Thursday, December 3, 2015

13 Camera settings every beginner needs to know

1.) Setting the exposure using the histogram

The best way to tell if your exposure is correct is by looking at the histogram.

2.) Raw

Shooting a raw image gives you access to full use/ capacity of your camera.

3.) Selecting focusing points manually

It will increase focusing accuracy and reduce missing important shots.

4.) Learn af modes

Most modern cameras come with advanced af systems that will help your photographing skills if learned.

5.) Aperture priority

Having complete control over aperture means having complete control over field and depth.

6.) Shutter priority

Give you complete control over shutter speed while making all the other automatically, according to selected value.

7.) Control motion blur

Motion blur comes from using shutter speed too slow for a free image taken with a camera in hands. Learn what the lowest speed is for you.

8.) Manual white balance

Learn each white balance setting for different lights.

9.) Drive modes

CL if for shooting portrait type pictures, CH is a shooting mode for sports or fast moving subjects.

10.) Metering modes

The best way to master metering modes is to read the camera manual, its different names for different manufacturers.

11.) ISO

Lower ISO levels is used when there's a lot of light, higher levels of ISO is used when there's not a lot of light.

12.) Auto- ISO

This will help you with hand held pictures, it will increase or decrease the value allowing you to shoot with shutter speed fast enough for hand held operation.

13.) Manual exposure

Full manual control is important to know if you want full access to all your cameras settings and potential.

Scavenger Hunt

Look how many people we can fit in this locker!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Scavenger Hunt

Recreate this photo

Scavenger Hunt

Sidewalk chalk

Mary Poppins

Scavenger Hunt

Hand Shadows 

I mustache you a question...

Mario and chill?

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Real life emoticons 

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 Captain Aluminum Foil saving the day

"Honey! We shrunk ourselves"

A faceless group portrait

"My names blurry face and I care what you think.."

Knock Knock..

The new member of LMFAO

You've heard of redfoo and skyblu, but now here's WhyteGlue!

Look what they are selling in the vending machine...

The Scream

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

If you don't know - 5sos

I chose these lyrics and this picture because I took this on a night that holds a lot of memories for me, one of those was sitting on the doc watching the sunset listening to this song play with my best friend. This song has a lot of meaning to me and it perfectly matches how I felt that night, something I'll always remember. 

Monday, November 2, 2015

James Nachtwey

"I have been a witness, and these pictures are my testimony. The events I have recorded should not be forgotten and must not be repeated."

James Natchtwey channels his grief and anger for social and warfare events into powerful captivating images. There's nothing to be romanticized about his photography. It's not "beautiful" or "touching", these are raw and real story's that were not staged or photoshopped. Looking at one of his pictures is looking at a moment captured in time. There's nothing to hide in his work, it's not biased or opinionated, it's the truth. 

He is devoted to showing the more privileged side of humanity that war and devastation are still prominent in our world. He wants people to take these images seriously and make their own conclusions based on the impartial context of a photograph. Photography journalizm provides the public with the insider feeling that otherwise couldn't be felt by reading an artical on the subject. Pictorial media is becoming a bigger way to provide news in our society today, thanks to photographers like James Nachtwey.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Flickr blog #3

I was very inspired particularly by this man, Rob Woodcox, he was very positive and clearly proud of his accomplishments. He uses his newly found passion for the benefit of others, whom he cares for, and that's beautiful. He incorporates his knowledge of danger and adventure into his photos, and it always makes you feel something. These are realistic things in our lives, but just that hint of hope and magic that makes the viewer come back for more. His project "Story Worth Telling" says it all in the name. It's not just the perfect parts of life hes including in his photos its also the dark point, but overall there is always a sense of hope in his photography.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Flickr blog #2

Norah Levine has a set subject, and that subject is homeless people and their pets. It's inspiring that shes meeting so many people, getting to know their stories and putting that emotion into a photograph. She learned and became educated on the hardship homeless people face by doing this project. My favorite picture is the one of the man with his small dog on his shoulders because it really captures the bond between the two of them, and shows everything, even including the surroundings he lives with on a daily basis. It's raw and has nothing to hide, and I think that's beautiful.

flickr blog #1

"I try to make my photography a series of tiny little escapes" Lissy Elle Laricchia says explaining her reason for photography. I think its amazing when any young person (or even older person) finds their passion in life, and for Lissy, it was photography and she was good at it. The reason she does photography is beautiful, she wants people to look at her work and feel something, feel like a kid again. Any artist who has a goal, and achieves that goal deserves credit and I'm really inspired by what Lissy does. 


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

10 ways to get photography inspiration

Go to the movies!

You can get a mental image in your head beforehand of what you are going to be looking for, then as the movie play watch how the director captured emotion in certain scenes, and portrayed characters through body motion and angles.

Pick a new lighting technique!

Instead of putting the focus on the subject, try surrounding the subject in lighting that will make the photo bold and unique.

Look at other photo blogs!

This is a perfect way to get inspired, take in the photographers techniques, style and employ those ideas into your own personal style, but change it up a little so you're not coping someone else ideas.

Go through album covers!

I personally love this idea, especially if you love a particular album and know what that albums message is, get inspired by how the cover art portrays the albums message and sound.

Read a fashion magazine!

A fashion magazine is filled with beautiful composition with purpose, and something for everyone to get inspired by.

Shoot a gorgeous model!

If you shoot your own definition of beauty than its going to be much easier for you to feel comfortable taking great pictures, and it will come more naturally.

Tell a story in 5 pictures!

This idea would be easy if you have an idea already in your head, but you could see something simple happen in everyday life and make it into a story, or it could be more complex like a metaphorical story, get creative!

Take a self portrait!

There's no other way to have complete control over your subject, find good angles or a creative pose.

See an art show!

This is a great resource to tunnel inspiration, it will help you think in a new perspective, talk about the meaning behind the piece with the people around you and think deeper than you normally would.

Shoot for a holiday theme!

Your already in the spirit for the holiday and the theme is already set, so all you have to do is come up with something creative to represent the holiday, almost never fails!

Vintage points and techniques

Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Photography Definitions:

Pixels- A minute area of illumination on a display screen, one of many from which an image is composed.

Image Resolution- Is the detail an image holds. Higher resolution means more image detail.

Megabyte- Unit of information equal to 220 bytes or, loosely, one million bytes.

Megapixel- A unit of graphic resolution equivalent to one million or (strictly) 1,048,576 (220) pixels.

Gigabyte- A unit of information equal to one billion (109) or, strictly, 230 bytes.

Jpeg- A format for compressing image files.

Raw- A camera raw image file contains minimally processed data from the image sensor of either a digital camera, image scanner, or motion picture film scanner.

TIFF-  TIFF is a computer file format for storing raster graphics images, popular among graphic artists, the publishing industry, and both amateur and professional photographers in general.

PNG- Portable Network Graphics is a file format for image compression that, in time, is expected to replace the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) that is widely used on today's Internet.

White Balance- White balance is a camera setting that adjusts for lighting in order to make white objects appear white in photos.

Histogram- A histogram is a graphical representation of the pixels exposed in your image.

Aperture- Is the unit of measurement that defines the size of the opening in the lens that can be adjusted to control the amount of light reaching the film or digital sensor.

Shutter Speed- Shutter speed, also known as “exposure time”, stands for the length of time a camera shutter is open to expose light into the camera sensor.

Depth of field- The distance between the nearest and farthest objects in a scene that appear acceptably sharp in an image.

Aperture Priority- Allows the user to choose a specific aperture value while the camera selects a shutter speed to match, thereby ensuring proper exposure.

Shutter Priority- Of or relating to a semiautomatic exposure system in which the photographer presets the shutter speed and the camera selects the aperture.

Bitmap-  A set of bits that represents a graphic image, with each bit or group of bits corresponding to a pixel in the image.

Exposure- The unit of measurement for the total amount of light permitted to reach the electronic sensor during the process of taking a photograph.

Watermarking- a figure or design impressed in some paper during manufacture, visible when the paper is held to the light.

Optical zoom- Changing the focal length of a camera by adjusting the physical zoom lens.

Digital zoom- Digital zoom is a function of a digital camera used to make the image seem more close-up.

Bracketing- the general technique of taking several shots of the same subject using different camera settings.

Light Meter- Includes a computer, either digital or analog, which allows the photographer to determine which shutter speed and f-number should be selected for an optimum exposure.

Image Stabilization- Also known as vibration reduction and anti-shake, is a technology that helps prevent digital photos from becoming blurred.

Noise- random (not present in the object imaged) variation of brightness or color information in images, and is usually an aspect of electronic noise.

Lag Time- Lag time is simply the time between when you press the shutter button and when the camera actually takes the photo.

Hot Shoe- A hot shoe is a mounting point on the top of a camera to attach a flash unit and other compatible accessories.

Fisheye- A hemispherical plano-convex lens for photographing in a full 180° in all directions in front of the camera.

Macro- Extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size.

Telephoto- A lens constructed so as to produce a relatively large image with a focal length shorter than that required by an ordinary lens.

Wide Angle- Of or relating to a lens having a relatively wide angle of view, generally 45° or more, and a focal length of less than 50 mm.

DSLR- a digital camera combining the optics and the mechanisms of a single-lens reflex camera with a digital imaging sensor, as opposed to photographic film.

Dynamic Range- Dynamic range in photography describes the ratio between the maximum and minimum measurable light intensities (white and black, respectively).

Digital Negative- An imaging specification that provides for long-term storage of digital photographs generated in multiple proprietary formats.

Exposure Compensation-  A technique for adjusting the exposure indicated by a photographic exposure meter, in consideration of factors that may cause the indicated exposure to result in a less-than-optimal image.

Friday, October 2, 2015

My favorite photos that changed the world

 Earthrise; William Anders, 1968

I absolutely love this photo. Apolo 8 was the first mission that put people into the lunar orbit, it was groundbreaking and a first for humanity. Until then no human eye has seen this side of our planet through their own eyes, only pictures spacecrafts took. What makes this image really special is it was not planned to be taken, it was a spear of the moment capture. Photos like this really make you think about how small our existence really is, and other life forms out there see our planet and wonder what it holds. The universe is unexplained, vast, and beautiful.  

V-J Day in Times Square; Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1945

I love this photograph because it perfectly captures the raw emotions human feel. The feeling that really stands out if relief, pure relief. The day victory touched every living American, the war was over, Japan surrendered. The want to share that overwhelming emotion, lead to the sailor grabbing the nurse and creating their own little world for those couple of seconds, a world to celebrate and remember how they felt in this moment. It's simply iconic.

Afghan Girl; Steve McCurry, 1984

Her eyes captivated the world, the moment you look into them you feel something. A strong understanding of the hardship in her life, without even knowing the details. It's the leather texture of her skin, the way her jaw seems clenched shows anger she has towards the stranger taking a photo of her. The way her eyes are a sea of green that make you want to know her story, and what shes thinking in this moment.





Something you made

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Guilty pleasure

Something old

Your shoes


Someone you love


Something you bought




Something you're reading

In your bag