ZoomLens-300x300In the past, cameras with a variety of lenses to choose from were something that only professional photographers used. Now, thanks to the digital age, cameras are able to go way beyond the call of duty and virtually every amateur photographer is taking pictures that amaze, because they go beyond point and shoot to digital SLR cameras. The problem is, most of these camera lenses are a little confusing for anyone who has no clue what they really need from their lens. To help, here is a guide to finding the right camera lenses for what you want to photograph the most. Perhaps this will make your digital SLR life a little easier.

Understand Your Lens Specifics

Certain lenses are designed to capture certain things. Before choosing your lens, you first have to decide what you plan to take photos of. If you want a camera that can zoom far out away from where you are, you will find that the focal length is one of the most important factors. If your interests are closer to you, zoom will be less important, but you want to focus on things that are at your feet, you have to consider the micro lenses that are available.LensSafari-300x208

If you think you will be taking photos later in the day when there is less light, the aperture will come into play more than anything else. The aperture that it has will tell you how much light the camera can gather up without a flash. The lower the number, the darker you can take a photograph and have it turn out decent. The highest aperture needs full light. When choosing a low aperture to take photos during the darker hours of the day, focus length may also play a part in it. Some focuses have different apertures for different lengths.

LightMeter-152x300You should make sure that your new camera lens can mount to your camera as well. It should also have a format that works with your camera. The format is how much of an image you can get with that lens. Mostly this is going to be determined by your camera manufacturer and this is why it is important to stick with a lens that is usable according to your camera’s manufacturer. Not all cameras or lenses are interchangeable.

Choose the Lens Based On What You Want to Capture

If you want creativity to be a huge factor in your photograph, an Ultra Wide camera lens could be fun for you. Mostly these lenses are used indoors or when a person wants to take a photo of a landscape. There are two different types of lens and they are the fisheye or the rectilinear. These lenses typically produce very sharp images of things that are close and as things are further away, their images will distort to give the photograph depth.

The other side of this camera lens comes in with the Wide Angle lens. This works the same as the other, but with it, the images will be less distorted, even if the photo includes things that are very far away. Everything in your photo will be straight and reasonably sharp.

Basic photos can benefit from a standard camera lens. Superzooms and telephoto lenses mean that you want to take photos of things that are extremely far away and have them come in clear. From there, you need to consider the price range and weight as well as other features that you require. Some cameras and lenses offer image stabilization features which help you get a clearer photo.SuperZoomLEns-300x199

In short, a basic lens is good for most all situations that you may have. They are ideal for vacations and times when you would rather not spend all day trying to change lenses. A long zoom lens is best for capturing kids or dogs when they are out playing in the yard. A faster lens and aperture will help you to take a variety of photos and improve the photos that you do capture.

Lenses are not easy to figure out when trying to learn an SLR camera. However, there is hope that this guide to choosing the right camera lenses have helped you to understand what you are truly looking for.


Do you make something that you feel others would like? Do you take amazing photographs, build with wood, or have a talent that you feel is worth advertising? It is a hard job to have, but the results could be well worth the effort that you put into it. Each day there are new people who get discovered by selling the things that they create with their own hands. You too can get paid for your crafts and other artwork. You simply have to know where to begin.

Getting Started

GettyThere are websites all over the internet that allow everyday people to sell their creations. If you are an amateur photographer and you capture sunsets that are amazing, there is a website that will allow you to sell prints of it. If you create paintings, do woodworking, craft jewelry, etc. there are websites that can help you find potential buyers. You will first have to look for the ideal place to sell your stuff and then set it up so that you have an easy way for people to buy.

This may include establishing how to get payment for the things you create. Not everyone can use a credit card from home. Using websites that do accept credit card payments will be the next thing you need to set up. If you prefer cash over credit cards, you may need to stick with driving around your local area and selling your things at craft shows, flea markets, booths at certain events, or find a store that sells similar items and see if they will sell them for you.

Marketing Matters

When trying to sell your items online or through other ways, marketing is going to become your primary goal in life. Use the resources that are available to you. Get a website that you can devote to the things you create. Advertise on Facebook. Talk to other websites who specialize in selling things similar to what you make and see if you can advertise your products there.Facebook-300x90

EBay, Craigslist, Esty, and other websites are crafters dream locations for trying to sell their items. Use it. If you do find a buyer, you could request they say good things about your product and then you will have to hope that they talk about where they got it from.

Be Prepared

Selling crafts is not an easy task. Often the creator will feel that they cannot get the amount of money that their items are worth. There are countries all over the world that can create things similar, even if they are less quality, for a very cheap price. Be prepared to put your heart into a piece of artwork that will sell for only a fraction of what you feel it is worth. The birdhouse that you build may take you hours to cut. It may cost you a small fortune in lumber. However, this does not mean that people are willing to spend $50 on it. This means that unless you love devoting time to it and not getting much in return, you may want to stick with creating smaller items that do not cost you so much.

The crafter’s life selling their products is not an easy way to go. It takes dedication, not only to the craft, but trying to find buyers. It may take a while to get it all started, but eventually, you can get paid for your crafts and artwork.


SelfieStick-300x300With the constant increase in cell phone usage and the combined interest in social media sharing, selfies have become something that many people enjoy taking. The camera quality is also increasing a little more with each new type of phone and most are designed to be used for taking selfies as well as photos of other people or things. However, as you look around the internet, you will find selfies that have great photographs and those that really look very bad. Some people also end up capturing things they shouldn’t within their selfie. Before you risk it, perhaps it is time for you to learn how to take a fantastic selfie that does not cause you future embarrassment.

The Selfie

Throughout history, people have always wanted photos of themselves. The age of digital cameras, cell phones with a convenient face time feature have increased the chances of people taking them. It is hard to resist. When you are out doing something, think you look great, or want to show someone what you look like today, it is easier to snap a pic rather than describe it.

Some people have the act of taking selfies down to a science. They know how to make a selfie look great and it is actually something that takes talent. It is a new age art form that virtually anyone can take part of and for those who do not know how to capture a photo of themselves that they like, there are tips available everywhere.

The Key to a Successful Selfie

One of the first things to know when taking a great selfie is that you should use natural lighting as oppose to flashes. The flash will give your features a ghostly look that will highlight all of your flaws. Along with this, you should take the photo from a direction that shows off your best features. A chubby face can be disguised by holding the camera slightly above you. A side photo of your face or a torso can also benefit from you lifting your head up a little to eliminate the saggy chin.

NoFilter-273x300If you feel that your selfies make your face look too sharp? Filters can improve it. Black and white photos or other types of filters will look better than natural or flashing light. These filters can hide blemishes, remove bags under your eyes, and help other features look better as well.

Put thought into it, but not too much thought. Your photo’s background will play an important part in your photos. Chances are good, people do not want to see your messy bedroom or the toilet in the background of your selfie. Find a good location. Somewhere outside with something that is pretty or cool will work better. Adding other people into the selfie is also a fun way to take advantage of self-photography. It will be something see beyond you or the background of your photos.

However, when you pose for your selfie, try to appear natural. Look away from the camera, even if it is slightly over the top of it. You may also want to avoid forcing a smile, pouting your lips, or doing other things that make you appear to be trying too hard.

The last, but not least, best way to take selfies is to consider posting less rather than more. Some people bombard social media with photos of themselves standing in about the same place. Your friends and family love you. They do not need to see you all the time on their page. If you constantly add self-portraits, your friends will get bored, and they may not realize that one time that you did manage to take a fantastic selfie.