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

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

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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

Prime Lens Advice for First-time Photographers

 

The world of photography can be confusing and misleading for those who just starting out. Instead of focusing on techniques, many newbies suffer from the gear acquisition syndrome. They dive into lenses, flashes, filters, and all other kinds of things that supposedly make them take better pictures.

Don’t fall for it. The photographer makes the picture. The quality of your images relies heavily on your skills. The gears can help, but keep them simple.… Read the rest

Which Camera Produce The Best Skin Tone?

 

Digital cameras have come a long way. You get better sensors, higher megapixel count, a variety of built-in filters, autofocus settings, connectivities, and a plethora of other features. If you’re thinking about getting a new camera, many professionals will say that any brand and whatever format will most likely fulfill your needs. However, there is one important thing that any decent camera should be able to do and that is to reproduce skin tones correctly.… Read the rest