Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Add this to your bag of tricks!

This summer was a nice way to learn how to capture the moment as its happening! I saw and did so much in Asia and wanted to get everything as it was seen! You are not always given the right lighting, but there are a couple tricks into getting a great shot that I wanted to share with you!

Lets take a look at how to get the perfect waterfall shot! This one wasn't easy, but after lots of practice, I was able to finally nail it! And after you take one, you get better, and one turns into many.



Here are the specs:

Focal length:18mm
ISO: 100
F stops: 22
Shutter speed: 1/4
Tripod: No. Balanced on a fence, yes.

Here's what that means in English: The lighting was bright, so the first thing I did was change my ISO so it was as low as it goes. This gave me a really clear picture with less grain. I then turned my dial so the F stop was as high as is goes. I opened my shutter speed at 1/4 so as it opens longer (a quarter of a second) it is able to catch the movement of the waterfall.


Here is another one:

Here are the specs:

Focal length: 50mm
ISO: 400
F stops: 2.5
Shutter speed: 1/5
Tripod: No. 

Again I really wanted to capture the movement of the fire and the performer. I needed a bit more light in this situation because it was night time and the only light around me was from my subject. I increased my  ISO to 400, and my F stop was lowered to 2.5, giving the blurry effect you see in the background. Finally, my shutter was open for one fifth of a second. I held my camera very still, well actually, I squatted like a big nerd, elbows down and didn't move!
















I absolutely love the eeriness of this photo! It reminds me of Halloween with the red colors, the moon, and the old tree right in front. This was a free hand shot. The key to doing a free hand shot with no tripod is to get in a really steady position, which usually looks really awkward and uncomfortable, but  gives you great shots! I always bring my shoulders up high, elbows down until they are kissing and make sure no one is around to bump into me. Even in a busy walkway, you can move to the side and be out of the way. 


Here is one last one:
Metadata:

Focal length: 50mm
ISO: 1600
F stops: 2.5
Shutter speed: 1/15
Tripod: No.

The only light around me in this night shot was from a tiny lamp coming from the left of me, and a faded street lamp to the right of my subject. This little boy was standing so still as my subject, but I still needed to increase my ISO because it was so dark! In all fairness, it was about 11pm. It really took a lot of playing around with my settings to get what I was looking for. I would recommend you get to know your camera and how to adjust the settings quickly and easily so you are able to capture the moment! Shooting in manual is much more fun than automatic!




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