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.

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  • 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.

What’s the difference between wide angle, prime, telephoto & macro lens?

 

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What makes photography interesting is the enormous variety you get by way of composition and depth. And yet, these bring make the shoot more challenging for the photographer. If one has the right equipment, it is a simple matter to create a wonderful snap that remains in time for ever. Assuming you have a DSLR camera, the thing that makes the difference now is the lens.

Small and tidy compact cameras

You must understand the compact cameras are point-and-shoot cameras. You cannot change their lens or add a filter. Everything it does is already there. So, you cannot alter the functionality of the camera. First, there are two kinds of lenses – prime and zoom lenses. The simplest way to identify them is to check the numbers used to represent them. The prime lenses have only one number such as 60mm or 100mm.

Two numbers of the zoom lenses

The zoom lenses have two numbers – 18-55mm which means that you can rotate the lens around and move it forward or backward. What happens is that you change the focal length and this helps you ‘move’ closer or away from the subject. Now, compact cameras also have zoom lenses. If you use a prime lens with a DSLR camera, you get the same view all the time. You cannot zoom in or out with the prime lens.

Wide angle lens

The wide angle lens allows you to cover a wide area such as a wide group of people or a building block. The function of a telephoto lens is to capture an object that is far away from you. This is used extensively in wildlife photography. The human eye is between these two ranges. Compact cameras too have a mid-range like this but you can get some pictures that are wider than the normal range just as you can use the zoom to get closer to the object using the compact zoom.

Macro for portrait photography

If you want to get a photo of a subject very close up, you use a macro lens. This may be a zoom lens or a wide angle lens. Usually, it is a mid range lens and moderately telephoto by nature. Nikon 105mm, Canon 60mm, Nikon 60mm, and Olympus 50mm are good examples of macro lenses. The mid-range zooms have a focal length between 17mm and 60mm. You also have tilt and shift lenses that we refer to as specialist lenses. These find use in portrait photography.

Rent your lenses at Qwikgear

The Qwikgear photo equipment rental shop at  Bangalore has terrific cameras, lenses, accessories, and more for use in your photo shoot. They have cameras, lenses, lighting equipment, stands, battery packs, filters, and much more. The rental begins at Rs 600 and goes up to Rs 1,200 per day. You can arrange an entire photo shoot for the day for a couple of thousand dollars. Suppose you have a wedding or a function to attend in  Bangalore, don’t bring your cameras, rent them at Qwikgear.

Tune into the wonderful world of clarity and professionalism by choosing the right lens for the shoot. You can get world-class pictures if you spend some time choosing the lens for your photography.

What are most important accessories for DSLR camera?

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Get goods equipment for photography

When you need to make your mark in photography, you need a good camera. The best ones are the DSLR cameras and you need to buy the lenses for them. Along with this, you need a host of paraphernalia for making your photo shoot good. Here is the list of the most common things you need.

  • Camera bag: Choose a bag that will hold all your camera accessories. You have models that hold a laptop as well.
  • Padded neck strap for the DSLR: You get many models of neck straps made of neoprene and non-slip fabric. You need this if you hang your camera a lot.
  • Rocket blower: Cleaning the lens with a brush is alright but a blower does the job better.
  • Lens cleaning kit: Dust and dirt on the lens element can reduce the quality of your photographs. You have many cleaning kits for lenses from top brands like Zeiss and Nikon.

Rent your camera and lenses

Qwikgear is a leading camera, lens, light, accessories, and audio rental company with office in  Bangalore. Many professional photographers use this rental services when they visit  Bangalore because they get high quality cameras and lenses. They need not carry their camera and equipment all the way from home to get a quality photo shoot. Many other beginners who want high quality cameras and lenses but cannot afford the high price rent these cameras for a day or two and improve their skills. Everybody get the best service from the Qwikgear camera rental shop.

  • Remote shutter release: This helps reduce the shake but you must use a tripod. It proves useful if you take plenty of selfies.
  • Lens UV filter protection: You get protection if you use a UV lens for landscape photography. You can always leave it on the camera to protect it.
  • Polarizing filter: This part of the camera accessories helps you reduce reflections from shiny objects such as glass and water. But, this reduces the amount of light that passes through the lens.

Battery and tripod

You have got most of the things you need. Yet, you could pack in some more things that could turn your photography event into a grand success. Here are the few things your camera needs.

  • Extra battery: Useful when you travel, carry an extra battery with you always. The battery does not last long in cold weather.
  • Tripod with Tripod head: You need a tripod is you want to shoot landscape or low-light photography. The tripod head helps to hold the camera in place.
  • Extra lenses: You need a zoom lens and wide-angle lenses too.

When you have the best photography equipment, you don’t have to drive yourself to perform. It happens when you take care to see that the light, focus, choice of lens, and all things related to photography are in line with the recommendations. Pictures last forever because the moments do.