Lens Rental Bangalore

Here is a review of Qwik Gear camera and lenses rental shop in Bangalore. Photography is sometimes an obsession but it is a pleasurable one. The effort that goes into the creation of well-balanced photographs with bright subjects and clear backgrounds pays dividends when you see the smile of happiness on the face of the subject when they see the pictures. Indeed, photography remains dedicated to bringing back moments in life when you were the happiest.

Renting camera lenses in Bangalore

To be sure, not all of us can afford to buy those top-end Canons and Nikons. But that need not stop us from using the best cameras and lenses for our art and passion. You see that for a couple of hundred rupees, you can get all the top cameras, lenses, lighting, and equipment. You can finish your two to three days’ photo shoot for a couple of thousand rupees; considering what a Canon or Nikon costs, this dirt cheap.

Qwik Gear is a leading camera and lenses rental shop in Bangalore. They came into existence in July 2014, and have ruled provided the photography lovers of Bangalore one more reason to smile. Now, producing photographs and videos becomes easy. You can use the top cameras and lighting systems for your photo shoot.
A look at the available lenses
Other than top end DSLR cameras and equipment in the GoPro Range such as the Chest Harness, Suction Cup Mount, and more, one can get premier lenses for use with the cameras. Let us look at the plus points of each.

1) Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM per day rental starting at 1000 INR per day

2016-11-2716_17_59.251147Canon70-200f2.8ISII.pngOne of the sharpest zooms with a fast focus, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM has image stabilization. The L lens has optimization for full frame digital and 35mm film. The lens has 23 elements in 19 groups with internal focus and internal zoom. Close focus is 4 feet. Image stabilization is 4 stops reductions in camera shake. The lens turns from infinity to closest focus in 120°.

2) Canon EF 50mm F/1.4 USM per day rental starting at 400 INR per day

2016-11-2715_10_12.059104Canon50mm_f1.4USM.pngThe Canon EF 50mm F/1.4 USM has got an incredibly fast aperture that allows you to create a great depth of field and allows you to focus as close as 1.5 feet. It does not come with a hood so you cannot reduce the flaring. You can add one by buying it separately. There is no vibration reduction but you will not need it when shooting at high speed. When tested for sharpness, it came through with flying colors.

3) Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM per day rental starting at 400 INR per day

2016-11-2714_42_29.858192EF-85mm-f-1.8-USM-Lens.pngSmall, light, with A wide aperture, the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM provides great bokeh due to its 8 blade aperture. The lens focuses fast and silently but shows vignetting from f/2 onwards. It has 9 optic elements in 7 groups. You get instant, accurate focus and in all, a great camera. This is a short telephoto lens for isolating the subject from the background.

4) Sigma 18 – 250mm F3.5-6.3 DC (Canon) per day rental starting at 350 INR per day

2016-11-2716_25_26.936977Sigma18-250Canon.pngThis telephoto macro zoom lens is a great lens for beginners and enthusiasts. The Sigma 18 – 250mm F3.5-6.3 DC is the latest super-zoom         SLR cameras with APS-C sensors. It has fast autofocus, decent image stabilization, and good optics. It gives you a good close-up option that allows you to get great pictures. It is compact, lightweight, and useful travel lens.

5) Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II per day rental starting at 300 INR per day

2016-11-2714_51_30.350360canon-telephoto-zoom-ef-s-55-250-mm.pngThis compact and powerful telephoto zoom lens is ideal for taking pictures of soccer games or wildlife. The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II comes equipped with 4-stop image stabilization. You cannot use this on full frame camera bodies. You have a pair of sliders to activate the image stabilizers. It also helps to change the focusing mode. It has good focusing speed but the sound can be distracting. You might observe some color fringing across the zoom range.

6) Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM per day rental starting at 650 INR per day

2016-11-2715_00_41.613707canon24-105f_4USM.pngThis is one of the general purpose standard zoom lenses from Canon. You can use this lens to capture groups of people and landscape pictures. It has image stabilization but the zoom is moderate so you cannot take far away pictures. Use high ISO settings to shoot in low light. You can use this for indoor sports events.

7) Canon EF 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM per day rental starting at 600 INR per day

2016-11-2716_17_01.796285Canon-EF-S-15-85mm-f-3.5-5.6-IS-USM-Lens.pngYou can use the Canon EF 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM to shoot landscape and commercial properties. It is a wide-angle lens that tends to distort images with a fish-eye effect at close range photography. Otherwise, the image quality is excellent. It has a wonderful, fast autofocus and image stabilization. You can only use this with EF-S compatible cameras. It has three aspherical elements along with one glass element. So, it shows improved sharpness in the pictures.

8) Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8L USM per day rental starting at 850 INR per day

2016-11-2716_19_02.238023Canon-EF-70-200mm-f-2.8-L-USM-Lens.pngThis constant aperture lens is popular among professionals. You can use it for many purposes including portrait photography, wedding photography, and sports photography. People also use it for action photography. It covers the full range of focal lengths. You can zoom in for your telephoto, dramatic background picture. At its widest setting, you can get full body portraits.

9) Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM per day rental starting at 1000 INR per day

2017-02-2416_43_58.674124Canon-EF-16-35mm-f-2.8L-III-USM-Lens.pngYou can use this ultra-wide zoom lens on full frame cameras. The Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM is highly prized by landscape photographers. It has three aspherical and two UD elements. But, the corner sharpness is lacking and you see chromatic aberration along the edges. There is no image stabilization but it comes with a hood.

10) Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM per day rental starting at 1000 INR per day

2016-11-2714_31_55.576138Canon100-400mm (1).pngThis is the camera for photographing wildlife and the birds. The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM is a zoom lens with super telephoto capabilities. It is a favorite for professional photographers in the sports field mainly because the zoom has a separate friction control. The lens is weather-sealed but the push-pull design of the control sucks in dust.

11) Nikon AF-S DX 18 – 55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR per day rental starting at 300 INR per day

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The Nikon AF-S DX 18 – 55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR is a moderate wide-angle lens that is good for landscape, environmental, and architecture photography. The 50mm lens closely resembles what we normally see with our naked eyes. So, it is useful for capturing real-life images just as one would see them. This lens has a vibration reducing stabilizing system and the lens has the super integrated coating from Nikon that makes the images very clear. It helps improve the color and contrast while reducing the glare.

12) Canon EF 24-70mm F/2.8L II USM per day rental starting at 1000 INR per day

2016-11-2714_56_32.083645Canon24-70f2.8USMII.pngThis lens has an incredibly versatile focal length so it finds use even in commercial schools. The Canon EF 24-70mm F/2.8L II USM is a workhorse lens. It has 18 optical elements in 13 groups. This includes 2 ultra-low dispersion glasses along with one UD aspheric element. The ultrasound motor is fast and silent with manual override. But, image stabilization is absent. The closest focus is 0.38 meters.
You can also rent out the other camera accessories such as the flashlight to use with the camera, the tripod to mount your camera on, battery pack, video head, backpack, and more. The camera rentals begin at 350 INR per day for the Canon EOS 1200D. For 5-8 days the rental is only 250 INR and if you want it for more than nine days, the rental comes down to 200 INR. This has an 18 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and 3-inch LCD monitor. The ISO range is 100-6400 expandable to 12,800. A variety of other cameras are also available including Nikon D5100, Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (body alone), and more.

Great shop to rent cameras and lenses

It is easy to see why the Qwik Gear camera and equipment rental shop is popular with the people in Bangalore. It offers good service, the deal is fair and square, and terms are good for both the customer and the shop owner. When you have quality, one must pay for it. And that is what the photography lovers have in the final say – good photo rental equipment at good prices.

To pursue your passion, you need to keep up with all the great photography equipment there is. Qwik Gear provides the option you need. You can find out all you want to know here and pick the right equipment for the job. You have to find that camera with the right touch and balance and until you do, it is better to rent the camera and lenses.

Cameras for Low Budget Filmmaking

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While every camera takes photos, only a few make good movies. The video shooting capacity varies with brand and cost. Still, there are some cameras that make the cut. Here is a look at them.

Shooting movies with the EOS DSLR camera

You can make wonderful movies if you follow some thumb rules. First, you must know that the EOS DSLR cameras will make two files. One is the.MOV file that is the movie file and the.THM file. This second one is the thumbnail file. The computer does not need these files to play the movies. You can transfer the.MOV files and delete them.THM files. No harm is done here. But, if you want to play the movies back on your camera, you need them.THM files.

Do a trial run first

Second, you must check the aperture settings do not change when you zoom in and out. This is for the times when you make movies with a zoom lens attached to the DSLR camera. You might feel like zooming in often. When the lens is variable aperture zooming will alter the maximum aperture and make it become small. This will cause the footage to become darker. When you use a fixed aperture lens, you may not have a change in the aperture size. But, since the amount of light reduces when you zoom, the footage will become darker. To be sure, check that the exposure does not vary before you shoot the film.

Check the temperature gauge often

When you shoot for a long time, the sensor will get hot. It sends two kinds of warnings. The first is the white temperature gauge. It will appear on the rear LCD screen. If this warning appears, it is advisable to stop filming and wait until the camera cools. But, you can carry on filming. The quality will not be up to snuff. When the red temperature gauge warning appears, it means the camera will shut down shortly. This is to prevent any damage to the sensor. Here you have to take a break.

Choose a good camera
The choice of the camera depends on the budget and the availability. You can even rent your camera. You have many shops that give you high-quality cameras for dirt cheap prices. Register on these sites and you will get the camera door-delivered within the hour. Here is the selection of cameras ideal for film shooting:

  • Canon 5D Mark III
  • Canon 70D
  • Sony a7S
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
  • Canon C100 Mark II
  • Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera

Always choose the white balance setting from the preset settings or use a custom white balance setting. Avoid using the custom white balance setting. Suppose you make adjustments to the ISO settings during filming, it will change the way the footage will appear if you use Auto setting. If you use the custom setting, you can adjust this to the value you need.

Using a preset White Balance will ensure that the setting will not change. The processing of the film will remain easy for you. Another thing is to use manual setting for the ISO setting, aperture value, and shutter speed. This way, the settings will not change while you are filming.

How to Use Safety and Protection Tips for DSLR cameras and Lenses

Photography enriches life as it can intermingle perspectives and present moments for posterity. The photographer is a kind of historian or biographer and helps record the intimate moments of life. Here we see how we should protect the precious photography gear.

Fear not the rain

If moisture gets inside your camera, you will have mold formation. This is very bad and so you must wrap the camera and lens in a plastic bag if there is rain. Protected in a proper way from the rain by rain sleeves, you can shoot lovely pictures and who does not like the rain? Go ahead and get those delectable snapshots of rain falling down on the roses…

Fear the dust

Dust can damage the camera and lens functions. Use lens cap for both the front and the rear side. It will help protect the electrical circuitry and elements inside the camera. Use a rocket blower if you shoot in a dust-prone area. Clear the dust from the lens before you shoot.

Guard the lenses

First, use a pad between the lenses so they do not bang into each other all the time. If you shoot near the sea, use a UV filter in the front of the lens. This will protect the lens from the salt. Remember to clean the lens when you reach your room.

If you do some rock climbing, the chances are you will bang your lens into the rocks. If you use a UV filter, then you can avoid damaging the lens. The UV filter is cheap and you can replace it with ease.

Use desiccant for long-term storage

If you plan to store the camera for a long time, then put a desiccant in the camera bag. Store the camera and lens in a place with good ventilation. Replace the desiccant often as they will not keep their power long. Remove the batteries before you store them.

Keep the camera away from strong magnetic fields such as a television set. Do not use camphor balls. Protect the camera from extreme heat such as direct sunlight. The insides of a vehicle will be very hot. So, avoid storing the camera inside the car or van.

Also, the AA batteries drain over time. It is best to use them for some other devices. If you use rechargeable batteries then you can store the batteries, recharge them, and use them. But, if left unused for a long time, all batteries will lose power.

Use of memory card

Before you use the memory cards in the camera, format them in your computer. Then, switch off the power before you insert the memory card. In the same way, power off before you remove the memory card.

Cleaning the monitor

Use a blower first. Do not apply pressure to the monitor face. This will cause serious trouble. The blower will remove all the dust. Use a lens cleaner to clean the superficial dirt. If there are stains, then use chamois leather or a soft cloth with the stain remover to clean.

When you leave the camera or move the camera, use the monitor cover. A little care goes a long way and helps keep your camera in pristine condition.

Top 5 DSLR Cameras for Indian Wedding Photography

Using the native skills is not enough for a wedding photo shoot. You need to have the experience to capture those magical moments when there is intimate action. Also, you need a great camera and a good selection of lenses. This will help you get all that you need to preserve the moments for posterity. That said, here is a look at the best DSLR cameras on the market now.

Nikon D5

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The first among the Nikon cameras to use the autofocus, the Nikon D5 has 153 autofocus points. Of these, 99 are cross-type sensors. It is best in the class in shooting speed and handles like a dream. It is ideal for capturing those spectacular moments when you need to come into focus fast or miss all. And, don’t worry if you do not have enough light. The Nikon D5 will get pictures of the couple, no matter which corner they are in. It is well suited for wedding photos with a long-range lens 650-1300 mm super-telephoto zoom lens. It has a price of $10,567 and the lens comes for $437.

Canon EOS 1DX II

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A wonderful camera with innovative features, the Canon EOS 1DX II has a 20.2 MP full-frame sensor. It has AE/AF tracking modes that give you continuous shooting speeds up to 14 fps. You can shoot movies at 60p/50p. The shutter durability is 400,000 cycles. It has 6+ image processors. All this adds up to the unbelievable wedding picture caught at extraordinary moments by the Canon EOS 1DX II. You get ISO setting of 409,600 for unbelievable clarity in your pictures. The price is $7470.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

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One of the best wedding pictures ever is the long shot taken of the couple with a bouquet effect. For this, you need a good camera and a long-range lens. A good prime lens is the Canon EF 135mm F/2L USM Prime Lens for Canon SLR Camera costing $1100 with the closest focusing distance of 3 feet. The camera cost $5000 and is worth it. The sensor is full frame dual pixel CMOS 30.4 MP size. It comes with Wi-Fi and GPS so you will not have any trouble uploading the pictures to the internet. It has DIGIC 6+ Image Processor.

Nikon D810

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The successor to the D800 and the D800E models, the Nikon D810 has all the good features of the two previous cameras. The sensor is 36.3 MP full frame type. It has an expanded ISO range 64 -12,800. The processor is EXPEED 4 and it has 12-bits RAW file support. Shutter durability is 200,000 cycles. The speed is 1/8000 at 30 seconds exposure. This is great for wedding photography because the high shutter speed will match the ISO setting for low light. The price is $3291.

Nikon D500

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This is a 21 MP crop sensor DSLR camera. It can shoot at 10 fps. The autofocus system has 153 points where you can select 55. You have quite an array of autofocus modes that make it a great camera for group or individual photography. Choose from Single, Dynamic, 3D tracking, Auto-area, and Group-area options and you see what you have. The price for this camera is $319.

Get to the wedding hall before and check the lighting. Also, set up your own light stands in some of the strategic spots.

Top 3 Camera and Lens Rental Companies in Bangalore

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If you are from Bangalore or are planning a photo shoot there, you are a lucky person. Go to any of the shops mentioned below to get the choicest photography equipment cheap.

  • QwikGear
  • ProGear Hire
  • Tapprs

QwikGear

This is a remarkable DSLR camera and lenses rental shop. They also offer specialty GoPro range of accessories to help with your photography. You can get camera flashlights and memory cards. The Newer 6 flashlight costs 50 INR per day. You can rent a 16 GB SanDisk memory card for the same amount.

In the DSLR camera section, you have Nikon D5100 at the rate of 400 INR per day. The Canon EOS 5D Mark 4 body is available for 2200 INR per day. Among lenses, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM costs 1000 INR per day. The Sigma 18 – 250mm F3.5-6.3 DC (Canon) is available for 350 INR per day rental price.

ProGear Hire

This is a rental shop for cameras and photography equipment. They have Nikon and Canon cameras for rent. The Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod and the Manfrotto 808RC4 cost 400 INR per day. The Canon 600EX-RT Flash costs 550 INR.

Among the DSLR cameras, you have the Canon 6D DSLR for 1300 INR. You get a 5D Mark IV for 2200 INR. The Nikon D810 is 1600 INR while the Nikon DSLR D7100 costs 800 INR. If you need lights, the Elinchrom D-Lite RX 4 is available for 900 INR.

Tapprs

Offering home delivery and pickup, Tapprs is another excellent shop in Bangalore to pick up photography gear. Also, they do not ask for any deposit but you have to register. In the full-frame DSLR section, you have Nikon D850 body for 2500 INR per day rental charge. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV body costs 2500 INR.

Lighting equipment is in the 400-600 INR range. Nikon SB910 Speedlight costs 500 INR. The Canon 600 EX-RT Speedlite costs 600 INR per day.

You can see how to finish the entire shooting session for less than a couple of thousand rupees. If one were to buy the original equipment it would have cost several lakh rupees. So, arrange your next trip to Bangalore and get lovely pictures of your get together with the rental camera equipment.

Top 5 Best Cameras for Personal Use

The choice of camera depends on the skills of the photographer. The beginner will not benefit by getting a high-end camera because he does not have enough composition skills. The skillful photographer will not benefit by using a mediocre camera. This makes the choice of the camera a personal one. But, here we give the best cameras for all photographers.

Best features Nikon D5600 (Rs 47,809)

Image result for Nikon D5600As the price shows, this is one of the high-end cameras with an APS-C CMOS 24.2 megapixel sensor and a 3.2-inch articulated touchscreen having 1,040,000 dots. The video continuous shooting speed at 1080p is 5 fps. It has excellent image reproduction but like many other cameras, it is slow in the Live View mode. The 30-point AF system is the best there is in this segment.

Best beginner camera Canon EOS Rebel T6 (Rs 25,636)

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This camera has a sensor size of 18 megapixels of the APS-C CMOS type. The greatest video resolution is 1080p and the continuous shooting speed is 3 fps. The positive thing is the low price and the good image quality. The shortcoming is that the Live View focusing is slow and there is no touchscreen. You have a good set of features though not everything that the high-end models have. It has Wi-Fi and NFC built-in helping you to move your pictures to your smartphone with ease.

Best low-cost beginner camera D3300 (Rs 29,957)

Image result for D3300The sensor is 24.2 megapixels APS-C CMOS and offers video shooting in 1080p at 5 fps. It has a “Guide mode” that is helpful for the beginners to learn how to make adjustments to his DSLR camera. It has great image quality but it does not provide connectivity (no Wi-Fi or NFC). So, you must use the Nikon Plug-in adapter to download and transfer the photos. This camera is not easy to get as the next in line model D3400 is fast capturing the market.

Best low-light photography camera Canon EOS 200D (Rs 53,957)

This camera has a great burst rate and allows quick focusing when one uses the Live View mode. One can take a varied selection of photographs from portrait to landscape to wedding photos. The APS-C sensor is 24.2 megapixels and the Autofocus is Dual Pixel CMOS. You can get clear and sharp photos with this camera. The Canon EOS 200D with 18-55mm or 55-250mm lenses is a great travel companion. The 25600 ISO setting allows one to take low-light photos with great clarity.

Best beginner video camera  Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III (Rs 66,880)

One of the best cameras with powerful controls to help you compose beautiful photos, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III has a 16.1-megapixel sensor. The sensor is Micro Four Thirds that is smaller than the standard DSLR making the camera compact and lightweight. You can shoot 4k video and get great pictures due to the 5-axis stabilization system. The continuous shooting speed is 8.6 fps. It has a tilt-angle display LCD screen. The image quality is good though the size of the sensor is half that of the standard DSLR camera.

Though we show many of the cameras as fit for beginners, it works well with the experts too. It will last until you decide to upgrade again to the next level.

What are the best lenses for street photography?

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One of the essential elements of photography is composition. In Street Photography, this is all the more important because it helps portray the character of the subject without distortion. Street photography involves getting close to the subject without changing their behavior. For this, you can use prime lenses or super zoom lenses depending on the situation.

Superzoom lenses

You use superzoom lenses from a far-off place. The subject remains framed by a soft focus background that highlights the important characteristic of either the surrounding or the subject.

  • Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM full frame – Price: £1,900
  • Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II APS-C – Price: £585

Prime lenses

Prime lenses are the main lenses used in photography. This is because they produce the most natural pictures of the subject. The 50 mm lenses resemble the vision of the human eye because the focal length is almost the same.

50 mm

  • Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM full frame – Price: £1,900
  • Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II APS-C – Price: £585

The second type of prime lens is the 35 mm lens. This helps you go close to the subject and get close-up photos.

35 mm

  • Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM full frame – Price: £1,900
  • Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II APS-C – Price: £585

Tips for using the DSLR camera

Aperture settings

The aperture is the hole in the front of the lens that allows light into the camera. You adjust this by the f-stop number. Bigger the f-stop number, the smaller will be the aperture. So, you have the f/2.0 or the f/2.8 meaning the f-stop is 2.0 in the first case and 2.8 in the second. The amount of light will remain more in the first case.

You also have Aperture Priority denoted by Tv or S. The shutter priority is a semi-automatic shooting mode that helps you set the shutter speed as slow or fast. If you need to take the picture of a fast action, you use the fast shutter speed (such as 1/4000th of a second) to avoid blurring the picture. The next is the P mode or the program mode. This is a halfway mark between the semi-automatic and manual mode. In this mode, you adjust either one say the shutter speed or the aperture. The Program P will adjust the other one automatically.

The manual mode M is for full manual control of the camera. You have to set the aperture and the shutter speed by yourself.

The ISO setting helps you set the amount of light that reaches the sensor in the camera. The ISO setting has either a high value such as 6400 ISO or low setting such as 100 ISO. The low setting will allow only a low amount of light into the camera. If you use the low ISO setting, you must use a slow shutter speed to allow more light to enter the camera. If you want to capture fast-moving objects, you use a high setting so you can get a clear picture.

What are some photography hacks everyone should know?

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The difference between a good photograph and a fantastic one lies in the amount of preparation and work that goes into the photograph. If you see a photographer fidgeting and waiting before he takes his picture, it is because he is adjusting the parameters so he achieves the preferred setting for his picture. One can use cool photographic tricks to create diffuser effects and creative effects in the photograph.
Tips for taking landscape photographs
When you go to a historic site, you always find tourists and it is impossible to get rid of them. Put your camera on a tripod and take a couple of pictures. Then, use Photoshop to remove the tourists from the photographs. Go to Menu à Scripts à Statistics. Then, you can remove anything you do not want from your photograph.
Create slider effects
If you do not want to or cannot afford a slider for taking photographs, use the tripod. Rock the tripod forward and backward. You can lift it and place it forward to get the same effect as the slider.
Create a flare
To get a flare in your photograph, stick a transparent colored plastic paper across the lens of the camera. If you shoot into a bright source of light, the flare will come in the picture.

Get close-ups without the zoom lens: If you cannot afford or forgot to bring your zoom lens, you can remove the detachable lens and turn it backward. This will bring the subject close to you but you will not have any manual control. Instead, you will have to move your camera back and forth until you have the right focus.
Find the vantage point
The best equipment will not compensate for the composition. You can get the best angle by climbing on the roof of the building or if you lay down on the floor. Finding this angle makes the photograph great. So, put in some effort and you can add the special effects later.
Tips for the smartphone user

  • You can use cutouts in front of your camera lens or in the background to create dramatic effects.
  • Jump around while photographing and use the timer on the smartphone to get spectacular pictures.
  • Use a picture in the background to create a lively picture when you do not have any interesting background on your subject.
  • Use a plastic cover over your camera lens and color it with different colors to create a new effect in the photograph.
  • When you are shooting inside a room, use a paper cup as a smartphone stand. Cut a slit on the top such that the cut slants to the edge of the glass. Now, your phone can rest on the paper cup while you take the photograph.

Taking photographs with the phone increases your control due to the many inbuilt functions the phone has.These hacks prove that one can use creative efforts even when one is under-budget. By practice, you will adapt well to them and become the best photographer ever. But, you must begin by writing the tips down and practicing them.

Things to Consider When Buying Your First DSLR Camera

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The Single Reflex Lens (SLR) camera uses a mirror to reflect light from the object onto the sensor. The digital SLR differs from the SLR camera in that it uses electronics to do what the SLR camera does manually. Thus, the quality of the images is much better in the DSLR cameras. Here is a list of the things you must consider if you want to buy a DSLR camera.
Check the feel of the camera
The first thing to do is to, in a mild way; bounce the camera in your hand. It must feel easy and well balanced. That is important because you will want to align the camera in a specific manner to get a photograph and if you do not have a good feel, then you will not get good photographs.
Work the controls
Keep the camera lightly balanced and work the controls. These are the Shutter Speed and White Balance for starters. They must have an alien feel when you change them around. Instead, they must feel natural. Check the drive mode and the self-timer to see if they work in a smooth way. Fiddle around with the exposure settings, change the metering and try to work the focus. If they work well, then you have the right model. If not, try another model.
Check the video recording
Even if you are not planning on shooting any videos, you will in time use the video recording function. Most DSLR cameras have full HD 1080p video recording feature. But, there are a few that have only 720p or non-HD recording. Every brand has a different frame rate for recording. The higher frame rates give smoother output.
Confirm the modes available
The DSLR camera will have all standard features such as Action, Portrait, Landscape, and Night modes. A few of the cameras will also have features such as Auto, Guide, and Panorama. The Guide function is especially helpful if one is a beginner. It will walk you through the working of the camera which helps you become an expert in no time at all. But, working your DSLR camera is easy if you use the Auto mode during the initial phases when you are learning about the controls.
Know about sensor size
The quality of the photograph depends on the size of the sensor in the camera.  The biggest sensor is the full-frame sensor present that is equivalent to the 35 mm film. The size of the sensor is 36×24 mm. Entry level cameras have a smaller size sensor and crop sensors. The APS-C sensor for all brands except the Canon is 23.6×15.6 mm. The Canon has a smaller sensor at 22.2×14.8 mm. Another common sensor is the Four Thirds that measure 17.3×13 mm. The larger sensors cost more and deliver better pictures.
See the megapixel resolution
The megapixel resolution does matter but not as much as the sensor size. To print clear pictures of standard size, you need at most a resolution of 7 megapixels. Most of the entry level cameras have 12 megapixels or more so you need not worry about this aspect at all.

Now, you know what to look for in your camera. You only need to see that the camera has all the basic features.

How to start photography with DSLR cameras, as a beginner?

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To become an expert, one must learn the basics thoroughly. Other than the controls, one has to learn how to make the photograph attractive. While you can put your camera into the Auto mode and get some decent pictures, the real art lies in getting control over the camera and setting the background for the perfect picture.

Basics of photography ISO

The ISO of your camera tells you how sensitive the sensor is to light. The low sensitivity range is ISO 100 and the high sensitivity range is ISO 6400 or higher. When you shoot at low sensitivity, you need more light or you have to leave the shutter open for a long while. It might be necessary to shoot in low light at times.
Set the shooting mode
You will find the shooting modes indicated by auto, Av, Tv, P, and M. The camera takes over and does the shooting when you set the camera to one setting. Say, you select Auto, then the camera does everything. Aperture priority (Av) is semi-automatic mode. If you choose a larger aperture, more light passes through the lens of the camera. Next, we will see which camera you must choose.
Best entry level DSLRs

  • Nikon D3400 ($397): This is the best camera as far as we look at the design. This has a 24.2-megapixel sensor and a great battery life. You can use the SnapBridge to transfer images from the camera to the smartphone. It takes 1080p videos at 60 fps. Beginners will benefit much from the “Guide Mode” that helps one compose a picture. It gives a comfortable frame and performance ratio making it one of the best cameras for starting out on your journey through the photography world.
  • Canon EOS 750 D ($799): This is not a high-end camera but it is affordable. It helps you deal with some advanced principles in photography. It has 19 points Autofocus with an ISO range of 100-12800 ISO and the mode dial is easy to reach. This camera is easy to use because it has fewer controls.
  • Nikon D5600 ($747): This is feature rich with a 24.2-megapixel sensor. You can take full HD 1080p video and it has 3x optical zoom. The 3.2-inch multi-angle touch LCD screen helps you pinch, zoom, and set focus with only your fingers. The screen turns back and looks right back like the lens so you can get great selfies.
  • Pentax K-70-h ($847): This has an ISO setting of 100-102400 and shutter speed of 1/6000 – 30 seconds. It can zoom 7.5x and a fast autofocus. The LCD screen has articulation making it easy to focus. It has complete weather-sealing and good burst rate. The only drawback is the Wi-Fi that is slow to respond. Also, the weight is too much for an entry-level DSLR.

You can borrow a camera or rent it from reputed camera rental company like Qwikgear for the first few days before you buy your own camera. It will help you understand what you need to do in photography.Every photograph begins with an idea but ends with the composition. Different scenarios need different compositions and lens settings.