I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now. I will be posting on this blog once a day for all of 2011.
I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can. I know I have been posting my photo a day every day this year, but I will be trying to include a bit more about the inspiration for the image or why I chopse that particular photo.
I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.
How We Really Take Pictures
I think that in most cases photographers see a potential image and without much conscious thought reach for the proper lens, and choose the right angle of view, aperture and shutter speed, much the way an athlete reacts in the moment without too much thought. But knowledge of WHICH lens, angle, and aperture comes from experience, from learning about each creative variable.
I hate having to read manuals, I think products should be intuitive or failing that telepathic. One of the things that has held me back in my hobby is not knowing my equipment. I have always been happy to have my camera in automatic or semi automatic mode. This has served me well for my happy snapping days, but now I have a whole lot of visual imagery floating about in my head so I need to get the heads up in what i see as 3 areas.
2. My equipment.
3. Post Processing images.
No 1 may sound a bit silly but I like to know how things work not just why, the more you know the more you can push yourself and achieve those visual goals. As I don’t like reading instruction manuals too much and I scouted YouTube and came across Mark Wallace, he has a blog with loads of tutorial videos. Best of all Mark delivers well in a light way, that is suitable for all audiences. I would certainly recommend this site for all levels.
Mike’s blog is an intersting account of Brighton’s people, Brighton has always been a town that attacts creativity and is welcoming to all. The blog shows off his great skills as a street photographer, capturing people unaware and going about there lives.
His work should be a great inspiration to all trying to master this tricky photographic skill.
via Brighton People in Words and Pictures
Tried my hand at a new techique, which I thought was going to be alot easier. My first attempts were next to useless but with some practice I hope this to use this more often. The idea is to photograph people unaware in more natural surroundings.
For this I used my Canon EOS 450D with a Sigma 28-55mm lens, I set the camera to Aperture Priority @f/8 and set the lens zoom to 28mm. I wrapped the strap around my hand and then carried the camera with me. The idea is to fire off shots blindly from the hip, as not draw attention to yourself.
What I found after my first few attempts was
1. Don’t wear a big coat or have a bag with you as they tend to get in the way.
2. Get used to pointing without looking at your hand, I found my first few photos where at completely different angles to where I thought it was. Practice in front of a mirror so you can see where you are pointing and how it feels.
3. Don’t forget to pre focus, my Canon is half push to focus then full push to take. It doesn’t focus and take when just pushed.
So to round up my first efforts were of out of focus walls and sky, but here is a selection of good and bad all straight out of camera [sooc]. My first try out has not put me off but more inspired me to get some decent results, because once you’ve mastered the basics this is an endless source.
Today I popped into West Malling before going to work, stopped of at news agents picked up a copy of Digital Photographer and went to Costa Coffee in the High street. The staff there are very polite, I ordered my Flat White and the Barista said I’m gonna make you a heart. And she did, that coffee foam art the heart was perfect, just like the ones girls used to draw when we were at school, slighty curved. It would make a great picture of the day, but where’s my camera? In the boot of the car!
Ah well leave Costa explore the charity shops, find nothing. On the way back through the courtyard to the car park, catch the eye of this woman listening to her iPod, she smiles, my heart is now breaking I have no camera, why do these opportunities keep arising when I’m unarmed. The moral to this story is if you are doing your 365, make sure you have you camera with you at all times.
This is another on going post, dedicated to those who trod before us and enabled s to have such a wonderful hobby.
HAROLD E. “DOC” EDGERTON (1903-1990) High-speed stroboscopic photography.