So the new D-800 is out… I am dying to try one out to see how different is it from its predecessor – D700. Or to put it in a crude way, how much better can Nikon push their limits to because the D700 is already a very good all…
Depth of field is probably one of the most difficult fundamentals to master in photography. Amateur also likes to chase after shallow DoF.
So what really is DoF? Depth of field is the zone within a photograph which is in focus or is sharp.
So why are people obsessed with DoF?
DoF is the very first thing that an amateur photographer can easily achieve to impress anyone. And also DoF is mostly equipment dependant and not everyone has access to these equipment.
The first thing I always ask people when they ask me to comment about their photographs is, “is your monitor colour calibrated?”. And as expected, their replies are usually “calibrate what?”.
So if you are reading this, is your monitor colour calibrated (for photograph viewing and editing)?? No? Why should you?
There is nothing more important a properly colour calibrated monitor is to a photographer than anything else.
What is Monitor Colour Calibration?
There are more than a handful of manufacturers producing computer monitors in the market. And every manufacturers makes a few models and sizes. Every single model will produce different brightness, contrast, and colour reproduction. Even the same model from the same manufacturers from different production runs will not give you the same brightness, contrast, and colour reproduction!
Most people cannot tell if their photographs are over exposed or under exposed. Sometimes it takes a photographer years of experience to tell whether their photographs are correctly exposed.
However, half the times the exposure is correct but the condition which the photographs were taken were awful and can be avoided altogether. And if a lot of people use software like the Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop to post process their photos, without using a calibrated monitor!
A lot of my friends simply put their DSLR to Program mode and shoot. And when asked why don’t you use other modes to shoot the reply was the photos taken in other modes were not sharp or that the exposure were awful. And after further probing, they do not understand the correct operation or under what circumstances should they use the Aperture Priority mode or Shutter Priority mode.
If you have just decided to join in the photographer’s club, well it is much easier now with digital. You don’t have to worry about having the wrong speed film in your body when going indoor or having the wrong temperature for the wrong lighting. Even the ‘prosumer’ cameras can take breath-taking pictures!
My first digital camera was actually a prosumer Fujifilm FinPix 4900. You can read its review here at dpreview.
DSLR or Compact Prosumer?
I paid SGD$1,400 for it at Harvey Norman, only to find out that you can buy it for less than SGD$1,000! What a ripped off!