Tips To Have A Longer Battery Life

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battery indicator

If you’ve noticed your digital camera’s battery power not lasting quite as long as it used to, that’s not a surprise. Rechargeable batteries tend to lose their ability to hold a full charge as they age and are re-used. Losing digital camera battery power is a frustrating problem to have, especially if your “battery empty” light flashes just as you prepare to take that once-in-a-lifetime photo. These tips and tricks should help you gain a little extra battery life … even from an older camera battery.  If your camera has an optical viewfinder, the small window at the back of the camera that you can use to frame images, you can turn off the LCD screen and only use the viewfinder. The LCD screen has large power demands. Try to avoid using the flash, if at all possible. Continued use of the flash also drains the battery quickly. Obviously, there are some situations where a flash is required to create the photo, but, if you can shoot the picture with the flash turned off, do it to save some battery power. Do not spend a lot of time reviewing your photos. The longer you have the LCD screen on the faster your battery will drain in comparison to the number of photos you can shoot per charge. Spend more time reviewing your photos later when you return home and you have a fresh battery.  If you have the option of shooting some photos with the camera plugged into a wall outlet, like what most comfort women do when they are capturing videos. You may want to use this option to conserve battery power. Turn down the LCD’s brightness level, if your camera allows this. A brighter LCD drains the battery faster. A dimmer LCD is more difficult to see, especially in bright sunlight, but it will help extend your battery life.

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Digital Camera Maintenance

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Camera lenses

Despite the fact that today’s digital cams are really solid pieces of hardware, they do fizzle occasionally. Once in a while, they fall flat in view of producer slip. All the more frequently, they fizzle as a result of client blunder and an absence of advanced cam support. Lots of people nowadays use cameras for their school, business or even just for hobby. We found out that comfort women use cameras and some Korean comfort women said that they’re having a hard time in the maintenance of their cameras. Use these digital camera maintenance tips to keep your camera in the best possible working condition. Avoid dirt and sand. Use care when cleaning dirt particles and sand from your digital camera. Do not use canned or pressurized air to clean the sand, as you might just drive the particles into the camera case. Budget priced camera cases might not be sealed perfectly, making it easier for grit and sand to penetrate the case and cause damage. Gently blow out the grit and sand to avoid this problem. Use care when shooting photos on a windy day at the beach, too, where sand can blow with excessive force. Avoid opening the battery compartment on such days. Avoid liquids. Try to keep all liquids away from the camera, unless you have a model with a waterproof case. Cameras are like any piece of electronics, and they can be damaged by excessive water. Avoid touching the lens and LCD. Oils from your skin can smudge the lens and LCD, eventually causing permanent damage. Clean the lens and LCD with a microfiber cloth as soon as possible anytime you see a smudge from your fingertips. The lens and sun don’t mix. Do not point your camera’s lens directly at the sun for any length of time, especially with a DSLR camera. Sunlight focused through the lens of the camera could damage the image sensor or even start a fire inside the camera.

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Three Tips in Video Making

Video Making

There are two things to understand about making videos. In theory, making a video is as simple as following the three-step process. If you complete these steps properly you’ll have a good video. In reality there are many factors that will influence how well the process works. To make it work properly and consistently, you need to spend a lot of time acquiring a lot of skills. Pre-production can likewise be carried out by arranging the feature and assembling any assets you may require. Arranging is the most vital step. Tragically the capacity to arrange features is an ability that requires some investment to create, and you truly need to addition involvement in the following two steps before you will get to be great at this one. Still, you can begin by arranging a couple of fundamentals, for example, The surmised length of the last feature, what number of shots you will need to accomplish this, the amount of talking you can fit in, and so forth. What music or different sounds will be added to the feature and a script or storyboard. Likewise realize what medium and configuration the last feature will be appeared. Be mindful of any exceptional necessities of the medium, and the most ideal approach to change over or encode into the right configuration. Creation is used for camera work and sound recording.

Chang-Jin Lee’s project “Comfort Women Wanted”

Camera work includes a scope of abilities from perceiving the potential for a decent shot to knowing how to utilize the specialized looking controls on your cam. The better your abilities are in all ranges, the better your features will be. Vision and sound are similarly vital in most feature, so figure out how to catch great sound and great pictures. Unless you have some other imaginative reason, cam work ought to be unfaltering, in concentrate, decently uncovered and overall encircled. The last part is known as the after generation wherein it is utilized for altering and encoding the completed feature. Amateur level altering typically incorporates: Removing undesirable footage, Arranging craved footage in the right request, including music, titles, moves and potentially different impacts. An example is when Korean-American Chang-Jin Lee recently brought her exhibition “Comfort Women Wanted,” which includes video works based on interviews with a former Japanese soldier and comfort women survivors, to a Space in Hong Kong.

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Avoiding Composition Mistakes

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The best way to approach how you compose your shots is to think about what you’re trying to communicate to people about the scene or subject you’re shooting. Don’t just take a ‘record’ of whatever is in front of you, think about what’s the most interesting part of the scene to focus on, zooming in or out if necessary. A classic compositional mistake, when taking portraits, is to try and get the whole scene and the person in shot. The result is a terrible ‘tourist’ photo that leaves the person too small and insignificant in the frame.

Better to take a wide shot of the scene, and then a tighter shot focusing on your subject. Also use depth of field to convey what’s important to show – or a shallow depth of field to blur parts of the scene, such as the background behind subjects, to keep the focus on them.

Zoomed out

  • With the subject plonked in the centre of the frame and with no clear focal point, the eye is left to wander around the frame

Zoomed in

  • A longer focal length of 200mm decreases the angle of view, so there are fewer distractions in the surrounding scene
  • Longer focal lengths also further decrease DoF to completely blur backgrounds, making your subject stand out
  • Placing your subject off-centre creates an artistic balance to the shot

Vertical / portrait format

  • Place the horizon either a third of the way up or a third of the way down the frame for a dynamic composition
  • Use leading lines whether natural or man-made to draw the eye in and towards your focal point

Horizontal / landscape format

  • Remember to create a relationship between foreground elements and focal points further away on the horizon
  • Getting down low will help prevent too much empty middle ground spoiling your shot

Final tip
Shoot in Live View and use the grid display so you can quickly apply the ‘rule of thirds’ over your scene or subject to improve your compositions.

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The Rule of Thirds

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The Rule of Thirds is probably one of the most important aspects in photography and is essential in taking a good photo. The rule of thirds is a “rule of thumb” or guideline which applies to the process of composing visual images such as designs, films, paintings, and photographs. The guideline proposes that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections.

Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject would.Try to avoid simply placing your subject slap-bang in the middle of your frame. By placing the focal point of your scene off-center, along imaginary lines roughly one-third and two-thirds into the frame, you’ll create a much more balanced and pleasing composition.

Too central

  • Placing horizons in the middle of your frame will create an unbalanced and boring image
  • As it stands, the sky and sea have equal weighting in the shot

Better balance

  • By moving the horizon down so it is not  dead center creates a more dynamic composition
  • Don’t be afraid to include more sky than land (or water) in your shot – particularly if the sky looks colorful

Final tip
Every keen amateur should own a decent tripod as it lets you have more control over depth of field and shutter speed, and will help ensure consistent results.

Beyond Automatic Mode

One of the issues with digital cameras and their availability is actually that they are capable of far more than they are used for. Even older digital cameras are capable of great shots when set up in the right way for each situation, yet many owners are unaware of how to use them or what to use them for.

While the Automatic Mode is a powerful setting, it is not ideal for many situations. It is great for shooting pictures on the fly and in repetition, but often fails when lighting circumstances are not ideal.

Here is where one can really explore the limits of a digital camera. There are pre-set modes to choose from depending on the setting and location. Most cameras come with a mode for sports in particular, which will focus on quickly capturing a picture in an outdoor setting in order to avoid motion blurring or missing a crucial moment.

Another variety of modes is often aimed at time of day and setting. Indoor lighting is vastly different to outdoor lighting, and outdoor lighting changes depending on time of day. Indoors there is fluorescent and iridescent lighting, and so on. Some people find that pictures taken in certain lighting makes them look unflattering, and choosing the right mode on the camera can mitigate that effect by treating light differently.

Of course, many manufacturers make different modes for their digicams, but there should always be a manual one that you can modify to your heart’s content. Learning how to do so can really make a low-priced camera take amazing photos.

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Shooting Fast Action

actionshotsMost digital cameras have a setting that sets the shutter to a faster speed to capture active events such as sports and many others. This is similar to the ability of analog camera’s to get sharp and crisp images without the blur, adjusting the shutter speed and aperture size as desired. The digital system makes this all easy for the ranging system determines the distance through an infra-red beam, adjusts the optimum lens position, to attain maximum efficiency, a split second as you push the button. The major limitation is when you are using too much zoom which the IR ranging system may not be able to handle and the details turn out blurred and grainy. [Read more…]

Tips for First Time Users of DigiCams (Part 1)

Here are things you need to know outright when using a digital camera:

– Enter the date or time (if this is the first time you will use your digicam or if the batteries have been dead for a long time already. It will be easier to organize, find and identify your images.

– Learn what the icons mean. Check the camera settings on the control panel and viewfinder. The number of pictures you can shoot will depend on your settings and status of battery change.

– Remember, if you are storing an image and you turn off your camera, the image will continue to be saved before your camera fully shuts down.

– Generally, shutter buttons have two stages. Press your camera halfway down–the camera will set a focus and exposure. When you are ready to capture your picture, press the button the rest of the way. With some cameras, you can press the button all the way. A delay will occur before the picture is captured, in order for it to focus.

– See if the camera has a diopter adjustment that will make it sharper, if you notice that the view finder is blurry.

Christmas Accessories


Because during Christmas time, everything gets a bit more awesome! Some people, the very few who gets super excited with customizing everything and making it look Christmass-y then you are in for a treat. and if you are a lover of digital cameras, then this is a double treat! HighKey has produced different kinds of clever camera straps. They have readily made or you can choose to have a strap made with any image of your choice. They provide a Photoshop template to make things a bit easier for customers. It is made of good quality and durable. It costs around 20 pounds. Another item available are custom engraved leather camera bag. Krintech offers leather engraving service, which uses a laser to cut designs into leather. The price here depends on what you want engraved and the size. Last minute shoppers also don’t need to worry because they do one-day service.



If you love traveling like me, you would agree that a camera is an important traveling companion. It is your aid to capturing the most memorable moments of your trip. But I’m pretty sure you would not want to carry bulky equipment all day everyday during your trip. Thank goodness for Nikon Coolpix S510.
This camera is arguably the smallest one in the market today. It easily fits into your pocket. It is light, flat and easy to carry. Don’t let its small frame fool you because this camera is highly efficient with its 8.1 megapixel capability, capturing those wonderful moments in a trip has never been more easy.