New Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera

For my birthday last year, I got my first DSLR Camera!  So I am now a proud owner of a Nikon D3200 full HD camera.  It is great but I am only touching the surface of what it can do at the moment. My wife gave me a ‘Nikon D3200 For Dummies’ book for Christmas which will hopefully help me understand the full capabilities of the camera.

Nikon D3200 DSLR

Nikon D3200 DSLR - My new camera!

I also got a zoom lens, tripod and and external flash gun which should also help me to take even better photographs than I managed with the old Casio that I previously used.

The photographs that I have taken with the camera so far (especially with the zoom lens) have been great! I managed to get a really good shot of the Moon recently which can be viewed on my Astronomy site – http://astronomy.sgtworld.com. Click here to view the Moon photo. I have also taken some lovely images of the snow in our local area, but am looking to take much more as soon as the weather clears up!

I am planning on uploading some of my newer photographs to the site over the forthcoming weeks, so please come back and take a look!

Now Purchase The Actual Photograph Files Via The Shop!

After thinking long and hard, I have now decided to sell the image files themselves on the website instead of prints.  This way you guys can do whatever you want with them once purchased.   Hopefully this will entice you into buying more of my photographs! ;-)

The photograph files come as a JPG and at a resolution of 3072 x 2304 which is about A3 size. This should be an excellent size for any sort of prints such as canvas prints, mug prints, jigsaw prints etc as the resolution should give you a high quality image. It also gives you the freedom to cut and crop the images to the size required.  Obviously the watermark will be taken off all purchased photographs! ;-)

The image files will be sent out within 2 working days of receipt of payment, unless stated.

I will be adding some new photographs soon, so please come back to take a look at my updated galleries and enjoy!

#4 – Hints and Tips

Snowy Photos

In all this snowy weather we have been having, I am guessing a lot of you have been out and about taking beautiful photographs.  I have also been out although we hardly had any snow here in Plymouth but had some problems when using the flash.

The problem was that the light from the flash would reflect off the snow and ruin the photo.  This obviously happened more for close ups and doesn’t really cause any problems for photographs of items in the distance.  So to get the close ups that you want, you either have to not use the flash at all which could be a problem if the day is dark, or angle the photograph in such a way that the light from the flash will not show in the photograph and kind of bounce off the snow.  This can be a little tricky but can be done.

So whilst there is snow and ice about, why not go out and take some photos.  They would be ideal for Christmas Cards!

#3 – Hints and Tips

Trust Your Eye

In the past, I have ‘trusted my eye’ and taken photographs without thinking about it too much, whereas other times, I have taken photographs after deliberating for some time about the centering, light, background, object position, etc. I have found that, more often than not, the best photographs arise from just seeing something and photographing it without thinking too much about it.

Now im not saying that you should go out and just be ‘trigger happy’ as there are times when you will need to really think about the lighting and background etc, but don’t always expect these photographs to come out any better.

A prime example of this in my experience is when I have been out and about in the countryside and have been taking photographs of scenic views and areas.  A lot of the time the first photo I take is the best, as I just see it and photograph it,  although I do usually take several more with slight adjustments as well. The original photo being the best is usually because after the first shot, I have thought about the scene too much and have tried to take the same photo at different angles to make it better and more interesting.  Occasionally this has given me a slightly better photo, but for 95% of the time, the initial photograph has been the best.

So I would suggest going with your initial ‘gut’ feeling and just take the photograph without thinking long and hard over the other elements as, for me anyway, these turn out to be the best of the bunch!