How to Pick Your Next Camping Tent.

Written by Marc Wiltse

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My 4 man tent with 2 vestibules is perfect for 2 people and plenty of gear. Dry equipment is a good thing. This is still true with kids becauserepparttar smaller they arerepparttar 136803 more room they take up with "kid stuff". Something else to keep in mind is that more room makes extended trips easier.

Considerrepparttar 136804 length and width ofrepparttar 136805 camping tents you're looking at. If you're 6 feet tall you'll want at least 7 feet to stretch out length-wise and 2-3 feet of width depending on how much you move in your sleep.

Another thing to consider is to make sure you have enough space for an inflatable air mattress. While it's not mandatory I'll have to say it makes camping much more comfortable than lying on a cold pad. When I wake up I feel 300% better than when I slept on a pad onrepparttar 136806 floor getting stiff and cold. No it's not a king-size pillow-top, but hey this is camping. ;-)

Since we're onrepparttar 136807 subject of size, make sure that you'll have enough height to kneel, partially-stand, or...

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Understanding White Balance

Written by Ken Henderson

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Photographic film recordsrepparttar light that is reflected off an object. Ifrepparttar 136617 object is grey, how do we getrepparttar 136618 image on film to be grey, if we don’t know what colorrepparttar 136619 light is that is hittingrepparttar 136620 grey object and reflecting ontorepparttar 136621 film? Film manufacturers have basically solved this problem by calibratingrepparttar 136622 film to a certain color balance or color temperature. You have two choices, daylight (5500 degrees kelvin) or tungsten (3200 degrees kelvin). So if you are shooting film outdoors, you would choose daylight balanced film. If you are shooting indoors, you would choose tungsten balanced film. Any deviation in color temperature from these two standards would have to be corrected with a color correction filter.

A digital camera works pretty muchrepparttar 136623 same as film. The recording device inrepparttar 136624 camera has to be calibrated torepparttar 136625 color ofrepparttar 136626 light in order to get a neutral image. Neutral meaning no color cast. A white will record as white. Different digital cameras use different methods of letting you chooserepparttar 136627 color balance. Most digital cameras will have an auto white balance function. In most situations this works fairly well. However there are occasions whenrepparttar 136628 camera can be fooled. This is why a lot of digital cameras also give you a way of settingrepparttar 136629 white balance manually. Either through a list of choices like daylight, shade or overcast, or a list of color temperatures such as 3200, 5500 and 6500. Some digital camera’s take it a step further and let you choose a custom white balance by having you photograph something white and use it as a reference for white balance.

Getting Creative

By usingrepparttar 136630 white balance in your digital camera you can “set it wrong” to create different moods of light in your images.As an example, lets say you are photographing a field covered in snow on a sunny day but you wantrepparttar 136631 image to reflectrepparttar 136632 fact that it is only 10 degrees outside. If you were to set your digital camera’s white balance at anything lower then 5500 degrees kelvinrepparttar 136633 resulting image would have a blue cast to it making your image ‘feel’ cold. Experiment a little with it. Don’t just play around with aperture and shutter speed, play withrepparttar 136634 white balance too.

Ken is a long time photography enthusiast who has created a web based publication on photography techniques. See more tips and techniques at

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