Sunday, June 14, 2009
Knowing the sport that you are photographing is a key component. Read, study, and learn about the sport that you want to photograph. By knowing what you are trying to capture it will help you be in the right place to get important shots at the correct time. Knowing the rules and actions of the sport will help you be in better positions to get better photographs. By understanding the action you will be able to anticipate the next great play and position yourself there to get it. By researching the postilions of the players on the team you know who should be doing what and when. Knowing the reputation and attitude of certain players will allow you to anticipate there actions before they do them. When certain players are to be in certain positions and that player has a tendency to make exciting move you can think in advance and be focused and ready for the shot.
Having the proper gear on the job is mandatory to getting great shots. Digital SLR's are definitely a necessity for sports action shots. You need to take lots of fast shots to get a couple of great pics using film would get very costly in this instance. Using a digital point and shoot does not have the flexibility and options needed to get great shots here. Don't get me wrong you can get good shots, but not the great ones. Depending on the sport will vary on which lens is needed. Some sports let you get closer in on the action than others. If you can get up front and personal then you wont need quite the zoom that is needed for something like football. To get the action shot at the precise moment you have to have a fast shutter speed. Using a lens that is "fast" will increase your chances of getting crisp and clear action shots. Some type of vibration control or a tripod will also help get great focus for these pictures. Using aperture priority (AW) mode on your dslr and setting the aperture to its widest setting like a f 2.8, the lower the f stop the wider the aperture. By doing this more light can get through the lens allowing for a higher shutter speed to stop the action. Setting your ISO to its highest setting that will allow for low noise shots decreases the need for light allowing faster shutter speeds. Getting low and shooting low increases the drama for the shot. Low angle shots will give the athletes a larger than life look making them look extra important. Pay attention of anything distracting in the background of your shot and if needed just pan a little farther forward. Using these tips will increase the quality of your photographs to improve photos of your children and there friends or the next sporting event for that new photo for your wall.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
This has to be one of the best sky line photographs I have ever seen. To get a shot like this we need lots of practice and patience. This was taken at what we call Twilight, on a tripod with excellent atmospheric conditions. Notice how the sky is a nice deep blue almost black but still has some color to it. The lights to all of the building are all on, and look at the crispness of the edges. I am not sure of the author of this image but if you click it you will be taken to the site I have found it on. HDR was used in processing this image, but if a proper photograph was not taken in the first place you would not get such a quality shot.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Wedding photography is one of the most stressful photographic market I have found. If you prepare yourself in advance it will take a lot of the stress out. Learn to Photograph weddings if you click this link there are some tips on starting out in shooting weddings. Remember this is a very important day for the couple and there family, and it can only be shot once. Make sure to get the perfect shot the first time and pick a reputable print lab to supply the highest quality photographs for there special day.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
So you want to be a freelance photographer. If you are just starting out you will have to make a name for yourself before any big names are going to publish your work. How do I do this you ask? There are plenty of small magazines out there that will publish beginers work for little pay or sometimes just tear sheets. Tear sheets are essentialy your photo in its article as used. You can use these in your portfolio as you build it. If you want to get published in the big magazines you will have to start here. At the end of this article I will give you a few places you can check into. If you want to really make in the freelance world you will need to get this book.
EOS Magazine-Needs photographs shot with Canon Eos cameras. Captions are required and include all of the technical details and equipment.
contact: Angela August-editor
To contact email editor for further info on submission guidlines, requirments, and rates.
Borough News Magazine-Pennsylvania photographs of landscapes and other photos of area.
contact: Cournet Accurti-editor
Address: 2941 N. Front St.
Harrisburg, PA 17110
To contact send an queary letter with a resume of credits and a list of your stock images, unsolicited photos are accepted for consideration by mail.
Auto Restorer-Photographs of restorated vehicles, projects, and restored cars
contact: Ted Kade-editor
Address: P.O. Box 6050
Mission Vejo, CA 92690
To contact send an inquiry and portfolio for reveiw. Provide a resume and some type of sample for future consideration
African American Golfers Digest-Photographs of golf, golfers, and any thing else to do with the sport
contact: Debert Cook-editor
Send email for inquiers Photographs require a caption and identity of subject.