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  • 42nd Street Photo Beach Photography Tips

    Posted on April 28th, 2012 Staff Writer

    With the summer months approaching quickly, many families will be retreating to the beach for a nice relaxing vacation.  Along with beach patrons, photographers find this to be a time for excellent shots of tranquility and uniqueness.  Just like any other photograph, there are some helpful hints to capturing a memorable shot.

    First, if you are interested on focusing on macro and creative abstract shots then the beach is an excellent place to do so.  Some examples of macro shots would be footprints in the sand, shells on the beach or perhaps blades of dune grass.  The best step is to create a shallow depth of field using a telephoto lens and a wide aperture.  The best technique is to zoom in close to your subject and focus to the best ability.  For even better results, lay flat on the sand at eye level of your subject, sand, and ocean.

    Second, capturing the memorable moments through the eyes of children is one exciting task.  Although, capturing children can be exciting it can also be a handful as their attention span is very limited.  The best things to do is set your camera to a faster shutter speed and give the children something exciting to focus on, like a sand castle or sea shells.  Make sure to frame and focus accordingly, but zoom out a bit so you get the perfect backdrop as well as the child.  One unique shot is to capture silhouettes with the assistance of the sun.  The perfect time to capture this moment is when the sun is setting for the night.  First, it is a good idea to place the individual in a place with an interesting reflection, perhaps the shoreline.  Make sure that the subject is between you and the sun set.  It is a good idea at this time to manually focus on the subject, expose the brightest part of the scene, and de-active the on body flash.

    Third, Always be aware of your surroundings such as weather and the beach.  You must protect your camera at all costs; there is nothing worse than getting sand in your camera.  The best thing to do is be aware of what direction the wind is blowing and if you can avoid going to the beach on a windy day.  One you are finished with your camera, immediately place it back in the case to avoid sand and sun exposure.  Always keep the lens cap on when you are not using the camera and once you return back to your room, clean the camera as best as you can.  If you do happen to have some sand in your camera, take it to a professional photographer cleaner to have it properly cleaned.  Do not allow the sand to remain in your camera as this can cause damage.

    Fourth, some area beaches do have specific requirements for professional photography.  The best way to avoid any fines or legal problems is to check with the local city beach ordinance department.  Explain to them your job assignment and seek the proper permits.  This can avoid any complications.

    Along with the individuals you are photographing, you as well should have fun.  Be creative and experimental.  Take as many pictures as you can and enjoy the experience.

  • Automobile Photography Tips

    Posted on April 18th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Car photography is not a difficult skill and even the most novices of photographers can capture a wonderful photo.  A few helpful tips that can be used can help with improving the task of photographing an automobile.

    First, it is best to pick the right automobile to photograph.  It can be simple but using your own car but if you have the opportunity to use a special or unique car, and then do so.  The more practice a photographer can get is best for any type of photo.

    Second, use the best lighting you can.  Most car photographers recommend using a natural light and to experiment with the surroundings as well as the automobile.  Some of the best times of the day with wonderful natural lighting is during the “orange” time, that would be sunrise or sunset.

    Third, along with the proper light setting it can also be fun to experiment with different and unique locations.  A simple location of a garage can capture a great shot, but traveling to different locations can give the photo that extra edge.  Some suggestions would be an abandoned warehouse or perhaps an old junkyard.  Don’t be afraid to experiment and use your imagination.

    Last be sure you use a tripod, this will help avoid camera shake and help you steady your camera. It is not very hard to perfect the skill of car photography and in fact it can be fun.  The good thing is that you can take your time and experiment with different settings and locations.  The bad thing is that if you choose to take a photo at sunrise/sunset you are limited with time.  Practicing can go a long way.

  • Tips For Keeping Your Camera Equipment Clean

    Posted on April 11th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Keeping your equipment clean and working properly is an essential part of photography.  Your equipment is a fundamental part to any photographer and must be maintained on a regular basis.  Without proper maintenance your equipment can exhibits such problems as focusing difficulties, interference with the photograph, as well as complete breakdown.  The simplest dust particles can interfere with your portrait and it as well can be costly to the photographer.  Following a few basic fundamental maintenance tips can ensure that your equipment lasts and functions properly.

    First, you must take care of the bag or storage unit of your camera.  Keeping your camera in a neutral temperature zone as well as in a dust free area can help with the attraction of such debris.  Cleaning out your bag regularly from dirt, dust, and any additional trash is a task that should be performed regularly.

    Second, when changing out lens, it is best to hold the camera face down to allow any unwanted particles from exiting the camera.  Changing the lens on a regular basis can help minimalize any debris coming into contact with the camera.

    Third, when changing your lens, be aware of the wind direction at your location.  Neal down low to the ground and against the wind will prevent any damage.  Always keep your lens cap on your camera when not in use as well as when changing out your lens.  The lens is the most important part of the camera to avoid and debris damage.

    Fourth, purchase a great bulb to keep the sensor area clean.  Contacting your local photography supply store as well as researching your camera brand accessories can guide you into the right bulb purchase.

    Following simple maintenance care can ensure your camera lasting for a awhile and preventing any unnecessary debris from entering the camera.  The main focus should definitely be that of your camera lens and proper care is essential.

  • How to Store Photographs to Maintain Quality

    Posted on April 1st, 2012 Staff Writer

    Most photographs that people own are important to them one way or another. If photos are not stored correctly the aging of the photograph is bound to occur. When this happens the photo can be damaged and you could easily lose that memory that means so much to you. We are going to cover some tips that will help protect your photograph collection.

    1.       Keep Your Photos Out of Direct Sunlight

    The UV rays from the sun can fade the color in the photo. Try to keep your photos away from windows or doors. If you cannot accomplish this then the best way to lessen the damage is to keep your photos behind a layer of glass that has a layer of UV. This will only lessen the damage over time though.

    2.       Store Photos at Room Temperature

    Try to avoid storing photos in a place where the temperature goes from one extreme to another or changes too much. This can damage the photos over time.

    3.       Do Not Store Photos in High Humidity

    Moisture can damage photos in the form of mold. Try not to place photos in an area with high levels of moisture. One way to avoid this is to layer the back of the photo with a newspaper before covering it with the frame.

    4.       Be Careful With Glass Cleaner

    Spray-on glass cleaners can cause damage if the cleaner is able to get into the gaps of the frame and makes contact with the photo. The best thing to do is apply the glass cleaner to a cloth first and then wiping down the frame.

    5.       Use Photo Albums

    You can store your photos in photo albums and this will keep the quality intact and the photos will not come in contact with bare hands.

     

    These are just a few tips you can use when you want to maintain the quality of your photographs. We hope this helps.