Is a Phone Better Than a Digital Camera?

Is a smartphone camera better than digital camera?

With every iteration of flagship smartphones, manufacturers never forget to brag about how the cameras on their new money-grabbers are so good.

It’s the same story after every launch. Fans drooling over sample images supposedly taken by the phones. Others post stunning images on their social media accounts claiming how their phones are taking photography to the next level. It’s like a weird tradition.

Is a Phone Better Than a Digital Camera?

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Flat Images? Here’s What You Can Do

Photographs are 2D. They are supposed to be flat. However, many photographers don’t like it when the images they took look flat. Weird, huh?

A flat-look photograph is especially unattractive when it comes to landscape photography. Photographers want the end result to show clearly which subjects are in the foreground and which in the background. Adding a sense of depth is, therefore, an important technique to master for landscape photographers.

“But what makes a picture look flat?”

In general, an image looks flat due to lack of contrast and saturation; lack of shadows and highlights; and excessive depth of field (DoF).… Read the rest

The Allure of Black and White Photography – Tips for Beginners

 

At the beginning of photography, people only have the choice of taking black and white pictures. However, even decades after the color film was first invented, many people still enjoy taking monochrome photos. It’s quite intriguing that in spite of all of the colors and dynamic range that current digital cameras can snap, people still find beauty in “colorless” photos.

If you’re interested in diving into the monochrome world, here are some tips for monochrome enthusiasts.… Read the rest

Why Your YouTube Videos Look Terrible

Your YouTube videos look terrible because of these reasons ...

 

Imagine bracing high winds to get that once-in-a-lifetime video of your favorite outdoor adventure, but when you upload it to YouTube for the world to see, the video quality isn’t as good as it should be. That just makes you want to spit out some colorful words, right?

This is a real issue. Some folks complain about YouTube playing their videos at worse quality than what they see when they play the video on their computer.… Read the rest

Tips for Recording Videos on Windy Days

Tips for Recording Videos on Windy Days

 

Don’t you just hate it when Mother Nature won’t stop howling while you’re shooting video outdoors? You’re out there in the park with your family and all the camera picks up are just the rumbling of the wind. Facetiming and Skyping anyone on a windy day is no fun also. The wind makes your words unintelligible and it’s just frustrating.

Tips for Recording Videos on Windy Days

Since we have no means to tell Mother Nature to stop what she’s doing, let’s just focus on the stuff that we can do.… Read the rest

Family Video Camera – Which One is the Best?

 

When you have a family that won’t stop doing wondrous things, you just can’t help but wanting to immortalized those moments. Taking pictures is obviously a good starting point, but for truly capturing the moments, taking videos is the better choice.

Family Video Camera – Which One is the Best?

A good family video camera should be light and affordable. It also must have a reliable autofocus so when you’re shooting moving kids running around or any kind of moving objects, the image will still be sharp.… Read the rest

Basic Workflow For RAW Image Files

Working with camera RAW files for beginners

 

Many new photographers are tired of being told to shoot RAW instead of JPEG. Pros kept telling them how RAW files contain more info and thus provide more leeway in recovering missing details and such.

One thing that these pros often forgot to tell the newbies is what the next step should be. Luckily we’re here for you and ready with the laid-out steps that you’ll need.

Basic Workflow for RAW Image Files

Copy the images

From the SD  card, copy the images to your hard drive.… Read the rest

DNG vs. RAW – Which One Should You Choose?

 

Shooting RAWs is something a photographer ought to do whenever they are using cameras that support RAW files. New photographers will hear it all the time – how shooting RAWs is much better than shooting JPEGs. For those who shoot RAWs, there’s also a question of RAW vs. DNG. In what ways do these two differ? Why do people convert their RAWs to DNGs? Should you follow them?

Why do people convert their RAWs to DNG?

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Understanding White Balance in Photography

 

Have you ever went on a vacation and took pictures that look weird? The colors of objects just seem off. People’s skin appears greenish, greyish, and any other “ishes.” It’s the same thing with other objects in the photographs.

The main culprit of such phenomena is an improper white balance.

Understanding white balance and its importance is one of the many basic skills beginner photographers must master right after ISO, shutter speed, and aperture.… Read the rest

Converting JPEG to RAW – Is There Any Point?

Should you convert a jpeg image file to raw?

Everyone who’s starting photography will, at some point, hear the advice to shoot RAW. The big reason is that a RAW file stores the red, green, and blue information as is. No preset is applied to it, so when you need to tweak it later in post processing, all the data is there. Later on, you can save it in any format you wish such as JPEG, TIFF, PNG, and many more.… Read the rest