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  • 42nd Street Photo’s Landscape Photography Tips

    Posted on December 26th, 2011 Staff Writer

    Landscape photographers are always shooting at new locations and with each new location is a new challenge that comes with that location. It’s important you know some of the basics of landscape photography to get that perfect shot. Here are a few quick tips that should help when shooting landscapes.

    1. Frame your shot so that it contains a point of interest, something that will catch the viewer’s eye into the photo.
    2. A foreground object will help frame the photograph and give a three-dimensional look.
    3. Watch for objects that you don’t want in your photo like overhead wires, poles, garbage cans, etc. Try to reposition yourself and take them out of the shot if you can.
    4. Place the horizon a third of the way down from the top or bottom from the frame rather than centering it in the middle.
    5. Scale is also important in landscape photography; this can be achieved by including of a known size in the shot.
    6. Lighting is also important in the shot, lighting that makes the shot dramatic or moody is often more memorable. In low light be sure you use a higher ISO setting that will produce a good depth of field.
    7. Do not use your flash when shooting landscapes unless you are trying to brighten a foreground object.
    8. Use a tripod, this will ensure sharpness and cut down on camera shake which can cause blur in your shots.

    We hope these few tips help you if you decide to take up landscape photography.

  • Tips for Protecting Your Camera During Cold Weather

    Posted on December 12th, 2011 Staff Writer

    When using an outside setting for your photographs can be fun and exciting, it is very important to take care of your camera in cold weather.  Most digital cameras’ default settings can be adjusted to compensate for the weather but some cannot.  Here are a few helpful tips to avoid damaging your camera and capturing unwanted photographs.

    Keep your batteries and camera warm.  Some photographers don’t even put batteries in until it is time to photograph.  To conserve batteries, turn of any extra feature such as the LCD to save energy.  Also keep a spare of batteries in your pocket close to your body.

    Place your camera in a plastic bag to avoid any potential condensation from developing on the camera lens.  If the camera is in the plastic bag, take it out for photos then immediately place back in the bag for safety.  This will prevent the camera from appearing “Foggy”.  If condensation does form, immediately stop using the camera, remove the batteries, lens cap, and memory card

    Once the photographer has returned home, immediately give the camera time to adjust to the temperature change.  Place the camera in an unheated room for about 30 minutes.  Also keep the camera in the camera bag to minimize any condensation.

    These are just a few tips for protecting your camera during the cold weather months.

  • 42nd Street Photo’s Tips for Deleting Photos

    Posted on December 4th, 2011 Staff Writer

    After we take a picture so many people are too quick delete a portrait.  I look awful, the picture looks blurry, it’s too dark; these are all things we have said at one point after a photograph is taken .Don’t be so quick to delete the photos on your digital camera just yet.  There are some reasons the picture looks bad.

    • The LCD screen at the back of your camera has a different calibration than that of the actual picture.  So if the picture looks bad on the LCD screen then wait till you can get to a bigger screen to determine the actually quality.  At this time there is no way to calibrate the LCD to your liking so just be patient and wait till you get to your big screen.
    • Sometimes when so quick to delete a photo we accidentally delete the wrong one.  So the best way to avoid this situation is to simply wait till the images can be uploaded to a computer for further review.
    • Back to the LCD.  LCD takes up a lot of battery to view those images just captured.  If you spend a lot of time deleting or configuring an image then you waist battery supply and end up with a dead camera.
    • A good photographer can capture many images at a time.  If you waist time deleting images right then and there you are also wasting time on potential photos that can be captured at that time.So the simplest fix to photos that appear unflattering at the moment is to just don’t delete until you can view them the way they are suppose to be viewed.