Hello! It’s Mark’s wife Misty again. Just dropping in to talk about one of my favorite ways to take pictures of my own children – using natural window light. This quick photography tip is perfect for moms who are trying to capture the cute antics of their kids through the day while still wanting a nicely lit photograph. [Read more…]
This tutorial will teach you how to photograph stars in the night sky. Few sights are as inspiring and humbling as looking up during a dark night and seeing the infinitely vast field of stars visible to our naked eye. For me, being able to capture and share this spectacular display is what photography is all about. Trying to photograph stars can be frustrating if you don’t know what settings to use or how to get started. [Read more…]
Because photography is an art form, you could argue that there is no right or wrong focal lengths for taking portraits. While I agree that the best focal length is the one that gives you the results you desire, there are focal lengths that are generally more flattering to the human form than others. We will discuss wide angle, medium, and telephoto focal lengths and the pros and cons of each when photographing portraits.
Generally, a wide angle lens is not the first one I’ll reach for when shooting a portrait. Anything in the 10-25mm focal length on a full frame body tends to distort the subject the closer they are to the lens. A wide angle will exaggerate prominent features and make them appear even larger. It’s definitely not the most flattering focal length, especially if you are shooting close to your subject.
A wide angle lens can be essential though if you are looking to capture someone in their environment. Think about how much more compelling your photo of a F-16 fighter pilot would be if you captured him inside the cockpit of his jet and the image was wide enough that you could see the canopy around him and the some of the controls. Sometime a wider focal length will help tell a better story because it gives context and location to the subject.
I recently purchased the iPad Ground station 2.4G bluetooth datalink from DJI. This is hardware that enables you to program automated mission waypoints with your iPad and then transmit them to your Phamtom 2 Quadcopter. Here’s a great tutorial for how to do the actual installation of the data link hardware on your Phantom 2. [Read more…]
I think one of the reasons I fell in love with photography was because it allowed me to view the world in ways that just are not possible with our naked eyes. Through photography we can freeze a lightning strike or a rocket launch. We can hold on to, savor, study, and appreciate the beauty in a moment. It’s a way of slowing down and enjoying what we have around us. Through macro photography specifically, we can enjoy the infinite detail in the infinitely small. We can be face to face with an insect, or count the mathematical and intricate patterns in a blooming flower. [Read more…]
In this tutorial I will explain the benefits of shooting and editing in camera RAW. If you’ve been experimenting with or learning photography, you’ve probably read or heard that you should be shooting in RAW. But what does this mean and what are the benefits? How do you use a RAW file once you’ve captured one? [Read more…]
** Update **
Almost daily now I see the media reporting on another incident involving a civilian “drone.” This one is getting some traction:
It’s somewhat understandable how the woman in this video might have felt threatened. I don’t doubt that she truly believed her rights had been infringed on and that this young man was in the wrong for “spying” on her from his quadcopter. I’m sure she was surprised to learn that it’s not illegal to shoot video on a public beach, even if it’s from a hobby “drone” 100 feet in the air. Of course, she went too far the moment she got physical with the owner of the quadcopter. Props to this young man for staying calm and recording the incident. Had he not had proof, it very well may have been him that was sent to jail. [Read more…]
Adobe Lightroom is an extremely powerful software tool for serious photographers. From their webpage:
Lightroom 5 makes digital photography easier, faster, and more amazing. Experiment without limits in a nondestructive editing environment. Perfect your shots with advanced controls for tone, contrast, color, and more. Efficiently organize all your photos and share them almost anywhere.
One of my favorite things about Lightroom is the ability to save adjustments that you make to your images as presets. These presets can be exported and shared. Over time you end up building a collection of Lightroom presets and it can really speed up your workflow. I have different presets that I like to use as a starting point when editing portraits, landscapes, and products. Most of the time I find that an image still needs some adjustment after you apply a preset, but they can definitely save you time when you find yourself making similar adjustments on a regular basis.
One of the most difficult things to do in photography might be getting kids to smile for the camera. Even the best photographers sometimes struggle to get a natural smile from young children. Here are some tips for getting kids to smile as well as some things to remind the parents before the shoot: [Read more…]
Hi, I’m Mark’s wife, Misty. This is my first post about how to set exposure manually and I’m excited to be a part of this blog. Mark is definitely the better photographer but I know a little bit about the subject as well so I’ll try and add my two cents when I get a minute. Mark and I actually met in a photography class in high school. I guess it was meant to be! We were friends throughout high school and afterwords went our separate ways and then a few years later we happen to meet up again and I guess as they say the rest is history!