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  • 42nd Street Photo’s Tips For Photography In The Rain

    Posted on September 30th, 2009 Staff Writer

    When the weather turns to rain most people lose their interest in photography. Yet rain provides some of the best conditions to explore your creative side. Photographing people in the rain creates an interesting photo opportunity. It will allow you to create some of the most interesting pictures. People of different ages all act differently when it rains which is a very important aspect of photography.

    Take time to shoot pictures before the rain, during the rain, and after the rain. All of these times will give you great opportunities. You can shoot the sky when it’s fully covered in dark clouds. Storm clouds often create impressive back grounds for exciting images. You can shoot a long road that looks like it meets the storm clouds in the distance.

    During the rain you can shoot people and animals that are usually seeking shelter or have found shelter. People running for shelter or even playing in the rain also make great shots.

    After the rain is an exceptional time because you have different patterns, reflections, and textures that were formed by the rain. Patterns can vary from droplets of water on leaves to a spider web. Reflections can also be amazing to shoot where water is still accumulated on the ground usually giving great reflections of the sky. The reflections become mirrors of your subject.

    Take safety precautions when shooting in the rain. Carry waterproof gloves, jackets, and pants. Take great care of your camera as rain drops can easily spoil your camera. Any accessories you carry for your photo shoot should be water proof. We hope this helps you in your experience in rain photography.

  • 42nd Street Photo Review The Canon DC210 Handycam DVD Camcorder

    Posted on September 22nd, 2009 Staff Writer

    It’s clear that we live in the digital age, no one can argue that, but when it comes to preserving your precious memories are you up to speed? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could record home movies and personal gatherings/events straight onto DVD and watch it? Well now you can, with the Canon DC210 Handycam DVD Camcorder.

    Canon has always been known for their quality and value, so it should come as no surprise that their DVD camcorder is both of these. The first thing you’ll probably notice about the DC210 Handycam is the stylish design, both attractive and sensible. One could easily pick up the DC210 and begin shooting right away; although taking a look at the manual won’t hurt anyone.

    Weighing in at 14.3 ounces (not even a full pound), this ultra-compact is light and among it’s competition, very affordable, even for tight budgets. It’s 35x optical zoom is impressive in such a small package.

    The CD210 Handycam comes with all the basic features, plus a few extras that most other ultra-compacts don’t have, including various filters and multiple points of control for certain functions, like zoom. Some might find this confusing, but we think it’s simply all the more convenient to be able to accomplish some tasks in different ways. Afterall, much of the convenience of a digital camcorder depends on controls, so given more than one option to do so is a pleasant surprise for us.

    All in all, if you’re a casual photographer that doesn’t want to break the bank, this camera is a great choice. For home movies, special events or just fun around the house, the Canon DC210 Handycam DVD Camcorder is a good buy.

  • 42nd Street Photo’s Tips For Photographing In The Dark

    Posted on September 18th, 2009 Staff Writer

    When it comes to nighttime photography, there are plenty of surprises to be expected. The primary difference between capturing images in the day time andcapturing images at night is light source. During the day, sunlight will overpower any other light source around, so pictures are more consistently lit. Given, snapping photos closer to dawn or dusk will render various results, but the sun is still your main source of light.

    Consider your location when taking pictures at night. Are you near a large amount of artificial light or out in the suburbs with less light pollution? If you’re anywhere near 42nd Street Photo, then you’re in the city that never sleeps, New York City, so there will be light sources from buildings, street lights, cars, and more. All of these light sources play a part in the outcome of your picture.

    The key to interesting night photography is exposure. Many professionals will tell you not to use flash most of the time at night, especially in smaller, closed in areas, as this will wash out your subject(s), so you need to consider the amount of light available and adjust the exposure accordingly. Exposure is the amount of time that the lens of the camera stays open while exposing the film or digital sensor to the incoming light. The more time the lens stays open, the brighter the picture. In darker areas, it may be necessary to use a tripod for clearer pictures, since the longer the lens stays open, the more time there will be for the camera to shift and the picture may blur.

    Depending on your camera, you may be limited in exposure options. Many point-and-shoot cameras will have fewer choices for exposure times, whether in the maximum time allowed or the increments of exposure times offered, so your best bet will be a manual single lens reflex. Most DSLR’s will have decent exposure options, but you may just have to work with what you have.

    Below are some simple questions and answers to get you started, but beyond that, we like to recommend that you experiment a lot to see what works for your needs and what doesn’t:

    • What kind of camera are you using? If you’re sporting a POS camera, you may want to focus on better lit areas, as exposure options will be limited. With a DSLR, you will be able to experiment in darker areas.
    • Where is the Moon and how many other light sources do you have available? In rural areas, you’ll have softer, cooler light from the moon if it’s out and full. In more urban locations, your pictures will generally be warmer tones, as artificial light sources are generally of yellow and red tones.
    • Do you have a tripod? A tripod can always be useful, since hands are not always steady. This is especially important with night photography, and moreso in very dark areas with exposure times that may surpass 10 or 15 seconds. Unless you’re able to keep your hands still for a good amount of time, a tripod will be necessary for crisp, clear photographs.
    • Are things moving? If you’ve even seen a picture taken of a highway with a long exposure time, there will be streams of headlights and tail lights drawing lines across the frame. Consider this concept when capturing moving objects. Sometimes, this effect can be neat, but other times, it may compromise the intention for your image.