For digital shooters, the main reason to use a UV filter is to protect the front element of the lens. Digital sensors are largely insensitive to UV radiation. With a UV filter on, you can avoid having to wipe the lens directly. It is also a cheap solution to scratches. This sort of protection is especially essential for shooting in the rain or in violent situations, for example.Read More
Camera & Gear
[Pho.Talk] Complete Guide to Buying Photography Gear Online
Yes, and you can get a lot out of it if you do it properly - buy the right type of gear at the right time, and do your due diligence. The online camera market has its own proposition that is very different from the physical market. It is particular favourable for certain types of camera gear like used lenses, accessories and kits, for example.Read More
[Pho.Snap] Shoot Horizontal or Vertical? Cameras and Smartphones
It is largely a matter of personal preference and depends on a myriad of factors, including subject, intended composition and output format among others. In general, landscapes, group portraits are horizontal; people portraits are vertical. But these are highly simplified guides and are rarely definitive as to which a photographer prefers.Read More
[Pho.Talk] The Definitive Guide to Zoom Lenses
While things have changed drastically today in how zoom lenses fare against its prime counterparts, it is still somewhat true that the quality of zoom lenses could fluctuate quite a bit.
In this article, we will look how and when professional photographers use zoom lenses, whether they are worth the investment, and what to look out for in choosing a zoom lens fit for your needs.Read More
[Pho.Talk] Guide to Investing Smart in Lenses and Camera Bodies
At various stages of doing photography, both as a hobby or a career, photographers commonly find themselves at a point where they begin outgrowing their gear.
This article serves as a guide on investing in camera gear, addressing issues in relation to what to upgrade, and when.Read More
[Pho.Snap] How Pros Shoot Night Photography on Streets without Tripods
In this article, from my experience of shooting action on streets as a press photographer, I will share the common problems that night photos suffer from, namely grain and shake, and offer my two cents on the best practices by myself and fellow professional photographers on how to maintain a high quality of shots at night.Read More
[Pho.Talk] Top Camera Lens Combinations for Travel Photography
Deciding on the best lens or lens combination to take when travelling can be a massive headache. This article sheds light on the main considerations that you should be making to arrive at the best decision for your photo needs. We will also study the suitability of various focal lengths for travel photography.Read More
[Pho.Snap] Do you actually need flash diffusers? Pros & Cons
No, because flash diffusers are only going to have an effect under a narrow set of circumstances. Where not used properly, it leads to a waste of flash power and is an unnecessary extra weight to carry. There are better ways to soften light and remove specular highlights that would be more worth the money.Read More
[Pho.Talk] Is the Olympus XA a Good Camera?
Overall, the Olympus gives excellent image sharpness and contrast at around f/5.6, though exhibiting some edge aberration and vignetting. It is extremely lightweight and pocketable even with the flash unit mounted, providing no excuse to not bring it out. It can meter from ISO 25-800, which together with a 35mm lens, makes a solid all-rounded everyday camera.Read More
BEST BUDGET FLIP SCREEN CAMERAS : vlogging/ photography 2021
This article outlines the best budget cameras with flip screens as of 2021 for vlogging and photography. All cameras listed in this post have 180 degree flip screens and wifi connectivity.Read More
[Pho.Snap] Is 24mm Good for Street Photography?
Any lens is good for street photography as long as you use it for the right type of situation. Street photography spans across such a wide range of subjects and approaches that no one lens is going to be ‘the best lens’ across the board. Rather, every focal length has its own strong suit, the 24mm is no different. The more relevant question is, therefore, what type of street photography is the 24mm good for? In this article, we will discuss just that.Read More
[Pho.Snap] Best Focus Settings for Street Photography: Manual/ Auto, Prime/ Zoom
Focus techniques and getting sharp images in street photography rightly concerns many street photographers. This article discusses various manual focusing techniques including zone focusing/ hyperfocal distance, explaining how they work and when they are best for. Autofocus is also a powerful complement where manual abilities are limited. With the latest autofocus technology available today, photographers should take advantage of it.Read More
[Pho.Talk] Is Film Photography Worth it (vs Digital)? Costs, Image Quality, Film stocks
Film photography has been a subject of heated debate - is it work it to shoot film in an era in which digital photography is so convenient and cost-effective? This article breaks it down to you and addresses the question of whether film photography is worth it in today’s age, speaking from the point of view of costs, image quality, and how film stocks functions.Read More
[Pho.Snap] Ultimate Disposable Film Camera Guide & FAQ
This guide contains all essential information on using a disposable film camera. It covers basic information on its operation, camera settings and other common questions regarding more specific aspects of the disposable, the purpose of shooting on a disposable, and example of images taken using a disposable for your reference.Read More
[Pho.Talk] Ultimate Film Photography Troubleshoot Guide: Storage Time, Accidents & Hacks
This troubleshoot guide covers niche troubles people commonly run into when picking up or inheriting second hand, old film cameras. You will find a wealth of information in relation to storing film, key points in time of a roll of film’s lifetime, operational tips in using a film camera, how to deal with accidents, and disposable film cameras.
[Pho.Snap] TLR Cameras: Load, Shoot, Advance and Unload Film
This is the complete start pack for anyone looking to start shooting on a TLR film camera.Read More
[Pho.Snap] Tripods for Photo & Video FAQ: Do you Need one, and When?
In general, you should buy a tripod if you want to start shooting commercially as many photography genres involve using a tripod, such as product and food. This is a worthwhile upgrade as it increases your production quality as a professional. In photography, tripods are typically used for stacking shots, long exposures and difficult shooting angles. In video, tripods are widely used to film yourself and to eliminate camera shake in footages, especially where fast motion is intended. For modern digital cameras, all cameras come with the same mount, thus any tripod would fit any camera.Read More
[Pho.Snap] When and Why to Buy an External Flash: Decision Guide!
A good time to seriously consider getting a flash is when you are starting to get booked for paid photography gigs. Flash lights are often used by professional photographers because it is highly portable for on-location or outdoor shoots, in which the lighting conditions are often not ideal. Even where there is enough daylight, flash lights can be used to create artistic effects.Read More
[Pho.Snap] Camera Flash Zoom Explained: Why Use it, What Focal Length
The zoom function is built to save flash power when shooting close-up frames, to maintain a higher level of flash performance overall. It also makes possible creative decisions that result in dramatic lighting with high contrast. Under most circumstances, you should keep your flash zoomed to the same focal length as your lens, except in creative photography in which you have more room for experimentation.Read More
[Pho.Snap] Shutter Sound Explained: DSLR vs Mirrorless, Silent Shooting Modes
DSLRs make a clicking noise because they operate using a mechanical shutter; the mirror claps twice and back to its original position after every shot. It is not possible to get rid of it entirely, but manufacturers like Canon have come up with ‘soft-shooting’ modes. These modes make it possible to dampen or delay the clicking sound. Mirrorless cameras make a softer noise because of they don’t have mirrors and only run on electronic shutters.Read More