Use Flickr to choose your next camera

Wired Magazine introduced me to a new tool: Flickr Camera Finder.

flickr imagesThe Flickr Camera Finder homepage tells you which cameras are most popular among its users and provides links to camera-specific image galleries.

Good information to have, if you’re looking for which cameras are the most used.

You may not know about Flickr Camera Finder, but it’s an amazing feature that uses the “Exif” data from all images uploaded to the service and creates analytical tools based on that information.

Apparently, if I delve into the data, I can find info on DSLR lenses too. Might be worth looking into.



A Photography #Fail

2014.01 Canon P1080033The third time I took out my brand new Canon DSLR, I had a glitch. Not with the camera, at least I don’t think it was with the camera. I had a problem with the memory card… or at least that’s what I think happened.

After placing the SD memory card in a card reader (both of them new; they “came” with the camera from the vendor), I placed the reader in my relatively new laptop (bought last September), and I started to view the images. Upon attempting to copy them over, the SD card folder closed, I got a “cannot read” message, and the card itself could no longer be seen in my computer. I had to remove and reattach.

It was at this point where I discovered that all my images were gone. I only had the images that had copied over before the failure happened.

I did research, asked friends, begged God… and the images are gone.

I’ve been told (and found the recommendation online) that I should reformat the memory card inside the camera after each time I place it in the computer to download my pics and before I start a new photo session. There seems to be some disagreement between whether this is a good idea or not. I’m not sure who’s right.

What I do know is that I’ve been working with digital cameras for more than a decade, with different models and brands, and in all that time I’ve had maybe 5 or 6 instances where we had a problem either with the camera, the card or the reader.

I think I’d be more worried if I were a professional photographer. Maybe when I start to get more serious about this the issue will become more critical.

Today I’m just upset that I lost more than half a work event and the entire birthday party at the zoo with my nephew.


I’ve bought my first DSLR camera

2014.01 Canon P1080033I finally made the plunge and bought a DSLR camera. In fact, I bought a kit with a lot of accessories and pretty much everything I am going to need to get started. I opted for the Canon Rebel T5i. I have heard good things and it’s considered to be a good entry-level DSLR.

Now all I have to do is learn everything I can about it.

Coincidentally, the Digital Photography School’s website has Your First DSLR – now what?! in their current articles. That’s good timing.

Their tips include:

  • Get off Auto as a soon as possible and start shooting on Manual mode
  • Understand the terms ISO, shutter speed and aperture and how to use them
  • your camera manual is your second best friend

They do emphasize that you have to take your camera everywhere, practice a lot and not be afraid of making mistakes. I anticipate I’ll be doing that a lot… at least I hope I will.

You are warned that I’m probably going to start posting a lot more info on photography and cameras.

Even though I’ve upgraded to a DSLR camera, I do believe that I’m keeping my point and shoot camera. It fits very nicely in my purse and I like the convenience of it.