Archive | June 2019

Macro Photography

10 tips for powerful macro photography:

  • Set the camera to aperture priority and that will let you choose the aperture while the camera chooses the shutter speed.
  • If your camera has a Close-Up Scene Mode—which is represented by a flower icon [on the mode dial]—choose it and the camera will select the correct exposure for a macro image
  • Use a tripod to steady the camera or place the camera on a steady surface.
  • Contrast your subject and the background with colors and details.
  • Select a shallow depth of field. Ideally, set the aperture of the lens to f/2.8 or f/4.
  • When shooting outdoor macro photography subjects, like butterflies, set up a wind barrier to prevent the subject from moving or flying away while you compose.
  • Set the White Balance. AutoWB will cover a majority of lighting situations and deliver a macro photo with good colorization.
  • If you cannot get outdoors in the early morning to shoot the dew on flowers, spritz a little water from a water bottle on the petals and leaves to create a more interesting picture.
  • When photographing living subjects, like babies; pets or other animals and wildlife, remember to be patient. Those subjects tend to move around and may not always be ready to pose and cooperate.
  • For a bit of fun, and to draw more interest to your images, get in really close to your subject so that only you know what you shot—but then have your friends try to guess what it is that you photographed! 

     

    You can also purchase close-up lenses at New York Camera & Video in Southampton for $30.

Tips for Sunrise & Sunset Photos

Here’s the thing about sunrises and sunsets, they are going to happen everyday whether you are their to capture them or not. But when you do capture them it’s what you do with them that make’s an impact. In order to make the best of your opportunity remember these first;

  • The sun does not have to be the subject of the photograph.
  • The effect of the sun on the landscape is often the picture.
  • Plan or anticipate the picture you want to make.
  • Give yourself the time and the tools to make it.

Now lets create the image

  • Try to get to your location about 45 minutes before the sun rises.
  • Bring a tripod! It’s possible to shoot this hand held but the tripod will aid in achieving a better end result
  • Pay attention to the clouds and their movement.
  • Find your horizon, you wanna try to take your shot before the sun peaks over the horizon. Once the
    sun has peaked it tends to get too intense, therefore aim for that in between moment.
  • Think about the sun and how it is illuminating the objects in front of you; rocks, boats, docks, bridges, skylines, ect.
  • Choose your f/stop, majority of the time you want everything in the foreground to be sharp
  • Shutter speed, if there’s something in moving you want a higher shutter speed so it won’t result in a blurred image
  • ISO, after determining the previous two items you can determine your ISO, which can always be pushed if needed

Bryn Athyn Lights June 25th

Landmark in Lights

Learn to photograph beautiful unique buildings at night using a tripod. Exposures and techniques will be discussed and tried. Filters and tripods will be available for your use. The only night all three buildings will be lit.

This is an amazing night full of possibilities for picture taking. Photograph the cathedral inside and out. Capture the beautiful stained glass windows in all their glory. Learn how to shoot architecture with wide angle lenses and tripods. Capture the famous “blue light” that Kathy loves so much!.

From 7:00-9:00 pm Kathy will help you with Manual Exposure settings, depth of field, how to get stars from the lights and more. Then wander the grounds for an hour on your own or hang and ask questions. If you’ve never been here on this special night, you are in for a Treat!!! The time goes by so quickly on this night and it is a photographers dream.

Date: Tuesday June 25, 2019
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Cost: $49.95
Location: Cairnwood Estate Bryn Athyn

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Better Vacation Photos

Trying to get those perfect vacation photos?! Here’s some helpful tips to get you started.

  1. Make sure your batteries are fresh and fully charged
  2. Always bring extra media cards so you wont be deleting images on the fly
  3. Research, Research, Research! Know the location you are going to so you know ahead of time where you wanna go explore and get the best images.
  4. Mix things up with different angles and viewpoints
  5. Take candids when possible so you can capture everyone having fun and creating memories
  6. Stabilize your camera whenever possible, turn on VR (Vibration Reduction)
  7. Take a shot of nearby signage to recall where you have been
  8. Shoot your food! Get a great mouth-watering image by using Macro mode or zooming in tight
  9. Take a variety of photos; wide shots and also focusing on a single subject
  10. Pass the camera around. How will anyone know you were there if you stay behind the camera?!
  11. And remember rule of thirds! Try not to place your subject in the center of your image for better composition

Beach Katydid

Photographing Fireworks

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  1. Use a tripod.
  2. Use a cable release or wireless remote to trigger the shutter if you have one.
  3. Turn on Long Exposure Noise Reduction.
  4. Shoot the highest quality file you can. NEF is ideal.
  5. Set the camera to a low ISO, such as 200.
  6. A good starting point for aperture is f/11.
  7. Instead of choosing a shutter speed, set the camera to Bulb (B) which allows you to keep the shutter open as long as you want. Expose for the entire fireworks burst. You can even keep the shutter open for multiple bursts.
  8. Turn off the autofocus, otherwise it might have difficulty locking onto focus. Manually focus your lens at infinity.

We Welcome Amanda Dedieu to Katydid Photography

Amanda is a graduate of Antonelli Institute and has an associates in specialized technology in photography.

She loves to travel and experience new things. Photography is her passion. She loves meeting new people and collaborating with other creatives. She’s also looking forwarded to working with and learning from Kathy!