Choosing The Right Digital Camera For You

Written by Gordon Brenzil


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The battle now is to produce digital cameras that operate faster, can be sold cheaper and will produce a better picture. Severe competition even exists withinrepparttar same corporate structure where teams of developers do their utmost to 'outgun' other camera designers who work inrepparttar 116116 same building as they do. Nikon has a distinct advantage over many ofrepparttar 116117 other manufacturers in that owners of some ofrepparttar 116118 older series of Nikon lenses can use them withrepparttar 116119 new digital bodies, a tremendous dollar saving torepparttar 116120 photographer. Most of this is aimed atrepparttar 116121 professional photographer. But, with technology changing as rapidly as it is, a camera technology that sells for several thousands of dollars today will undoubtedly become available to people like you and me inrepparttar 116122 next couple of years for a whole lot less money. One ofrepparttar 116123 hardest jobs a new camera buyer will have is determine which ofrepparttar 116124 new techno-widgets doesrepparttar 116125 best job and isrepparttar 116126 best value. One thing to keep in mind about camera featuresÖthey all haverepparttar 116127 same job and thatís to help you take a better photo. Picture this if you will. If you lined up 10 cameras from different manufacturers, each with similar basic features, tookrepparttar 116128 same picture with each, I think evenrepparttar 116129 camera manufacturers would have a tough time picking out which ofrepparttar 116130 resulting photos came from their units. Getting feedback from all kinds of users is one very excellent use of newsgroups. Serious photographers, amateur and professional both, love to talk about their latest 'toys'. This is a good way to spend time and a good place to ask questions and get (sometimes) intelligent answers. Don't wait until you've maderepparttar 116131 investment to start doing your homework. Another rule of thumb, if you're happy with a particular brand name already, my suggestion is to stick with it. You'll probably be more satisfied inrepparttar 116132 long run. Now, having said all that, there are currently five search engine 'favorite' companies amongrepparttar 116133 people looking for information onrepparttar 116134 Internet, Sony, Canon, Olympus, Kodak and Nikon in this order of popularity. Understanding how to set your camera's resolution is absolutely vital. There's no shortcut and there's no way around it. This isrepparttar 116135 core of taking a good reproducible photograph. If, for instance, your camera is set for 240X360, you can forget making any kind of decent print above a 'thumbnail' size. The low-end cameras are not a bargain if you're looking for good photo reproduction. Labs are constantly arguing with customers who submit low resolution digital images from a cheap camera for printing and then aren't happy withrepparttar 116136 results. They simply don't understand why their pictures are so lousy. Lenses andrepparttar 116137 type of digital image recording technology are also critical factors. I won't get intorepparttar 116138 technical details of why but I will suggest you consider spending inrepparttar 116139 $250 to $400 range if you want something that will satisfy you. Letís spend a few minutes on lenses. Pretty well all ofrepparttar 116140 digital cameras these days have a form of zoom lens. Most ofrepparttar 116141 higher-end cameras haverepparttar 116142 capability forrepparttar 116143 user to add either an external telephoto or wide-angle lens. Depending onrepparttar 116144 type of photography you want to do will determine whether or not this is of value to you. One thing to watch out for. The higher end cameras have very good glass lenses. Itís part of what you're paying for. The lower-end units have progressively less expensive lenses and consequently, a lower image definition. There are both optical and digital zoom capabilities on digital cameras. The term "optical zoom" simply means you're usingrepparttar 116145 glass lenses to dorepparttar 116146 magnification. "Digital zoom" onrepparttar 116147 other hand simply increasesrepparttar 116148 size ofrepparttar 116149 pixels to makerepparttar 116150 image larger. For reasons of image clarity,repparttar 116151 optical zoom is a far better way to go. One last note - if you run acrossrepparttar 116152 "best deal in town" on a very low-priced name brand camera, check to make sure it isn't badly out-dated. Buying well-priced clearance stock is okay if it isn't too old. In this computer age, pretty well anything over a year old is considered 'old technology'. As new technologies are developedrepparttar 116153 price keeps going down so you could actually be money ahead by investing inrepparttar 116154 'latest and greatest'. Always keep in mindrepparttar 116155 old adage that 'you usually get what you pay for. If you go to a 'box' store looking forrepparttar 116156 best price, don't expect service. The folks there simply don't know what they're selling. Their job is to move as much merchandise as they can as quickly as possible. It's not to give you advice. Go torepparttar 116157 Internet to getrepparttar 116158 latest data directly fromrepparttar 116159 manufacturers. It changes very, very quickly. When you do this, try to climb through allrepparttar 116160 sales hype to get torepparttar 116161 'meat' of whatrepparttar 116162 cameras are all about. Newsgroups can also a very excellent source of advice for 'newbies'. Most people will be very happy to give you their personal opinion of what you should buy. Just remember, they won't usually tell you whatrepparttar 116163 downside to their purchase is. They don't want to look less than 'expert' in your eyes. Do your own homework. This is an investment you probably won't repeat for several years. A specialty camera store onrepparttar 116164 other hand givesrepparttar 116165 buyer both service and product and usually very well. Keep in mind thatrepparttar 116166 specialty store personnel are quite often very highly trained and will probably be well prepared to help you findrepparttar 116167 best equipment for you and will also give you a 'leg-up' in getting started using it. We need to spend a couple of moments on storage media. Whatever size media card you stick in your camera will determinerepparttar 116168 number of pictures you can take and store. It's like a roll of film,repparttar 116169 biggerrepparttar 116170 rollrepparttar 116171 more pictures you can take. Digital images are no different. The greaterrepparttar 116172 number of available megabytes (Mb),repparttar 116173 higherrepparttar 116174 number of pictures you can take. A word of caution - never, never, never leave your media card in a photo lab. The incidence of loss is high and most labs won't replace lost cards. Quite frankly, I don't blame them. Far, far too many false claims have been made and labs now refuse to take any responsibility for your memory cards. Thatís it for this one. Keep your film dry your lenses clean!

You can see more at: http://www.great-nature-photography.com



Gordon has spent well over 30 years in the photo industry. In addition to ownng his own photo lab and professional studio for many years, he has also taught.


Australian wine is more than Yellow Tail

Written by Darby Higgs


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Australia, like other new world wine producers, is less inhibited torepparttar strong ties of tradition that permeaterepparttar 116115 European wine industry. Sincerepparttar 116116 start ofrepparttar 116117 1990s a strong predisposition for experimentation has permeatedrepparttar 116118 wine industry. Australian wine consumers are now adopting this ethic. Wine lovers inrepparttar 116119 US and UK will soon be seeing a new wave of different Aussie wines to taste.

It is safe to say that Chardonnay and Shiraz will continue to dominate wine production in Australia for many years to come. But consumers will have a much wider choice is they are willing to be just a little adventurous.

Darby is the founder of Vinodviersity.com an information service spreading the word about exciting new winegrape varieties being used to produce wine in Australia. He lives in Melbourne and regularly vists Australian wineries.


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