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  • Tips on Photographing Public Monuments

    Posted on July 28th, 2010 Staff Writer

    The summer is in full swing and so is traveling to state parks, gardens, museums, monuments and public buildings. There is no doubt you will be carrying your camera along to get pictures of these wonderful places. It’s sometimes difficult though to convey the power and size of a public memorial in a photograph. Take the Lincoln Memorial or Washington Monument for example. People are always so shocked by the size of these monuments once they see them in person.

    The remarkably beautiful settings and the fine details of these monuments always makes them a good choice for photography. The best way to provide the viewer with an idea of the actual size is to focus on the fine details of these monuments. If taking photographs of a statue you might trying focusing in on the hands or face of the monument. This will allow the photo to be more dramatic. Try being directly under the memorial or close to it and take multiple shots. You might also focus on an object in the background that will allow comparison with the monument you are shooting. This will provide a scale of how enormous the monument actually is.

    Another way to take interesting images of monuments is to do so in unique lighting conditions. A park that floodlights its monuments like the Washington Monument makes for a challenging collection of subjects, but ones that are accented in ways that the sunlight cannot accomplish.

    Clearly the way to photograph monuments is to check them out in advance to ensure they are adequate subjects and then simply compose the photograph in a way that allows the viewer to see them in a slightly different fashion that allows them to feel like they are there.

  • 42nd Street Photo recommends the Leatherman Super Tool 300

    Posted on July 22nd, 2010 Staff Writer

    Leatherman Super Tool 300

    The original super-duty Leatherman Super Tool 300 multi-tool is back! The award-winning, Leatherman Super Tool 300 is the multi-tool for the working man. The build is all-stainless and measures 4 ½ x ¾ x 1 ½”, with metric and imperial ruler markings, so it’s a decent handful. The pliers are of good size and offer the following features; needle nose and regular, replaceable hard and braided wire cutters, crimper and wire stripper. With their fine and course gripping surfaces there’s not a lot you can’t get hold of. When you’re working with gloves on, the large side cutouts make it easy to still grab components and rolled handles make for a comfortable grip. Stranded, hard and regular wire cutters all come standard on Super Tool 300, and because they’re removable you can repair or re-sharpen on the spot.

    Tools Included:

    * 420HC Clip Point Knife with Straight Edge
    * 420HC Sheepsfoot Serrated Knife
    * Needlenose Pliers
    * Regular Pliers
    * 154CM Removable Wire Cutters
    * 154CM Removable Hard-wire Cutters
    * Stranded-wire Cutters
    * Wire Stripper
    * Electrical Crimper
    * 5/16″ Screwdriver
    * 7/32″ Screwdriver
    * 1/8″ Screwdriver
    * Phillips Screwdriver
    * Wood/Metal File
    * Saw
    * Bottle Opener
    * Can Opener
    * 9 in | 22 cm Ruler
    * Awl with Thread Loop

    Features:

    * Stainless Steel Handles
    * Stainless Steel Body
    * Black Oxide Version Available
    * All Locking Blades and Tools
    * Comfort-sculpted Handles w/ Cutouts for Access with Gloves On
    * Leather or Nylon Sheath
    * 25-year Warranty

    This probably one of the best Leatherman tools around and at a pretty decent price.

  • Check Out the Surefire Z2L-BK LED Combat Light

    Posted on July 13th, 2010 Staff Writer

    Surefire Z2L-BK LED Combat Light

    The Z2 LED is a compact high-output flashlight featuring a CombatGrip body.It uses a virtually indestructible power-regulated LED and a precision micro-textured reflector to produce a smooth 120-lumen beam—six times the light of a big two-D-cell flashlight, and more than enough to temporarily blind and disorient an aggressor by impairing his night-adapted vision. Compact (pocket sized), high-intensity LED flashlight with an ergonomic CombatGrip™ that provides a secure grip in any weather and makes pairing the light with a handgun easier. The Z2 LED’s patented CombatGrip body improves performance with various flashlight/handgun techniques, such as the Rogers/SureFire technique, and provides a secure hold in wet or cold conditions or while wearing gloves.  Its high-output LED features a long runtime as well as being shock proof with no filament to burn out or break.

    *  Virtually indestructible, electronically regulated light emitting diode has no filament to burn out or break; lasts for thousands of hours
    * Precision reflector creates a smooth beam without dark spots or rings
    * Rugged aerospace-grade aluminum body, Type II anodized in glossy black
    * O-ring sealed; weatherproof
    * Coated Pyrex window protects LED and reflector while maximizing light transmission
    * Tailcap switch: press for momentary-on, twist for constant-on
    * Patented lockout tailcap prevents accidental activation
    * Lanyard included
    * Batteries included

    This the perfect sized Surefire light for all uses.

  • 5 Great Tips for Black and White Photos

    Posted on July 7th, 2010 Staff Writer

    Black and White photography is often seen as one of the most inspiring aspects of photography. Black and white photography have the disposition if making photos look more artistic. Black and white photography is an excellent way to train the eye to recognize what makes a striking composition. Thanks to great digital cameras and photo editing software, black and white photography is making a comeback.

    Use RAW

    If you have the opportunity to use RAW, just do it! This gives you more control of the image’s appearance. The drawback is that RAW files need to be processed later. By using RAW files your computer and not your camera will process the records and generate a picture from it. There are other ways to get great black and white photos if you do not have RAW on your camra.

    Contrast

    When you remove the color, your eyes become more sensitive to the light intensity. We naturally pick out areas of contrast — it’s how we distinguish one thing from another. As a black & white photographer, your main objective is to make your point with shades of gray. Use contrast to show your onlookers what’s important and what’s not.
    You can use contrast to help your main subject stand out  – for example by photographing a light subject against a dark background – and also to add depth by including a variety of tones and shades in your photo.

    Pattern

    Patterns are look better in black and white photographs as colors aren’t taking the attention from them. So if you want to take a photograph and like to emphasize on the patterns, then choose black and white tones instead of color. Many patterns, particularly subtle ones, often go unnoticed in color photos, because the colors draw attention away from the pattern itself.

    Texture

    Textures can be lost in color photography just like patterns. When we photograph in black and white we pay more attention to elements such as texture, making them appear much more prominent.

    Lighting

    Light is the key to all great black and white photograph because it effects all of the elements. Consider your lighting when taking black and white photos. The right setup often produces the most dramatic shots.

    If you are looking for cameras for black and white photography then stop by 42nd Street Photo.