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Well, it’s a sad Christmas for you Canon fans. Canon announced yesterday that they have discontinued production of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. This camera is known for being the best DSLR on the market for videographers. If you have been meaning to order this camera, now is the best time to act. Once stores sell out, this camera will only be available in used condition on sites including eBay and Craigslist. Buy it below at the lowest price in it’s history: $1,529.00
Amazon is offering $50 off the Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 for the next 3 hours! The deal ends 12/13/12 6:30 PM PST or when discounted supplies sell out. The available discounted lenses are currently 35% claimed. This Rokinon lens is manual focus only, which isn’t all that bad when you consider that the quality of this lens competes with the Canon 85mm f/1.2L at about 1/8 of the price. Yes, you give up the ability to auto-focus but at a price tag of only $239.00(Deal Price), who would complain? Be sure to check out the product page at the link below and add it to your cart before it’s too late! Happy shooting!
We just discovered that a top seller on eBay is back again with a huge deal on the Canon 5D Mark III camera body! The body alone is normally $2,990.00 at online stores such as Amazon. This seller on eBay, however, currently has the body for only $2,599.99! That is a big savings of $400! This deal won’t last long, hours at the most, so don’t miss out!
Shoot from the Hip
That’s right, shoot from the hip. Street photography is all about capturing natural, un-planned, and un-posed shots. When you bring your camera up to your eye to start snapping away, whoever notices will either hide their face, move out of the shot, or pose. Come on, think about what you would do if a stranger on the street started snapping photos in your direction.
There are some situations that you may come across while out shooting that could disappear in a second. Why waste time by lining up your eye with the viewfinder? Just let your camera hang from your neck and start snapping away. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up with an awesome low angle shot that you could have completely missed had you tried getting the viewfinder to your eye. In a big crowd and can’t shoot from the hip without capturing everyone’s hips? Hold your camera above your head and shoot over the crowd.
Since we are talking about street photography, the angles you shoot from can get a little crazy. Unlike a high school senior shoot or an engagement shoot, angles don’t matter as much! Having some photos shot at odd angles can make your photos feel more natural and un-staged.
Photo by: Gato-Gato-Gato
Shhh, Don’t Let Them Know!
When you’re out shooting street photography, especially if you follow the tip above, your subjects probably won’t know you’re taking photos of them. This is ideal because they may act differently if they know they are about to be in a photo. Try to blend in with the crowd, don’t use a flash, and don’t spend time getting the lighting just right. Stay relaxed and discreet while shooting on the street. This will result in better photos that capture the moments you were aiming to capture.
Photo by: AndreyErmakov
If They Say No, They Mean No
There will always be those people who will get upset about you taking their photo. If you come across someone who does not want their photo taken, simply make an apology and then move onto finding another subject. Parents of small children are probably not going to be okay with a stranger is taking photos of their kids. So always be ready to put on a smile and give a sincere apology!
It is always a good idea to bring some model release forms when you’re out shooting on the streets. No, they aren’t required unless you plan on publishing the images, but it doesn’t hurt to bring them along anyways. Maybe you will run into someone who thinks they know more about a photographer’s rights than you do, so a model release form could ease some tension.
Photo by: Chris JL
Practice, Practice, Practice!
The process of trial and error is a very good way to learn what you need to learn about photography. Yes, you can study up and read tips like these but until you get out there and put them to the test, tips are quite pointless. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start shooting some un-posed emotion filled street photos!
Photo by: The Round Peg
1. When to Shoot
How soon to shoot: If you want to shoot those adorable newborn photos that you see being posted from your favorite photographer’s FB page, be sure to shoot within the first 10 days of the baby being born. If you do this, the baby you’re photographing will still have that natural cute bum in the air pose like in the photo below.
Photo by: Carrie Sandoval
What time to shoot: Talk to the newborn’s mother and plan to shoot during the sleepiest time of the day. It’s always easier to photograph a newborn when he or she is sleepy/sleeping!
The baby’s wardrobe: Since your subject will most likely be snoozing away during the session, have the mom dress the baby in either a swaddling blanket or clothing that is very easy to take off. This is ideal, since you don’t want the baby to wake up while you and the mom are undressing it for more adorable photos.
2. Keep it simple
Don’t go in shooting expecting to end up with hundreds of amazing poses. Okay, so maybe hundreds of amazing poses from one newborn shoot is exaggerating but you get the idea. Go to Google images, Flickr, or even this article; and look at some newborn photos for inspiration. Pick out 2-4 poses and achieve those first before trying to capture more. When posing the baby, let the mom help you out! As for props, newborn photos don’t HAVE to have props since everyone is automatically going to say, “Awww” when they see your newborn photos. However, it doesn’t hurt to throw in some added color such as a bright flower, a stack of towels beneath the baby, or a headband with a bow.
Photo by: Carrie Sandoval
3. Babies get cold too!
Bring a small space heater with you or talk to the mother about turning the house heat to 74 degrees ahead of time. The reason we recommend this is because you are most likely going to be photographing a bare newborn.
Bare newborn + Cold = Cranky
Bare newborn + Heat = A more peaceful shoot with successful images
Photo by: Carrie Sandoval
4. Summary time!
Finally, take your time and don’t stress because if you stress, the mother will stress and maybe even the baby. Remember, shoot within 10 days of birth, during the sleepiest time, dress the baby in easy to remove clothing, turn up the heat, master 2-4 poses first, and props aren’t required! Your main job is to take the best photos you can take and make sure the mother knows that she has the cutest newborn baby around. Good luck!
Photo by: *miss*leah*
Fast cars and DSLR’s, surely a promising combination! However, if you don’t know what you are doing it can turn into a disaster and you could end up coming home injured, or even worse, with a bunch of disappointing images. Here are a few tips to ensure that your rally photography is a success:
Cars are unpredictable, the drivers are tense and the road surface may not be the best, as a result, accidents do happen. Drivers lose control, cars break down, bottom line bad things happen. This is why safety is key!
- Plan an escape path beforehand. In the event something does go wrong, run uphill, never down hill and always try to run at an angle away from car if its coming towards you.
- Be vigilant, never take your eyes off the rally cars until they have past you. If possible carry a buddy to keep an eye out for you, after all, two eyes are better than one.
- Listen to the race marshals' directions and stay clear of the track.
- Never stand on the outside of a corner, in the event that you have to, have an escape route planned or a sturdy tree to shelter behind.
- The cars do kick up alot of stones, dust and debris so position yourself somewhere where you will not be in the path of the debris. A dust mask comes in handy especially if you have respiratory ailments!
CHOOSING A GOOD VANTAGE POINT:
Rallies are fun! Why not go to the pits and meet the drivers before or after the rally? Meet new people, make new friends and at the end of the day, you'll go home knowing that it was a day well spent!
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Some subjects tend to be captured better through black and white photography. If you know enough about black and white photography, your photos can bring out textures, shapes, moods, and amazing details that color photos just can’t show. Here are 6 great tips to help you capture the perfect black and white photos.
1. Visualize in Black and White
Find a black and white photo gallery online and learn what subjects and moods are best captured in these photos. Get inspired enough to where you already know what would grab the viewer’s attention in a black and white photo, before you even pick up your camera.
2. Shoot in RAW
If your camera allows you to shoot in RAW format, do it. Shooting in RAW will allow more control when converting your photos from colored to black and white in post production. You can always shoot black and white in JPEG format but it’s better to shoot in RAW if you can. Give it a try and see how you like it.
3. Color vs Black and White Mode
Shoot in color and convert your images to black and white in post production. If you shoot in black and white, you are stuck with whatever you get. However, if you shoot in color you can go into the post production phase with the color information and you’ll have more control with converting. Plus if the photos turn out bad without color, you’ll have the colored images to fall back on.
Shoot in black and white so you can view the results on your camera’s LCD. RAW files will give you access to the color information within the file once you put your images onto your computer. This is another big advantage of shooting in RAW. (Be sure to test this RAW feature before filling up your card with images.)
4. Low ISO
High ISO creates noise in your photos, as you probably already know. This noise can be more obvious in black and white photos than it can be in colored photos. Therefore, shoot at the lowest ISO you can to reduce the amount of noise. If you’re looking to add that grainy film look to your photos, do that in post production.
5. Capture Fine Details
Details and shapes are a HUGE part of black and white photography. When an image is in black and white these two factors of the image stand out a lot more. Therefore, shooting images that capture breathtaking details and interesting shapes are key in phenomenal black and white photos. It’s best if you learn to see the details and shapes with your eye before you begin shooting. You also need to know a little something about lighting when you’re capturing the details. Soft light will give great tones while hard light will enhance contrast. Angular light will draw attention to the textures so keep that in mind. Don’t forget to notice the shadows and highlights! They are important too.
6. Is it Time to Shoot B&W?
If you only shoot in color, you probably look at gloomy, overcast, dark days as boring. Those low contrast types of days are great for black and white photography. Be sure to grab your camera and snap some black and white photos when the weather isn’t all bright and sunny.
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