Sunday, December 5, 2010

Section 1 - The Right Equipment

          The first section of this chapter begins by explaining some of the basic details between a film camera and a digital SLR. It explains some of the benefits such as the ability to get an idea of exposure after the shot is taken, easy modification on computer programs, quick adjustment of ISO and ease of printing. It goes on to suggest a 6-megapixel camera for amateurs and a DSLR with 10-40 megapixels for serious photographers who want to make very large prints. It is also suggested that the camera have depth-of-field preview, high-speed image capture and is compatible with a cable shutter release.
          The next chapter explains the importance of using a tripod. Some of the advantages of having a tripod include stabilizing telephoto lenses, stabilizing macro lenses and the ability to take long exposures and have a sharp image. A tripod should come up to eye level on a person and should also go as low to the ground as possible. A long center column is recommended. For heavy lenses, a gimbal-type head is recommended. The chapter goes on to give opinions on some brands of tripods and the stability and lightness a good tripod has.
          The next chapter begins with the the focal length most photographers want in a telephoto lens. 500mm is recommended as the go to lens that is the easy choice. For those a little more extreme about getting the close up shots and willing to shoulder the weight, a 600mm may be a better choice. A more economical option is to enhance a 300 or 400mm lens with a converter such as a 1.4X or 2X. Nikon and Canon are the brands recommended because of the image-stabilization. A maximum aperature of f/4 and larger is recommended.
          The main portion of the next chapter involves getting a vest for your photography work in the field. Advantages of having a vest includes knowing where everything is, ease of carrying and carrying capacity. The author uses the Lowerpro Street and Field model. Things that can be included in the vest include; memory card extras and storage, extra batteries, extra lens, plastic bag, walkie talkie, reflectors, duct tape and filters.
          The next and probably the chapter most useless to anyone living here in Montana is the chapter about winter photography. It discusses using clothing with a lot of zippers rather than layers because of all of the gear photographers already have. It suggests wind and rain proof jackets. Waterproof pants are recommended due to the amount of laying and kneeling that occur during nature photography. It is recommended to bring many batteries along for long winter shoots, and storing them someplace warm because of the draining effects cold has on batteries.

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