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Let's Talk Cameras

Here’s a little trivia for you –When was the concept of photography set in motion? It was in the 1830’s, and it proved to be an expensive project. Cameras were huge, heavy, and difficult to carry. Images were processed onto “glass negatives”. I have seen glass negatives and they are quite amazing! Pictures of that era were printed on paper or cardboard.

The basic differences between 35mm film and digital are small---35mm, requires film and processing in a lab. The other uses a media card, which stores your pictures until you down load them to your computer. I suggest that once you download, you immediately burn the pictures to a CD or DVD. Then you have a copy of your originals on the hard drive and a back up on CD or DVD. Always make a copy of the original to alter or enhance…

In 1900, George Eastman (sound familiar) of Kodak Company invented the film camera and the rest is history…It just keeps getting better for all of us photography buffs…Thank you Mr. Eastman!

In the 1990’s, the SLR was born for the more serious minded photographer. It used mirrors (or a prism) and 35mm film. The price tag was extremely expensive and the camera itself was quite heavy. How fortunate we are to have our digital SLR’s. They are very lightweight in comparison to their predecessors. The digital SLR is expensive but you save in the long run on film processing fees.

Listed below are the two types of digital cameras:

  • Point-and-Shoot, is the camera of choice for people who desire a less complicated picture taking experience. It has automatic settings (with a few restrictions) and takes good quality pictures. The resolution (mega pixel) varies, and the 3X to 12X zoom lens is not interchangeable. However, they do provide a focal range of 24mm to 360mm. Some of these cameras are now being made with a shutter and aperture priority over ride. Their price range is $100.00 to $1,000.00.
  • Digital SLR’s, provide control that is more creative for the serious photographer. It provides the flexibility of shooting with preset programs like automatic, portrait, macro, landscape, or manual, which provides you that creative edge. The lenses are interchangeable making a variety of focal lengths available. The camera and lenses are lightweight and easy to manage. Their price range is $100.00 to $7,000.00 and higher.

The “Absolute Must Do’s” of owning a camera:

  • Purchase a camera that is RIGHT for your style of photography!
  • Extremely important--Read your camera booklet thoroughly until you know how to use everything correctly. Knowledge of operation will enhance your picture taking experience.
  • Always change your lens away from dust and moisture; keep your camera dry.
  • Use only proper cleaning materials on your camera and lens. NEVER clean, the inside mirror! If that becomes necessary, take it to a professional camera repair shop.
  • Before a shoot, make sure your lens is clean-You do not want spots or dust to ruin a great picture.
  • Buy a good camera bag to carry and store your equipment in. I have a backpack especially designed for cameras. It is easy to carry and everything is at my fingertips.
  • Always carry a polarized filter and keep a UV filter on each lens that you attach to your SLR.
  • Invest in a good tripod—you will find a need for one more often than you think.

I have shared a few things here that I learned through reading, trail and error, and a few classes over the years.

"Photography puts life in prespective."~~N Johnson-Solano


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Nancy's Niche 5 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Lady_E for the comment and sharing this information with your friends on FB...Hope all is well with you---Cheers!

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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

I dropped by to read this interesting article again. I'm sharing it with my friends on F/b too.

Best Wishes. :)

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Nancy's Niche 6 years ago from USA Author

WordPlay, thanks for the visit! With your creative talents I'm sure you will enjoy photography...It gives one such a sense of pleasure and relaxation...

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WordPlay 6 years ago from Georgia, y'all

Excellent! I'll be buying a camera soon, so this is very helpful. :-)

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Nancy's Niche 6 years ago from USA Author

Journey, and thank you for your comment and interest in my hub.

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Journey * 6 years ago from USA

There is really great information about the history of camera use here. I got my first digital camera just two years ago, later than most. Thanks for sharing this hub.

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Nancy's Niche 6 years ago from USA Author

lgali, I'm glad that you found this hub interesting and I hope it was helpful to you. Your comments are always appreciated...

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Lgali 6 years ago

very nice hub lot of good info

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Nancy's Niche 6 years ago from USA Author

rls8994 photography is such a relaxing and rewarding hobby so go out and explore your interest. Read articles on composition, controling light, and how to operate your camera then go out and practice...Enjoy!

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rls8994 6 years ago from Mississippi

I have always loved taking pictures. I am so interested in getting better at it. Great information to have!

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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA Author

Hub Crafter, thanks for visiting my hub and I am glad you enjoyed the info...Photography is so much fun and captures memories that last a lifetime. Carry that camera everywhere you go so you will be ready for those amazing shots that always pop up...

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HubCrafter 7 years ago from Arizona

Hi Nancy:

I'd be lost w/o my digital SLR. Every Hub I make ...uses photos from this wonderful,verstile camera.

I'm hardly what anyone would call a pro. I can't tella shutter release from a jailbreak. But I can get the pictures that I want, most of the time, from this lightweight and easy for ME to use camera.

Oh! And..I really ...enjoyed this HUB! Thanks so much.


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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA Author

Yard of Nature, thanks for your comment and your right, digital point and shoots are more advanced today then even a year ago. One can create magical photos to be proud of with minimal expense...

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Yard of nature 7 years ago from Michigan

There's never been a better time to jump in and get a digital. The amount of technology packed into even an inexpensive point and shoot is quite amazing. And for a few hundred dollars one can have more technology at their fingertips than pros dreamed of for decades.

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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA Author

Sweetie Pie, Your right, pictures do make a great resource for the artist. My daughter use to work from some of my landscapes and now, she takes her own shots to work from and absolutely enjoys photography.

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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

I love cameras and taking pictures. I am definitely no pro, but it is one of my favorite things. Pictures make great resources for drawing later on!

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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA Author

Thank you Duchess and I hope these tips will be useful for all who read my hub. I am passionate about photography and have been since I received a Brownie Camera from my father for my ninth birthday. I later found out he was just as passionate about it too. So much so, that he sat up a dark room in the basement of his home.

Thank God for digital! LOL You see the immediate results and save so many $$$$ on developing cost. One important point, do not delete those unwanted pictures until you have them downloaded to your computer. When you delete on your camera it leaves little bits of information behind that can ruin your next shot. {•.•}

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Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

Good practical tips that I have shared with those I know who are interested in purchasing a digital camera. Personally, we have about 5 - me and my gadgets, what can I say!

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tonymac04 7 years ago from South Africa

Thanks for the interesting Hub. SLRs have been around for a lot longer than the 1990s. I got my first one in about 1965 and it was not new. I'm not sure exactly when SLRs came in but it must have been in the 1950s or so.

Love your pic - keep shooting!

Love and peace


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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA Author

LadyE, Thanks for your very nice comments and visiting my page. I think it would be a relaxing experience for you to visit your park and other areas and photograph objects or people for use in your hubs. Maybe, your photos will encourage others to stop and “smell the roses along the way.” We have been given so much beauty to enjoy and most people never take notice---how sad.

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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

oops! I was going to add to my comment but its gone.

I looked over the Hub again and noticed the photo was taken by you. How cool is that. You took a perfect picture. :)

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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

More useful info. I have been thinking recently of just going out to the park or other places etc taking pictures of anything so I can use them on Hubs instead of pics from websites. Cheers :)

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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA Author

Delores, Your right, one should always carry a camera to prevent missed photo-opts. Thanks for visiting my hub and taking time to comment...

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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

Nancy, like JamaGenee, I carry that little digital everywhere, you never know where you'll find some good hub material. It's so great, with the digital, you can toss away the junky pix.

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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA Author

solacemoon, Thanks for your comment and I to love photography. I refused to buy a digital until they developed an SLR. Well, they have and each year the various companies improve the quality of operation, creative implementation and pictures.

Nikon is my choice but I am biased. Canon is also a great camera however, their accessories are very expensive. It all comes down to choice….Here’s a couple of links that may help with some of your questions…



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mulberry1 7 years ago

I'm not a photographer, but I do love my little point and shoot digital camera. It's so much fun to experiment with taking photos when you don't have the expense of film or developing just to see what works. Nice tips.

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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA Author

Yes, digital cameras have made life easier and less expensive over all. It took me awhile to get use to digital but now I love it! It also gives me more creative control of the finished product…Thanks Dayzeebee for your comment and time...

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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Digital cameras have definitly made things easier for all users. Thank you for sharing.:)

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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA Author


I visited your hub and you produce beautiful pictures. Remember, its the artist behind the camera that creates a quality picture...The camera is only a tool we use to compose our creations.

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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Nancy, I've gotten in the habit of carrying my Olympus Brio with me everywhere. It's an older digital, but if the settings are correct (and I remember not to shoot toward the sun!), I get rather good photos. Nothing like with a newer, higher rez digital, but sharp enough for my hubs.

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solacemoon 8 years ago from Illinois

Thanks for the info.I don't know much about the new digital cameras and would like to buy a reasonably priced camera.I love photography and wish to get back into it.,

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