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Ask yourself! what does a ‘Camera’ mean to you? is it a tool, fashion statement, memory capture, image creator… or maybe its all of the above?

There are so many of my friends who get in contact to ask me advice about photography and cameras, in how to get a certain result while using their camera or others who would like my opinion on buying cameras, lenses, lighting, gadgets etc…which has inspired me to write and create this website. The great thing about photography is that it is a ever changing subject where there isn’t really a right way or a wrong way of doing things, I have come across instances where people have supposable been photographing the wrong way and have come out with astonishing images and a new way of using the camera or by mistake putting in the wrong film and being pleasantly surprised when it comes out developed into images and I could go on and on, the thing is what is a fantastic, beautiful, powerful picture etc… listening to people over the years I totally believe in the saying “Its in the eye of the beholder “. Art and Photography is how we as an individual see the world and our life.

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For some people in selecting a camera, everything matters and they are into cameras with greater flexibility, interchangeable lenses, fast shutter speed, durability/reliability and image quality etc… but for some people a camera is more of a fashion statement, and I have been in cameras shops where I have noticed people buying cameras on impulse, for their style and looks to bring on their holiday or to have in their designer bag around town, and others with plentiful of money will show of their status, by the bigger and more costly a camera, the better it fits their ego, but this way of purchasing is nothing we should looked down upon, because the more money that is thrown into the camera industry with a wider range of cameras, is healthy in advancing the competition to create better cameras.

The great thing about cameras are they all have their own personality from a pinhole to a professional camera, so trying out different formats and models is a good learning experience and great fun, as all cameras have a uniqueness in handling and also in their delivery and exposure of an image. Sometimes a high end camera doesn’t deliver that retro feel you may be looking for. All cameras have a different feel and handling which suits different people and there photography, I have come across photographers who have started out with one camera system which they have worked with for many many years, and then over night changing there whole camera system because another camera was more suitable or perfect. I have come across photographers whom have been loyal to Nikon over many many years and have been criticising Canon, whom have now changed over to Canon and visa versa, showing the ever changing technology and evolution in cameras.

Leica Rangefinder Camera M6 series M6 TTL 1998-2002Newcomer to digital photography may be frustrated in what camera to get, since advertisement constantly bombarding you with the latest models and upgrades. In the days of analogue photography it was much easier, because you would look for a good camera body and sharp lenses which you could keep for decades, nowadays since Digital-sensors are trying to mimic film and slowly getting better every year, there is a huge turnover in cameras, gadgets and technology. My suggestion to a newcomer is to get your hands on a entry level camera which is within your budget and get a feel for photography and if your interest develops further then upgrade, there is no point of spending huge amount of money on Pro equipment if the camera is going to find it’s place on your shelf in the near future, and a good way of looking at photography is ‘a camera is only a tool’, but it is the photographer which creates the image. The most important piece of equipment a photographer owns isn’t in their camera bag, it is their knowledge. It is their understanding of the art of photography and their ability to capture a scene that makes the difference between an average snapshot and an epic capture.

For newcomers in purchasing their first DSLR, there will always be a quite a learning curve coming from taking snapshots on your phone or a fully automated compact camera. You should not expect in buying your first DSLR a couple weeks before a big trip and then understand much beyond the automatic function. Also, for many newcomers in having to change lenses and having to learn what all of the buttons and menu functions on a new camera, can be a bit daunting.

Whatever Camera or equipment you use. One aspect of ‘Superior’ images or photographs aside from the knowledge of photography come from photographers who know the functions of their cameras and equipment. Photographer who are skilled, takes their time in reading the manuals and familiarise themselves with everything that their camera and equipment will do. After all, if you don’t know all the functions of your camera or equipment on how they work, then how can you successfully achieve it? Taking this statement even one-step further, a truly skilled photographer will “one up” his camera or equipment and making it to do phenomenal things it is not supposed to do making their images unique. Running around with fancy or Pro Photographic cameras on ‘Auto’ mode allowed the camera to choose its basic settings, without utilising the camera or equipment to its very fullest or most effective way, but when you start understanding what cameras and equipment really can do, then it will open a whole new way for you in using, capturing and looking at photography.

Fotoman 617 Mark 2 Panoramic Camera

Quotes About Photography:

“When words become unclear, Then I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” ― Ansel Adams

“For Sure, there will always be people who look only at technique, who will ask ‘how’, while others people of a more curious nature will be asking  ‘why’. Personally, But for me I have always preferred the inspiration to information.” – Man Ray

“What I really like about photographs and images is that they capture a moment that is gone forever, which are impossible to reproduce.” ― Karl Lagerfeld

“I see something special and show it to the camera. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs.” – Sam Abell

“When I was out and about or on trips I used to put Polaroid’s in a container with salty sea water, pebbles and sand. I would swirl the container all around to get scratches. It is this random element that it would create that I call ‘the drip’. It is the drips of sea water which might splash onto the other side of the canvas by randomness when you are working on a painting which will make you think ‘that is good’, which would possibly leading you to explore other things. Through my whole life is spent in search of the drips; which can change everything.” – David Bailey

“If the photographer has an interested for the people in front of his camera lens, and if he is compassionate, this already means a lot, because the instrument is not the camera but it is the photographer.” – Eve Arnold

“You can seen Beauty in all things, composing and seeing the beauty is what separates a snapshot from the photograph.”  – Matt Hardy

You will often or not be able to see beauty in the world, until someone points it out or shows it to you. But as an example, take a look around you just now! – even without moving from where you are sitting in front of your computer. Are you able to see something in a new way? or in a different way to capture something common through a camera lens? Just take a look again…

What is Images and Photography?

Images or photographs are amazing. Through photographs, we can our preserve history, recalling the first steps we took on the moon, celebrities and legends caught in that! moment – Capture the beautiful or a landscape which is decaying, or capturing rare and endangered animals and the phenomenal world. – Our child’s first steps  – Our mothers relentless decorating large scrapbooks just so they will protect their precious memories.   Photographs which evoke essence of places that we haven’t been, or places we perhaps will not return to, or places we should never forget.

Photography and Cameras

Photography is such a personal thing and we view things in different ways through our values, and in how we where brought up and how we look upon beauty, destruction, good, evil and how colors have personal impact etc…and then being armed with a camera tell our story and capture our values, a wonderful way to show others how we view our world through our eyes. One persons that I think captures truly beautiful and touching images with his eyes and camera is Steve McCurry, which I have added a video with below.

Images or photographs are created/captured through making choices, and great photographs get created/captured through making right choices. Right choices are the direct result of the knowledge that the photographer has gained, and great photographs/images are not strictly the result of owning the best or new fancy camera equipment.  But anyone using most any camera can be able take an incredible photograph.

The Future of Photography

The future of Photography is stronger then ever, better then ever and whether you film for fun or you as a Photographer take it very serious, and in this stage of thing moving so fast we will still long for things and images to stop, be captured and framed. Therefore Still Life Photography will always be here in humane society. Throughout histories terrible disasters and great moments we will always remember ‘that moment’ through Still Photography, which can alter life in its penetrating delivery of a subject needing no words.

The camera is evolving even though it has stayed the same for over a hundred year as a box, film roll or now with sensor and lens. Now it has made life easier in viewing the image instantly through digital and therefore this era of photography is pushing the human eye and mind to be more inventive, leaping into a new chapter of Photography.

New technology and products are pushing media in better itself. The smart-phone with its inbuilt camera is pushing the compact camera, which is pushing the bridge-camera, mirror-less technology all the way up the chain etc… producing a healthy competition to better ourselves.

Camera Review and Information

Nikon D800 DSLR Camera, Digital SLR Camera body

If you would like to learn all about whats on the market regarding cameras, from novice/beginner and amateur to pro cameras, equipment and helpful gadgets. Whats in store for the future, up and coming cameras and technology which will be changing photography. Find pages on camera review, help and information in our ‘Menu Bar’ on the right hand side.

Film Cameras and Equipment

Zenza Bronica S2 SLR medium format camera

If you would like to learn about highly sought after film equipment, from the legendary models to todays Pro Photographers cameras and future film equipment and technology. From the various camera makes such as Hasselblad, Rolleiflex, Fujifilm, Linhof, Mamiya etc..to the different models such as Rangefinders, Field Camers, Twin-lens-reflex, Single-lens-reflex, Panoramic etc…Visit our ‘Menu Bar’.

 Making Money from Photography

Make money link with photographyHave you ever thought of making money from photography, are you into Fine Art, Landscape, Fashion, Wedding, Social, Architectural Photography etc… We have added pages on important and useful information about putting up a business, and things you should be aware of to succeed in the highly competitive field of Photography.

We will keep you updated

There are many new cameras on the market with fantastic features, software and lenses… which get updated through the years and we will do our best selecting the cameras and gadgets worth writing about. The Camera is evolving and there is a fears competition in this industry, forcing competitors and manufactures to think outside the box and come up with more innovating ways for us to capture our subjects. The Digital Era has not yet matched itself up to the flawlessness, quality and uniqueness of film, but we are not far from it. The Modern Camera allows us to go further and explore the world with new eyes, pushing out boundaries of imagery, like the hot new gadget GoPro HERO5 showing what it is capable in the video below.

It easy to say it, but photography or filming should always be fun. It is great to have ones work published in the marketplace and it is nice to make money from it, but at the same time, you should always enjoy the process, it’s being in the moment finding and capturing your subject, to you finished your product or print.


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    What camera or brand that is best for great photography beginners? Price between $100-300. That is NOT a lot of money. Your choices are very limited, I really want to get into photography and I have being taking mediocre pictures for a few years now. My camera now is only 6 mega pixels. I have news for you. Good news: Better camera will NOT make you better images. Bad news: better photographer will take better images. Translation: You need to improve your photographic skills. News Flash: I use 6 MP digital cameras for weddings. The camera is NOT important as much as the photographer. At the moment i am only using the camera to learn angles. What kind of camera that you know of which is cheap enough for my budget, and good for beginners? Many of the Canons G series are excellent camera to experiment and learn. Some of the S series are also excellent. I’ve owned 3 G series and 1 S series. They are NOT cheap. So buy it used from eBay. I got mine (Canons S3) from eBay for $ 200 when it was going for $ 400 new) I also use Nikon DSLR. They are way more expensive than what you want to spend (even with the lens).

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      Hello M!Well first, you need to consider which type of film you will be using. Basically there are two types of films you could use, either the 120mm (a.k.a medium format film) or the regular 35mm film. This shouldn’t be a problem since medium format cameras such as Holga & Diana can be modified to take a 35 film, and to me that’s an advantage.I haven’t tried the supersampler yet. It looks mighty fun But I wouldn’t recommend it a lot since there isn’t much of modifications you can do to it unlike the Diana.As for the fish-eye camera, I would suggest getting a instead of the whole camera. This way you can have both a regular and a fish eye camera at the same time. Assuming that you live in Kuwait, keep in mind that medium format films aren’t very accessible here. As a matter of a fact, I only found one place that still sells 120s but they only had one kind film & unfortunately it was Fuji pro 160.Since you’re new to photography, I would suggest eheitr getting a or a with their (just in case you wanted to use a regular film) and get your film supply from .If you have any more questions, feel free to ask. I’d be glad to help a future fellow lomographer -Nada

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        Shooting hi-key with the 5d2, you need to relay nail your exposure or you might blow your highlights, looks like the Nikon is a bit more tolerant in this respect. I’d say that the Nikon does pretty well in the studio with its larger pixels, especially considering it’s designed to be a sports/action camera and not a studio beast. Also, the Nikon lens does not seem to flare when you shoot into a big light source like the picks above. That’s also an important point. About the Nikon lens: it’s good, but the rubber on the zoom dial starts to peel off. I don’t know if that’s a common issue with Nikon lenses that cost over a grand, or if previous renters have abused my rented lens.

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      “Does a DLSR really take better pictures that makes it worth the price?”Not really. Wedding photographers just like to carry them around instead of point and shoots because we have inferiority complexes 😉 But seriously, if you are in it to better your skills…and are willing to learn, rather than just use an automatic setting… bump up the equipment a notch. If you are iffy on the price, I’d (highly) suggest an older model Canon Rebel. Not the Xsi that just came out, but serach ebay for a canon rebel xt dslr (beware, there are also film version floating about, make sure it is the digital SLR).You’ll be able to TONS with it. The lenses will be the hard part. I’d suggest the 50mm f/1.8 for around $70 to go with it… even if it come with a kit lens (probably an 18-55mm ) . The things you will learn with a prime lens are priceless. That’s my two cents. Good luck.

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