Travel Cameras Charleston WV

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Ritz Camera
(304) 345-3787
Charleston Town Center 1058 Charleston Town Center
Charleston, WV
 
Alpha Omega Creations
(304) 342-6665
743 Beulah St
Charleston, WV
 
Lee Richard S -- Photographer
(304) 343-8126
311 Washington Street West -
Charleston, WV
 
Flash Point Studio
(304) 722-0505
2404 Grant Ave
Saint Albans, WV
 
Cochran Custom Images
(304) 586-3210
3655 Winfield Rd
Winfield, WV
 
Payne Steve Photography
(304) 343-7254
221 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV
 
Elden Photography Extraordinaire
(304) 344-4349
One Ramu Road
Charleston, WV
 
Contemporary Photographics
(304) 343-3037
P O Box 8938
Charleston, WV
 
Bogard Photography
(304) 965-7149
3983 Indian Creek Road
Elkview, WV
 
Photography and Video - David Fitzwater
(304) 552-0389
P.O. Box 75462
Charleston, WV
 

Digital Photo - A Traveler�s Lens

A Traveler’s Lens

How digital tech and lens evolution work together for travel photography


145mm (232mm equivalent)1⁄125 sec. at ƒ/5, ISO 200
To outfit my first SLR, purchased in what seems like a hundred years ago, I acquired a 28mm and an 80-200mm zoom. Now, decades later, my basic travel kit still relies on two camera bodies and this simple lens combination; only today, the wide choice is a 10-20mm lens (to achieve the roughly 16mm view that I grew accustomed to with film) and a 70-300mm or 18-200mm zoom that I interchange, depending on how strong the lens needs to be for the subjects I’ll encounter.

Armed with a wide zoom and a telephoto zoom, there’s little that a travel photographer can’t accomplish. The purpose here is to call attention to just how versatile the medium telephoto can be as an invaluable travel lens.

It’s safe to say that the primary reason that the vast majority of photographers choose to step up to an SLR in the first place is to achieve two key benefits that otherwise limit compact fixed-lens cameras: 1) eliminate shutter lag; and 2) add the ability to attach a telephoto lens to capture more distant subjects. Manufac-turers are responding to demand by offering camera-and-lens kits with lenses that are much more useful than the tepid 18-55mm. Once you start shooting with a telephoto zoom, you’ll quickly begin to enjoy the creative control that the broad spectrum of focal lengths affords you across a range of subjects.

While cameras have evolved rapidly with digital technology advancements related to sensor capacity and computing power in a continuing cycle of impending obsolescence, lenses have remained a sound investment. With each new step up in megapixels and image improvement, passed-over cameras, like old laptops, become as valuable as paperweights. Focal length and the ability to create compositions remains largely constant over time, and as of yet, there are virtually no digital substitutes for a lens’ resolving power or optical personality, which is why it’s always regrettable to see buyers splurge on a camera body and scrimp on lens quality or utility.

A number of manufacturers offer zooms with a maximum focal length of 200mm to 300mm. There are two primary features that you’ll want. First, it’s useful for the maximum aperture not to exceed ƒ/5.6. Beyond that aperture, the lens will lack sufficient light-gathering capabilities in lower-light situations, causing you to rely on higher ISO settings—perhaps 800 and above. While the latest models of digital cameras do an excellent job of minimizing noise at higher ISO settings, I’d rather place more responsibility on the quality of the lens. The second important feature, and one that goes hand in hand with aperture, is image stabilization. Now that stabilization has become an affordable option, there’s no excuse for using a lens without it.

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Digital Photo - Top Travel Camera Tips

Top Travel Camera Tips - 4/27/09

Protect your gear, and your pictures

Summer’s almost here, and that means one thing. To quote the immortal words of The Go-Go’s, “Vacation. All I ever wanted.” Alas, Belinda Carlisle probably wasn’t traveling with a camera. If she were, her lyrics surely would have contained more practical advice on protecting such sensitive equipment and important images. Traveling with a camera can be tricky, but these lyrics… er, tips… can help make it a bit easier.

  • If you’re leaving on a jet plane, make sure you carry your camera with you. Don’t check it—especially if you’re packing film. High-power x-ray is used on every stowed piece of luggage, and it will fog anything in sight. If you’re packing digital, keep it with you for more practical purposes (such as never letting your camera bag out of your site) and don’t hesitate sending it through the x-ray. For film, the TSA allows it to be hand checked, but for slow-speed films, though, it’s probably not necessary. 

  • Papa may have a brand new camera bag, but he might be better off to leave it at home. Nothing screams “expensive camera equipment in here” like a spiffy and spotless camera bag. Think subtle, and carry your camera in a bag that looks more like it might hold magazines and socks instead of the things that thieves just can’t wait to get their hands on.

  • Back that stash up. Whatever’s in your kit, you’ve got to protect it from loss: batteries, CF cards, cameras, computers… If it can go wrong, it will—especially when you’re traveling. The more of a backup plan you have—for equipment and batteries and even your finished image files—the more likely you are to return home still in possession of all the great pictures you made. Utilize the Internet to upload essential images while you can, and cover every other base too—from running out of battery power to having the right international adapter to make sure you can plug in for a charge.

  • You may like to think of yourself as Mother Nature’s son, but she’ll turn on you in a heartbeat. If you’ll be roughing it—camping in the elements or even traveling out of doors for an extended period—plan for protection from everything she can throw at you. Waterproof cases are a necessity for extreme environments, but plastic bags and redundant protection go a long way to keeping camera and computer gear warm and clean and dry. Fight condensation in cold climes by leaving your gear in a sealed bag to acclimate to room temperature when it’s time to come inside. (Don’t forget to plan for power issues too if you’re traveling in the outback. Solar chargers might be a necessity if you won’t have access to an electric grid for days at a time.)

  • If you were born a ramblin’ man, you’ll have to think about practicalities to stay that way. Probably best that you travel light. Nobody likes to ramble when they’re laden with lenses and other heavy equipment. True, it’s a contradiction ...

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The Fine Art of Travel Photography

The Fine Art of Travel Photography

Think like an artist—not a tourist—for great travel photos

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LOW LIGHT: Nikon D3, AF NIKKOR 85mm ƒ/1.8D
Shooting without flash is often required when photographing shows and in museums. A lot of work often goes into the lighting of these venues, and the use of fast lenses can capture the feeling of what the person in charge of lighting was trying to create.

MACRO
Detail shots using a macro lens or close-up filters can bring you up close and personal with a whole other world. A simple set of close-up filters can be carried in the camera bag. I carry a couple of setup and step-down rings so I can use one set with a variety of diopters with any lens.

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NIGHT EXPOSURES: Nikon D3, AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm ƒ/2.8G IF-ED, SLIK tripod
THE TRAVEL PHOTO ESSAY
Creating pictures that tell a story has been the mainstay of travel magazines since their inception. Travel editors have a mantra that must be taken to heart before approaching a publication with an idea: “A location is not a story.” Look for stories that give the viewer an inside look into a culture by focusing on a person, a ritual, an aspect of history—the list is endless.

The best photo essays often are those that come from a personal interest, so search “inside” before you go outside looking for ideas. Even if you’re not pitching an article, thinking in this way will make your personal slideshows much more compelling for your viewers.

To make sure your once-in-a-lifetime travel shots are the best they can be, you’ll want to use a tripod when possible. It’s especially important for night and low-light exposures. Lightweight carbon-fiber models like the SLIK Pro 714 CF-II are a great choice for travelers. The Pro 714 CF-II folds down to just 18.1 inches long, making it easy to pack and carry. Twist-Lock leg locks are durable, comfortable to use and help make the tripod quick on the draw. Estimated Street Price: $269. Contact: THK Photo Products, www.thkphoto.com .
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PRESENTATION
Your work isn’t complete until the images from the trip are put in a form that you and others can appreciate. For me, the ultimate expression is a printed book. In recent years, a number of companies have made it both feasible and affordable to produce personal photography books of high quality in a short amount of time. These books can act as a portfolio piece or just a great way to share your experiences with others.

In addition to numerous editorial and commercial assignments, Mark Edward Harris’ books include Faces of the Twentieth Century: Master Photographers and Their Work, The Way of the Japanese Bath, Wanderlust, Inside North Korea and Inside Iran. The recipient of a number of awards, Harris teaches travel photography workshops at the Julia Dean Photo Workshops, the Mentor Series, Art Center School of Design and Santa Fe Photographic Work...

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