We might not possess the power to change the weather during a photoshoot, but we do have the power to change how the sky and surrounding environment looks with nothing more than a few tweaks to a camera’s settings.
After three years with my current camera setup, I know every nook and cranny of my DSLR and accompanying lenses. Despite this, there has always been one component that took longer than I care to admit to properly understand. The diopter.
If you are doing projects that require traveling with gear, props or costumes you know that a major risk is getting your gear inspected and messed up by the TSA. Especially the gear that goes in the belly of the plane, where you can’t explain first handed what it is.
Most “regular” bag content can take a bit of rough search, what’s the worst that can happen? A wrinkled Hawaiian t-shirt? Delicate gear and costumes, however, deserve a more delicate treatment. Kat Gray of Valkyrie Studios shared a very insightful tip on how to let the TSA know that they should be careful. Kat places a note telling the TSA what are the weird things in the bag and how they should be treated. She is also very precise when describing the box content, and highlighting the fact that it took a lot of work to create the things inside the box. All that while showing nothing but respect to the TSA team doing their jobs.
Jake O’Connell posted a comment, sharing his Ringlight in the CD Spindle Ringflash post. When doing this he also reminded me of a great macro tip. This photography tip is extremely useful when photographing flowers, but also when photographing “cold” drinks. It can also be applied when photographing some surfaces.
If you are a seasoned macro photographer, you can skip this tip, otherwise, keep reading. [Read more…]
This post is all about not getting the wrong images? What are wrong images? Wrong images are images that could be great images, but were trashed for not paying attention to one small detail or another.
Before you hit the road, make sure you are not falling in one of the 5 Most Common Digital Photography Mistakes. Or practice on of the 7 Bad Habits of Digital Photographers. Those two posts inspired me to share my pitfalls. As a matter of fact, I’ve fallen so many times, that I now recheck the five steps every time that I take a shot or push the on knob of my camera.
I would like to share five simple steps that taken before you click the shutter, will transform your images from good to great.
After talking so much about exposure and the controls you can use to, em.. well… control it, I thought I’d bring up some info that can help bring all the control info together.
As a solid base for demonstration, I chose to display and discuss a bit about a rule know as the “Sunny Day 16” rule. I guess that this rule is known to film photographers, and is of little use nowadays when all the cameras have built in light meters. But we can explore this rule and learn something about exposure from it.
The rule is simple: on a sunny day, set your aperture to f/16 and set your shutter speed to be as close to the ISO setting as possible. (There! All the three exposure controls in one coherent sentence. Pat on the back!). This is where this rule got its name – Sunny day 16. Image by Stefan Mendelsohn. [Read more…]