For this month, I have included the following tips that will provide bit of information to assist you on your journey of becoming an outstanding photographer.
Information is categorized under the appropriate headings.
Think Spring: Refreshing Examples Of Springtime Photography -Spring is about new life emerging after the harsh months of winter; it’s a perfect time to capture it all with your camera! For this reason it’s worth considering anything that grows, blooms, or buds as a worthy subject. – CHECK OUT SOME EXAMPLES OF PHOTOGRAPHS YOU CAN TAKE.
Fresh Images To Put Spring Visions In your Head – When I think of spring some of these words come to mind:
It’s my favorite time of year. I love how it smells after the rain comes. I love to see the grass turn green and flowers pop up. So here are some fresh images to get you thinking about spring. – CHECK OUT IMAGES HERE
How To Photograph Flowers – I know what you’re thinking. “Flowers? Really? Didn’t he just write about shooting football?” As a matter of fact, I did. I shoot lots of different things– a statement which frustrates the hell out of business mentors and advisers who like to talk about branding, creating your niche, and attracting the right kind of client. And they’re right. After all, clients want to know that you do precisely what they need you to do seven days a week and twice on Sunday. Makes sense. But I was a lawyer for fourteen years. Photography was my hobby for a long time before I ever even thought of trading in my briefcase for a camera bag ten years ago. So, yes. We’re going to talk about photographing flowers– in many ways the ideal subject. Flowers are pretty, but they don’t require a hair and makeup team on set. They are neither moody nor volatile, and never cop an attitude. They don’t require a specific brand of expensive water secretly bottled straight from a hidden stream in Madagascar, and they are never late for a shoot. Never. – READ MORE
Controlling Color, Exposure and Blurriness In Photography -With spring just around the corner, soon your family vacation time will be here. During your trip, wouldn’t you like your digital photos to look just like the scenes did with your eyes? – READ MORE
Patricie – Here & There’s Photostream – Lynne Kelman sent us Patricie’s altered reality photographs for they interest of our club members. CHECK OUT THE IMAGES HERE.
Lynne Kelman’s Dream Team Lenses – This is taken from a post by Ken Rockwell: 2014—-and is considerably shortened to include only the essentials——
With nothing but these three Dream Team lenses, the 10-24mm DX, 35mm f/1.8 DX and 55-200mm VR DX, you’ll be prepared for any serious assignment.
You’re far better off spending your money on these Dream Team lenses and a D3300 than throwing limited money away on fancier cameras.
The Dream Team will outfit you for anything, but I rarely carry even three lenses. All I usually carry is the 35mm f/1.8 DX and I’m done.
I originally wrote this page in about 2008. Today the 18-300mm VR, 18-300mm VR II or 18-200mm VR could be the only one lens you’d ever need to replace the entire Dream Team.
Nikon 18-55mm II added as a great all round lens—usually comes as a kit lens—–
Fast Normal: 35mm f/1.8 (prime) *******myself, I would probably go more with a 50mm f 1.8 prime
Tele Zoom: 55-200mm VR
The 18-200mm VR II isn’t a team player: it replaces the entire dream team in one lens.
The 18-200 is awesome, and is all most people need, but it’s big, heavy and expensive, and doesn’t work as well in the dark as the 35/1.8.
Here on the The Phoblographer, we like to stress the use of good lenses (see website address below) . We tend to agree that lenses are more important than your camera. When thinking about future pixels, I have to keep in mind how I am going to see them. A good lens is an enormous part of that equation. Early in my photography, I went ultra-cheap when purchasing my lenses. I got lucky on one lens, my Nikon 28-80 fx; the other lens, an older Tamron 28-200 FX, not so much. I’m sure the newer version is better though. Even though I use it sometimes, it’s basically a doorstop when it comes to using it with my Nikon D90.
If you have read my landscape posts in the past, you know it’s one of my favorite styles of photography. This style does not need super-fast lenses. It needs lenses that are pure quality. Right now, my favorite lens for landscape photography is the AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G. It is my favorite because I own it and the lens gives me a great field of view. I do want a wider prime for landscape like the AF NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8. However, the lens that would have to be in my kit is AF Zoom-NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF. This great multi-purpose lens easily transitions into other styles of photography. I am really thinking about the Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom, but for now, its more of a want than a need.
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How To Know When It Is Time To Upgrade Your Photography Gear – Almost every photographer wants to own a better camera, right? But then again, not every photographer really needs a better camera. So how does one know when is the right time to upgrade the gear?
Before doing that, let’s first understand what ‘upgrading the gear’ actually means. Your photography gear is not limited to the camera – other gear is as important as the camera itself. So, we’ll talk not only about the body of the camera, but also about the whole system, including lenses, flashes, tripods, etc. – READ MORE
Why 16 Megapixels, When IO Could Have 50? – If there was a 100 MP DSLR announced tomorrow, I would pre-order it, then spend many sleepless nights waiting for it to arrive. I’d suffer nightmares where Imatest monsters would kick Zeiss Otus’s around and laugh at their feeble attempts at keeping up with my high resolution camera. It would get even worse when I put a second mortgage on my house so I could afford the new supercomputer to crunch those images. I’d pace the halls of my house, past my favorite matted and framed 24”x36” lens chart prints, while wondering if I needed a car with a bigger trunk that could carry enough CF cards for a day’s shooting. – READ MORE
Using Composition To Create More Powerful Portraits – As part of my series on portrait photography, in this article, I will discuss composition, one of the most important aspects of creating a good portrait image. – READ MORE
Cloud Photography Tips – From the time that I first began to photograph, one subject that always interested me was clouds. I have always loved the old black and white photographs of Ansel Adams and have admired not only his landscapes, but also the way the landscapes were made spectacular by the cloud cover in the scene. Adams was a master of both composition and working in the darkroom to burn and dodge to make sure that all areas of the photograph were exposed properly. This became so apparent in the areas of his subjects where there was cloud cover. He really brought out the subtle contrasts between the light and dark areas of a cloud scene. – READ MORE
Everyday Scenes Captured With Charming Reflections -Any observer of beauty and its attendant elements will tell you, there is beauty in symmetry as well as capturing things in flawless proportion. It does not matter whether you are shooting architecture and city streets, historical archways or interesting street corners. There will always be something that will inspire the symmetry inclined individual. That is exactly what photographer Daniel Antunes has. – READ MORE
Shoot For The Light – Improve Your Composition – Here is one of my most valuable tips. The one I will offer to someone who comes to me, complaining that after 20 years of taking photos they can’t get out of their usual compositions, and want to get into a new level of creativity.
It may sound like something you have heard before. Yes, photography is all about light, and if there is a good light then there is a good photo. – READ MORE
DEPTH OF FIELD
24 Uber Sharp Imagegs With Huge Depth Of Field To Focus Your Attention – Over the last few weeks on dPS we’ve had some collections of images that demonstrate some of the basic photography principals. Last week it was using a large aperture for shallow depth of field. This time we’re going the other way and looking for images with a lot of depth of field, ones that utilize small apertures like f/16 or even smaller.
These are usually images with a lot of depth and focus from near to far. Landscape photographers use this technique often as do, surprisingly, macro shooters. When you get up close the depth of field is really slim so you need that added focus from the smaller apertures (if not using focus stacking techniques). – READ MORE
BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY
Black And White Photography: How To Make Monochrome Stunning – Converting an image to black and white is pretty simple, but if you want truly impressive results it pays to think about how and what you shoot, and learn how to use your photo editing software’s powerful tools to get the most from your shots.
Along with our best black and white photography tips, we’ll reveal how to get creative with high-contrast graphic compositions and create moody landscapes, and show you how dramatic high- and low-key effects can be used
to transform your still life photography and portrait photography. – READ MORE
The Path of a Landscape Photographer (35 Pictures) – Jakub Polomski is a Polish photographer specialized in landscape and travel photography. In this post you will follow his path for the past years and how he became a professional photographer. Hope this inspires you! – CHECK OUT THESE AMAZING PHOTOS
Landscape Photography Tips -The best light is during dawn and dusk. That’s when the light is warm, the sun is in the frame, and the mood is just beautiful. However, depending on what you want to do with your landscape shots you can shoot any time you want. I’ve read time after time that the only time to shoot landscape shots is during dawn or dusk. I shoot mine when I see the moment. But it all depends on your style and what you want to convey. It’s better you capture the image than not just because you were busy waiting for the perfect light. – READ MORE
School Of Digital Photography: Landscape Photography – Of Hours And Opportunities -Sunlight at different times of the day has different properties. Light during sunrise and sunset have a yellow tint to it and so it tends to warm up subjects. And light just before sunrise and just after sunset is very soft light as it is the light which is reflected off the clouds on to earth and not direct sunlight. Light during high noon is usually harsh and it falls at a very sharp angle either eliminating shadows or casting very little shadows. This difference in the properties of light totally transforms the same scene when shot during different times of the day. – READ MORE
Using Telephoto Lenses For Landscape Photography – When one thinks of landscape photography, one more often than not imagines dramatic, sweeping grand landscape scenes, which are almost exclusively taken with ultra wide-angle lenses. While these scenes can be quite stunning (and beautiful… and a lot of fun to shoot!), it is nice to make use of the drastically different perspective afforded by a telephoto lens. A telephoto lens, as you may know, is used to capture frame-filling images of faraway subject matter. This is because it has a much narrower angle of view than a wide-angle lens. While a wide-angle lens exaggerates differences in both the size of and the distance between near and far objects, a telephoto lens effectively reduces those differences. This means that a telephoto lens causes a close object to appear more similar in size relative to a further away object, even if the closer object would actually appear larger in person, and it means that a telephoto lens can cause the apparent distance between near and far objects to appear smaller, which creates a nice compression effect. – READ MORE
How To Master Shutter Speed For Amazing Landscape Photography –
Urban Landscape Photography Tips And Tricks -What first comes to mind when you hear “landscape photograph?” If you’re like most people, you might think of a photo showing snow capped mountains under a sky filled with puffy white clouds. – READ MORE
LONG EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY
How To Photograph Anything: Best Camera Settings For Macro Photography – In the fourth part of our Shoot Like A Pro series on how to photograph any subject you want we take a closer look at the best camera settings for macro photography. Getting sharp macro and close-up photos takes time to master, but here we show you all the best camera settings you should use to shoot classic macro compositions, shoot handheld and shoot shallow depth of field. – READ MORE
Macro Photography Tips – Shown below is a set of ten amazing macro photographs. Each photograph includes an explanation of the camera equipment that was used and tips on how it was taken.
Before you check out the photographs below, here are several other links you may also find useful. – READ MORE
5 Tips for Getting Fresh Ideas for Macro Photography – Are you seeking some inspiration for getting creative with some new macro photographs? Perhaps you’ve grown tired of taking close-ups of typical macro subjects like flowers and insects. Help is on the way.
There is a whole world of macro photography available to you that doesn’t involve the typical subject matter so often associated with close-up photography. There are some amazing images of insects and flowers to enjoy on the web, but what about going in a different direction? – READ MORE
Night Photography Tips:Infographic -Night photography offers photographers the chance to create mysterious, beautiful, and exciting images through the use of creative exposure. The following visual aid will give you an introduction to the basics of night photography and how to properly expose images in low light. – CHECK OUT THE CHART HERE
Portrait Photography Basics – At first thought, portrait photography would seem easy, yet the results are often disappointing.
Many of our pictures often include people, and whether you are photographing a model, taking a family photo, or capturing some candid shots while on vacation, you have probably discovered that great photography is a little more than just pointing a camera and pushing a button.
In fact, a really good photo should convey the subject’s character and personality, and communicate something distinct or identifiable about who they are as a person. Following a few key tips will help you learn how to take great portraits so you will never be disappointed again. – READ MORE
Take A Moment To Marvel At These Unusually Intimate Owl Portraits – It is notoriously difficult to photograph an owl. The stately birds tend to be close-taloned with their trust, requiring several months to become comfortable with even one human handler – a fact that explains both the rareness of intimate owl portraiture, and the magnificence of these shots by photographer Brad Wilson. – READ MORE
Wildlife Photography: Tips For Better Composition – For a nature photographer, composition can be a daily challenge. In wildlife photography, the challenge is even greater. Not only are you trying to satisfy your own creative vision, but you also have to deal with a subject which may have no interest in having its photo taken. – READ MORE
10 Incredible Bird Photography Tips For Beginners – What is the most important factor in getting your bird photographs noticed by a large audience? Is it the camera or the lens or the bird?
Imagine you have a Canon 1DX or Nikon D4 and 800mm lens. You have been to a place to photograph the magnificent Bald Eagles. Everything seems perfect! Isn’t it? – READ MORE
An Introduction To Bird Photography -Birds are very interesting creatures, but it’s not so easy to photograph them. Wild birds usually don’t pose where you want and, moreover, it’s often difficult to get close enough to take quality pictures. But if you know some basics of bird photography, it becomes much easier to capture amazing moments of the birds’ life. – READ MORE
Canon Launches 7-Part Tutorial On Bird And Wildlife Photography – To promote its Birds as Art destination workshop, Canon has published a seven-part tutorial series, hosted by renowned bird photographer Arthur Morris.
In the tutorials, which average around 6-minutes in length, Morris breaks down a number of important techniques, lessons and settings to take into consideration when capturing birds and other wildlife. – CHECK OUT THE SEVEN VIDEOS HERE.
Tips for Photographing Birds in Flight – This article introduces some key concepts to photographing birds in flight. One of the most necessary ingredients is patience; you may often photograph an entire day and not get one usable image. In most cases there is some luck involved to being in the right place at the right time. Hopefully this article will provide some information to help you improve your luck. – READ MORE