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  • Holiday Photography Tips

    Posted on September 29th, 2012 Staff Writer

    With the holidays approaching fast, this is the perfect time to gather friends and family and to take photographs to cherish forever.  Just like any other photograph there are certain creative elements that are suggested to add a certain element to your photographs.  The following are tips recommended to help step away from the normal photograph.

    1. Location is everything.  Most photographs will be taken inside due to weather, but if you have the opportunity, bundle up and take it outside.  If you are given the pleasure of fresh snow, try to gather the family for fun filled portraits outdoors.  Make sure you are aware of the reflections that may be coming off of the snow from the sun.  Experiment with different angles and turn off your flash to avoid over exposer and unpleasant shadowing.
    2. If you choose to take photographs indoors, it is best to try to use minimal flash and allow the lighting of the Christmas tree lights as well as candles to add the lighting.  If a flash is needed, be aware of the other lights to prevent overexposure.
    3. Experiment with aspects of the holidays.  A good view that some photographers have tried is to lay under the tree and too shoot from below.  It can be a beautiful image and very creative.
    4. When capturing individuals, focus on the eyes.  If your camera offers the option, make sure your red eye feature is on.  Children are the best to photograph as they tend to be the happiest during the holidays.
    5. Do not delete just yet.  Wait till after the event is over then return to you computer where you can view the photographs the way they are intended to be seen.  Remember that photographs don’t look the same on your camera screen as it does on your computer screen.

    Have fun and enjoy the holidays and be sure and stop in at http://www.42photo.com.  This is a good time to step out of your normal comfort zone and step into the creative side.

  • What To Do With Those Old Photographs

    Posted on September 24th, 2012 Staff Writer

    While going through old boxes, you stumble upon old photographs.  Some of the people you know and some of the people you don’t know.  Being a photographer is not just about pointing and shooting your camera and capturing images from an artistic point of view.  It is in fact about being able to view and image and finding the art and beauty.  Restoration of old photographs is becoming a big demand these days and some photographs have found their way to exhibits and galleries around the world.

    1. Add the color.  If you find an old black and white photograph, scan it onto your computer and play around with adjusting the photo by adding color.  No need to worry about damaging the image as the original is still intact.
    2. Don’t be in such a rush to throw the negatives away.  If you find a bunch of negatives, have them developed or view them in a view finder.
    3. With your computer software you will have the capabilities to fix any mistakes, blemishes, or perhaps editing that was not touched upon when it first was taken.
    4. When you find old photographs, it is best to have permission from the individual who originally took the photo as well as any persons that may in the photograph.  Make sure you have all your ducks in a row to avoid any legal trouble in the future.
    5. If you are one of those individuals who do not have any old photographs around the studio try going to garage sales or perhaps flea markets to see if there are any photographs available.

    Get creative and experiment not only with the photograph but with your editing software. If you are in need of a camera for a great price be sure and visit http://www.42photo.com

  • Halloween Photography Tips

    Posted on September 17th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Halloween is a fun time for kids of many ages.  It can also be a chance to relieve your youth for those adults who never gave Halloween up.  Sadly, this exciting night for everyone can also be the most difficult to capture a photograph.  It is one night and there are never any re-shoots, so there are a few tips that can help anyone capture the photograph to cherish.

    1. The best time to capture an image would have to be at dusk time.  You still have enough sun light that you will not need to use a flash and the colors that are illuminated from the sunlight can be breathtaking.  This is a perfect time to take those photographs of lit pumpkins or perhaps the children setting out to trick-or-treat.
    2. Once the sun goes down then it is fair game, or so you would think.  However there are a few mistakes that every photographer experience once in a while and that would be the overpowering compensation of the flash.  Once the sun has gone down it is best to raise your ISO to a heavier level, like around 400 or higher.  Halloween is a time for dark and spooky and you don’t want your flash to overpower the photograph.
    3. When capturing lit pumpkins, try as much as possible to not use the flash.  Instead allow the candle from the pumpkin provide the light.  Also, as much as possible to not focus directly on the candle light as this can cause some malfunctions of the photograph in the form of noise.
    4. If using your flash is something you cannot get around, then make sure who you capture an image to illuminate the whole image.  This will prevent any unwanted shadowing in the photograph.  Also take as many pictures as possible and if necessary switch out memory cards.  Make sure you have a fully charged battery and plenty of extra supplies.

    Another most important tip: to have fun.  You are never too old to enjoy Halloween. Be sure and stop by 42nd Street Photo at http://www.42photo.com for all your camera needs.

  • Sports Photography Helpful Tips

    Posted on September 10th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Sports photography isn’t as simple as point and shoot. In fact, this is a type of photography that is fast paced and a time when a photographer must be on their game.  Other than technique, the photographer should know their equipment properly and all the settings that come with their camera.  The following are a few tips to help you along while you experience sports photography.

    1.  It is wise to become familiar with the sport in question.  Even though the main sports that are in demand are football, baseball and basketball, there are other sports such as cycling, swimming, and golf that require photographers.  Becoming familiar with the sport can allow the photographer to have an understanding of the motion and be able to capture a shot with no trouble
    2. Become familiar with your camera as well as the settings that it has.  You will definitely need to adjust your shutter speed as well as your flash settings.  Always be prepared with extra equipment, battery power, and memory cards.  It would be a shame if you are ill prepared.
    3. When capturing the shots be aware that most sports are high active and require a fast shutter speed.  Before beginning the task change your settings to the fast shutter speed.  Once you have established the desired speed, take a moment to practice taking photographs with a practice run.   It is never a bad thing to be over prepared for the event.
    4. Just like any other type of photograph, never browse through photos you have already captured.  Not only does this use up battery power but it prevent you to be prepared for the nest shot.  Stay on your toes and be prepared and every angle and every chance you get.
    5. Try using a long lens for some shots.  With most cameras having a zoom lens you may not be able to capture the perfect detail zoomed in.  For close up shots try using a long lens with your shutter speed to capture the perfect detailed photo.
    6. Avoid using a flash.  Other than distracting the players, using a flash can in fact over power the photograph and reduce the quality.  It is best to turn off your flash and experiment with different locations so you may be in place for the shot.
    7. With any other photographing experience, try to experiment with locations, camera angles, and vision centering.  One position that is recommended from the most advanced is to sit and the floor level or player level to catch the players’ point of view.  Some of the most memorable photographs are of a unique quality and vision.  Just be careful not to interfere with the players or the game.

    Sports photography is in high demand and can easily be perfected with these few tips as well as with your knowledge of photography in general.  You can use these tips for the highest sporting events to a local little league game. If you are need of a great camera for sports photography please visit http://www.42photo.com

  • How To Avoid Condensation on Your Camera Lens

    Posted on September 4th, 2012 Staff Writer

    I am sure as most of us you have found your camera lens fogged up at one time or another. This usually happens when you go from a cold area to an area with a higher temperature and humidity level. Now this isn’t a big issue if it happens on the outside of the lens, but if this happens inside the lens then it can cause problems if not taken care of right away. Fogging on the inside of the lens will make your shots look less sharp and if not taken care of immediately can cause molding.

    This can also be a major issue if your camera isn’t very air tight. Condensation can form on the inside of the body of the camera where the electronic components are located. If these components are exposed to moisture they can produce rust, mold, and eventually short circuit.

    To avoid these issues you want to adapt your camera to the new area’s temperature slowly. The best suggestion is to carry a camera bag. Let the camera sit in the camera bag in this new area until it warms to match or get closer to the area’s temperature. Then after you think the bag has sat in the area long enough then take out your camera. By doing this you are allowing the coating on your lens to last longer and lengthening the life of your camera overall.

    We hope this article helps you out to avoid any issues of fogging or condensation with your camera. If taken care of properly your camera can last a very long time. If you are in need of a new lens or camera stop by http://www.42photo.com