Archive for Tips & Tricks

Low Light Action Tips

Are you shooting low light action and not having much luck? Here are some great tips that I had to learn the hard way, while shooting dance and show choir events.

Intro to DSLR Photography Free Video Course

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Essential Photography Skills: Beginner Digital SLR Training
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“This step-by-step video series covers the basics of photography, from how your camera works, exposure, shutter speed and aperture, all the way to what inspires you and how to compose your images for maximum impact. These are the foundation skills that you build on, to become a great photographer. This course now includes original image downloads, an eBook and many examples to illustrate the lessons. Enjoy. Brent ”

Here’s the link!




More… B&W Photo Tips

This great article comes from Outdoor Photographer Magazine, “Go B&W in Winter”
Thanks to Aaron Schaldecker for reminding me about this one.

B&W Photo Tips

Here’s a short article with some great tips for shooting B&W.
We will be covering a lot of things B&W over the next few months to get you ready for the 2014 State Fair Photo Competition.

Tim McAdam

Look closer at these photos, amazing talent

Meet Michael Paul Smith.

For over 25 years, he has been creating an imaginary world called “Elgin Park,” filled with scaled models of old cars.

They are 1/24th the size to be exact.

He chooses appropriate surroundings for these models, and then uses his camera to capture the most realistic shot possible.

The kind of shot that you have no idea is within a tiny world.

Here’s the best part: he does it all with a $200 point and shoot camera.

Dive into his world below.

Maybe this could be an idea for an upcoming photo shoot or winter project?




Lightroom Quick Start Guide

Here’s a great “quick start guide” for anyone new to Adobe Lightroom, written by “the Lightroom Queen” herself, Victoria Bampton. And the best part…. it’s FREE!


Copyrighting your photos

If copyrighting your photos is something you want/need to do but don’t know where to start or how to do it, this Sunday’s meeting (May 19) will be the one you don’t want to miss!Mark Oehler will be showing us how to submit images to the Copyright Office for registration and the benefits therein.

Great News from NIK Software!!

Now that Google is the owner of NIK Software, anyone that wanted to buy, but couldn’t afford the heavy $500 price tag, can have their cake and eat it too (so to speak)!!
The new pricing on the full suite is $149 !!! That’s right, $149 !!!! That’s over 70% off!
I’ve used the HDR Efex and Silver Efex Pro and really like the results with little effort.

If you’ve been putting it off because of the price, now you don’t have to! Click the link and see for yourself what you can do with this great product.

OnOne Software update & FREE versions

OnOne software has released a new update to it’s Perfect Photo Suite, now 6.1, but that’s not all!

For those who do not own the suite, you can now have two parts of the suite for FREE!

Layers 2 and Perfect Effects 3 are now released as stand alone products. Layers 2 is the full version that can be used on it’s own to add layers to a photo, just like in Photoshop, or it can be used directly from Lightroom4 (and previous versions), PS, and Aperture! An easy and free alternative to purchasing Photoshop!

Perfect Effects 3 is the same as the full version but you don’t get as many “effects” as you would with the Suite version. Effects can be applied (multiple effects too) and can be adjusted just like a layer in PS  by adjusting the strength (opacity). It too can be accessed from LR, Aperture, PS, or as a stand-alone.

Check out some of the tutorial videos and download the software! You might find it an awesome replacement if you can’t afford PS or don’t want to deal with sorting through all the options available in PS.
I personally own the full Suite and really like all you can do with it, I just need to find time to learn it more thoroughly before people start asking me to give a demonstration.  ;o)


Shooting the Ultimate Jack-o’-lantern

Don’t be spooked by exposure and setup—it’s simple to put your carved creations in their best light.

Images and text by André Costantini

Read the full article with images here:

The kids are settled into their school routine, the leaves are falling, and the nights are getting cooler—time to start setting up the Halloween décor! After you’ve scooped out the seeds, put your pumpkin under the knife, and strategically set up a lantern or candle inside its hollowed-out shell, what’s the best way to photograph your eerie orange orb?

The two major challenges to getting any good picture (not just spooky shots in October) are getting the right shutter speed and a balanced exposure. You also need to make sure you’re using the right equipment to get the shutter speed you desire. For this Halloween pictorial, I photographed a jack-o’-lantern with the Tamron SP 17-50mm F/2.8 Di II VC fast standard zoom. This lens is ideal for shooting a candlelit jack-o’-lantern due to its fast F/2.8 aperture and Tamron’s Vibration Compensation (VC) stabilization technology.