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Thanks so much for dropping by my blog and taking a peak.  Now I never claim to know everything, or be perfect, or even being able to spell!  I work really hard to not only be a good photographer, but have a personal connection to my clients and understanding what they want (especially when they might not know).  In addition I love to help others improve their own pictures.  Let's face it...no one can afford a personal photographer to follow them around 24/7 (but if you do know someone give them my name!). 

My blog has a collection of advise, current photo experiences and the personal updates.  My new 2012 series (TT- Tipsy Thursday) is a combo of all kinds of questions I've received, things I've seen & even those mistakes I've made in my years of shooting.  I'm ALWAYS in need to know what other people want to hear about, so please email me with ANY suggestions.  Again thanks for stoping by and hopefully you enjoy!

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Thursday, February 23 2012

Tipsy Thursday #6

When you're shooting outside (especially shooting people) in the sun can be a pain!  When there is no clouds you DO NOT want to shoot with your subject looking into the sun.  That not only creates a washed out flat look but chances are your subject will not be able to fully open their eyes.  But you DO NOT want to shoot with the subjects back to the sun.  Then the camera is shooting into the sun and that will give you a lens glare plus it can make it hard on auto focusing.  Now sometimes you want that look but we're not talking about that effect.  The key to a balanced picture is placing the sun over the shoulder of your subject (and if you have a lens hood that will help keep the sun off your lens).  Shooting over the shoulder will keep you both out of direct view of the sun. 

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Thursday, February 16 2012

Tipsy Thursday #5

I have several people talk to me about their kids (some being toddlers) being into photography.  I say it's perfect to encourage kids at any age, especially with "kid friendly" cameras now that are built to endure a bit more "adventurous" attitude.  BEFORE you get started get a system together for the pictures on your computer.  Start with a folder "Cindy's Pictures" and then a sub folder "2012".  This will help you keep them some what sorted to start...down the line you'll more than likely will need separate folders for each shoot. 

Here are the three things to get with your child to help them explore this new world.

First is EXPERIMENT!  Get them to get all kinds of angles, from above & below, zoomed in and zoomed out, flash/no flash/shoot all kinds of things/people...the days of paying for film are over so shoot away until the card fills up, then download and start over. 

Second is showing them hold to hold the camera properly.  I just covered this with my last Tipsy Thursday.  Teaching them early will help with blur, since kids are known for not staying still!

Third is PAY ATTENTION TO THE BACKGROUND!  This is something I see in adults, so getting your kids to see the whole frame and not just a certain item or person will start them out to notice if a limb on a tree looks like it's growing out of a person ear.  This is easy to start doing with your kids by showing them some of their first images that are examples.

This a great START!  But don't forget to sit down at the computer and look at pictures with them...a cool thing is have them pick out their favorites.  COPY those to a sperate folder labeled as "Cindy's Favorites".  Then as a little surprise, get a book printed.  Think how cool it would for them to be able to take that to show off to their friends!!!

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Thursday, February 09 2012

Tipsy Thursday #4

Chances are you never really thought about how to hold and shoot your camera.  Grab a hold of you camera & look at where your hands & fingers are...do they block parts of the lens, cover any sensors or important areas?  Now pay attention if the camera is being supported by your fingers.  If any of this is so it's time to change that!

If the camera is large enough, grasp the camera firmly in both hands, the right one on the camera body with your first finger poised on the shutter button; and your left hand either under and around the lens, or on the bottom of the camera body.  With point and shoot cameras, the fingers of your left hand will probably go over those of your right.  You want to support your camera and if at all possible lean on a wall/support arms on a table or something else that helps maintain so you are moving as little as possible.

As I have learned on "Top Shot", when shooting a gun you need to relax your breathing and squeeze the trigger to hit the target.  This is the same with shooting a picture...if you're moving at all the picture will be moving!

But if at all possible...use a tripod!  Tests have shown over and over that almost all pictures taken at normal shutter speeds are not as sharp as the same shot with a tripod. 

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Thursday, February 02 2012

Tipsy Thursday #3

I get asked what's the ISO?  Now think back to film for a minute...you would buy different speeds of film (ie: ISO 200/ISO 400/ISO 800).  Now with digital it's the level of sensitivity your sensor is to light.  The higher the number the more sensitive BUT you get more noise as well.  Noise is that grainy look you will see sometimes and more with the less light you have.  Most cameras are set to auto and remain there!  If you're in bright light try taking it off and put it on the lowest number you have.  The lower the iso (with enough light) make for the best possible quality. 

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