In the eleventh hour, your best friend who’s getting married is in tears. The professional she hired to photograph her wedding bailed. You happen to have a digital SLR and all of a sudden you’re it. Here’s my survival guide for you. 1. Make a “Shot List”. Think of this as your “storyboard.” A guide [...]
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In sports photography, access is key. Without access, you won’t succeed even if you have the most comprehensive array of lenses out there. So if you have access, you’ve already improved your chances of success by at least 40%. The other keys to success? You have to be able to anticipate and concentrate for long [...]
If you’re the typical digital photographer, you have to wonder if there is a faster way to learn how to use your camera. The owner’s manual is written by a technical writer often not a practicing photographer. Follow these step-by-step, using your manual as a guide and you should be taking pictures in no time.
So you’ve honed your skills to the point where you are confident you can get a good picture in any situation. Have you thought about freelancing for a newspaper? Photojournalism is one of the most challenging, exciting types of photography. As a result, it is also the most competitive fields to break in to. So what do you need to start?
Travel photography is quite different from other photographic endeavors especially if you plan to make a living from it. Most successful travel photographers are writers as well. Actually in the print world, you can’t separate words from pictures. They complement each other. What the picture can’t show, the words explain in greater detail. A visually striking image will draw a casual browser of publication into reading an article even if the headline is not well-written.
Here are some suggestions to help you as you document your children’s lives. Photograph at their level (get down close), show the world from their perspective. Shoot a lot of photos – if you’re using a digital camera, there’s no waste, so why not? Even the most mundane activities can be give you great memories.A great benefit of shooting a lot? They’ll get used to you and the camera and ignore you after awhile.
When you’re learning, the best you can do is to learn to adjust the settings on manual. That way you can figure out what you did wrong. Shooting on auto will not tell you much when you’re trying to troubleshoot. Programs that can read exif information which record shutter speed, ISO, aperture, White Balance are revealed when a picture is taken on Manual Mode but not so in Auto.
Twilight is a magical time. Just because the Sun is down, doesn’t mean you should put away your camera. When the Sun sets, a different looking world exists for photographers. Colors don’t appear the way they do in daylight. Instead, colors display based on your camera’s white balance setting and how that setting matches the various light sources in your scene.
Taming the beast “contrast” is often a photographer’s biggest challenge. As the photographer, your task is usually to decide what’s most important and then compromise on the exposure accordingly, based on the various elements in your scene. Here’s a typical situation: you’re by a lake. It’s late evening and the sun is setting. The warm sunlight is coming off the water and at an extremely low angle.
Public perception of any person with a camera in their hand in and around public landmarks, was forever changed as a result of Sept 11, 2001. It didn’t help that the paparazzi contributed to Princess Diana’s death. Still, if you’re a people watcher like I am, those changes in attitudes shouldn’t dissuade you from pursuing street or candid photography of people.