Year: 2010

23 Nov

Digital Camera buying guide – part 2

Chris Lane / Camera parts, photography / / 2 Comments

Here is part two of my camera buying guide, in time for the holidays. Look for part three and four in the next couple weeks. Hit the links below to go to either part 1 or individual categories. You should definitely subscribe (hit the button in the left hand sidebar) so that you won’t miss any of the installments.

Part 1 covers:

Point-and-shoot or DSLR? (the basics)
Budget
Response Time and Speed
Zoom

Part 2 (this post) covers:

Resolution
The Sensor & Processor
Macro
Screen
Manual Options

Part 3 covers:

ISO
Durability
Battery
Size, Shape and Weight

Part 4 covers:

Flash
Memory Cards
Other Options
Video

Resolution

Resolution is typically the biggest selling point for cameras in any category. Just because a camera has a higher resolution, doesn’t mean the camera is better, though. One thing to take into account is what you plan on doing with your pictures after you take them.
A higher resolution can print to a larger size,
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16 Nov

Digital camera buying guide – part 1

Chris Lane / Camera parts, photography / / 3 Comments

In time for the holidays when people will be considering buying a new digital camera, I thought to write a white paper detailing some of the things to look for or think about. It is fairly long, so I have broken it up into four parts to be posted every Tuesday for the next four weeks. You should definitely subscribe (hit the button in the left hand sidebar) so that you won’t miss any of the installments.

Part 1 (this post) covers:

Point-and-shoot or DSLR? (the basics)
Budget
Response Time and Speed
Zoom


Part 2 covers:

Resolution
The Sensor & Processor
Macro
Screen
Manual Options

Part 3 covers:

ISO
Durability
Battery
Size, Shape and Weight

Part 4 covers:

Flash
Memory Cards
Other Options
Video

If you have any further questions after reading this, feel free to ask in the comments below. When the entire thing has been posted, I will make a dedicated web page where the the white paper has been compiled into one downloadable file.

Point-and-shoot or DSLR?

When picking out a digital camera, you must eventually decide between a point-and-shoot or a so-called ‘professional’ DSLR camera. Both have a wide range of options and in this paper I intend to help you find what is best for you.
A point-and-shoot (PAS) camera is one where
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09 Nov

Stream of consciousness drawing #3

Chris Lane / illustration / / 0 Comments

I present another drawing from the stream of consciousness. These are just an exercise in putting down my imagination to paper. There is no story or reason to anything, just simple drawing. Sometimes they give rise to an idea that I will go further with, but most of the time they aren’t really anything besides imagination practice. I definitely recommend giving it a try, and don’t hold back! Put anything and everything down that comes to mind.

Click the image for a larger size, to see it in full detail.

Stream of consciousness drawing #3 © Chris Lane Photo

If you like these, take a look at the others I have done so far:
#2
#1

02 Nov

In the Home of the Sky

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In the Home of the Sky © Chris Lane Photo

Just a quick post this week featuring a new fine art photograph. I titled this In the Home of the Sky due to the huge multitude of black birds roosting in this large oak tree. With the leaves gone, the top of the tree no longer seems entirely its own entity, but also a part of the sky. The birds find this their home, such a handy place to be able to go in and out of quickly. When I went up to them they were quite comfortable and not willing to leave, not that they should. They were in this tree in this field ready to scrounge the ground for any scraps of the years harvest left to remain.
This was taken late in the day into the sun to give the birds and the tree the most contrast and impact possible. The sky was somewhat dramatic, adding to the feel of the dead tree.

I hope you enjoyed this photograph. It is available for purchase as a fine art print. Just use the print order form here. I’d also love to hear any comments from you.

26 Oct

Camera Basic – Shutter Speed

Chris Lane / Camera parts, photography / / 2 Comments

The shutter is what really makes a camera. In essence a camera is just a box that holds some film or a sensor with a hole in the end that opens and closes to let in light. This is evident from as far back as the camera obscura which helped artists essentially trace a picture of a person to resemble their likeness. Similar to that is the pin-hole camera, where a piece of film or printing paper is placed inside a camera and literally a pin-hole is punched in the other end which can be uncovered to take some surprisingly phenomenal photographs. Only slightly more complex from this is a typical 35mm camera. This can introduce aperture, which is actually dependent on the lens. It also gives the ability to adjust mechanically the time the shutter is open. The size of the opening through the lens dramatically decreases the amount of time that the shutter need be open in comparison to pin-hole cameras. Then with DSLRs (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras, the only thing that is really changed is instead of the shutter opening to a silver halide film plane, it opens to a light sensor of some kind. Today the typical is the CMOS sensor, which is beyond the scope of this post to explain.

Shutter speed generally adjusts from 1/8000 of a second to as long as you want it open,
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