Museum photography certainly involves some challenges. Some objects are behind glass, some objects have odd lighting, and some are difficult to frame correctly because they're in a location where it's difficult for you to shoot at the angle you want.
Then you have to worry about which photography equipment and camera gear you're allowed to use. Some museums will not allow certain pieces of camera gear, such as tripods.
Click the link to read my latest article that provides tips to help you pick the best camera gear for museum photos and to improve your museum photography results.
While many people have made use of a point and shoot digital camera as their first camera, some people will choose to start their photography hobby with a DSLR camera, such as the Nikon D5300 pictured here.
Perhaps those people just want to be certain they'll always have top-end image quality from their camera, while others may have used a 35mm film camera in the past and have just now decided to make the jump to digital photography.
Using a DSLR camera for the first time requires the photographer to think about a lot of things that they maybe can ignore with a simple point and shoot camera. Click the link to read my latest article containing tips for using a DSLR camera for the first time, and you'll hopefully have a successful photographic experience!
Photo courtesy Nikon
If you received a Pentax camera recently -- or if you've owned one for quite a while -- please consider sharing your experiences with that camera through a "user review" of a Pentax camera.
Although I have a chance to review quite a large number of cameras, I don't have the time or resources to review every Pentax camera that's manufactured, so I'm hoping those of you reading this site can post your thoughts on cameras you own, which will help all of the site's readers as they're trying to find great cameras to purchase. Good experiences and bad experiences are both welcomed.
Just click the link below to enter your camera's information, which should require only 3-5 minutes. And, if you own a non-Pentax camera, you can find user review forms for other models on the Camera Reviews page.
If you're looking for a fun app that can give you some information on the photography habits of the general public, the free Pic A Moment app is an interesting option.
Pic A Moment allows you to perform an automatic search of the database of Instagram photos to look for a specific time and date and/or specific location. The app then will show you all of the photos on Instagram that meet your criteria.
Instalook is a similar app that costs $0.99 and allows you to search Instagram photos tied to a particular location. Both apps are available through iTunes.
You'll find a 30X optical zoom lens in a small camera with the now available Panasonic Lumix ZS40.
The ZS40, which is known as the Lumix TZ60 outside of North America, offers 18 megapixels of resolution in a 1/2.3-inch image sensor. Its 30X optical zoom lens has a 24-720mm equivalent, while the Lumix ZS40 measures only 1.34 inches in thickness.
Panasonic also has included built-in Wi-Fi, a high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD screen, built-in GPS, full HD video capabilities, an electronic viewfinder, and full manual controls with this model, which has an MSRP of $449.95. (Compare Prices) It's offered in black only, although some models offer silver trim.
Photo courtesy Panasonic
Sigma doesn't introduce fixed lens cameras all that often, but when the company does release one, it knows how to give it high-end capabilities.
The Sigma DP3 Merrill has a 46 megapixel image sensor that's similar in size to an APS-C image sensor. The camera can shoot in either RAW or JPEG image formats, and there is a four frames per second burst mode with RAW images.
The Sigma DP3 has an f/2.8 lens with a 50mm fixed lens (35mm equivalent of 75mm). You'll find a 3.0-inch high resolution LCD screen, ISO up to 6400, manual focus option, and a hot shoe with this model.
Strangely, Sigma did not give the DP3 Merrill the ability to shoot HD video. You're limited to VGA 640x480 movie recording. Outside of that odd decision though, Sigma gave this model plenty of great features for an MSRP of about $899. (Compare Prices)
Photo courtesy Sigma
If you're looking for a challenge in your photographic work, consider attempting a project where you shoot photos of smoke.
Smoke certainly is difficult to photograph, because of how it moves and dissipates in air. Because it is one moving object that the photographer can somewhat manipulate to appear in a certain area of the scene, though, you can learn how to set up and create some cool-looking photos with some practice.
Click the link to read some tips for shooting photos of smoke.
Photo courtesy FreeDigitalPhotos.net / foto76
As with any piece of electronics, water is not the friend of your digital camera ... unless it's designed specifically for underwater usage, that is.
With a standard camera in rainy weather, you have the added problem that water could stick to your lens and ruin your photos.
However, just because it's raining, that doesn't necessarily mean that you should cancel your photography session. Click the link to read some tips for using wet cameras and for photography in the rain, both to keep your camera safe and to achieve better photographs on rainy days.
As you already know, light is vital to digital photography. No light equals no photo.
However, not every kind of light is the same. Some can help you create great photos, while some kinds of light create problems.
The same rule applies to sunlight, as not every type of sunlight will result in the same type of exposure for your photographs. Click the link to learn how to deal with tricky sunlight in photography to help you create better photos, no matter what type of sunlight you encounter.
When making a move from beginner level photography to a more advanced level, one camera setting that you're going to want to be sure to understand is the ISO setting.
ISO is a digital camera measurement that's roughly equivalent to the film speed measurement that was used with 35mm film cameras. The term ISO was also used with film.
Using ISO properly can help you achieve good looking photographs in low light conditions, while avoiding problems with too much noise. Click the link to read my latest article that will help you learn how to use ISO.