Archive | December 2013

Check out our upcoming Classes!

Here are the new classes starting in the upcoming new year.

Take a look, if you see one that you would like to attend please feel free to contact us, or visit our site KatydidPhoto.com

Photoshop Elements & CS5 Beginners

Learn Photoshop’s menus, options and tools. Crop, resize, make changes and upload images. Learn how to create layers, use control keys to make effects, transform photos, adjust all color levels and then how to flatten the layers and save your image in various formats. Katydid will show you how to make general enhancements, special effects and how to create collages. Create beautiful black and white images and learn how to colorize only parts of your image for an artistic look.

Dates: Monday 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24
Times: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Duration: 4 Week Session (once a week)
Cost: $299

Intro to LightRoom 5

Learn how to use one of today’s strongest photography programs. Learn how this amazing program can cut down your work time, and make quick edits to photos faster and easier for you. Kathy will show you invaluable ways to enhance your images.
Dates: Tuesday Jan. 7 & 14, 2014
Time: 7 – 9 PM
Cost: $99.00

Beginners Camera One Day Crash Course

An all-day event to learn how to use your camera and take it off Auto. Settings, depth of field, f-stops, shutter speeds, ISO, scene modes and more will be discussed and tried. Bring your camera for hands-on learning for this fun day. Don’t let your camera intimidate you anymore!
Time: 9:30 AM- 3:30 PM, Lunch break 12-1:00

Date: Saturday Jan. 11, 2014
Cost: $199 per person

Beginners Digital Camera Class

You will learn how to master your digital camera. Learn to understand what each function on your camera is and more importantly what it does. Not only will we explore the buttons and dials, we will cover proper exposure using ISO, f-stops, shutter speeds, depth of field, lenses, flash and composition. Discover how to stop the action of sports photos and learn how to take beautiful portraits of your loved ones. A separate weekend field trip is included to try out all your new skills.
Dates: Wed. Jan. 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, 2013
Times: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Digital Camera Part II, The Next Level

Learn how Manual works on your camera. Learn to use it to your advantage with an External flash. Flash on and off camera will be discussed and tried. Tripod shooting with flashlights, neon lights and car lights are experimented with. Macro photos with lenses and gadgets are tried out. This is a lot of hands on shooting. Equipment will be supplied for you to try out if you do not own them.
Prerequisite: Beginners Digital Photography
Dates:Tuesday Jan. 28, Feb. 4 & 11
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Cost: $199.00
Duration: 3 week session

Chris Joins the Katydid Photography Team

CLC_9592_CLind_4x6 Katydid Photography Studio is happy to announce the newest member of its team, Chris Lind!

A word from Chris: Hello, I am so excited to be here at Katydid Photography!

From the moment I could flip the pages of magazines, I have been captivated by images. By 1996, I realized that photography was a passion while holding a cardboard camera, and by 1999, I had built my first darkroom in a small bathroom. While the process of making a photograph has come a long way since then, I find that making images is still a celebration of life, of beauty, and of the journey.

Kathy is a master of her craft and dedicated to beautiful, quality portraiture. Did I mention that her photo classes are informative and fun? (Yes, you can enjoy learning to take your camera off auto!)  Kathy puts her heart into all things photography. She cares about her clients and that shows! I am happy to be here at Katydid Photography, and I hope that we can help you celebrate all that’s beautiful in your journey!

~Chris

Snow and more snow! Picture taking tips

Wow, it’s not even winter yet and the snow is coming down! I love taking photos in it but this one is cold and wet. Sohere are some tips to get good exposures. First and foremost however is my suggestion to wear wool or insulated socks and boots and gloves with fingertips! My students don’t ofter realize how taking photos on a tripod with time exposures can get them close to frostbite.

When photographing all white conditions with little else in the image, your meter will usually not be correct. The meter sees all the white and tells you it will make a shorter exposure, therefore becoming a little on the dark side. Remember, you should always be checking your histograms. If you are missing the area on the bottom right side of the histogram, your image will be kind of gray looking. Although it may be gray outside, that is not what you want your picture to look like. You want your snow to look white but still with a little detail showing. If this happens to you, press in your +/- button (usually found on the outside of your camera body) and try starting at +1 exposure. Now recheck your histogram and see if it reads correctly. You can certainly try various amounts such as +.03 or +.07 if it’s too much light at +1. The most important thing here is once you are done with your picture taking, set that button or wheel back to ‘0’ so no other future photos are affected. This button does not default back to ‘0’ when you turn the camera off. It stays put! If you are outside on a day like today and hand holding your camera, be steady and do not let the shutter speed go under 1/60 sec. Your ISO should be higher on darker days like this one. Try ISO 800 to start and go up if needed. You choice of P, S, Tv, A, Av should all be ok to shoot with as long as you watch that shutter speed! If you want to stop the snow and have it look more like snow drops than rain drops, you will need a faster shutter speed such as 1/500 or 1/1000 sec.

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To take photos at night of lights, the use of a tripod is suggested. Also important is a remote or use of your 2 sec. self timer if your camera has one. People do not realize how just pressing on the shutter button (even when on a tripod) can give them camera shake. If you have neither of these, then use your 10 sec. self timer which all cameras have. You will hear the start of the shutter curtain opening, wait to hear the second click (shutter closing) before you move the camera. If you set your dial to Aperture Priority, you can control how wide the opening of the lens and the camera will choose the long shutter speed. This usually works the best for most people. Try an ISO of 400 to start so your pics aren’t too grainy. You can go lower if you don’t mind longer shutter speeds. The camera meter will read the exposure of Christmas lights fairly well. If you find yours is not, then again, try out the +/- button to compensate. Try your white balance on daylight or tungsten for lights at night (this is more a personal preference here).

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