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Get Into DSLR Photography

Venture into it friends...its worth the money
by Praneeth Baratam
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What also sets DSLRs apart is the 'depth of field' and 'bokeh'. Depth of field is the range of distance from the camera lens that is in focus. 'Bokeh' is simply the parts of a scene being captured that are 'out of focus' and appear softer. As you see in the pictures attached, the photographers have used the parts of scene that are not in focus to highlight the subject in focus. Achieving this on a point and shoot is difficult and needs lenses with larger aperture which narrows the depth of field and improves the bokeh effect.
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great use of bokeh
 
 
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Praneeth Baratam, Evangelist - 6 years ago Edit
Longer focal lengths and wider apertures are needed to create a beautiful bokeh. The lenses with these characteristics are usually referred to as portrait lenses. For example, a 50mm f2 lens or 85 mm f2 lenses are considered portrait lenses.
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Praneeth Baratam, Evangelist - 6 years ago Edit
An aperture of f2 or greater which means smaller 'f number' (like f1.8, 1.4 or 1.2) is usually needed to get a nice bokeh.
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 6 years ago Edit
There should be a reason why these photographs with 'bokeh' are so eye catching. I believe its because of how we perceive objects of interest in our field of vision.
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Praneeth Baratam, Evangelist - 6 years ago Edit
The eye-catching is the intention there. The idea is definitely to highlight the subject of interest in a scene, which works great for portrait photographs.
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DSLR cameras are not only good for photography but are also increasingly good for videos and short film making. They are both handy in comparison to professional HD video cameras and can capture true to life videos.

Two of this years' Oscar nominated short films were made using Canon DSLR cameras with EOS 7D being the favorite. Directors Danfung Dennis (Hell and Back Again) and Lucy Walker (The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom) say they were never disappointed with their DSLR equipment whether shooting indoors or outdoors.

So a DSLR will not only allow you to capture life like images but may also bring out the narrator in you. Another reason for you to join the DSLR club.
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A Test Short Film demonstrating the power of DSLR Film Making
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 6 years ago Edit
DSLR short films are quickly emerging as a semi professional niche and many many young enthusiasts are trying direction and acting. Just search for "Telugu Short Films" on YouTube and you will be astonished that there are thousands of them just from a single state in India.
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Praneeth Baratam, Evangelist - 6 years ago Edit
The quality of these short films is exponentially improving. More and more amateurs with ideas and an SLR are jetting into short film making and trust me, they are doing a pretty good job.
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Praneeth Baratam, Evangelist - 6 years ago Edit
With improving camera technologies in cell phones like the recent inclusion of optical image stabilization in yet to be released Nokia N920, it seems like the next logical step in amateur 'videography', there are definitely some limitations to what cell phone cameras can do.
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 6 years ago Edit
Short clips between family and friends, phone cameras have long been good at that. But for short film making, they are grossly inadequate. Even a regular camcorder falls short for this. There were some big contests in the past to promote short film making over mobiles but this trend never picked up.
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The best entry DSLR in my opinion is a Cannon 550D or 600D (slightly expensive) with an 18-135mm IS lens. You can just buy the body and the lens separately or as combo to avoid paying for the kit lens. Has all the right features for the beginner.....
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Cannon 550D
 
 
 
 
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 7 years ago Edit
And yes Pentax makes great cameras. Its just a matter of individual preference.
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Praneeth Baratam, Evangelist - 7 years ago Edit
Right...its better to buy a body only then buy a better lens
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Praneeth Baratam, Evangelist - 7 years ago Edit
Even the 18-135 lens is mediocre at best
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 7 years ago Edit
But for a beginner it is kind of jack of all trades...
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I can hardly call myself an amateur if not an enthusiast in DSLR photography. For those venturing into SLR photography, now is the time. After using DSLRs for some time now, I cannot imagine myself using those film SLRs. The digital revolution has changed the way we take pictures. Keep it if you like it or else, hit the button 'delete'. Film SLR photography was probably a lot more expensive. You are sure to have few usable pictures when you are learning.

SLR stands for 'single lens reflex' for those who do not know. The single most useful feature of a DSLR camera is the lightning quick phase-shift autofocus which the point and shoots can only dream to have.
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Praneeth Baratam, Evangelist - 7 years ago Edit
The only problem with ILCs is that they tend to be more expensive than their DSLR counterparts. The autofocus is not as quick as in the DSLRs but a lot quicker than point and shoots.
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 7 years ago Edit
But they are compact and handy. Also the 'Touch to Focus' feature is very convenient.
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Anivesh Baratam, Evangelist - 7 years ago Edit
Why would a common man go buy a DSLR ?,he'd rather buy a laptop...
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Praneeth Baratam, Evangelist - 7 years ago Edit
Well...you are right. A DSLR is likely a 2nd tier technology investment after you get a smartphone and a laptop(1st tier)
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