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  • Holiday Card Photography Ideas

    Posted on October 3rd, 2012 Staff Writer

    With the holidays right around the corner, this is the perfect time for photographers to be hired for those family holiday cards.  Any photographer can do a simple sit down session with a family, but there are those photographers that step out of their comfort zone and get creative.  The following are a few ideas to add a little extra creativity to your photograph.

    1.  Take the party outside.  If the weather is permitting ( or if it isn’t ), take the family outside.  If it is snowing, this is a good opportunity to let them go crazy with fun and then capture them in a candid moment.  One shot would be for you to stand high on top of a ladder and ask the family to make snow angles.  Or capturing the family work together to make a snowman is another holiday idea.  If snow is not available at the time you can catch the family playing in leaves or even create your own snow.

    2.  Include the animals.  Don’t forget the dog is just as part of the family as the kids.  If possible, add decorative items to the animal such as antler ears or an elf hat.  This may seem cheesy but it will get a few laughs by many.

    3.  Be candid with your shots.  You could ask the family to cook in the kitchen, pretend to decorate the tree, act like they are wrapping gifts, or perhaps reading a book together.  Whatever the setting may be, tell them family to act like you aren’t there then begin to capture the images.

    4.  When you return to your computer, play around with different photographs by adding in extra elements like additional snow or a fireplace.  This is also a good time to adjust color and imperfections.  When presenting the photographs to the family, have a few of the experimented photos to show them, you might be surprised as to what they like.

    We hope you enjoyed this article and be sure and stop by http://www.42photo.com for all your camera needs.

  • Flower Photography Tips

    Posted on October 1st, 2012 Staff Writer

    Photographing flowers can be an easy task and quit enjoyable.  The abundance of colors, the variety of shapes, and the natural realism are some of the benefits of capturing their image.  Any photographer can capture the images but there are a few tips that can help you along the process

    1. It is best to capture the image of a flower as the day is beginning, preferably in the morning.  This gives you a small window of time but the weather could be more suitable for the flowers when the weather warms, the flowers tend to adjust their look and pigmentation to protect from the heat.  So the best time would be in the morning.
    2. Use a tripod to avoid unnecessary noise within your picture you want to capture every element of the flower so in order to capture a clear picture it is best to use a stable platform or tripod.
    3. Using a lower ISO will also help with unnecessary noise as well as using the tri pod mentioned above.  Experiment with your settings to find the right level for your image.
    4. Once back in your studio, take time to be artistic with the images captured and experiment with color, background, and noise level.  Get creative.  Anyone can take a simple flower picture.  The new upcoming trend is a color image with a faded black and white background.
    5. Research different agriculture in your area and become familiar with the unique qualities it may possess.  If possible, travel to different climate areas to experiment with different agriculture.
    6. The good thing about photographing flowers is that there is no need to fight for attention.  Try different camera angles and different backgrounds.  Once again, get creative.

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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

  • Shadow Photography Tips

    Posted on August 26th, 2012 Staff Writer

    When photographing, sometimes the photographer becomes to involved with capturing the image directly and never focusing on other objects or effects that maybe lurking in the photograph.  One particular effect would be that of shadows.  Experimenting with an image’s shadow and allowing the shadow to become the focal point is an upcoming form of photography.  Along with the shadow being your focal point experimenting with different angles can be just as exciting as a center focal point.  There are a few tips to acquiring such an image.

    1. Try flipping your image.  If you flip your image to a 180 degree angle it can build an interesting character to the original photograph.
    2. Reach outside of the box.  When looking for that perfect subject for your photograph, try exploring the idea of unique and surreal subjects.  Allow the photograph to tell a story.
    3. Choose the best time of day.  It is essential that when photographing shadows that you try to focus on the mid-day sun.  Check with your local weather station to determine when this time is.
    4. When capturing shadows, it is essential that your only focus on the task at hand rather than focus on different surroundings.  Sometimes when a photographer is capturing images they see other muses that they want to capture.  This can be good, however it is also limiting the use of the sun you have to capture shadow photography.
    5. It is best to frame your shadows and to experiment with different angles when possible.  Try shooting an image from above and at different angles so that you can incorporate the image as well as the shadow.

    If you need a camera at a good price for shadow photography please visit http://www.42photo.com

  • Tips for Architecture Photography

    Posted on August 13th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Some professionals to date find that photograph centered on the beauty and brilliance of architecture is one of the most up and coming art forms today.  The task of capturing such images is fairly simple and the subject is without question easy to work with.  There are a few simple guidelines that should be considered when photographing architecture.

    First, like any other photography adventure it is best to research the areas of interest.  Find out the history of your building as well as any key points of interest towards the building.

    Second, be aware of the time of day you would like to shoot as well as the weather for the day.  Make sure you have set your settings to compensate for the weather as well as bring protective gear if stormy weather is predicted.

    Third, be aware of the light as well as the direction it is beaming as this can affect the brightness and contrast of your photo.  Experiment with images and focus whether the sun is behind the image or in front.  Adjust your settings as needed.  Take advantage of the sun as much as possible.

    Fourth, making the building or location your focal point is essential but be creative and add a few extra elements to the photograph such as landscaping or perhaps people.  Water can be a creative element but be aware of your shutter speed if choosing to have running water or fountains in your photograph.

    Fifth, certain times of the year can add an extra boost to your photograph.  Think of Christmas time in New York City time square or the streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gra.

    Sixth, always be prepared for the unexpected.  If safely capable, carry your equipment with you especially when traveling in the car.  Abandoned barns or homes can help make a unique and creative image for you to work with.

    When capturing images of architecture try new and different approaches to shading, camera angles, and extra elements in your image to build character.  Once back in your studio begin to use your software and work with your image to add extra elements.  The most beautiful images are the ones captured using an open mind.

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  • Photographing Flowers in Their Natural Environment
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    Posted on August 4th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Photographing flowers is a simple trick that most photographers perfect.  They rarely move and there is no need to grasp their attention.  Here are a few tips that you may use when photographing flowers.

    1. Photograph the flowers at their level.  Wildflowers can be a great foreground but you must be careful when photographing at their level.  Experiment with several shots until you find the desired image you are wishing for.
    2. Don’t try to focus in on the sky.  A field of flowers is a wonderful and colorful image that can be obscured if there is too much sky in the frame.  Try illuminating as much of the sky as possible and try to capture your image on bright cloudy days.
    3. Try using a telephoto lens if possible.  Using such a lens, can compress the distance thus bringing together bright color of the flowers.
    4. As beautiful as white flowers are, be careful not to focus on a field of white flowers.  This can cause the image to be overexposed.
    5. Experiment with different textures and development of your photo.  Other than color try black and white.
    6. Although a single field of flowers is a remarkable image, try also to incorporate background images such as a barn or hay stack.  Experiment with your vision and don’t just focus on one main objective.

    Take as many pictures as you can and try to experiment on different days.  Pay attention to your local weather as well as the particular days/months of the year that flowers are in full bloom and at their best. Be sure and stop at http://www.42photo.com for your latest camera needs.

  • Tips For Photographing Air Shows

    Posted on August 1st, 2012 Staff Writer

    Air shows are a fun and exciting activity for the family and also can provide any photographer with unique pictures.  Unlike nonmoving objects, photographing are shows can be a bit tricky and require and few elements for a perfect shot.  The following are a few tips that can help you with your journey.

    1. It is best to arrive to the air show location about an hour in advance.  This will give you ample time to choose a location suitable for your photography needs.  Most air show performers enter from the left or right and perform all of their stunts in the center of the show area.  If possible, try to choose a location with shade.
    2. Stabilizing your camera is essential.  You may choose to use the camera without a tripod, but remember that air shows are quit lengthy and your arms may get tired.  Due to this, a tripod is strongly recommended.
    3. Shutter speed is a crucial part of your air show experience.  Planes moving at a fast pace require a shutter speed of 1/1000 so that you may capture their image.  However, the older planes do not require such a fast shutter speed.  Planes with propellers are recommended at a shutter speed of 1/90 or 1/60th.  This is to prevent the image from looking distorted as a faster shutter speed will cause the image to appear not moving.
    4.  Like any other photography session, it is important to care along many memory cards to store your images.  Air shows are long and many images can be captured so it is best to be prepared with as many memory cards as you can to avoid running out of room.
    5. Be prepared to know what to look for.  Other than the flying skills of these amazing pilots and their tricks, there are also a few things that can make a photograph of airplanes seem spectacular.  Look for smoke trails and after burner effects during the show and if possible capture the image.

    These are just a few tips that are recommended for capturing images during an air show. If you are in need of a great camera for air shows please stop by http://www.42photo.com

  • Common Mistakes When Purchasing A Camera

    Posted on July 21st, 2012 Staff Writer

    If you are buying a camera for the first time it’s very easy to make purchasing mistakes without the best information. We are going to cover a few common mistakes to avoid when buying your first camera.

    1. Estimate Your Budget – Figure how much you are going to spend first. If you are going to start with just the purchase of a camera first then do just that. If you are going to buy a camera, bag, tripod, and lens then make sure you are going to make use of them and research these items as well.
    2. Brand Name – Buy a brand name you have heard of and has received a good reviews. Purchasing a camera that doesn’t carry a brand name is probably cheaper but I am sure you have heard the saying ‘You get what you pay for’ this is especially true with cameras.
    3. Test the Camera – Before making the purchase ask the sales representative if you can take a few shots with the camera and get a feel for it. Make sure the camera is not too bulky or to thin and that the other features are easily accessible for you and user friendly.
    4. Specifications – Don’t focus too much on the specifications. The difference between a camera with 10 megapixels and one with 8 megapixels is not big of a deal. This also goes with zoom features; try not to get to wrapped up in these as this can cause you to make the wrong purchase.
    5. Camera Terms – Be sure you understand your basic camera terms. Take in as much photography terms and read about photography. This way you will understand the specification you are reading about or listening to coming from a sales representative.

    I hope these few tips help you or put you at ease when purchasing your first camera. If you are looking for a great deal on a camera be sure and stop by http://www. 42photo.com

  • 42nd Street Photo’s Landscape Photography Tips

    Posted on July 20th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Photographing landscapes is an active art in photography that has been flourishing through the years.  The simple approach to the fact that the subject in question is easily cooperative as well as colorful is a main reason so many photographers take joy in capturing their image.  From the most experienced the most novice, a photographer can easily master and improve their skill by photographing landscapes.  There are a few helpful tips that may help along your journey.

    First, you want to maximize your depth of field.  Although being creative can ensure unique photographs, the basic rule of thumb is to capture as much of the scene as you can in a photograph.  The best way to do so is to choose a small aperture setting as the smaller the aperture means a greater of depth of fields in your shot.  With this, it is also recommended to increase your ISO or lengthening your shutter speed to compensate for the decrease in aperture, or less light.

    Second, select a foreground for your images.  A good example would be flowers or rocks.  This allows the viewers into the image and the beauty behind such images.

    Third, it is recommended that you use a tripod to eliminate any unnecessary noise in the photograph.  Since you will be using a lower aperture you will need to use a longer shutter speed, so any movement can cause your photograph to become unwanted or impaired.

    Fourth, explore various types of landscaping.  Don’t just think about the basic form but go beyond that.  Try capturing images during different times of the year, different weather conditions, or perhaps black and white.  Never settle for the greeting card image but rather a different spectrum to landscaping.  Don’t be afraid to experiment and never delete an image until viewed at your studio.

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  • 42nd Street Photo’s Underwater Photography Tips

    Posted on July 18th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Now that you have perfected your skill with perhaps landscaping, weddings, sunrises and sunsets, it is time to get your feet wet.  Underwater photography can be such a magical experience that every photographer must try at least once in their lifetime.  Although it may appear tricky, it in act can be simple and easy to perform.  The following tips can help you along your underwater journey.

    1.  It is best to make sure you have the appropriate equipment that is designed for underwater photography.  It is best to research the depth that the camera can operate properly as well as other functions such as batteries, memory cards, and flashes.
    2. You don’t have to be an Olympic swimmer or scuba certified, but it is best to be prepared.
    3. Research various locations as well as marine life.  You want to focus on behavior of the marine animal as well as their natural state so that you are prepared of their actions.
    4. Once you are ready to dive into the water, make sure you are working with a fast shutter speed.  Recommended is the following: 1/30 for still object such as coral, 1/60 for slow moving objects, and 1/125 for faster moving objects like fish.  Adjusting your shutter speed can help with the sharpness of your images.
    5. Using the natural light of the sun is one way of capturing your images but it is recommended to do so at a depth of 20 feet or lower.
    6. Set your camera to the highest resolution and the lowest ISO
    7. For best composition it is best to shoot upwards rather than downwards.  Make sure the subjects eyes are focused as well.
    8. Like photographing on land, do not delete any photographs until you have returned to your computer.
    9. If possible and safely, get as close to your subject as you can.   Water can reduce the sharpness, contrast and color of an image, so try to be about 12 inches or shorter from your subject.
    10. Have fun!

    We hope these few tips help you with taking photographs underwater, if you are looking for a greatr buy on a camera please stop by http://www.42photo.com

  • Nikon L110 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera Review

    Posted on July 5th, 2012 Staff Writer

    The Nikon L110 camera is a great piece of equipment for the common user and also is great for families who like to capture the moments on film.  The camera is reasonably priced and can be found at 42nd Street Photo for a more than reasonable price.  There are many pros to this camera.  Some of the biggest pros are the fast shutter speed, price of the camera, and the camera operates on AA batteries as well as rechargeable batteries. Some other features that have made the Nikon L110 a great choice, is the large 3’ LCD screen as well as the easy operating system.

    Along with the many pros there are a few cons that must be considered before purchasing.  The first is that the camera runs entirely in auto mode and photo adjustment is very limited.  At ISO 800 and above luminance noise and noise suppression do their damage.  One of the biggest cons was in fact of the size of the camera as I found it to be a bit bulky for my taste and the door hinges seem a bit flimsy. The biggest complaint just seems to be the overall slowness of the camera.

    Overall it’s not a bad camera for the Nikon name and the price, but if you are an experienced photographer it’s probably not the fit for you.

     

    Included with the camera:

    • Nikon Coolpix L110
    • 4 AA Lithium batteries
    • AV cable
    • USB cable
    • Lens cap
    • Lens cap string
    • Shoulder strap
    • 20-page Quick Start Guide
    • 144-page User’s Manual
    • CD-ROM with Nikon Transfer and ViewNX software
  • So You Want To Be a Photojournalist

    Posted on June 27th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Photojournalism is basically storytelling through your photographs; just like a regular journalist you must be able to get your story across with the photographs that you take. Photojournalism is simply communicating news to the public same as regular journalist would in the news media but with photographs. This will help tell the store and shape the public’s opinion of that certain event. In photojournalism the 5W + 1H rules apply. These rules are:

    • What?
    • Who?
    • Why?
    • Where?
    • When?
    • How?

    A photo that tells a story will stick out much more often than say a regular photo that does not. The photo should jump out to the audience so that they understand what is going on like they are actually in the event. The following is a list of what would qualify as criteria of photojournalism.

    • Newsworthy
    • Photos of people in their own habitats, not paid actors
    • Photos that tell a story or truth of a scene
    • Photo which can be edited digitally, for example brightness, contrast, and sharpening.

    Photojournalism can also be divided into several classes.

    • Feature News
    • Spot News
    • General News
    • Photo Essays

    A photojournalist must be able to visualize event through their camera and pass on those feelings to their audience. In the end it should be easy for the audience to understand and grasp the situation.

  • Tips on Photographing Religious Events

    Posted on June 25th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Religious events are very important to those participating and some events may not even allow photographers and they do deserve respect. First and foremost do not cause unwanted attention if you are photographing a religious event. Any type of disturbance is not only disrespectful but can also get you removed from that particular event. Remember these people are here to worship and not to get give a great photo. In this article we are going to cover photography tips as well as just some suggestions as far as respecting the event you are shooting.

    1. Don’t get too close for a shot, bring a zoom lens.
    2. No flashes or bulky equipment.
    3. Less is better. Due to the fact this is a religious event, pack light, you don’t want camera bags and other accessories in the way.
    4. Quick shots and move on.

    The bottom line is not to become a disturbance at a religious event. Be as stealth like as possible and as respectful as possible. Here is a list of non photography tips to keep in mind.

    1. Read about the event, possibly even to some recon before the event to find out where you can get the best shots.
    2. Dress according to the event, try not to stand out.
    3. Follow any instructions given by the leader of the event.

    We hope this article gives you a little information on what to do when photographing a religious event. If you are need of a camera for photography please visit http://www.42photo.com

  • Food Photography Tips

    Posted on June 20th, 2012 Staff Writer

    If you are looking to get a start in still life photography you might consider starting with food. If you can shoot great food photographs you can really get across feelings of making people feel hungry which in the end is what we are hoping for. With all the food available the possibilities are endless.

    Most food photography is shot in a controlled environment but if you find yourself say in a restaurant or in a home you may struggle with the lighting. If you find yourself shooting in a dim environment or low light I would suggest using a tripod along with a shutter release. By shooting with a tripod this will allow you to arrange the food within the frame.

    If you are shooting in bright light then of course natural light is always best. It’s best to shoot during the day so you can take advantage of the natural light. Most dishes look best when illuminated with ambient light and brighter sources of daylight so pick the position of your layout well. Your layout will allow your food to look its best, position your food where the light comes in from 10’o clock or 2’o clock. This will provide back lighting and allow you to get an absolutely mouth watering look.

    The last thing to remember about your layout is too make sure you don’t have a lot of clutter behind what you’re shooting. Nothing worse than having a beautiful photo of the food and a pile of junk sitting behind it. If you are shooting close up this won’t be a problem as no one will see what’s going on behind the shot.

    We hope these few tips will help you out if you decide to photograph food.

  • Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Memory Card

    Posted on June 13th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Along with the camera, lens, battery and other essential equipment, your memory card for your digital camera is just as important.  As a photographer it is your responsibility to give proper care to your memory card so that there is no malfunction during your sessions.  There are a few tips that are suggested to help with this process.

    1. Try not to delete your work directly from the memory card.  Instead it is best to delete the photographs from your computer rather than your camera.  The reasoning for this is when images are deleted from your computer, it is allowing for one erase cycle.  This process can actually prolong the use of your memory card.
    2. Periodically format your memory cards.  This process will help get unwanted files and material of your memory card and all for a better storage and use of your images.  It is best to do this after uploading all images safely to your computer.
    3. When removing your memory card from your camera, it is recommended to turn your camera off before removing the card.  Although manufactures have guaranteed that this process isn’t exactly necessary, it is wise to avoid any damage to your card.
    4. Always have a backup of the same caliber.  It is never wrong to be over prepared with equipment.  If possible carry one or two extra memory cards in your case just in case something should go wrong.  Other than to help if something does go wrong, it is also best to have extras if you fill up one card with images.  Make sure you store the extra memory cards in a safe environment with adequate temperature.

    Just like the rest of your equipment, the memory card is essential and requires routine care for roper usage.  When researching memory card types, don’t just review their storage capacity but as well as previous users reviews.

  • Great Vacation Spots for Photography

    Posted on June 8th, 2012 Staff Writer

    With the summer months approaching this usually means family vacations and lifetime memories.  This is a perfect time to spend with family and not think of work, but as any photographer can tell you this is also the time for great shots.  Around the United States there are many unique places that have different elements that make for great photos.  Here are a few locations that are pretty popular.

    Hawaii – Other than the majestic scenery and delectable cuisine, Hawaii is a safe haven for tropical waterfalls and stunning colors.  The climate is pretty warm all year long and except for the five to ten minute rain in the morning, pretty sunny.  This is a golden opportunity to tackle your skill with waterfalls and wild life using a slow shutter speed.

    Grand Canyon – This location is pretty much a wonder to see.  The atmosphere is warm during the day and cold at night.  The scenery is a bright red with slight brown undertones that give the element of a desert.  Once in the high regions of the Canyon be cautious of the wind and the direction it flows.  This is a great area to capture panoramic views and wide shots.  Be aware of the wildlife in this region.

    Disneyland/Disneyworld – A child’s playground or in some cases an adults playground.  This wonderland is full of bright colors and fast moving children.  This is a perfect atmosphere to practice with fast shutter speeds for those rides as well as the children.  Take advantage of the firework show at night to practice your technique.

    Washington D.C. – A place of history and life.  This area is colorful in the summer and rich with life.  This is a great opportunity to take different approaches to the scenic views with perhaps different angles.  Be cautious though of the rules and regulations you may have for certain locations in regards to photography.

    With the many locations you may venture during your vacations, always keep an open mind.  This is perfect time to step out of your comfort zone and explore new techniques in photography.  It is always best to also bring along extra equipment such as lenses, memory cards, and batteries.  Always remember to never delete a photo until you can view in your studio and take as many shots as you can.

  • The Basics of Shutter Speed

    Posted on May 31st, 2012 Staff Writer

    First let’s review the basic terminology and aspect of the cameras shutter speed.  Located directly in front of the sensor inside the camera is a small flap called the shutter.  This small flap opens and closes to allow light to reach the sensor when a photograph is taken.  The shutter speed describes how quickly and how slow the shutter opens and closes.  The basic rule to remember is that a fast shutter speed then the short amount of time the shutter is open; and the slower the shutter speed the longer the shutter stays open.

    Choosing the best shutter speed is a tricky part of capturing a photograph and it takes practice as well as some knowledge on how to accomplish this task.  Most cameras come with an automatic mode and allows the camera to “guess” the right speed for your photograph.  However, this isn’t always the right speed and your photograph can end up being blurred or poorly exposed.  To prevent this from happening it is best to switch the manual mode so that you can control the exact shutter speed needed.  When doing so there are a few factors you should consider, such as:

    Camera shake;  you may think you have the steadiest of hands but with even the slightest movement a photograph can turn up blurred or lacking sharpness.  The best way to avoid such photographs is to use a faster shutter speed.  If you are using a longer lens it is best to use a faster shutter speed as well.  If need be use a tripod to guarantee your camera remains still and to avoid inappropriate pictures.

    Motion blurring happens when you are photographing a moving object, like a car or plane.  If you are using a slower shutter speed, then the object will move through the frame as the shutter is still open.  The best option is to use a faster shutter speed to avoid any blurry photographs.

    It is also wise to make sure that your desired location has an ample amount of lighting.  The shutter speed is not just about how fast your shutter opens and closes but as well as the amount of light you are allowing to enter. It is best to choose a shutter speed that is allowing the right amount of light to enter the camera.  It is recommended to practice and take several pictures with different shutter speeds until you find the right one.

    Practice makes perfect and if you continue to experiment with different shutter speeds, lighting, and techniques as well as become familiar with your equipment, then you can master the skill of shutter speed.

  • What is ISO?

    Posted on May 28th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Throughout many articles you have read along with the experience you have reached, there has been many mentions of ISO and your digital camera.  So what is ISO and how does it relate to your digital camera.  ISO is your cameras sensitivity to light measurement.  In other words the higher the ISO number is, the more sensitive the sensor.

    For example, if you are capturing an image with minimal lighting it is best to have a high ISO setting.  Your digital camera’s ISO setting determines the sensitivity to light that your sensor has.  Therefore, having a high ISO in low light environments means the more light that will be captured in your photograph.

    It is best before capturing a photograph to experiment with different light settings and your ISO setting.  Many photographs taken with minimal light don’t capture the essences of the photograph.  This could be in part to a poor ISO setting.  There is nothing wrong with experimenting and finding the optimal ISO setting for your environment.

    Most manufactures like to raise the ISO setting of a camera far more than what is advertised, so the best thing to do if you want high quality photographs in low lighting is to research your camera or buy a DSLR.   But, the most effective way to find the ISO setting right for you is to experiment with the camera and environment.

  • Is the Most Expensive Camera Equipment the Best Choice?

    Posted on May 22nd, 2012 Staff Writer

    When purchasing your photography equipment, there are a few tips to keep in mind.  The equipment that a photographer selects is their life line and source of photography.  It is essential that your purchase the best but not necessarily the most expensive.  You want to have dependable equipment but not break the bank in the process.  Here are a few helpful tips for when it is time to purchase your equipment.

    First, like previously stated, it is not necessarily the best option to purchase the most expensive equipment.  When you find equipment you are interested in also view other equipment with the same specifications but perhaps a cheaper price tag.  Do not focus mainly on the name brand of the equipment but rather on integrity as well as dependability.  Always check to make sure that the equipment comes with a warranty that meets your needs.

    Second, research all possible options very thoroughly.  Once you have selected the desirable equipment, research consumer reviews, warranties, manufactures’ notes, as well as view photographs done by the equipment.  Also, check with various retail stores to compare prices.  There is no harm in being overly prepared with your equipment.

    Third, some retail department will allow consumers to return items they do not need or are not satisfied with.  Before purchasing, ask the salesperson if indeed they honor this program.  Once you have your new equipment, take advantage of the time frame and capture various photographs with different settings and elements.  If you are satisfied with your photographs, then you have found the equipment you need.  If not, then return the equipment to your retail store.

    Fourth, if you like to experiment with unique ways of capturing a photograph as well as unique equipment, try learning the fundamentals of a camera from the 40’s or 50’s.  Some antique stores or flea markets have this particular equipment for a reasonable price.  Before using such equipment, it is best to research the process and development requirements.

    Your equipment is your life line and must satisfactory to you, but you do not need to go broke just to purchase the equipment.  Some of the best photographs were taken with the simplest equipment.

  • Street Photography Tips

    Posted on May 13th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Street photography is an up and coming form of art that has introduced some of the most memorable photos.  One can say it is a simple skill and requires very little technique; however there are a few tips to ensure quality photos in street photography.

    First, you must keep in mind that street photography is capturing a moment not staged and very candid.  With this in mind, it is best to consider the effects of taking a photograph would have on an unsuspecting person.  Most people do not like to have their photos taken and most become uncomfortable if a strange begins taking their picture.  To ensure that everything goes smoothly it is recommended that you never take your eye off the camera.  In other words, scan the location taking shots and once you have captured a photo you are pleased with, continue taking photographs to let it seem like you are not just focused on one individual.  It may also be best to bring along a friend as a decoy to make it seem as though you are capturing their image.  If you do capture a photograph of someone and the individual seems confused or irritated with the photo, calmly approach them and be honest with your task.  Hopefully this can and will detour any hard feelings someone may have.

    Second, just like any photograph, experiment with different angles and aspects of your landscaping.  Try carrying your camera on your hip or perhaps around your neck and taking shots as you walk or stand.  Take many photographs and review them once back in your studio and don’t waste time going through them during the session.

    Third, if possible shoot a subject from the front and focus on their eyes.  The eyes are the souls of an individual and are the first focus that a viewer observes in a portrait.

    Fourth, before beginning your session it is best t adjust your camera to appropriate settings based on the weather and lighting.  Once you have completed this you may begin to take various photographs.

    Don’t be afraid to experiment with this form of photography and enjoy the experience.  You might be surprised at to what you can capture with a simple click of a button.

  • Travel Photography Tips

    Posted on May 10th, 2012 Staff Writer

    When stepping outside of your comfort zone and exploring various travel destinations, there are a few tips that are recommended for a safe and successful journey.  Photographers like to explore different settings and atmosphere, so they will travel to unique destinations like Greece, Italy, England, Ireland, and Russia.  If you cannot explore the fine beauty of Europe there are also some excellent location here in the U.S.  The following are a few helpful tips when partaking in travel photography.

    First, it is best to set a course for your destination.  Once you have decided where you would like to go, you should map out directions if you are driving.  If you are traveling overseas, it is best to be aware of the country as well as any particular interesting facts about the country.  Become familiar with the currency, history, and language of your location.  Keep focus of the interesting history that may be in your country.  Also, don’t just focus on your destination; become familiar with life in the outside towns as well.

    Second, once you have become familiar with your location, it is best to also check on any laws or rules set by the local government in regards to photography.  Some history monuments or museums do not allow photography in the location.  With that being said, there are different alternatives you can explore in order to reach your photography goal.

    Third, before leaving the comfort of your home it is best to double and sometimes triple check all your equipment.  If traveling on a plane, if possible carry on your equipment and place any extra equipment with your luggage.  There may be an additional cost with the airline, so it is best to check with the airline before departing.  Another additional tip is to also be aware on the location of your destination’s local photography shop.  You can be prepared but sometimes things happen.  Make sure all equipment is clean and dust free.  If you have the time and money, you should take a quick trip to your local photography shop and have the equipment professionally cleaned.

    Fourth, whether your photos are for enjoyment or for employment, it is best to make sure you have all your ducks in a row.  To avoid any legal mishaps or fights you should have a document made up or printed that local patrons should sign if they are included in your photograph.  It is best that the individual gives permission to be photographed whether it is a candid shot or by mistake.  Check with your local attorney to find out information with this particular issue and be prepared before leaving.

    Travel photography is fun and exciting.  Be creative with your shots.  Explore the fine art that is out there and take a chance on a new vision.

  • 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.

  • Underwater Photography Tips

    Posted on March 20th, 2012 Staff Writer

    There are many forms of photography out there today and one in particular is starting to rise with interest.  That would be the skill of underwater photography.  It is not unlike that of normal photography and can be performed even by the most novice photographer out there.  Just like regular photography there are few helpful tips in underwater photography.

    1. Become familiar with your underwater camera before entering the water.  With minimal time with your air supply and the fact that usually in the ocean there are no reshoots, it is best to become familiar with all settings and functions of your camera.  Also, most underwater cameras have specific depth requirements that you should become familiar with to prevent damage to your camera. No need to waste time with your camera instead of your pictures.
    2. Before venturing off to your underwater location, research the area for any specific interest.  Research for types of coral, fish, and other marine life in the area.  It is also a good idea also to check with the local currents and any sharp corals in the area.  The more you know of the area the more prepared you will be.
    3. Repeat your shots over and over again from different angles.  Underwater photography is an exciting adventure that some rarely have the opportunity to enjoy, so the  best thing to do is take multiple shots from different angles so you may have a wide variety of pictures.
    4. When taking photographs of the marine life you may encounter, the best way to capture their likeness is simple.  Focus in on their eyes, just like you would of a child.  It is best to also become familiar with the behavior of the potential marine life in the area.  Remember you are in their world and must respect them.

    Being prepared and using common sense can ensure of fun filled day of underwater photography.  Remember to have fun and be creative.