Category Archives: Cameras

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Fun Intro Photography Classes!

This past Saturday's fun and full afternoon and Tuesday evening editions of our Intro to Photography DSLR class! This core class is our most popular photography class so we hold them multiple times a month including nights and weekends! The Intro 4 hour class will teach you everything you need to know about your camera and all its settings and functions. In addition, you will learn how to take better pictures! Improve your skills and start capturing all those precious memories in life!    

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Fun Photography Classes!

This past Thursday's evening edition of our Intro to Photography DSLR class and the fun and full weekend versions of the Intro to Photography DSLR class and Secrets of Creative Photography workshop! These core classes are our most popular photography classes so we hold them multiple times a month including nights and weekends! The Intro 4 hour class will teach you everything you need to know about your camera and all its settings and functions. In addition, you will learn how to take better pictures! Improve your skills and start capturing all those precious memories in life!   DSLR8:25 Crtv8:27

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Nature Photography Workshop!

A behind the scene's look in the field during our Nature Photography Workshop on location up near the Grand Canyon. With a smaller class size the students had the chance to receive one on one instruction and put their new skills to the test out in the field of a beautiful nature setting, while still having the instructor by their side to ask questions and help them take their skills to the next level.  

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Summer Classes!

Beat the summer heat by taking a photography class! Here's a glimpse of this past week's Intro to Photography DSLR class and Secrets of Creative Photography workshops! We offer these core classes ongoing and multiple times a month because of their popularity and success in teaching everything needed to start out in photography or taking your skills to the next level! In addition, we offer these core photography classes and all of our specialty photography classes as private lessons if you prefer a more one-on-one learning experience! Crtv5:25  

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Popular Intro Class!

This past week's evening edition of our Intro to Photography DSLR class. The class was sold out as it is our most popular photography class and is the best first step you can take if you have any interest in photography or are just looking to improve your knowledge and skill to take you to the next level. We are also holding an out of town Nature Photography Workshop at Watson Lake in Prescott, AZ this coming weekend. If you have an interest in Nature and Landscape photography you don't want to miss this great experience!    

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Perfect Holiday Gifts!

Looking for the perfect gift for that photographer in your life? Our Orcatek gift certificates make the perfect gift! The gift certificates can be used on all of our photography classes and workshops, private photography lessons and professional photo shoots! We offer classes and workshops for all levels including beginners to advanced. Take the stress out of your holiday shopping and give us a call and we can send you the gift certificate or stop in and pick it up!  

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Nature Photography Class!

Photos from our Nature Photography class this week at the Desert Botanical Gardens. Students learn the tricks of the trade for creating great nature photos. They learn composition and camera tricks while shooting landscapes, wild life and plants and flowers. This hands on class is invaluable for the everyday photographer and for those looking to take their skills to the next level. Our Nature Photography class was so popular that we have scheduled another class on Sat. May 16th so don’t miss out! 4:25Nat

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Register For Class Today!

This week's Introduction to Photography DSLR and Secrets of Creative Photography classes were full and super creative! Don't miss out and register today for our August Classes! 2014-07-27DSLR 2014-07-27Creative

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New Classes and Workshops!

This week's Introduction to Photography DSLR class. Another full, fun class! Don't miss out! Check out our new August photography class schedule and sign up today as classes fill up fast! 2014-07-23 11.20.59

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How to succeed as a photographer – Part III

This is part three on succeeding as a professional photographer.  The question that I am always getting asked is what equipment and tools should I buy.   "Canon, Nikon or Sony is coming out with a new whiz-bang gizmo, should I buy it?"  In short, probably not.  I am not going to recommend brands,  because as long as you stick to the major manufacturers it doesn’t make a whole lot of difference in the long run. First lets look at cameras.  The body you choose depends a lot  on what you will actually be shooting.  If you are shooting action sports a camera with decent frame rate should be considered.  Also read up on focus speed and focus tracking.   Portraits are your primary business, then low light might be important, so look at noise levels for these images.  In the end a lot of photographers choose a camera which does well in both areas, but isn’t the best at any.  Another option is two cameras, one suited for each style. Eventually you are going to need to have two cameras.  As a professional you need to have a back-up available for emergency.  In the beginning it may make sense to  rent your back-up camera until revenues justify owning a second.  Also remember your back-up does not need to be the same model as your primary.   A lower end camera can work fine.  Typically I rotate cameras from primary to back-up to sold.  Last year's model is often a great way to save. Which brand of camera should you be using?  If you know other photographers, using the same brand may be beneficial.  You may have the ability to borrow a lens for flash in an emergency if you use the same gear.  Also you will have someone to ask questions.  Lenses are another area of debate among photographers.  A prime vs. a zoom is the one of the biggest questions.   Primes will almost always give better results than zooms.  But in the real world, it can be very difficult to tell the difference in a final print if you have good zooms.  The most important thing is to buy good lenses.  You will have them for a long time, whereas camera bodies in the digital world have become consumables unfortunately.  Again, rent the specialty lenses as you need them.  Owning a seldom used lens is a waste of precious money. Lighting is the last key piece of equipment.  Reflectors and bounce cards are your friend.  Learn to use them and you will need fewer lights, saving money.  If you are shooting outside the studio you need a good on camera flash.  Lots of modifiers are available read reviews and get one you like, or make one.  The ability to use your flash off of the camera will come in handy, so consider this as a future upgrade – brackets with cords or wireless remotes for longer distances. In studio you can do a lot with as few as two lights, especially with the use of reflectors and a few good modifiers.   Umbrellas are the lowest cost modifier, but softboxes tend to be the favorites among the pros.  Get some decent stands and some sandbags to keep the lights from falling over.  Once again look at wireless remotes, you can use cords to save some dollars, just be careful about tripping.  Some lights have them built-in.  This equipment can be rented too as needed when you are starting out.  Renting a whole studio for your shoots is a good idea when starting.  A studio is a huge overhead with rent, utilities, alarms, insurance...   Many studios rent to other photographers, and some cities have studios that only exist for rental purposes.  Some rent equipment too making it every easier, albeit a bit more expensive. Insurance is probably one of the most important areas that photographers will overlook.  You need to not only insure all your equipment, but also have liability insurance protection.  You may be able to add onto your home owner’s policy when you start out.   Check as if you use your equipment for business, it is often excluded or requires a special rider. The biggest equipment area to watch is spending.  Don’t buy until you can justify with revenue.  It is so easy to want the latest and greatest.  Manufactures love to push this, but buy with caution.  If you don’t manage your money, there will be no money to manage.  Next week I will continue this discussion and talk about computers, software and organizations. Orcatek Photography – Phoenix Studio Rental in Phoenix