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Which Camera Should I buy?

“Which camera should I buy?” is often a question many photographers get asked. The answer is not an easy one and is dependent on many factors. The first thing to consider is how much of a photographer the questioner already is and how far does s/he want to go with photography?

There are two main aspects to photography.

  1. The technical – this is learning the technical aspects of exposure and triune relationship between shutter, aperture and ISO. All three elements affect the image exposure.
  2. The creative – the aesthetic of the photograph and how it is composed. Exposure is also part of the creative aspect of the photo, but for the purposes of this short intro we’ll treat them as separate.

Most beginners don’t need to worry too much about the technical aspects of exposure and my suggestion is to learn composition and compositional techniques. The ideal camera to practice compositional techniques on is……your smartphone! That’s right, you don’t need to have a fancy schmancy DSLR to get fairly decent images. Most modern smartphones have very decent cameras and come with very good editing apps. The iPhone 5, the iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy range all have excellent cameras that can give you some excellent results. Although my main camera is an expensive Nikon D7200 Digital SLR Camera, my everyday camera is an iPhone 6, just check out my Instagram feed to see the kind of photos I get with my iPhone!

iphone photos
My iphone photography on instagram

If you are a photography newbie, I would definitely recommend sticking with your smartphone camera and really learning and studying composition and start building up a good repertoire of well composed smartphone photos. Once you feel that you have understood and gained proficiency in composition,  you can then think about getting a dedicated camera.

In the next article I shall talk about the kind of editing I do on my smartphone images and share some of my techniques that give my images a little more “pop”.

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Sound and timeless advice

I had to share this. Sound and timeless advice.

Wisdom is the lost property of the believer……

“Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Continue reading Sound and timeless advice

Making sense of Woolwich…

After the senseless and barbaric slaying of a young British serviceman by two, supposed “Muslims”, we are getting news of Mosques being attacked and fire-bombed, Muslim women being harassed, spat at, abused and having their headscarves ripped off. The senseless actions of these murderous idiots have placed Muslims under threat and danger here in Britain. I fail to understand why they carried this act out? There is no sanction and justification for it in our religion, none whatsoever. “They do it to us, so we do it to them” is not a valid principle in our religion. They have not helped “our women and children” in “our lands” by this act. They have not furthered any cause, Islamic or otherwise. They have made matters decidedly and emphatically worse for Muslims. They have only acted out of some disease deep down in their soul and psyche, it’s a discourse of anger, it’s reactionary emotionalism, it’s psychopathic.

Fighting a war on a battlefield is one thing, face to face with a well prepared opponent, but to run down an unsuspecting innocent person in the street and then butcher him is psychopathic and cold blooded murder. One does not take the life of an animal without apprehension, but this was a human being, a husband, a father, a son.

I am reminded of the story of Sayyidina Ali, the Prophet’s cousin who, when on the battlefield he had an enemy combatant at the point of his sword and was about to finish him off in the heat of battle when the soldier spat on him. Just as Sayyidna Ali was about to run his sword through for the kill, he hesitated. The thought occurred to him as to whether he was going to finish him off in anger for the sake of himself, having been spat at or for the sake of God. Sayyidna Ali, decided it was the former and spared the soldier. When the soldier later asked him for an explanation he became Muslim due to the example set by this noble and righteous man. What example do these murderers set? They are poles apart, I am not sure what religion these guys are following but it certainly not the path the Sayyidna Ali was on.

The only sense I can make of this act and those like it are that there are some deep rooted mental issues that the perpetrators have. Deluded psychopaths, that’s the only thing that makes any kind of sense to me.