have a belt strap that keeps the camera gear where you need it - and also have two small pockets for storing supplies and accessories. With a small M-Rock camera case - photographers can run - jump - and even bike - without worrying about the protection of their camera.
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Imagine all the features of the small camera cases on a large scale. For the second case of localized photography - M-Rock large camera cases offer everything a photographer needs. The same quality components are used - with added features that allow the case to store larger cameras - lenses - tripods - and other supplies. To protect valuable lenses - large camera cases come with a u-shaped cradle to carry lenses within the case.

The best advantage of M-Rock camera cases is that they are modular - meaning the can be used alone - or in conjunction with other M-Rock cases for added storage. M-Rock camera cases have Velcro arms on either side that slip into the modular belt or other camera cases for a secure connection.
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Visit and see what types of camera cases are available. You may find some advantages of camera cases you never even dreamed of. M-Rock is number one for camera storage and protection - and will have a successful photographer ready for anything.

Buying Digital Camera Batteries

A digital camera battery is probably the most important digital camera accessory. Some digital cameras can consume power at an alarming rate - providing no more than a few hours of continuous shooting time before the battery is drained. Other cameras are renowned for the long life of their digital camera battery which allows users to snap away with barely a thought to power consumption. It is important to know how you intend to use your camera and what type of battery it needs.
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There are two types of digital camera battery. The most widely available digital camera battery is a standard AA-size battery. The other type of digital camera battery is a rechargeable battery that is made by the manufacturer - otherwise known as a proprietary battery.

A proprietary digital camera battery offers the advantage of being lighter and more compact - but they are substantially more expensive - making the prospect of buying one or two backup sets much less appealing.

The alkaline AA-size digital camera battery usually has a very short life - less than an hour in extreme cases - when used in a digital camera. This type of battery makes an acceptable emergency backup - especially if you are travelling with your camera. However - the Nickel Metal Hydride {NiMH} digital camera battery can be used instead of the alkaline ones with a charger and this rechargeable NiMH digital camera battery has a substantially longer life at an affordable price.
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Another type of AA-size battery is the non-rechargeable Lithium batteries and rechargeable Nickel Cadmium {NiCD} batteries. The lithium digital camera battery has a superior life to alkaline AA's and offers good cold-weather performance but their price and non-rechargeable nature make them less useful than rechargeable NiMH batteries. It is also important to ensure that your camera can take a lithium digital camera battery. On the other hand the NiCD digital camera battery offers the advantage of retaining their charge while unused - unlike NiMH cells - but have shorter lives and need to be discharged completely before recharging which can be extremely inconvenient.

The LCD screen of a digital camera is responsible for consuming the most power from a digital camera battery so it is worth only using the LCD when necessary to help conserve the battery life. Always try to carry at least one backup set of batteries - especially if you plan on being away from power outlets for an extended period of time. The universally-available alkaline AA-size battery can make a convenient emergency backup if your regular digital camera battery fails.
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