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Feb 27 2012

Concert Photography

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Are you a photographer?

Are you a regular on the concert tours?

Then you need to get the book All Access: Your Backstage Pass to Concert Photography, by Alan Hess. Advice, inspiration, and insight for taking remarkable concert photos.

Concert photography poses a unique set of challenges to photographers, including night or low-light (isn’t this true!!), inconsistent stage lighting, a moving subject matter, limitations on vantage point, complex exposure situations, and no chance for re-takes. Compounded with those hurdles is a lack of resources on this subject, until now. All Access: Your Backstage Pass to Concert Photography fills this gap and provides you with all the information you need to know, from choosing the right gear and camera settings, to negotiating rights to publish or share photos, as well as how to best edit your photos in post-production.

Here are some quick tips from Alan.

1. Learn how to shoot in manual mode.

2. Use the right metering mode.

3. Focus carefully.

4. Timing is everything.

5. Shoot in bursts.

As always, visit Amazon for more info on the book (it is one of those ones that gives you sneak peaks inside) and some of the best prices.

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Apr 06 2010

The Basics Of WildLife Photography For Beginners

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All kinds of photography are followed enthusiastically by a great many people, but Wildlife photography is one aspect of the hobby that has genuinely mesmerized a lot of fans. Wildlife photography is fascinating and very difficult. It requires traveling to the wild and spending lots of time away from civilization just for the sake of capturing some great moments in animals’ life. Photojournalism, as it is used by magazines and documentaries, heavily relies on wildlife photography. And National Geographic Magazine is the finest example we can give here. The very subjects of such photo shooting are animals in action.

Wildlife photography captures images of animals while eating, hunting, fighting, mating or running away. The equipment required for such photo shooting is specialized since one has to rely on a very quick shutter speed and use features that freeze the animal in motion and blur the background. These effects can only be achieved with the use of wide apertures as compared to landscape photography that relies on small apertures. Telephoto lenses may be used too depending on the photo shooting distance. Telephoto lenses also require tripods.

It is impossible to hold a camera with a very long lens and capture great pictures. Therefore, you’ll need all sorts of equipment items to facilitate the tasks of wildlife photography. Sometimes blinds have to be used to camouflage the cameras. When we come to think about all these details, it seems like a very complex and busy occupation, but it is one that gives great joys.

Wildlife photography enjoys universal popularity, and the quest for the perfect shot can be carried out anywhere, and on almost any kind of weather. You may be taking photos of a fly or a polar bear, that is of little importance: this realm of activity is one where every detail matters. Do not try wildlife photography unless you love adventure and don’t mind getting dirty. Keep in mind that the subject of your photos is not that easy to find and capture: sometimes your quarry will be dangerous, erratic and elusive.

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Feb 24 2010

Explore Your Passion with Photography and Filmmaking Camp

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Are you interested in filmmaking or wish to learn the various facets of filmmaking? Then Film Production with Final Cut Studio is the study for you. The Tech Camp offers the study that allows you learn the process of conveying yourself through films. The summer film camps are organized and the course is taught by teachers from film schools who are the students or even by professional filmmakers. Several production stages are introduced to the students through this course such as, script writing, editing, camera techniques and interview conducting procedures. The students are given the knowledge involving these parts of filmmaking by applying software like and Abode After Effects and Apple Final Cut Studio( with final cut pro 7).

The students will learn film production and film-making art utilizing the Apple Final Cut Studio which also includes information about marking and trimming clips in a given time. By using the Abode After Effect the students learn to add extra effects, filters, music, titles, transitions and credits to the film. These teen camps give a great exposure to students preparing for a growth in this creative field and by learning Apple applications they actually good start in their careers in this direction.

The film industry practices the Final Cut Studio as the editing suite and it is the solution to all the queries about top notch film applications and video editing, color grading, sound mixing, creation of motion graphics and digital delivery. Final Cut Studio is a comprehensive set that includes DVD Studio Pro 4, Compressor 3.5, Final Cut Pro 7, Color 1.5 and Soundtrack Pro 3. This award winning film production software helps the students who are entered for this brand new addition to the Tech Camp curriculum. The film camp has a unique curriculum carefully designed for each and every student in the camp.

The Visual Arts Camp also offers professional Photography Camp for the students who have a desire to view the world through their lens. The course offers high technical study to learn the characteristics of your Digital SLR camera and also lets you know when to use them. You can create stunning and crystal clear pictures by learning ideal balance between several aspects of photography such as, composition, exposure, light, aperture, and shutter speed. The students practice the Abode Photoshop and Lightroom software to learn this fine artwork.

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Aug 29 2009

How To Be a Photographer and What The Different Careers Involving Photography Are

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Taking photographs has been something that people have loved] doing love it so much that they actually decide to incorporate that passion into a career . This article will discuss the various types of careers available using photography. Some of the careers mentioned will be photojournalists, event photographers, artistic photographers , photography instructors for photography training and learn photoshop, and digital and computerized centered] photography.
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Aug 10 2009

Lighting for Beginner Photographers

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Basic lighting for photography really is simple if you break it down.Many new photographers don’t take time to learn the basic rules about light. Start with ambient light before moving to strobes.

What you need to start.

  • Soft Doorway Light
  • Manual Setting on Camera
  • Silver Reflector

I would suggest trying to learn how to see light first then worry about what lighting equipment to buy.This will save you a lot of money and confusion when getting started in photography.
This is easy way to get started. Open the front or back door of your house when the sun is on the opposite side of the building. Place a chair about 1 foot inside the doorway and have your model sit down.MAke sure she is not wearing too much bright reflective jewelry. Small earrings are fine. Go outside and take a look at how the light flows in. It will light her evenly and quickly fade off on the floor 2-3 feet behind her. Now you know what soft even light looks like. Add a reflector and see the change. A simple white foam core board will reflect light and a silver color reflector will do the same but look quite a bit different hitting the model. A light gray or off white will still cast some reflection. The gray or off white may also change the color of the light which may not be as easy to see until after you take the photo. Using the white or silver will look like a light was turned on from the reflection. The others will be a lot softer and harder to see but will make a difference. Make a mental note of the look.

Always look for the same soft even light everywhere you go. Find a covered area such as a bridge, doorway or large overhang and look for the same light. It will always be there if you look for it. Notice how the light enters the covered area and provides full even coverage of your model then drops off quickly allowing the background to be darker and less noticeable. Do some shots and start to modify the look. A white sidewalk or building next to you will reflect light different than grass or an open field. Keep using the reflectors to modify the look of the photo. It will become something you don’t need to think about. You just see slight changes in light and know what to do without much thought. Like most things it is easy after you learn how to do it. When ready to add flash start the same way. One fill light from the front then move it to the side. It will look better and you will actually see why. Later add a strobe and by the time you get to using reflectors and 3-4 strobes you will understand and see what each one is doing to the image. Start with just the bare minimum and add components only after you can see the changes each one makes. This will not only help you take much better photos it will save you a lot of money. You will know ahead of time what kind of light modifiers you really want to use to control your light before you buy them.

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May 08 2009

More for the Photography Dummy

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Last time we mentioned that Camera “how they work” type Dummies books are really popular. What about books that actually teach us more about photography in general?

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Jan 06 2009

Choosing A Photography School

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There are many places you can learn photography, but what is the right place for you? Sure there are online schools and courses, but they won’t give you the hands on information you need. You need other students and the teacher’s eye to become a better photographer. The online classes do have their uses for instance giving you the basic information to study. It can be difficult to choose the right school. Some require recommendation while others are apart of colleges.

The information you wish to glean from a photography class will make part of the decision for you. For instance in a college setting that does not specialize in photography will offer the basic levels, but may not offer you an internship with a professional photographer in your field. If you are looking for photography as a hobby these basic level classes will often give you the information you need to produce pictures you can be proud of.

Specialized schools as with any others will allow for more information on a specific topic. Most specialized schools will allow you to work with a professional to learn the specifics of your profession as well as expand your knowledge. This helps you learn quicker and learn more about the techniques used in photography while having hands on experience.

The best way to choose a photography school is to decide what you want from your photography. Once you have decided that you can move on to finding out how to apply. Some photography schools are part of a studio and allow for anyone to sign up for a class. Other schools require you to attend a college or university first for basic photography and intern before you go on to the specialized school.

Searching online will lead you to the schools available in your area and across the country. You will be able to find the application as well as descriptions of every class they offer. The sites will also list the qualifications you have to attend the school and what classes you will need to take to become a photographer. Although the experience you receive from a classroom is better, online classes teach you what you need to know.

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