A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.
For weeks now… What am I saying … For months now, I don’t drag my heavy SLR camera around with me, as I’ve done half my life every day…
Finally I took it today with me again… And of course, the batteries are dead… Who would have thought? …
Anyway, I was forced to use the iPhone as camera… And in bad lighting conditions it takes for sure very poor images… As most other cameras also do…
I realized, however, that the iPhone takes acceptable macros, and especially loves the color red…
Memory cards are one of the most often neglected parts of digital photography. But, they’re extremely important because they’re responsible for safely storing your photos until you get them to your computer.
So, it’s important to take care of them properly. Here are a few tips for keeping them healthy:
1. Format new cards as soon as you get them
Many memory cards are advertised as “pre-formatted” and “ready to use,” but it’s always a good idea to reformat the card again when you receive it, since some cameras have special requirements for the file system of memory cards. Formatting the card with the camera you’ll be using it with will ensure that the card is in a format that the camera recognizes.
2. Never fill your cards completely
Most cameras have some kind of indicator on the LCD screen that tells you how many more photos you can shoot before filling the card. Keep an eye on this number and make sure you never get too close to filling the card, because if you happen to shoot a photo when the card is already full, there’s a chance your camera will still try to write part of the photo to the card (and potentially triggering a write error).
3. Never let your batteries drain completely
It’s also important to never let your batteries drain completely, because if your camera runs out of energy at the exact moment that it’s trying to write a photo to the memory card, then there’s a good chance that the camera will only write part of the file (which could corrupt the rest of the card).
4. Reformat your cards instead of deleting all the photos
Instead of deleting the photos on the card from your computer, always reformat the card from within the camera. This will ensure the card is in a format that the camera expects.
5. Use good quality memory cards
With all those camera bodies and lenses being so expensive, it’s tempting to save some money by getting inexpensive off-brand memory cards. But, remember the importance of these cards: they’re responsible for safely storing your photos. It’s worth a few dollars more to ensure your photos arrive safely at your computer.
We made a carriage ride at the pyramids… Not recommended for photographers because of the vibrations…
Egyptian way to travel… Photographed at 140 km/h speed by the way…
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The deepest desire of the creator is to teach you how to take great pictures, and do so without breaking your bank account.
Plenty of DIY tutorials and a great photography knowledge source…
Street photography or photo-journalism…
Go out, observe, observe more closely, recognize relationships, create connections, and shoot in a flash…
- Get a little closer. One of the biggest differences you can make is to get closer to the subject in your photo. Sometime we are caught up with getting the nice scenery behind them and our children get lost in the image.
- Look for different angles. One way to get more variety in your photos is to look for different angles instead of always taking them straight on.
- Try to engage your kids. Be silly, make funny faces, jump around, sing silly songs. They will be more likely to give you natural expressions and they will have more fun.
- Try distracting your kids. It can be hard to get young children to stay still for a photo. Try putting something on your head like reindeer antlers or put something on the top of your camera like a fuzzy sticker. You will get their attention and they most likely look straight at your camera.
- Natural is OK. We all have this notion that we want the perfect portrait of our children. Remember to capture the every day moments. The blank stares in space, the moody, sullen moments, the quiet moments, these are all memories that you will want to look back upon, not just the smiling picture perfect moments
- Know when to stop. If you are starting to get upset with your kids then its time to put the camera away and try again another day.
- Golden hour! The best time of day to take outdoor pictures is one hour after sunrise or one hour before sunset. The light is soft and pretty during those hours and the shadows are not as harsh. The next time you head to the beach, take your kids out for a nice walk one hour before sunset and bring your camera!
- Overcast days are the best! Whenever we have an overcast day I run and get my camera and head outdoors with the kids. The clouds create a diffuser over the sun and it softens the light and minimizes shadows. My favorite outdoor images have been taken on overcast days.
- Look for open shade. A great place is a porch, gazebo or under a tree. This will help your children from squinting.
- Back light. If you have to take pictures in bright open sun be sure to place the sun behind your child rather than putting the sun behind you. This will make a pretty halo of light behind your child and will also make them less likely to squint!
Did you know, that Beyonce has a very personal photo blog on tumblr?…
Yes she has… Yes she has…
Did I mention, that there is music too on her blog?…
Yes it is… Yes it is…
Getting your digital images perfectly sharp is something that most photographers want – however clean, crisp, sharp images can be difficult to achieve.
Perhaps before we start exploring how to improve sharpness it would be good to talk about the main causes for lack of sharpness:
- Poor Focus – the most obvious way to get images that are ‘un-sharp’ is through having them out of focus. This might be a result of focussing upon the wrong part of the image, being too close to your subject for the camera to focus, selecting an aperture that generates a very narrow depth of field or taking an image too quickly without checking it is in focus.
- Subject Movement - another type of ‘blur’ in shots is the result of your subject moving – this is generally related to shutter speed being too slow.
- Camera Shake – similarly you can get blur if you as the photographer generate movement while taking the image – this often relates to either shutter speed and/or the stillness of your camera.
- Noise – ‘noisy’ shots are ones that are pixelated and look like they have lots of little dots over them (get up close to your TV and you’ll get the same impact).
Here’s a list of 10 basic things to think about when shooting to get sharp images:
1. Hold your camera well
3. Shutter speed
6. Image stabilisation
8. Good lenses
9. Get your eyes checked
10. Good equipment
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