Posted on December 29th, 2009
Today we will give you a few tips on shooting star trails. Many photographers work to capture the beauty of the heavens with their cameras. Photographing star trails is quite easy. Your lighting though will have to meet certain conditions.
- No ambient light is the best. Avoid light pollution. Most types of photography we concern ourselves with direction, intensity, and the color of light. Shooting start trails the opposite is required. The farther away from city lights the better. Moonlight is also undesirable.
- The sky should be as dark and clear as possible.
- Have all your equipment. Lens, tripod, memory, camera protection, flashlight, and power. Capturing star trails can even require 2-3 hours of continuous shooting so you need to be prepared.
- There should be a foreground subject. Star trails simply do not look good without it.
- Exposure (Aperture) The aperture partly controls how bright the trails are going to be in the photograph. If you use a very fast lens wide-open you will usually get more trails than you probably want.
- Exposure (Shutter Speed) – Exposure time partly defines how long star trails are going to be in the picture and does not influence brightness of the actual trails.
- Film speed. ISO50 and ISO100 are great.
We hope this tips will help and that you have an enoyable time while shooting star trails.
Posted on December 26th, 2009
If you travel a lot during the holidays if might have the chance to see a beautiful sunrise or sunset in the location you are at. Here are a few things you might consider if you want to photograph these moments.
If you do decide to have a go at taking a sunrise / sunset picture, then winter is probably the best time to start. Why? Because the nights are long and the days are short, which basically means, you don’t have to set off at a too late/early of an hour.
- Do a web search to find the time of the sunrise or sunset.
- Shoot at a variety of focal lengths
- Set the ISO to 100 for the cleanest (little digital noise) possible photograph.
- Frame the scene so that the horizon line is not in the center of the frame. Placing the horizon line near the top or bottom of the frame is more pleasing.
- Remove any filters on the lens so as not to get a ghost image of the sun in the photograph.
- Keep Shooting, a sunset or sunrise constantly changes over time and can produce great colors.
- Include a silhouette, add some depth and perspective to your photos.
- Carry a notebook and log any great locations you find.
These are just a few tips and we hope they help you when shooting sunrises and sunsets.
Posted on December 21st, 2009
Check out our video tour of 42nd Street Photo and come by and visit us. We have everything you need from digital cameras to DVD camcorders.
Posted on December 9th, 2009
There are all kinds of photo techniques you can use when shooting photos. Here are a few from 42nd Street Photo you can consider and learn more about.
High Speed Photography – This type of photography is considered a science by some people. It is a series of photographs that may be taken at a high sampling frequency or frame rate.
Black and White Photography – All photography was originally monochrome, most of these photographs were black and white. Many photographers continue to produce some monochrome images. Many full color digital images are processed using a variety of techniques to create black and whites images.
Infrared Photography – In infrared photography, the film or image sensor used is sensitive to infrared light. Due to the arrival of digital photography, we can take infrared pictures whenever we please. This depends on how your camera sensor array reacts to the infrared and, depending on the filter you are using.
Smoke Art Photography – Smoke art photography, in its simplest definition is photography that features smoke. The smoke can be considered the subject or the medium to create something else.
Panoramic Photography – is a technique of photography, using special equipment or software that captures images with elongated fields of view. It is sometimes known as wide format photography. You can create a panorama by using any camera1, even a disposable one.
These are just a few techniques you might enjoy or maybe even see or run across when admiring photos.