A Rugged Comparison

Designed to be easy to navigate and use in almost any condition, these rugged compact digital cameras are perfect for the adventurous photographer. The Canon PowerShot D30, Nikon Coolpix AW120 and Fujifilm FinePix XP200 are not only rugged, but they are still made to have one important purpose- capturing amazing images.

Take a look at the snapshot of features and sample images laid out below and decide which camera is perfect for you. If you still need some help deciding stop by your local Richmond Camera. 

Canon PowerShot D30 

  • Waterproof to 82ft.
  • Shockproof to 6.5ft.
  • Freezeproof to 14°F
  • 12.1 MPl CMOS Sensor 
  • 5X Optical Zoom
  • 1080 Full HD Video
  • 3.0" Sunlight LCD
  • Smart Auto-32 Scenes
  • GPS Enabled

Nikon Coolpix AW120 

  • Waterproof to 52ft.
  • Shockproof to 6.6ft.
  • Freezeproof to 14°F
  • 16 MP CMOS Sensor 
  • 5X Optical Zoom
  • 1080p Full HD Video
  • 3.0" OLED Display
  • GPS Enabled 
  • Built-in WiFi

Fujifilm FinePix XP200

  • Waterproof to 50ft
  • Shockproof 6.6ft
  • Freezeproof 14°F
  • 16 MP CMOS sensor
  • 5x Optical Zoom
  • 1080i/60fps HD Video
  • 3" Anti-Reflective LCD
  • Built-in WiFi
  • High Speed Burst Mode

Shooting in Low Light without Flash

Shooting in low light is one of the most challenging, and most common, obstacles in capturing that perfect moment.  The obvious solution is to use a flash as it will not only add light but also stop action, but if what if you don’t want to interrupt an event with the abrupt intrusion of flash lighting?  

This situation often occurs during evening wedding receptions or other nighttime celebrations.  You want to capture the moment and the mood without the abrasiveness of bright light.  There are a few ways to combat low-light conditions and create an incredible image without flash light.

 1.  Increase your ISO:  Bumping up your ISO setting is the first line of defense against shooting in low-light conditions.  The ISO refers to the sensitivity of light striking your camera’s sensor.  Adjusting the ISO too much may result in ‘image noise,’ which are tiny flecks or ‘graininess’ in parts or on the entire image.   There are several noise reduction filters you can run in post-processing to help combat this issue, but if possible, adjust your ISO to the largest increase without creating noise.
 2.  Shoot RAW Format:  Keeping your Images in RAW format gives you far greater flexibility in the post-production process, particularly if you find you have an image that is underexposed.  Since a RAW image file will give you the entire dynamic range of an image, which is about eight full stops, this provides greater options for adjustment than if you had shot in JPEG, which provides a couple stops less in dynamic range.  And some of today’s models support JPEG+RAW, providing the best of both worlds.
 3.  Use a Fast Lens:  A ‘fast lens’ is one that has a larger aperture opening so it is capable of capturing light at a faster shutter speed than a lens with a smaller aperture.  The term ‘fast’ is sometimes debated as hobbyists might consider an f/2.8 lens to be fast whereas some professional photographers consider an f/1.4 lens to be fast.  There is also a considerable expense when purchasing fast glass, so evaluating how often you will be in the position to need this extra benefit is important.  Many people who shoot in the field and in varied conditions find the investment is far worth it because they capture countless moments that they might otherwise miss.

Picture Perfect Product Shots

If you’ve wanted to branch out into product photography, you can create a perfect setup at home. 

You don’t need your own studio to create product shots but a tabletop shooting tent can make this process much easier.

This is particularly important when shooting reflective items or challenging products.

The ProMaster Tabletop Light Cube Kit is ideal for shooting many standard-sized items.

This professional tool can aid in product photography and provide consistent images and offers different backgrounds to contrast a wide variety of subjects.

The Perfect Accessory for Portrait Photography

Learning to use available light in any situation is a skill that takes patience, creativity and practice.  It is also one of the most valuable and rewarding skills to harness as a photographer.  One thing to remember is that it’s better to follow the light than to fight it; if you first identify where the light is coming from and how it falls, you can then decide how to best utilize it for your purposes.

Having a few tools to manipulate light helps as well.  For example, the ProMaster ReflectaDisc 5 in 1 Plus kit is the perfect light-taming tool to keep close.  Its versatile style can be used both indoors in studio or outside for field shooting and includes silver, black, white, gold and translucent reflectors. Whether you need to simply diffuse available light or warm up skin tones, this kit will help you best use the available light for your purposes. It also includes an 18% grey panel to help establish optimum white balance.  Everything’s wrapped up nice and tight in the carrying case