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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, March 29 2012
 Tipsy Thursday #11


There are several ways to clean your camera and lots of kits you can buy.  There is blowers, clothes, tissues, and fluids to clean with.  It all depends on how dirty your camera is.  If you have a finger print on your camera then a blower will do nothing...you'll need to use some solution with a soft tissue or cloth to remove the oil.  Most important is getting in a habit to clean...maybe treat it like a Spring cleaning!  

Personally I like a cleaning cloth, it's washable so I
 feel very green there and it's able to clean not only the lens but the entire camera.  And rather than using solutions I breath on the area and create moisture to clean my camera.  

Posted by: AT 08:26 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, March 22 2012

Tipsy Thursday #10

When shooting action sports the first thing is to make sure that your camera is on continuous mode.  This means your camera will keep shooting as long as your finger is holding down the button.  Some cameras have an option to control your focus as well to continuous...meaning the camera keeps re-focusing between every frame.  This is great so as your subjects move away or towards you the picture stays in focus & doesn't stay on your original focus mark.  A high ISO is very important as well!  Depending on your sport & light available 1600 is a good start.  "S" (shutter mode) on your camera is a good option so you can put your shutter speed up as high as you want and the camera with automatic work on the aperture.  This all keeps you moving at the fast speed of action sports!

Now depending on the sport, the shoot location you should stand at varies...including things like the metal fencing you can come across at baseball fields.  But don't sit still...move along the side lines!  Don't be afraid to get by the goal on a soccer field or by the goal on a football field!  Having your camera on a monopod (it's like a tripod with just one leg) keeps you able to move back and forth but give you stability for the best focus possible.

I don't know if this is something others do but I've developed a technic of keeping my right eye in the camera and keeping my left eye open following the action.  So this way I can see if a new player is coming into the frame that I'll need to pay attention to or to know where the players are on the field.  It is not a comfortable way to shoot and it's the peak of multi-tasking...but once you get use to it this allows you to not get lost in your camera and miss a GREAT shot!

Lastly get in the habit to shoot in spirts.  Don't just hold down and keeps shooting for 30 seconds...you'll never forgive yourself in the long run when you have several thousands (yes I said SEVERAL!) pictures to proof afterwards!!!  I will normally shoot for a second or two and let off the button, maybe adjust my zoom.  Remember lastly to focus on the action moments and not just shooting everything.  Not saying to forget to shoot cute shots...but you can only have so many running shots with no action!

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Thursday, March 15 2012

Tipsy Thursday #9

What's an aperture???  Basically looking at your lens, there is an opening there that gets bigger or smaller...the larger the hole opening the more light that is let in and vice versa to the smaller the hole it restricts the amount coming in.  This number is called you f/stop.  An effect of the hold size also controls the amount of image in focus (this is referred to as "depth of field" by photographers).  The larger the hole, the less will be in focus and the smaller the hole more to be in focus. 

Now that you know this you can try putting your camera in "A" (aperture mode) and play with taking the same picture controlling the f/stop number and seeing the difference that can make!!!

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Thursday, March 08 2012

Tipsy Thursday #8

When booking a photo shoot many clients ask me about tips.  BIG tip I can say is bring powder.  Yes even guys!  Even if you have good, tight, youthful skin...it can reflect light and create an unflattering shimmer and look almost oily.  A light translucent powder with a clean brush or pad (not being used for blush or shimmer powder).  When you apply make sure the tap and remove the extra, nothing worse that clumpy uneven spots on your face.  If using a pad, try not the smear or press down too hard.  Same goes for guys but only thing to make sure you look at is any facial hair, powder can be attracted to facial hair and make it look weird and off color.  If too much is put on by accident, you can dust off the applicator and try to remove...or get a towel and BLOT off, do not smear.

So yes, powder is a very good idea even if you are just doing pictures on Christmas morning.  I will often not wear makeup but if I know pictures are being taken I will brush over my face real quick to take the sheen off!!!

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Friday, March 02 2012

Tipsy Thursday #11

This might sound like the silliest tip of all times but I have to say it.  When you're shooting a group, it will always happen that one or more people don't have their full face showing!  You might think "They should know if they're not being seen" but NO!  What happens is the person can see the camera with their eyes so they assume all is good.  Take minute to look at EVERY face and make sure you see their whole face and if possible neck and top of shoulders...this makes it a bit more flattering than having a floating head effect!  Sometimes we have no choice but if you can it will look better.

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Thursday, March 01 2012

Tipsy Thursday #7

When you're using either shutter priority or manual settings these are where you should start with your shutter speeds in certain situations.  Now there is no "fixed" settings so these are suggestions where to START!

-  Wide Landscape being hand held: 1/30th sec or higher

-  Telephoto shots of non-moving subjects: 1/200th sec or higher

-  Freezing motion across the frame (like kids sports): 1/500th sec or higher

-  Freezing motion coming towards the camera (like child running in a field) 1/250th sec or higher

-  Freezing action with a long lens: 1/1000th sec or higher

-  Panning (following motion): 1/10th to 1/30th sec

-  Blurred water: sec or longer TRIPOD A MUST!

-  Car light tracers and fireworks: sec or longer TRIPOD A MUST!

Posted by: AT 10:32 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
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