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Monthly Archives: January 2010

When you have low light conditions, like indoor photography, you want to use a slow shutter to let more light in the camera. Using a tripod will hold your camera still and capture a well lit image that could not be achieved hand held. You might say to yourself, “self, why not just use my flash?”  Ya well I get your point and your on to something, but to achieve perfect color and focus (like the image below) you would need a lot of well placed flashes and a good amount of setting up just to get close. It’s just better to use a tripod.When you press the trigger you shake the camera a little so, when you use a tripod, you also want to set the cameras self timer or use a cable release.

Don’t have a tripod? Just improvise by setting in down on a table, stack of books, wedding cake, anything you can do to hold the camera still.

Pro tip: Push up that F stop (aperture) as far as you can. The higher the # f stop you use, the better the focus. I mean very noticeable results. A long shutter will give you all the light you need, now it’s time to go overboard and get yourself one tack sharp image! Try a 30 sec shutter and f 22 or higher


This one is simple, get your mitts on some Photoshop. This program works on layers allowing you to do anything your internal artist desires. There are a load of programs you can use, but you get what you pay for in this case. You can simply fix or correct your images with pro results and you can embed metadata right in to the data file. (metadata: who took the pic, copyrights, location, your website, ect)

Just as you have read books and watched video tutorials on photography, you should learn your software program and become an expert. THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF FREE INFORMATION ON PHOTOSHOP!

This is always over looked. If you want pro results then don’t just stand there, get on the ground or stand on a ladder. If you don’t have a ladder ask a friend if you could sit on their shoulders. A good way to make this a habit is too “work” your subject. Take multiple shots from all different angles then review. I know repetitive trial and error will help you develop an “eye”

Pro Tip: always re-check your settings every time you change your angle. Don’t be afraid to not look, set your camera on auto focus and hold it above your head or down by the ground and just see what happens. Why Not?

The picture is of a horse, obviously. More specifically it is a picture of the horse’s face and expression. Your eye can see the entire scene when your there, but you really want bring home an interesting photo that shows what your were really looking at. Just zoom in and fill the frame edge to edge with only what your taking a photo of and you will see an instant improvement in your images.

The automatic camera setting, use PORTRAIT setting since this animal wasn’t moving fast and you most likely would want the background out of focus.

For the people who are shooting in MANUAL set your f-stop (apeture) to 8 – 10 and your shutter at 80 or better if your shooting hand held (no tri-pod).

SHUTTER TIP: when shooting hand held you have to pay attention to your focal length (mm). Use a shutter speed that is slightly higher than your focal length. example ( 80mm use 100 shutter, 135mm use 160 shutter, 300mm use 320 shutter )

David LeeI will post a weekly photo tip and answer questions. Please read through to see if your topic has already been discussed.

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