Category: Shooting Tips

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6 Ways To Be An Obnoxious Photographer

Over the years we have always talked about all the ways to be a great photographer, how to deal with customers, how to deal with coordinators and DJs, and how to act professional. Of...

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Ave Water Bottle Photo Shoot

This past weekend I ended up with a rather tricky product shot to do for a client. When he had originally explained the job to me he said it was a “water bottle” so...

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Video capability coming to Canon 50D

If you have a 5D Mk II you may already know about the Magic Lantern firmware hack that adds a bunch of features that really help cinematographers. One key feature is the ability to...

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Getting Started with DSLR Video

Ok, so I finally broke down and bought a new camera, I picked up a 7D  and so my 50D has been relegated to being a backup camera. While you could certainly go one...

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Photography Basics: Controlling Exposure

We are beginning a series we are going to call photography basics to help explore the basics of digital photography. While the focus is on digital photography, all of the concepts will apply whether you are shooting film or digital. In this first installment we are going to look at how to control exposure by manipulating the different settings on the camera such as ISO, Shutter, and Aperture. Upcoming installments will focus on other areas such as depth of field, motion control, and specific shooting scenarios.

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Live Learning Lab Recording – Mastering Exposure

In case you missed this month’s Live Learning Lab, the entire recording is now available. The make sure you don’t miss future webinars, go register now. The Live Learning Lab is presented on the...

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Capturing a sense of motion with shutter speed

A common issue some people have is getting their images to portray a sense of movement. Today we are going to look at how adjusting our shutter speed can help achieve the desired look that we want. For this simple example we will look at a ceiling fan taken at different shutter speeds so you can see how adjusting the shutter speed through an entire typical range can help you achieve the exact look you are aiming for.

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Learning to shoot in manual mode

While today’s cameras do a pretty good job when in fully automatic mode, in order to make the most of your camera you should learn how to use your camera on the manual setting. To go full manual you will need to have an understanding of shutter speed, aperture settings, and ISO speed. In this article we will get you going and get you shooting like a pro.

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Understanding Depth of Field

When done well, a photograph that has good control over the depth of field can add dramatically to the impact of the picture. When we are talking about depth of field, what we are referring to is a shot were the main subject of the picture is in sharp focus but other elements in the picture are blurred or out of focus. Two key terms to learn here are focal plane which is the area of the image that we want to have in sharp focus and bokeh which is the out of focus sections.

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Looking at things from a different angle

Some of the more interesting photographs are often of ordinary things viewed from a different perspective. A blade of grass from ground level looking up, a bride and groom looked down on from a balcony, etc. What makes these different is that the person viewing the photograph is able to see things from a perspective that is not normal.

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What’s it like to shoot film these days

Recently I decided to take up the challenge of shooting a few rolls of film through my old Canon AE-1. To be completely honest here the last film I shot was a single roll...

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Can Digital Photographers Shoot with Film?

It’s a pretty safe bet anymore that many people who are shooting with digital SLR’s have never shot a film camera outside of possibly an APS cameras or some other mostly point-and-shoot or disposable...

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Photo Project 24 #5 – Some Kind of Bovine

Outside of Blythe it was time to take another shot when we tried to get off the road to shoot some wrecked cars. Unfortunately we couldn’t get to the vehicles but the road ended...