Friday, February 6, 2009

Soft light - flash and centerpieces

As a photographer, there are many times where we are faced with a beautiful center piece to capture for the family to remember many days and years after the event.  In order to reduce the amount of 'glare' and harsh light from this subject, I pointed the flash straight up and bounced the light off the white ceiling.  The ceiling was approximately 8 feet high and provided a tremendous bounce resource.  My camera was set to manual - f/6.3 & 160/second.  ISO 200.  The light softly bathed the image creating a minimal shadow.  
As a photographer, whether we are shooting a family event, a social event, or wedding, we have the great privilege of being a visual historian.  I never take this privilege and honor lightly. Many years from now the family and friends will look back and remember their historical event.  
As always, get out and capture the beauty of life!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Timing - knowing your gear

One item I learned about photography is the critical nature of knowing my gear.  This is especially true when events are moving fast and I do not have time to think about the knobs and wheels on the camera.  It is similar to the reaction time of an experienced automobile driver.  When an emergency happens, the skilled driver is able to react without thinking.  This is the same if you want to capture events that are unfolding fast.  Time does not stop for the photographer to pull out their manual and read the steps needed for f stop adjustment or shutter speed changes.
Prior to me taking this shot the lights were out and the action started.  This was taken with the trusty 50 mm f/1.8 @ f/1.8, shutter speed 1/80 second, ISO 1250

Remember: if you do not try, then you cannot achieve success.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Ryan Brenizer - Site of the week

Wedding photographer, Ryan Brenizier has some very interesting wedding images posted to his blog.  I am a fan of reviewing the work of other photographers and I suggest you do the same.  Why?  It will help creative ideas flow.

Enjoy life and get out and capture the beauty of it!