Choosing The Right Digital Camera For You

Written by Gordon Brenzil

Let's get something straight right out ofrepparttar box. If you're looking to buy a new digital camera, you don't really have to be an expert in pixels and mega pixels and all that kind of stuff. If you expect to find that kind of deep technical discussion here, you're inrepparttar 116116 wrong place. Actually, there's a whole lot of stuff you don't really need to know before tacklingrepparttar 116117 daunting task of choosingrepparttar 116118 right digital camera for you. First of all, forget allrepparttar 116119 high-tech jargon. It's mostly a lot of sales hype anyway. Choosing a good unit is pretty simple really...pretty much all you have to remember is thatrepparttar 116120 higherrepparttar 116121 mega pixel rating onrepparttar 116122 front ofrepparttar 116123 camera,repparttar 116124 bigger picture you can make without it breaking up into little chunks (called pixels) and most likelyrepparttar 116125 more cash it's likely going to pry out of your pocket. Each model has an array of techno-widgets that go by different names but they all haverepparttar 116126 same basic focus, to help you take a better picture. I have a quick (and admittedly simplistic) overview ofrepparttar 116127 pixel story. The shot onrepparttar 116128 left on my web page is one I took with a high pixel rating andrepparttar 116129 one onrepparttar 116130 right was with a much lower rating. They've been enlarged way beyond what you would normally do, but I do have a point to make here. If you look carefully you can see there's a terrific difference inrepparttar 116131 way they look or, inrepparttar 116132 'resolution'. The image onrepparttar 116133 right has already broken up into small pieces (pixels) (I hope) you can readily see. The picture onrepparttar 116134 left was magnified several times more thanrepparttar 116135 one onrepparttar 116136 right which should give you an idea of how big you can enlarge it and still retain a fairly decent result. Byrepparttar 116137 way, these shots are of a very, very small piece of a picture I took of snapdragons in our front yard. A camera with a 5.0 mega pixel rating or higher can produce a decent 16X20 print but one with a 2.0 mega pixel rating or lower should be restricted to a maximum of 4X6 prints. Forrepparttar 116138 most part, you won't be happy with pictures any larger than 4X6 fromrepparttar 116139 lower rated camera. Okay, Let's Pick A Camera... Well, I have my favorites and my not-so favorites. When I looked at allrepparttar 116140 digital cameras available, I was more than a little astounded atrepparttar 116141 vast selection of available equipment. It seems that every company that’s ever heardrepparttar 116142 word “computer” has jumped onrepparttar 116143 bandwagon. It seems they lay their hands on some lenses, wrap a computerized box around them, added a few techno-widgets and bingo, instant digital camera! Where did I start? Well, I went back to my tried and true method of buying a film camera that I talk about later. It’s always worked for me and didn’t let me down this time either. My personal digital camera finally wound up to be an Olympus C-5050. Byrepparttar 116144 way, Olympus did not do themselves or their customers any favors in my opinion by dumpingrepparttar 116145 f1.8 lens onrepparttar 116146 C-5060. I chose this camera forrepparttar 116147 fast f1.8 lens and ease of use. I'm lazy at best and wanted a unit that's going to do most ofrepparttar 116148 work for me while leaving me withrepparttar 116149 option of doing what I want to do when I want to do it. This unit has allrepparttar 116150 automatic features I'll ever need but I also haverepparttar 116151 ability to set uprepparttar 116152 camera completely manually. I can still do minimum depth-of-field work among other things. I never want to completely lose control to a mindless computer although they do have their uses at times. The first thing I did after I openedrepparttar 116153 box was print offrepparttar 116154 user manual - all 265 pages of it! I figured I had done my duty by it and promptly ignored it. After very quickly killing my first two sets of “high-capacity” alkaline batteries, I sprung for a couple sets of Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeables. Not only did they last longer but it was a heck of a lot cheaper than replacingrepparttar 116155 alkalines every darn time I picked uprepparttar 116156 camera. It boils me to have to admit this but I actually had to go back torepparttar 116157 user manual. I wasn't gettingrepparttar 116158 results I wanted and there was also some 'stuff' onrepparttar 116159 camera I had no clue about using. The moral of this story is that you're gonna have to at least have a nodding acquaintance with your user manual. Sorry, but that's justrepparttar 116160 way it is. Back to choosing a camera... Throughoutrepparttar 116161 years I've learned that if a camera 'fit' my hand it worked well for me. It may sound a little strange at first but just think about it. If you're handling something that feels awkward, your results are going to look like it. I had a Mamiya RB-67 for a lot of years. It was a big, ungainly unit but it was a good 'fit' for me and produced a great image. I also used a Hasselblad for quite a while but I much preferredrepparttar 116162 Mamiya and it gave me better results thanrepparttar 116163 Hasselblad. (Don't tell Hasselblad lovers I said this, they'll kill me!) So, rule of thumb...if it fits your hand nicely, ifrepparttar 116164 main controls are handy to your fingers, if it hasrepparttar 116165 mega pixel number you want and falls within your budget, you can be pretty confident this will dorepparttar 116166 job you want it to do. Oh yes, if it's a brand you've never heard of before, be very, very wary. It may work well and it may not. If it doesn't, there may not be any tech backup for you to be able to access. The major camera companies spend lots of money developing new photo technologies. Althoughrepparttar 116167 latest techno-widgets go by different names, they all haverepparttar 116168 same goal, to make your pictures look as good as possible. Pretty well every company inrepparttar 116169 world that has even come close to producing a good digital camera has gotten intorepparttar 116170 "SLR Wars". Single lens reflex cameras dominatedrepparttar 116171 photo market for years until digital technology hitrepparttar 116172 market. Because of design and price limitations, SLR technology has not been widely available in digital cameras untilrepparttar 116173 last year or so. The furious pace of technological developments has completely overtakenrepparttar 116174 market and even professional photographers are being boggled trying to keep up. Rememberrepparttar 116175 old Nikon F2? It wasrepparttar 116176 major link inrepparttar 116177 Nikon chain of professional cameras for over 10 years! This was pretty muchrepparttar 116178 norm untilrepparttar 116179 computer hitrepparttar 116180 photographic industry big time. Changes used to come slowly and deliberately and it wasn't hard to keep up withrepparttar 116181 latest and greatest when major new developments came along only two or three times in a decade.

Australian wine is more than Yellow Tail

Written by Darby Higgs

The [yellow tail] range of wines have takenrepparttar world by storm. And so they should. They are excellent Australian wines which are consistently good. They have clearly wonrepparttar 116115 battle for everyday wines at their particular price range.

But they are a made from classical French grape varieties, Chardonnay, Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. As such they representrepparttar 116116 successes of Australian winemaking inrepparttar 116117 1980s and 1990s.

What will berepparttar 116118 wines ofrepparttar 116119 new century? Asrepparttar 116120 wine boom ofrepparttar 116121 1990s in Australia unfolded, a quiet revolution was taking place. The area planted to grapes expanded rapidly to underpin massive increases in production and exports of Australian wine. But a large number of vignerons and winemakers were also planting alternative grape varieties.

The profile ofrepparttar 116122 Australian wine scene has changed as dramatically asrepparttar 116123 scale of production. During 2003 a new winery was opened in Australia every day. About half of these new enterprises were growing or using varieties other thanrepparttar 116124 classics mentioned above.

As well asrepparttar 116125 less common French varieties, growers and winemakers have been pioneering with Italian varieties such as Sangiovese, Barbera, Nebbiolo and Arneis. We have alsorepparttar 116126 Spanish stalwart Tempranillo being increasingly favoured. Evenrepparttar 116127 Russian red grape variety Saperavi is being used. There are probably one hundred wine grape varieties now being produced for commercial wine production in Australia. These new varieties are being planted in traditional areas as well as in new wine regions.

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