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  • 42nd Street Photo’s Pet Photography Tips

    Posted on January 28th, 2010 Staff Writer

    Pet Photography can be tricky. If you are not careful you can cause pets to look blurry, angry or frightened. We are going to give a few tips that will help capture your pets personality.

    - Avoid using a camera’s flash, this can effect your pet’s eyes and make them look red. Light can make or break the photos of your pet.

    - Use outside light if possible. If you can go outside then out your pet next to a window.

    - Lie on the floor and put your pet on a higher surface for an original perspective. Don’t look down at your pet. Try not to take shots where your pet is looking directly in the camera.

    - Try to capture your pet at its best moments. Try to capture most characteristic expression and pose of your pet.

    - Keep the picture simple. Your pet needs to be the focus of the picture.

    - Fill the frame with your pet. Very little background is a good effect.

    - Shoot close-ups of your pet’s face.

    - Be patient. Don’t get upset, sometimes these things take time. You might want to bring out your pet’s favorite toy or treat if that gets his attention.

    We hope these few tips help when taken photos of your pet.

    Be sure and stop by 42nd Street Photo for all your camera and camcorder needs.

  • Photographing the Aurora Borealis

    Posted on January 19th, 2010 Staff Writer

    Today we are going to talk about photographing the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. If you have the chance to travel far enough north to witness this phenomenon then I suggest you take a few photos because it’s something you will want to remember. The lights in the sky are caused by the Earth’s magnetic field interacting with energy from the sun. Here are a few tips to help you along the way.

    The best months to view the Northern Lights are March and September usually in the far northern or southern hemisphere. The times of best activity seem to be from 10:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M.

    A few things you might need

    Tripod
    Wide Angle Lense
    Remote Shutter Release Cord or Remote Control
    Extra batteries for the cold
    Folding Chair (unless you prefer to stand and wait)

    Lenses

    You will need a fast wide angle lense. Most wide angle lenses that are included with SLR cameras are f/3.5. This is not fast enough. Try using a f/2.8 or, if you are serious then use a f/1.4. The faster (wider maximum aperture) the lens the better.

    Get the best picture

    If your camera has the ability, shoot in RAW mode to capture the most detail. For starters shoot in manual mode, roughly ISO 400 to 800, an aperture of f/2.8, and a shutter speed of 30 seconds. If you do not have the f/2.8 capability, you will need to bump up the ISO to 800 or 1600.

    Focus

    Since the Aurora is far away, set the focus to infinity. Be sure and test your lens in daylight. You may need to back off from full infinity for correct focus.

    Patience

    Aurora photography takes patience. You might have spend many nights waiting for the perfect shot.

    We hope these few tips can get you started if you want to shoot the Northern Lights. Also be sure and visit 42nd Street Photo for all your camera needs.

  • Photography and Sports – Get In The Game

    Posted on January 9th, 2010 Staff Writer

    Today we are going to talk about sports photography and offer a few tips that may help you out. Sports photography can be challenging if you do not have the right equipment. This is also probably one of the purest forums of photography. Most sports are very quick paced events and usually there are quite a few players and plays happening at once. These few tips ensure great action shots on the field, court or wherever play is taking place.

    Equipment

    Snapshot digital cameras are difficult to use for sports photography due to the time lag while the camera focuses and the shutter opens. These cameras are not very good under low light conditions due to the very small pixels. They also have built in zoom lenses which may be good to shoot a sport like basketball, but not good enough for sports like baseball and football.

    DSLR cameras like the Canon 40D and Nikon D300 are more suitable for sports photography. These cameras usually include a decent kit lens like an 18mm to 50mm zoom. The one issue with these lenses is that ther are usually slow in terms of focal ratio. For a sport like football you will need a lense that is at least 200mm to 300mm.

    Get in the Game

    Timing is of the essence for a sports photographer. Make sure you are paying attention to whats happening on the field/court as well as whats happening on the sidelines or dugout. Record the reactions of teammates and coaches to great plays and disastrous errors by their team or the opposing team. They just as effective in capturing the memory of a great play as the play itself. Be sure and also take photos as fast as possible. The action can move pretty fast in a game like football. Try to get as close to your subject as possible for the best resolution.

    Understand the game you are shooting. If you understand that game and teams playing it will make it easier to capture those great moments.

    Pay attention and expect the unexpected. In all sports anything can and will happen. The one time you put your camera down could be the one time a great play happens. You need to have the camera focused a second ahead or you’ll miss your shot.

    Sport photography takes practice, so take as many photos as possible. You will get better as time goes with each shot. Good luck.