Saturday, July 28, 2012
The reason for this is because we do not exercise our photographic eye enough. We don't flex our creative side often enough to the point where consistently good photographs are routinely created. Unfortunately it is because 'life' interferes. Work, family, bills, kids, lawns, cars, and so on...
One of the hardest things to do for many is to become disciplined enough to shoot consistently. This may mean simply taking a few minutes each day to grab the camera, step outside and grab a few frames of what's happening around you. Or it can be to try a new technique down in your cellar studio. Whatever the case, often enough we need a little push. That's where photo challenges come in.
Friday, July 27, 2012
"But without light we can't take pictures", you say. That is true, we need light to create our images but if you have been taking pictures long enough you know that light can be very frustrating. Too harsh, too dark, too contrasty, too this and too that. Then there is the problem of color temperature.
Incandescent, halogen and tungsten bulbs tend to be very yellow in color. Not very flattering to someone's skin tone. Fluorescent lighting tends to add green hues and now we have LED lights that are all over the color spectrum. To complicate matters even more, sometimes we have to shoot with several kinds of light all mixed together. So I say again, the bane of any photographer is light.
The solution to this is custom or preset white balance. This can either be done before shooting in camera or after shooting in post production. Which method you choose is dependent on your work habits and personal preferences. In this post I'll discuss several methods of obtaining proper white balance. Keep in mind, however, that some images will require further tweaking in post production regardless of how you set it in camera.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Instead of learning the technique ahead of time, we would learn the technique together. Let me tell you, we had a blast. Although this post isn't about what we did I do want to share a few words about how we did it.
I first have to preface this by mentioning that not all cameras have this feature. Before you tell me your camera doesn't have this feature do yourself a favor. Look in your manual for "exposure lock" to make sure (just in case). Some cameras also allow you to customize button assignment. Typically the button is placed somewhere near the shutter release and is marked with an asterisk (*).
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Today's cameras use digital media cards, or as I like to call them, the never-ending roll of film. Solid state memory storage devices that are reliable and nearly indestructible. As technology gets better, they also get cheaper. But there are differences in memory cards and getting the right memory card for your needs is important. Since the type of camera you use determines the type of card you need to have we'll just discuss the other two important factors in selecting a memory card; capacity and write speed.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
|From the, "what the..?" department|
- "Bad Olympic photos: How terrible shots went viral" by Heather Murphy
- "A Few Words About Joe Klamar’s Viral (and “Obviously Terrible”) Olympic Portraits" by Michael Shaw
- "Photographing over 100 Olympic athletes in three days" by Vernon Bryant
- "Portraits of Team USA 2012" courtesy of CBS News
Monday, July 9, 2012
"Ooh, ooh, aah, aah!"
What did one photographer say while looking at his photos on the back of his camera?
"Ooh, ooh, aah, aah!"
And that's how we came by the term 'chimping'.
Friday, July 6, 2012
I was recently reading some comments on B&H regarding Canon's newest lens offering; the 40mm 2.8 pancake lens with STM auto-focusing technology. However, this isn't an article about the lens or the advancement in technology or even the incorporation of film technology into still photography. It is an observation on the mentality of the consumer comments regarding the lens. In particular the lack of intelligence portrayed in some of the post by what should be informed consumers.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Since the Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year most celebrations will be held on this coming weekend. Towns and cities all across Connecticut will be hosting their celebrations including some rather spectacular fireworks. That's less than a week away so I thought I'd share some tips on how to get some of those spectacular firework shots. They're not as difficult as you might think. Here are five tips to help you get those fabulous decorative bursts of fire.