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30Apr/16Off

HP Cameras For the Best Digital Photos

p12Are you a professional photographer or an amateur? Do you take photographs for a living? Do you take photographs for a hobby? Do you take photos to express your artistic side? Or do you just like to take happy snaps whenever you can? Do the photos you take hold precious memories that you will treasure forever?

It doesn't matter what the reason is for your photography, there is one thing they all have in common - a good quality camera!

When shopping for a new camera it can be quite difficult to choose between all the different kinds available. There are people who still prefer to use the old film cameras, which for some types of photos are really great. Most people these days though tend to go for a camera that is small, easy to use and still takes great, vibrant photos. If this is the type of camera you are after then you should consider a HP digital camera.

The days of the old film cameras are becoming numbered as more and more people are now optin for the preferred digital camera. Digital cameras offer so many more features than the old film cameras did and then there is the convenience of being able to view your photos instantly. Digital cameras really do make taking photos fun and a very simple way to capture those precious moments.

The problem when shopping for a new digital camera is not just the many different features that cameras offer but there are just so many different brands to choose from. One very popular brand is the HP camera. HP was very well known for their quality printers and in 2004 released their own HP digital camera.

As HP began to develop digital cameras they now have printers to match their features. One of the popular features of the HP digital camera is the in-camera red eye removal.

Technology and design are always improving and so there are new cameras being released all the time. One new camera is the r707 HP digital camera that has the in-camera red eye removal feature and also turns out sharp and clear photos.

When you take photos on a digital camera you then need to take your memory card into a store to get the photos printed, but imagine if you could print your own photos in the comfort of your own home. This would make the whole process much easier and save you a lot of time. If you do decide to buy a printer to print your own photos you will want one that brings out the vibrant colors and textures of the scenes you have captured on your photos.

Just like cameras, printers also come in a big range of shape and size. Many of the earlier printers for the home were big and bulky but then HP released a compact printer so you can have the convenience of printing your own photos without the hassle of a huge printer in your home. These compact printers can even be taken with you if you go on a trip and you can print photos from your hotel room. The HP printer works particularly well with the HP digital camera.

If you use the same brand printer and camera then the results will be of the highest quality. So if you have a HP printer to print the photos from your HP digital camera then you will get fantastic results.

If you are looking for the perfect camera that is easy, convenient and takes great quality photos the HP digital camera might be just what you are looking for. Choosing a camera doesn't need to be difficult when you know exactly what you want in a camera.

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21Apr/16Off

Cool Tips for Snow Canvases

p11With Australia heading into winter and expecting its first snowfall of the winter, many fair-weather photographers will be snuggling up in front of the fire keeping warm... but the more adventurous among you will want to get out and capture this winter wonderland on camera. This week we share our top tips for shooting great snow pictures. These snow pictures can be put on elegant canvases in a cheap and effective manner and be made the center pieces of attraction of your home!

1. Early to Rise and Early to Shoot!

Part of the magic of shooting in the snow is capturing those untouched shots before anyone has walked through it. Wrap up warm and head out as soon as the snow has finished falling, because you can guarantee that it won't stay fresh for long!

Early mornings many times are the best times to be out and about shooting beautiful pictures!

2. Lighting is the key - Get your exposure right!

Winter and Snow means - lots of dark and white! Our camera generally do a pretty good job of exposing our images correctly for us - but, when it comes to scenes with lots of black or white it can struggle.

Every camera is designed to expose as close to medium grey as possible, which is fine for an evenly lit scene, but in a situation like a snowy day with lots of sunshine, your camera sees all that bright white and tries to balance it by underexposing the entire scene. The answer is to dial in between +1 and +2 stops of exposure compensation.

You should be able to do this with any reasonable spec camera from a compact through to a DSLR. Try it and see how white your snow becomes!

3. Shoot raw OR with a warmer white balance

Shooting raw rather than jpeg gives you the opportunity to recover a lot of detail from any blown highlights in post-production, should you overdo the exposure compensation. You'll also have a chance to deal with any white balance issues that might occur because your camera will probably make your snow look a little blue. If your camera doesn't have the ability to shoot raw don't worry! Choosing a warmer white balance - either cloudy or flash - should get you in the right ballpark.

4. Do not forget spare batteries

Because batteries drain much quicker in cold conditions it's a good idea to have a couple of spares with you. Instead of leaving them in your bag you can keep them warm by putting them in a pocket close to your skin.

5. Click without waiting to check

Click... click..click - follow the basic digital photography rule to avoid losing the important moment. Winter and snow can be tough time to do family portraits outside when everyone will want to quickly get into warmer insides OR to even hold camera with your fingers and nose freezing - so, do not wait for the perfect moment but keep clicking! You are bound to capture many beautiful moments.

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11Apr/16Off

Setting Up Your Canon Rebel T6 or EOS 1300D

p10Once you have purchased your Canon Rebel T6 or 1300D (depending on where in the world you are), you will need to go through some basic set-up procedures. The very first thing you should do is to charge the battery. this could at up to four hours, but it is recommended to charge it fully to begin with as it helps maintain the battery life over the long term. The battery fits in through a door on the bottom of the camera and, as is often the case, it will only fit in one way. The Canon logo needs to be facing upwards if the camera is on its back. There is a clip that will keep it in place. Then insert the memory card. The camera does not come with a memory card, so you will need to buy one. Many professionals use Sandisk cards. They are a little more expensive, but are preferred because they offer a lifetime guarantee on many of their cards. Remember, this only refers to the card itself, not the information on it, so always download your pictures or videos onto something more secure, like an external hard drive or a computer. The memory card slips into a slot next to the battery and, again, it will only fit in one way.

Then you need to fix the lens. If you have bought the standard kit lens, the 18-55mm EF-S II, then you will see a small white square on the rim. Take the cap off the camera and you will see a corresponding white square on the camera. Line the two up and then turn the lens clockwise until it clicks. When changing lenses on a digital camera, always try to keep the camera body facing down so that dust doesn't get into the camera itself.

Then we can look at changing some of the settings inside the camera. When you switch the camera on for the first time, the option to set the time and date will pop up. These values can be changed easily using the cross keys on the back of the camera. Then you will be asked if you want to save the date in the UK style (day, month, year) or the USA style (month, day, year). After setting these, goto the menu tabs. With this Canon camera, it is a good idea to have the camera switched to the manual setting on the mode dial. This is because all the tabs will then be visible on the LCD screen on the back. If you have it set on some of the automatic modes, the number of available tabs will be reduced. The first thing to look at now is the preferred language. That is in Shooting Tab 2. Use the cross keys to navigate and change it to the best language for you. There are plenty to choose from.

It is recommended to format the memory card regularly. This is because they can malfunction if the are written and over-written too often without being reset. The option here is in Shooting Tab 1. When selecting this, there will be a warning saying that all the data will be lost. This includes any images or videos that you may have protected, so you really should only format after you have downloaded everything you want from the card.

The viewfinder has a small wheel next to it which can help you see better if you wear glasses or have poor eyesight. This is the dioptric adjuster. Basically it changes the focal length of the viewfinder to match your eyesight. Remember, however, that this only changes what you see through the viewfinder. It does not affect the way the camera will focus or take pictures.

Sometimes, when you are working, the LCD screen will automatically switch off. This helps to save your battery life, but it can be annoying. To switch it back on press the menu button. to change it got to auto power off, which is in Set-Up Tab 1. You can extend it up to 15 minutes or disable it altogether, but I suggest extending it to 1 minute.

Finally, set the image size. This option is in Shooting Tab 1. There are various options, but I would recommend High quality Jpeg, as this allows you to save high quality images without taking up too much space on your memory card.

2Apr/16Off

Get Amused By the Colorful Images of the Mysterious Aquatic World

p9As a vast expanse of this world is still hidden under the cover of surging waves in various forms of water-bodies, the underwater photography is our only window to this mysterious aquatic world of miscellaneous floras and faunas.

No matter how calm the surface of a water-body appears, underneath the cover of such serenity lays a world that is filled with dynamic creatures of different shapes and sizes. The skillfully taken pictures of this aquatic world will not only amuse you with the colorful snapshots of different types of marine organisms, but will also provide you with the basic information about these creatures or plants that survive in the depth of various water-bodies.

These artfully taken pictures will also make you aware about the existence of different types of aquatic terrains that stay hidden from your naked eyes under the dense blanket of water and can only be presented in front of you through the mastery of underwater photographers.

So, it can undoubtedly be said that underwater photography works as your gateway to the unexplored aquatic world that is filled with different types of creatures whose skillful activities will never fail to astonish you. The flawless performance art like camouflaging techniques that these oceanic creatures perform to blend in with the nature while hiding from the preying eyes of predators or while trying to hunt the source of sustenance is always thrilling to look at.

The online galleries that showcase spectacularly taken images of different types of oceanic creatures allow you to learn about the diversified nature of the creatures of this world with just a quick glance and a few examples that have been mentioned below will let you take a quick peek into the uniqueness of this aquatic world.

Shocking Similarities

The vivid image of a translucent Jellyfish and the photographs of Physalia will astonish you with striking similarities. The Physalia being a colonial organism looks astoundingly similar to a transparent jellyfish that is a multi-cellular organism. The gas-filled buoyant bladder and the tentacles of venomous cnidocytes provide Portuguese Man o' War or Pacific Man o' War with an appearance that is similar to that of Jellyfishes.

Camouflaging Splendors

The Mimic Octopus is a creature that dodges its predators by changing the colors of its arms and looking like poisonous sea snakes. This aquatic genius can also impersonate a lionfish while swimming surrounded by its floating arms.

The Crocodile Fish has not only molded its outer features in order to blend seamlessly with the seafloor, but the frilly iris of this creature also looks like the seafloor sand and helps it hide better.

The Leaf Scorpionfish has acquired its name by not just looking like a leaf, but also by acting like one while swaying in the midst of grasses or algae like a dead leaf in order to provide deadliest stings to its prey.

So, it can undoubtedly be said that the vivid images of these camouflaging creatures will fill you up with amusement and will make your eyeballs pop with incredulity.

A Potpourri of Color

A school of Atlantic Blue Tang with electrifying indigo color and a group of colorfully striped Butterfly fish or Angelfish swimming in the shallow reefs will undoubtedly take your breath away with their radiant presence. The online image-galleries of oceanic creatures let you take a dip into this pool of colorful pictures with the skillfully taken snapshots of master photographers.

So, explore the unchartered aquatic territories that are filled with myriads of unknown oceanic organisms through underwater photography and get flooded by the radiant and vibrant snapshots of marine creatures.