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5-star camera amongst 5-star competition,

Posted in Digital Camera by makelargps on January 17, 2010

I’ve owned an Olympus Evolt E510 for over a year. Here are a few comments that might help you.

The Olympus Evolt E520 adds face detection, a vertical panning IS (image stabilization) mode, and an improved sensor with better noise and dynamic range. Conventional wisdom is that it is not worth upgrading an E510, and further that it is worth looking at E510s on markdown if you can find a good deal. The E520, though, is certainly improved.

There are no bad DSLRs any more. They are all really good, although within a given budget and dimension, designers have to prune certain features. Olympus’ main feature is the four-thirds sensor – this is one of the smaller sensor footprints available, meaning that lens designs are slightly more compact, but small sensors generate more noise in low-light conditions.

In good light, sensor noise is not a problem. For most consumer-level users, ISOs up to about 400 or even 800 are very good – but most consumers would notice the more grainy, washed out look at 1600. I would rate an ISO1600 shot as unacceptable at 8″x10″ on the E510.

The small light circle also makes the Olympus view finder smaller and darker. If you peer through, say, a budget Nikon, the view is noticeably larger and brighter.

However, the Olympus Evolt E520 has image stabilization in the body, rather than the lenses. Lens stabilization is slightly better – it also works while you are framing up the shot – but obviously you pay for it in every lens. Many Canon/Nikon lenses do not have IS.

Neither the Olympus Evolt E520 nor the kit lenses are weather sealed. Be careful in the rain or at the beach. Fortunately, the Olympus self-cleaning sensor is probably the best one out there. I have not had to clean my sensor yet.

You will need an extra battery. The focusing in low light gets slow or fails completely as the battery runs down. I have a Duracell spare – it has been fine.

If you are into HDR (and you WILL be), the E-520 offers only +-1 EV brackets. You will have to use a tripod and fiddle with exposure between each shot for other brackets.

I recommend making a “lens plan” to decide whether to get the body only, or a 1 or 2 lens kit.

Olympus is respected for the quality of the kit lenses. These lens (the 14-42 and 40-150) are extremely compact, with good image quality. They primarily give up speed, but they are well within the speed range of other brand’s kit lenses. If you buy the kit lenses, you will look jealously at the 14-54, and the 12-60 “walking around” lenses – these are highly regarded but much more expensive. Except for the extra speed, most consumers will not notice the difference on a 5×4 print with these lenses over the kit lenses. With larger prints, or with low light, the more expensive glass is worth having.

Overall, Olympus lenses are highly regarded, even by people who are not fans of the format. Expect to pay $200 to $600 for “Standard” grade, $600 to $1200 for “High Grade”, and $1200 to $2000 for “Super High Grade” lenses. Olympus also offers a few obligatory $5000 monsters – these are well into purely-theoretical for an average user like myself.

I added the 9-18 and 70-300 lenses to my 2 kit lenses, for roughly an extra $1000. This gives me coverage from 9 through 300. These are all Olympus “Standard” quality lenses, good image quality, but not weather sealed, and a bit slow.

It is fair to say that the four-thirds system is a bit of a pariah in the camera world. There are a few pro’s shooting with it, but you should be aware that Canon has over 60% of the market, and Nikon something like 15%. If you search B&H, you will find pages and pages of Canon lenses, but only 2 pages of Olympus. Many photographers will pointedly sniff at your 4:3 ratio pictures, instead of their “classic” 3:2 ratio. However, 4:3 is a better crop if you often print out 8×10 pictures instead of the small 5×3 or 6×4, and Walmart and many other developers offer a 5×4 size.

I wish there were more lenses to choose from – yet I would still buy the ones I already bought. I wish the noise performance were better – but I have never really lost a shot because of it, and may add an E-30 body to my bag soon. I’m satisfied with the 4/3 format, and very happy with my camera.

You should google up Wrotniak, four-thirds (on Wikipedia), or four-thirds forum for more information. Olympus Evolt E520

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A Guide to Professional Styles and Techniques in the Art of Digital Wedding Photography

Posted in Digital Camera, Digital Wedding Photography, Tips by makelargps on December 1, 2009

When people get sentimental, they usually flip albums and look at the pictures that depict the things that happened in their lives. These pictures are not simply pieces of colored papers with images for they can trigger deeply-seated emotions. Emotions vary depending on the memories attached to these images seen and preserved.

One of the moments that most people would really love to preserve is the tick of events on their wedding day.

For this reason, people even decide to hire professional photographers to capture the important moments of their lives. However, these photographers may not always advise the client to strike a pose. They are expected to wait patiently to be able to catch memorable portraits. Most photographers that are employed for weddings have assistants so that they can maximize their strategy in creating an album that will not regrettable.  

What if you would also want to take pictures of a friend’s wedding?

Here are a few basic techniques and styles for anyone who wants to capture the said event using a digital camera:
1.    If you want to take a picture of a couple or any intended target, make sure that the background is good and the environment is not so crowded.
2.    If there is a nice background but it is hard to focus on the couple, you may shoot them from shoulder up.
3.    If some of the guests are wearing glasses, they can be advised to stand tilt their heads a little down or sideways to avoid the glaring effect that normally appears when the flash is used.
4.    If there is a couple or a group that you wish to include in the picture, you should zoom in or out of the picture.
5.    You must not shoot a couple or any guest against the light so that dark images will not appear
6.    Candid shots are also dramatic. These portraits reveal more than the quality of the picture itself. In fact, many professionals do this to capture intimate and memorable moments.
7.   You should be alert at all times since you can seldom ask individuals to pose
         again for you.
8.     Your digital camera should be equipped with appropriate memory cards or sticks to ensure that no great moment is missed.

In other words, you have to have an extra memory card especially when you want more moments to preserve. The following suggestions should be considered before buying a memory card:

a.    for 3 mega pixels – a 256 MB memory card
b.    for 4 mega pixels – a 512 MB memory card
c.    for 6 mega pixels – 1 gigabyte memory card

9.    You are not advised to use low resolutions if the images will be displayed and
      hung later.

Just always remember that the higher the resolution utilized, the larger the size of prints that can be made.

10.    Keep a copy of your best works so you can use and reuse the techniques that
      made your viewers smile and appreciate your creation more.

You can do this by saving albums on your personal computer to free up the space in your memory card. You may also use other software to enhance the quality of the prints to be made.

Photography is truly a wonderful art. Wedding is a wonderful event. The union of these things will trigger emotions and memories in the long run more so if images are captured and preserved well. They all depend on your camera and your love for this art and the couple.

Digital Enhancement for Picture-Perfect Photo Prints

Posted in Digital Camera, Tips by makelargps on November 25, 2009

Digital photography is the latest trend in the photo industry. It is considered to be the easiest way to take a snapshot and enhance its overall features. Basically, digital photography is the art of taking pictures without the need for film. Because there’s no film involved in the process of taking pictures, you can have the convenience of taking good shots and eliminating the bad ones. It offers the easiest way of capturing good images and converting them to interesting art pieces.

Indeed digital photography has come a long way ever since the digital cameras and computers were developed. The birth of digital cameras has produced tremendous conveniences in the world of photography where everyone with digital cameras can take a picture and upload it to the computer and share it with friends.

There are many digital photography services available now in the internet. There are several companies that cater services of this sort. Usually, they offer services such as digital imaging, image restoration, photo retouching, and photo editing and digital enhancement. Other digital imaging services are also offered to bring satisfaction to photo hobbyists.

More and more people are using digital cameras for the reason that it’s easy to take picture and edit it according to what you want. Who would not want a picture-perfect shot? However, we have to accept the fact that when you take pictures you don’t always achieve the best shot. This is where digital enhancement becomes useful.

What is digital enhancement? Digital enhancement is the answer to all image quality problems. It’s the best way to improve your snapshot and make it look more attractive. With digital enhancement, you can easily increase the attractiveness of images by simply adjusting the brightness, contrast and sharpness of the image. You are also given the chance to enhance the color balance of the picture. Resizing the image and cropping it at the same time can also be done with ease.

There are many innovative ways on how to improve a snapshot. All of these are made possible because of digital technology. Anyone who’s into photography can take advantage of the digital photography services that are being offered online. Digital prints are long-lasting compared to the traditional photos. They are fade-resistant and water-proof. Another great advantage of digital is that everything about editing and printing photos is accomplished with the help of do-it-yourself printers. Photo prints printed in this manner are proven to last long unlike the film-based photography.

Digital enhancement works in a way where you are given the opportunity to prepare your pictures and modify them to achieve the greatest image quality. You can do the photo enhancements using photo editing software or by utilizing the services of a professional digital photography firm.  When you opt to use a photo editing software, the image is usually saved in jp or jpeg format. Then you can upload the image and send them to several websites that offer photo printing services.

Giving consideration to all these digital photography basics will bring you great options when it comes to taking pictures in its best form. Make the most of what digital technology has to offer. If you want to get quality pictures, you should utilize the digital editing and enhancement services that are available through some photo printers online. With these services at hand, picture-perfect shots are just within reach.

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