I have decided to revive The Great 365 Project. I've been in a bit of a creative funk lately, not picking up my camera much. It seems to be a catch 22 -- the less I pick up my camera, the longer I stay in a funk. When I'm in a funk, I don't want to pick up my camera. Hopefully the focus of daily prompts will jump start the happiness factor.Read More
There's a lot to learn with photography and it can very quickly become overwhelming. Shutter speed, aperture, ISO, composition, light…. All of these areas require time, patience and practice. One topic that doesn't get talked about much is shooting with intention.
Shooting with intention means choosing the settings on purpose to achieve a predetermined specific result. It also means asking a LOT of questions. I would argue that having a clear vision for your photo is critical to making it compelling. Asking Why? What do I want to convey? What am I trying to say? What is this photograph about? (not to be confused with what is this photo of). What prompted me to pick up my camera? How can I best create the photo to represent my message? What about when the scene is constantly changing you ask? People are coming and going, kids are running amuck. You can still shoot with intention, even in those tough, quickly changing situations.
Here’s how:Read More
Have you ever wanted to set the exposure (meter) for one area of the photo and focus on another area? The solution is to use back button focusing. A common application perfect for back button focusing is creating silhouette photos. If you use just the shutter button to focus on and meter for the subject in your scene at the same time, the camera will increase the exposure on the subject so it can be clearly seen. This results in two things -- subjects that are not in shadow and a blown out sky. When using back button focus, each of these functions (focus and exposure) are determined separately.Read More
When you photograph someone who wears eyeglasses, you need to be aware of the potential for eyeglass glare. When present, it can completely block out the individuals eyes. Depending on the severity of the glare, it can potentially ruin the photo.Read More
Not quite ready to make the leap to full manual mode? Try one of the semi-manual modes! Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority modes give you creative control over the aspect of the photo that matters most to you.Read More
The longer you live with your photos live and in person, not on a computer screen, the stronger your photography becomes. You notice that an area of focus is too soft, or there is a sensor spot that didn't get removed during post processing. With each passing, you see something great. Your work. Live.Read More
One simple change you can make to your photos that will have the greatest impact is to ensure that your lines are straight. Examples include a horizon, a building, trees or a fence. Getting it right in camera is ideal.Read More
Does the scene as viewed through your viewfinder appear slightly blurry, even after you've had the camera auto focus? Do you cross your fingers and hope the photo is in focus, trusting the camera rather than your own eyes? Your diopter may need adjustment.Read More
To create a correct exposure, three factors come into play -- aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Collectively, they are referred to as the exposure triangle. Each setting has specific creative applications. They work together, mathematically, to create an exposure. When adjusting any one setting, you are changing the amount of light entering the sensor. To maintain the balance, another setting must be adjusted proportionately.Read More
There was a time when we were forced to have our photos printed. We would capture good times with friends and family with our pocket cameras or 35mm slr's and then send the film off to a lab for developing. Often, we'd get doubles to share.Read More