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Making The Most Of Your Camera’s Flash

Using a camera flash always comes in handy when shooting images indoors, during the night or on a cloudy day. They can bring out the best in a darker, dimmer photo – often capturing elements in a scene that the human eye would not normally recognise. Not only does it light up and brighten a deep, dark situation, it also brings focus and sharpness to the final image. The team at Kirk’s Cameras are often asked many questions about how to use the camera flash, and we would love to share some of our flash secrets with you today. Read on to find out some basic tips on using the flash to enhance your photos beautifully.

It is highly important to know the advantages of using the flash on your camera. These include:
Versatility – the quality of light may be adjusted various ways to suit you.
Portability - most flashguns can fit inside your pocket or in a small bag and are easily portable. Adjustability – brightness may be changed according to the distance from subject and lens aperture that is required.

It is also, however, important to recognise and work with the disadvantages of using a flash. These include:
Limited range – most flashes have a range of only a few meters, meaning less coverage.
Short duration – this limits the range of shutter speeds.
Heavy battery consumption – this limits the time you have to capture the perfect picture.

One of our very first tips to remember is to choose a flashgun that is right for you and your camera. The main types of flashguns include Hot Shoe Mounted, Bounce flash, Hammerhead flash, Ringflash and Slave flash. These all range in requirements and skill levels, and it is best to speak to a professional about your needs prior to purchasing – ensure that it is right for you!

Shutter speed plays a huge role in making the most of your flash, only working well at certain shutter speeds available on your camera. For example, if the shutter speed is set faster than your flash sync speed, you risk having only part of the picture frame exposed. It is also important to adjust the aperture, which controls all of the light entering the lens.

For something a little different, try using the flash on a lovely sunny day. Often a burst of flash can eliminate unwanted shadows on your subject’s face. It can make an image appear more natural, and light it up perfectly for the environment. Making the most of a camera flash is all about experimenting, so be sure to carry your camera everywhere, and practice, practice, practice!

Grey Imports & The Grey Market

We all know the amount of times that a link on the Internet captures our eye; screaming an incredibly low price for that certain camera you’ve been searching for. These ‘exciting’ finds can, quite often, be ‘Grey Imports’. A Grey Import is an item that is sold and purchased via an unauthorised camera reseller. Grey Import or Grey Market items are typically sold on the Internet, where they cannot be easily viewed and inspected.

Grey Market merchandise is imported and sold via methods that are not standard in the given industry. Typically in the camera industry, a manufacturer works alongside an importer who sells the product to distributors a specific, local region. These distributors go on to sell the authorised goods. Grey Market items are not certified and cannot be supported by the authorised importer or manufacturer.

Selling and purchasing goods via the Internet and over international borders is becoming a  highly popular way to shop. Grey Imports are most common in the photographic and electronic markets, where – via the Internet – they cannot be inspected. It is crucial that you know exactly what you are purchasing, and if this item will comply with Australian standards. Here are a few problems you will discover when buying a Grey Import:

  • Functionality – The camera does not function efficiently, or sometimes does not function at all.
  • Features – Often the camera does not have the key features or abilities that it should ideally have.
  • Damage – With bad storage and shipping, these cameras can often be damaged.
  • Technical Support – These cameras generally will have no technical support available.
  • Australian Standards – Grey Imports will not comply with Australian Standards.
  • Warranty – Often the warranty is only valid in the country of issue.
  • Manual – Photocopied manuals are often supplied, in languages other than English.
  • Software – Any downloadable software available on the Internet will not be compatible with the camera.

Nikon Coolpix P90 – Some Specifications Just For You!

The Nikon Coolpix P90 is a fantastic new compact digital camera model that offers extended reach, wide-angle coverage, the intuitive ease of advanced shooting functions and outstanding performance. So, if the jump from point-and-shoot to DSLR is too big for you, have a go at this marvel!

With a powerful 24x Optical Zoom, this fun new camera can help you take pictures as close up as 1cm to the subject! You also have the option of high-speed continuous shooting at up to 45 shots at 15 frames per second, making this camera a great option for families playing sports on the weekend!

The Nikon Coolpix P90 has a large 12.1 megapixel sensor, equal to some of the best DSLR cameras available. This digital camera is able to take 26mm wide angle shots, to please any photographer. The camera also sports many other exciting features such as a 3 inch tilt LCD screen, HD movie mode and CCD VR Stabiliser. A list of features include:

  • Smart Portrait System
  • VR image stabilisation
  • ISO 6400 capability
  • 3 inch vari-angle LCD and electronic viewfinder
  • Active D-Lighting function
  • Quick Retouch
  • Macro shooting from as close as 1 cm (0.4 in.)
  • 16 handy scene modes for optimized shooting in various settings
  • Scene Auto Selector
  • Motion Detection
  • Best Shot Selector (BSS)
  • Optimise image
  • Distortion Control
  • Five movie modes with sound
  • Active Zoom
  • 1:1 size format
  • Time zone function
  • Approximately 47 MB of internal memory
  • Hi-Speed USB connectivity
  • Come on in to Kirk’s Cameras today, and we will show you the exciting new Nikon Coolpix P90!

    Nikon DS3 – Specifications & Features Just For You

    The brand new Nikon DS3, released on the 14th of October 2009, is an exciting new option for those photographers looking for something a little higher in skill level. The DSLR camera has been designed for those individuals wishing to meet or beat a professional standard of photography. As the brother of the popular Nikon D3, the DS3 has been modified and perfected to the highest of quality.

    With a vastly expanded dynamic range and 1,280 by 720-pixel HD video capture capability, this camera is one of the best. A huge 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor enables the camera to boast light sensitivity all the way to 12,800 in normal us. An enhanced mode can extend that range all the way to ISO 102,400 for settings with extremely low light. This can also be applied to video capture in high definition.

    There are many more exciting functions now available on this ground-breaking DSLR camera, such as an improved 51-point autofocus speed, optimized sensor cleaning functions and a high speed mode that can capture approximately 9 frames per second. If you are interested in capturing video recordings with great sound, an external microphone can be used.

    This camera has been heavily perfected to suit the requirements of any avid photographer, and is able to supply you with high quality, rich images and video recordings. Come on in to Kirk’s Cameras today in Ringwood, and we will tell you more about the Nikon DS3.

    Nikon D700 Digital SLR Packs Powerful Punch

    Hard to imagine that one camera could really entice both enthusiasts with deep pockets and a desire to step up to the big time, and professionals looking for a lighter-weight, secondary camera to complement their existing top-of-the-line Nikon D3.

    And yet, that’s exactly what the new Nikon D700 achieves. The D700, due out in late July, represents Nikon’s second FX-format camera. The first FX model, the Nikon D3, costs $5000; by comparison, the new D700 is a bargain at $3000 for the body only. Rival Canon also has a full-frame (the equivalence to the FX-format) camera, the Canon EOS 5D; however, that model has not been updated for several years.

    The D700, meanwhile, boasts an impressive array of specs–all housed in a compact body (compact, at least, as compared with the Nikon D3 and Canon 1D Mark IIIs of the world). Nikon describes this model as being slightly bigger than its midrange D300; it’s also slightly heavier, too.

    The D700 distinguishes itself by including so many of the high-end features of the D3–starting with the D3′s 12.1 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor. Nikon says the sensor’s large pixel size promotes low signal-to-noise ratio and dynamic range. The D700 will also have the same ISO range (up to ISO 6400, and beyond, to 25,600), the same scene recognition system, Active D-Lighting in-camera editing, and the same 51 point autofocus system as found on the D3.

    This model adds Nikon’s multi-pronged sensor cleaning system to reduce the build-up of dust on the sensor; the D3 lacked this feature. The D700 can shoot at up to 5 frames per second for full resolution JPEGs; the shutter carries a rating for 150,000 shots (the D3′s rating is double that).

    The new D700 also has improved on the D3 and D300′s Live View functionality by adding a useful Virtual Horizon level indicator. The Virtual Horizon senses when the camera is off-axis and guides you through straightening the camera vis-à-vis the horizon.

    Source:  blogs.pcworld.com