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Nature Tales issue #08-- Choosing A Digital Camera
March 18, 2007

Tips and Tricks For Taking The Best Nature and Flower Pictures You Have Ever Taken


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March, 2007 Issue #08

Table of Contents:
  • Wisdom Flash 7 Wonders
  • Feature Tip - How to Choose the Right Digital Camera For You
  • What's New at Nature and Flower Pictures
  • I Love SBI - Feel The Passion

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It isn't the mountains that wear you out. It's the grain of sand in your shoe. -- Anonymous

Wisdom Flash - 7 Wonders of the World

Would you be able to list the 7 wonders of the world in a quiz? I think I would have a hard time doing it. This wisdom flash reminds me of the old Art Linkletter quote "Kids say the darndest things."

Enjoy this beautiful wisdom flash of the 7 wonders. It has a surprise ending.Click Here.

Choosing The Right Camera For You

Are you like me and so many people totally confused and frustrated when it comes to buying a digital camera? There are just so many choices on the market. It boggles the mind to try and pick the right one.

My friend Amy Renfrey has volunteered an article for this issue of Nature Tales that will make this choice a little easier. Amey is aPhotography Coach as well as the author of "Digital Photography Success", an ebook available for instant download. Amy has a style of writing that is easy to understand and very interesting.

How to Choose The Right Camera For You

by Amy Renfrey

Many times I've been asked what the best digital camera to get is. The response is, as you've probably heard quite a few times, "it depends on what you want to do." And what you want to do creates a need. Thatís all very well but how do you know exactly what you need?

Once you work out what types of digital photos you want to improve then choosing a camera will seem difficult and confusing. In the end you will have a hard time and probably end up not choosing a digital camera at all and this is not good because your digital photos will remain the same. You can certainly have a great experience in digital photography, but if you have the right camera you'll find that this experience is vastly improved.

For starters, think about the digital photographs you have taken in the past and think about your frustration with them. Are they too dark? Is the lag time too long? Is it out of focus when you try to get long distance digital photos? Or alternatively have you tried to get digital photos that seem out of focus up close, or you can't get close enough in to your subjects?

For example I have a subscriber who just loves to take digital photographs of flowers. She's a lady in her 60's and is an avid Gardner and asked me to help her to capture the brilliant colour and detail of her carefully grown flowers. I suggested that with the camera she had been using to date, her flowers would have two problems:

Colour saturation (which creates lack of detail) and the camera would not provide her with the ability to get focused shots up close, even when the "flower" setting was on, on her digital camera. She confirmed this was indeed the problem she was having. As a help, I gave her some pointers to what may help her digital photography experience by looking at the problems in the current digital camera, then finding an active solution.

The problem was that a lot of point and shoot digital cameras may be fantastic and feel like a bargain at $200 they, just don't have the digital sensor capabilities to capture fine detail when there is a bulk amount of colour in the scene. Letís take for example a digital photograph of a yellow rose. The digital camera would not be able to distinguish the detail in the petals up close because it gets lost in "all the yellow". Because the digital camera's sensor built for the bottom end range itís not able to capture this fine detail.

My subscriber was also having trouble with her detail in focus up close. Even though she was selecting the "flower" setting, it still was not as clear up close as it could be. And due to the colour saturation in her digital photos she was having difficulty getting the clear digital images that she imagined getting in her mind.

I suggested that she may want to look at a digital camera with a capability to add macro lenses. I explained that the sensor would be able to pick up more detail in the colour of the flowers if she had better lenses for the macro photography that she wanted to do. A good macro lens would give her the detail up close, and she could get in even closer than before without loosing focus or detail.

In the end my lady subscriber ended up choosing a Sony digital camera with interchangeable lenses and with a better sensor. She was extremely impressed with the new digital image quality her photographs were getting. She was able to photograph the petals up very close and even capture the tiny veins in the petals of the flowers.

I recommend you do the same. Think about the frustrations you've had in the past and then find a camera to suit. Try to look first at the digital cameras that have the features and facilities you are after, and then look at the whole range. Not the other way around. Looking at every single digital camera first may confuse you; it is better to narrow your search down to the features first.

Happy shooting!
Amy Renfrey

Although Amy has some very good points made in her article, I really do love my Canon Digital Camera. There is a lot to be said for the ease of use and learning when you are first starting out taking pictures.

Amy's book does an excellent job of taking some of the mystery out of taking good digital pictures. Now is the time to check out her book. Current price is $39.97. But look for this to go up soon because she is adding an additional book and selling them as a package. Once again , you can find her book at Digital Photography Success

While looking for Amy's book, I also came across many other photography books available for instant download. I thought you might find them of interest. Just follow this link Photography Books

What's New at Nature and Flower Pictures

Even though on the surface it looks like I have only published 2 pages since my last newsletter, I have actually put much more into place. Explore the buttons and see if you are better able to find your way around the site. I am always looking for ways to improve so if you have suggestions please let me know. The fastest way to reach me is by replying to this email. Or use the contact link at the top of this issue.

  • Shop With Nature And Flower Pictures The shopping section has taken on a whole new look. I have been told it is fun and easy to follow. Be sure and check back often as we add new gifts, books, and free stuff.
  • Metaphysical Magic Books Here is the place to get some great books for using herbs and flowers for healing. These books are filled with the enchanting wonders of nature. I think you will love them.

I Love SBI - Feel The Passion

Are you a fan of the videos and clips you can find on You Tube? Have you even heard of You Tube? I think I must have been the last person on the planet to hear about this great place.

Of course I heard it from my grandchildren:) Kids are always first to know anything about computers it seems. So what does all this have to do with why I love SBI? OK OK, SBI, in case you are wondering, are the wonderful people that power my site.

They are more than just a web hosting service. They are a community of like minded people who have one similar goal in mind. And that is to create a buisniess on line.

And they have another more important thing in common. They all love SBI. And they have put together a video or two to show their passion. Check out these stories. You are sure to laugh, cry and jump for joy. Most of all have fun with the I Love SBI Videos

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