May is Photo Month, and it just happens to be Mother’s Day as well. On Monday April 27, London Drugs tech expert, David Levett, sat down on CTV Morning Live in Regina to discuss the latest cameras, camera accessories, and Mother’s Day gift ideas in celebration of Photo Month.
David started his discussion by mentioning the new camera upgrades to the Canon Rebel T6I. Since last year, a wireless system linked to a mobile device has been installed in the Canon Rebel T6I. By downloading an app, the camera can be placed on any tripod to take photos and zoom anywhere you like from the control of your cellphone.
The waterproof, shockproof and freeze proof Nikon S33 was next on the list of cameras to talk about. The camera comes with oversized buttons, which make it extremely user friendly. David matched the Nikon S33 with the Gorilla Pod, which can wrap around objects with its durable and flexible legs. This tripod is ideal for latching onto objects that usually wouldn’t act as a great surface for tripods, such as the branches of a tree.
The Table Tripod is a very straightforward Tripod that is compatible with any camera of camcorder. David also mentioned the Travel Tripod, which is made out of a carbon fibre weave. The light, airy fixture makes travelling easy and hassle free.
Finally, David discussed the well-known Selfie Stick that has been making headlines lately. The Selfie Stick can be hooked up to a device on your cellphone that will allow you to zoom and take pictures with the click of a button, which is perfect for those much needed group photos.
Most people who own cameras think of themselves more as picture-takers than photographers. Certainly when we were shooting with film, the sheer cost of film and developing prevented most amateurs from experimenting with professional techniques.
Digital technology has changed all of that. Now we can shoot, see instant results, and practice new techniques without the time and cost of developing.
This month, we challenge you to find your inner photographer, starting with landscapes. As you step outdoors for your shoot, keep the following basics in mind:
Composition: A well-shot landscape is a delicate balance of proportions. Rather than centring your points of interest, try using the ‘rule of thirds’ when you are composing a photograph. Imagine a tic-tac-toe grid over your image and place the visually interesting elements along those lines.
In this landscape, the horizon lies close to the top third line. The small tide pool and beach shoes are positioned on the lower left third, the winding tidal stream creates visual interest on the right third. As you set up your shot, try to align different elements and see how they work together.
Use a Tripod: Tripods are essential equipment for photographers, particularly when shooting high quality, artistic images. Tripods reduce handshake, resulting in crisper photos. If you are in low light conditions, a tripod allows you to use a slower shutter speed without blur.
Quality Settings: Before you begin, set your camera to record the highest quality photographs. High quality images translate into file size—choose the largest files and you will be capturing the largest amount of visual information. Also consider shooting in RAW . This way you can more easily alter white balance, brightness, and tint on your computer afterwards.
Think Foreground: When you think of a landscape, your mind goes to the horizon; however some of the most interesting landscapes have a strong foreground element (like the child’s beach shoes in the above image). Try moving your tripod closer to the ground, and consider devoting the bottom third of the photo to foreground.
Post Production: Photo editing is not just for supermodels. In fact, spending time adjusting your images in photo editing software will help you see your pictures as artistic images. Is your horizon straight? If you crop, will you improve the composition? Can you adjust the white balance to create richer, more vivid colours? As you tinker in post production, you train your eye for the next time you use your camera.
Worth the Paper it’s Printed On
Once you have chosen a location, prepared your composition, experimented with shutter speeds and angles, and tweaked your images until they are perfect, it’s time to print. The quality of the paper will make an enormous difference to your finished artistic print. For spectacular quality, we recommend Bamboo paper. Made from 90% white bamboo fibres and 10% soft cotton, this warm-toned art paper has a fine, soft surface and maximum aging resistance.
For more information on Bamboo art paper, visit www.londondrugs.com/photolab.
Written by Angela Ford, Amateur Photographer