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Photography Ideas during Covid-19

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Since the first of the year, we have to struggle on pandemic. It is caused by a new virus is coming. Their spreading is faster than we guess. Furthermore, we still don’t know when it is over ?. So, many government have to make new rules for everybody to stay at home and work from home. Some people are very challenging, especially photographers who love to take a shoot in an outdoor environment. We mostly call them outdoor photographer! If you are one of them, so let follow our suggestion to start taking a picture from your home. And we would help you to get some photography ideas during COVID-19. Some of these ideas require the technical skill to get closer images. You can read about it on our previous article.

1. Food Photography.


There are many topics you can start to do food photography. First, you can see how food photography expert do execution for their photo. Start here, you probably will analyze what is the angle they use and other technical skills.

You can take a corner of the kitchen set. You also possible to take your daily meal as your photo. Some ingredients are always interest to take their shoot. Every detail of their positions has an interesting part. For instance, some fruit. Choose some colorful fruit and slice them in a very thin slice. Then, soak them! You have a chance to take the slash when you are soaking them. After that, take the fruit and grab every detail of the drop of the water.

2. Pet Photography.

There is no difference between pets and other animals. If you usually take an animal picture in the desert or zoo. So, you can implement your outdoor technicals photography but, not all of technics are match. You must be careful. We will discuss it later so, keep update our article!

3. Interior Design Photography.

Take a shoot some corner of the room in your home such as family room, dining room, or small library room. Probably you could change their positions and give some idea how to set up the room for your audience or customer J, just like us. We give you the idea to take a picture in indoor. You also can give this idea to your customer!

4. Fashion Photography.


There are some pictures you can shoot, for instance: the material of cloth and some the whole clothes. You can give ideas to your customer on how to mix and match some clothes for summer session or winter session. It will be very useful for them after the pandemic.

The material of cloth is interesting also. You should take the detail of the cloth. Take a closer shoot to do it. You can read in our article about how to get a close image, so you will get some technique to create the best photo from the closer length.

Do you get the valuable insight now? If it is yes, let share this article to your friend by sending the link of this article to them. So, both of you have photography ideas during COVID-19.

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Choose the right bag and box for your camera lens

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At the previous news, we have talked about how to maintain your camera lens. One way to keep your camera lens well is put it on good bag. So, now we will talk about what is good bag for my camera lens ? What is kind of bag and box should I buy for my photography tools ? And here is the requirement for good bag and box for all of your photography tools. You must consider it before you buy.

1. Water Resistant and Waterproof.

Some of photography activities are outdoor area, such as central park and desert. You maybe also sometimes take picture in the high moisture area, example : by the river or lake, near to the waterfall. When you bring your case to those areas, there is possibility for your case get some drops of water suddenly. Therefore, it is very important to have water resistant and waterproof bag/box for your camera. The purpose is prevent all of things are inside of the bag/box from these drops well.

2. Easy to clean.

Outdoor photography has high risk for your bag and case get dirty. It is the same thing when you open and close it many times to take and put your photography equipment. This action give chance for dust and bacteri to come to inside of your bag and case easily. Hence, you need to clean your camera lens routinely. But, if you don't have much time to do it by yourself, you could bring your camera lens to Tamron Service Center.

3. Elastic.


When you want to buy, you need check what are they from ?. What is kind of material used for bag/box ?. Most of camera lens bag is made by combination of nylon and cordura. But, there are also some bags and boxes are made by raincoat stuff. This stuff is suit for make a photography equipment's bag. You must have this bag !. Furthermore, EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) is famous as heat resistant and elastic.

Have you remembered crocs slippers ?. Yes, EVA is the basic material to produce them. EVA is used to produce storage box Zipit also. Zipit has award The Best Softshell Design many times in Europe. They have some storage box types for you. One of their types is Wildings Storage Box Hitam Invisible Zipper. This storage box has invisible zipper. So, not only thief who will confuse to open the box. Water also will confuse how to come in there 🙂

What is good bag for my photography equipment ? I have the answer now and hope you get it too. Let's shop !

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How to get close image

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Get very close picture is the most interesting picture but, it is very challenge for some photographer. You need to keep your eyes on and focus to the object. Beside that, there are a lot of technique to have close picture result. Here is some of important technique you should understand before you take picture to get close image:

1. Try to get new angle to get unique photo.

Avoid to use eye level angle. It is common and standard technique. If you use this angle so, you will get the flat picture. But, it is very useful if you want to get close-up image or image for formal requirement, such ID Card, Certificate and so on.

You can try to use dutch, high or top level and low angle. Those are giving you the different image. For example, dutch, usually will help you to get sloping image. It has around 40 to 60 degrees on your eyes from the bottom of the object. But, high or top level is otherwise. It has around 40 to 60 degrees on your eyes from the top of the object. Low angle comes from the bottom of the object. For detail of these difference, you can see the below picture :

2. Choose the right and best camera lens.

It is the most important thing when you want to get close picture. You must select the right and suit camera to your purpose. When you want to close image, the best camera lens for support your goal is camera lens with aparture F/2.8 and size 15mm. The other choice is camera lens with aperture F/16, F/4, or F/22. They will help you to get sharp image.

3. Maximize your camera tool.

Diopter or composition on your camera is one of the tool you should maximize. Diopter is very helpful to get close picture. The other tool you should aware is flash and focus. Both can give most relevant impact to your image.

4. External factor.

Such as, weather, wind, moving and others.

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The function of Macro Switchover

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There is an special button on SP AF 70 – 300 mm F/4 – 5.6 Di VC USD. It will help you take shoot easily, you can change your lens mode from normal to macro or otherwise on a second. Macro lens is very useful for small subjects at very close distances. They can focus much nearer than normal lenses, allowing you to fill the frame with your subject and capture more detail.

We call this button “Macro Selector Switch”. It is in under of Focus Distance Scale. It has maximum magnification ratio 1:2 (f = 300 mm, 0.95m). The significant concern is their zoom should be aligned to 180-300 mm when switching the macro selector switch from Normal to Macro and the focus ring should be aligned to 1.5 m to infinity to switch from Macro to Normal.

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You should give extra attention  to the procedur to use Macro Selector Switch or Macro Switchover. These are turn the zoom ring to align the zoom between 180 and 300mm as the first step. Next, slide the button from the Normal to the Macro position. Now, the lens is macro photography mode. When the macro mode is implemented, the focus ring rotates continuously from infinity to the minimum focus distance of 0.95m and the magnification ratio reaches a maximum when the focus distance is 0.95 m at 300 mm. The magnification ratio at this time is 1:2. But,  the zoom ring can only be rotated over the range of 180mm and 300mm and angle of view can only be adjusted over the range of 180mm to 300mm.

There is an exception. It is unable operate when the zoom ring is between 180mm and 300mm. Always make sure to align the zoom ring between 180mm and 300mm before operating the macro selector switch.

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Maintain your favorite lens

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Camera lenses are big investments because you need to throw some money on them. And it is not cheap. So, maintain your favorite lens properly is important thing because it can gives you longer and perform better. Before we go far to tips to caring your camera lenses, you should three main enemies of your lens. They are : dust, condensation and fungus.

Don’t clean your lens use shirt, napkins, paper tower/any fabric products are nor specifically made for optical glass. Those material have chance to damage your sensitive optical coating. It can scratch the glass. The best way to eliminate dust is use lens tissue, microfiber cloth. You can use a specialty brush made for cleaning lenses or an air blower. But, not compressed air. Don't touch lens with your finger !. It is the most basic simple important notice.

The most sensitive area to get dusty is sensor. Beside that, sensor also has sensitivity to debris and light. When you’re using interchangeable lens camera, there are much possibilities the sensor get dirty. The easiest ways to keep your sensor safe is to maintain a lens mounted to the camera. If you need remove it to pack or store the camera more efficiently. Then, make sure to use the body cap to keep the sensor is protected. When you need to change a lens on the fly. First, keep the opening of the camera face downwards as you do. So, there is less of chance the dirt, debris and moisture to come into sensor. It is also the best idea to preserve an air blower on-hand.

The other thing you should remember when you would buy camera and its lens is bag to save them. Bag is your investment also to get longer camera lens because it supports you to maintain your favorite lens. Buy a bag suit to your necessary to put your lens and make sure to clean it routinely. You can adopt the way to clean lens when you clean bag and you perhaps could put sillica gel on your camera bag to protect it from moisture.  And don’t forget to replace it when it can’t hold and remove moisture.

The simple thing you should pay attention is put each piece of it based on the separator is provided on you bag. Don’t throw your lens away to your camera backpack. Be sure to keep the front and rear caps on your lenses, as well as the body cap on your camera itself. If there’s no lens attached, make sure you always keep your bag is clean, cool and dry to put your lens with good condition all the time.

If you need to clean your favorite camera lens easily you can bring your tamron camera lens to our service center.

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The best way to find right crop factor

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Before you know how to find right crop factor, you need to know the definion of crop factor. It is common defined as the difference size between a 35mm film frame and your camera’s sensor.

The most common trick to find crop factor is converting the focal length to the full frame equivalent so, you can get the conversion of crop factor you need.

Another way is calculating the diagonal using Phtahgorean Theorem (a² + b² = c²), then divide the number by the diagonal of the crop sensor.

Here is the common focal length and crop factors, by resulting equivalent focal length :

1.5x 1.6x 2.0x 2.7x
14mm 21mm 22.4mm 28mm 37.8mm
18mm 27mm 28.8mm 36mm 48.6mm
24mm 36mm 38.4mm 48mm 64.8mm
35mm 52.5mm 56mm 70mm 94.5mm
50mm 75mm 80mm 100mm 135mm
85mm 127.5mm 136mm 170mm 229.5mm
105mm 157.5mm 168mm 210mm 283.5mm
200mm 300mm 320mm 400mm 540mm


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Image Stabilization for sharp images

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It is an technology that enable you to capture under lighting conditions so, there is possibility for you to get sharp images. Depending on the make, model, and vintage of your IS-enabled camera or lens, image stabilization allows you to capture sharp pictures at shutter speeds three, four, or five times slower than previously possible.

Lens-based stabilization uses a floating lens element, which is electronically controlled and shifted opposite to any camera shake recorded by the camera.

The worst misconception about stabilization that you can “freeze” fast-moving objects at slower shutter speeds if you have stabilization.

Actually, it only gives you opportunity to take sharp images of static subjects at slower speed. Moving objects will be equally blurry or streaky—and in some cases blurrier or shakier with the IS turned on.

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The most important rule for capturing sharp is you shouldn’t handhold a camera at shutter speeds slower than the equivalent focal length of the lens. This means a 500mm lens shouldn’t be handheld at speeds slower than 1/500-second, a 300mm lens slower than 1/300-second, a 50mm lens slower than 1/50-second, and a 20mm lens slower than 1/20-second.

Add image stabilization into the mix and suddenly you can capture sharp images of still objects with a 500mm lens at speeds down to 1/60-second, a 300mm lens at speeds down to 1/30-second, and a 20mm lens at speeds down to 1/2-second.

There are two types of image stabilization (IS): lens based and in camera. In this article, we are only talking about lens based. For deep understanding about stabilization in camera, you can check through this link.

Manufacturers have different name for this function :

  • Nikon – VR
  • Canon – IS
  • Pentax – Image stabilization in the cameras
  • Sony – Image stabilization in the cameras
  • Sigma – OS
  • Tamron – VC

The advantages of in-lens image stabilization include smoother performance when using longer focal length lenses. The downside of lens-based image stabilization is that it’s not available as an option for all lenses and it adds to the cost of the lens. Then again, if you don’t need IS, you often have the option of purchasing a non-IS version of the lens, or at least something similar.

You must keep your tripod away from you when you use image stabilization because if you use it and tripod together so, you will get counterproductive and creating a feedback loop. Here, the camera detects its own vibrations. It will start moving to counteract them, even when the camera is completely still.

And last, you must remember to should turn off your stabilization system is battery life. Having it on, especially when you aren’t using it, will eat up your battery like cake at a kids party. This is especially true of larger lenses and larger sensors. Moving them around requires more energy.

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Pick Fixed or Zoom lenses ?

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For most, the most suitable choice would be a zoom lens. It has a variable central length. By turning the zoom ring, you move optical components inside the focal point to accomplish an alternate edge of view. This implies you can cause articles to seem bigger by turning the zoom ring one way, or fit more items into the edge by turning it the other way.

You get several focal lengths in the same lens and in consequence you can slip with fewer lenses to meet your needs. Zoom lenses always have two focal lengths specified, for example 18-55 mm, indicating the zoom range of the lens. If you want it to translate into compact camera language, you can just divide the largest number by the smallest, which in the 18–55 mm case gives a zoom of about 3x.

Surprisingly, many beginners often desire monstrous lenses like 70-200mm f/2.8 with image stabilization. Genuine, these focal points are very sharp, have very fast autofocus motors and can survive plenty of abuse. In any case, they are likewise significantly more recognizable because of their sheer size, and their overwhelming weight can cause back and neck torment and even long haul wounds. Most fast, professional zoom lenses, such as 14-24mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm, have a fixed maximum aperture of f/2.8. In consequnce, they offer not just better light gathering abilities, but also shallow depth of field, which can result in photographs with beautifully rendered background highlights known as “bokeh“. Beside that, this lens has a larger/wider aperture so, it allows you to shoot subjects in low light environments without blur.

Zoom lenses can be great when you need to handle variety of different situations, you can change your lenses when you need to take another view and better result.

This lens has image stabilization, means if you have an f/4 Lens you can get sharp images when you areshooting non-moving subjects in a dark area. Tamron mention the image stabilization as Vibration Compensation (VC).

A fixed lens, on the other hand, has some advantages. Fixed lenses are smaller and lighter and usually have better brightness than zoom lenses. It’s also easier to correct for various lens errors on a fixed lens than on a zoom, so you’re likely to get improved image quality on a fixed lens (although this will vary somewhat based on price and producer).

Some consider it more artistically correct to use a fixed lens and consider using a zoom to be cheating, in a sense, but it’s up to each photographer to decide what works best for them.

Now, you have already known about fixed or zoom lenses. We wish it helps you to pick the best camera lenses for your need and support your creativity.

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Focal Length: The main consideration to choose camera lens.

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Focal length is one of the consideration components to choose camera lenses mentioned at the previous article. Now, we will talk about it in detail. But, if you do not read the previous article, short tips : What lenses do I need for ? yet, you should read first to get the complete considerations before go to the other consideration tips.

Focal Length has millimeters and specifies whether the lens is a wide angle or telephoto. (Point of view is a lot of the equivalent however considers the sensor size.) We regularly express central length as a 35mm film camera proportionate so, we can comprehend the general edge of view for any camera. After measurement, focal points under 24mm are ultra-wide edge (or fish-eye, if there's noteworthy contortion), wide are between 24-35mm, standard are 35mm to 70mm and zooming focal points come in over that. Large scale focal points, which catch close subjects, are ordinarily in the 35-100mm territory.

With a zooming focal point, you'll normally draw nearer to subjects far away. Zooming focal points are additionally favored for picture as they secure the facial extents superior to a wide edge. With a zooming focal point, it's a lot simpler to get an obscure foundation since zooming focal points have less profundity of field than wide edge focal points. Zooming focal points for the most part have more often than not bring down splendor and are increasingly powerless against fogginess during the shoot if there is any camera shake. Zooming focal points are typically physically bigger than the wide edge focal point.

Wide point focal points, then again, are fine for nature photography when you need to catch a greater amount of the scene. They're normally great both in brilliance and profundity of field, and are generally physically littler and lighter than zooming focal points. On the adverse side the wide point isn't perfect for capturing individuals, at any rate not in an unadulterated representation setting. A wide point gives an impression of more noteworthy separation between what is close and what is far off, and it can in this way rapidly resemble that model has a greater nose and indented eyes. You're additionally bound to get supposed twisting with a wide edge focal point—the straight lines start to twist into the edges of the picture.

The cross between a wide edge and a zooming focal point is popular as an ordinary focal point. This is a focal point that renders the earth as we witness firsthand (in connection to separation and amplification). In the 135 configuration, an ordinary focal point is 50mm. Everything with a littler central length is leading of a wide edge, while bigger central lengths are called fax. On customary smaller cameras with 3x zoom, the central length for the most part stretches out from 35 mm to 105 mm (as indicated by the 135 arrangement).You should remember that it connects to the size of the camera’s image sensor, their changeable is depend on which camera it is used on. To avoid too much confusion, it’s common to explain the focal length equivalent to the so-called full-frame DSLR camera.

So, you can decide what is focal length you need now. The next part we will talk about the other considerations to choose camera lenses completely.