Pictures move us. Sometimes, they evoke the ideas of untold stories. A discarded shoe beside the road... Why is it there? An abandoned suitcase... What happened to its owner?
This blog is about the basics of photography. Its contents will include information about art and techniques of photography as well as the business of photography.
Gear—What Lens Should You Use / Buy
Deciding what lens to use is fairly easy. Start with what lens do you have? If you have more than one lens, then you need to understand a few things about lenses in general, then pick from what's available to get what you want from the shot.
There are lots of numbers and letters associated with camera lenses: mm, f, 1.4, 22, AF, IS, VR… Knowing what all these mean will help you decide what lens to use or buy.
Photography is different from any other type of art that I can think of. For years, I have urged writers, poets, and lyricist to know what they wanted to do before they began with the blank canvas on which they would express their ideas through art. I have argued vehemently that to do otherwise risked pouring long periods of time into what might end up being a vapid collection of letters, notes, or words. I have further extrapolated my belief that artists must necessarily begin with the end in mind to painting and sculpture, though my experience with those is casual at best. But photography is different. Though it is possible to go looking for a picture that carries a particular message or makes a particular point, that is, in my experience, the exception to the rule. The canvas of a photographer is rarely blank to start with. Barring studio work or exacting "on location" set-ups, the photographer usually is finding meaning in what is already there. More than once, I ha
Editing images with the PortraitProStudio 18 plugin for photoshop is quick and easy. However, if the subject does not directly face the camera, it is a little more work to get the control points set. But once set, the plugin works well. It allows easy enhancement of the images and the results are amazing.
If you are interested in shooting a tennis math, there are a few things you need to think about. This is true for any sports photography you might attempt. First, you need to understand how the game is played. Tennis is played in matches, which are made up of sets, which are made up of games, which are won by the points scored. Games begin with a serve from one player, and play continues after that. You composition challenges include the fact that courts usually have a chainlink fence around them, and rarely will you be able to get onto the court during a match. Keeping the location of the light (sun) in mind, you'll need to try and shoot through the links of the fence, or if you get lucky, through a gate. The types of images you want to shoot will include the serves and the returns. It is relatively easy to shoot the serve because you know when and where it will happen. The service return is also easy to anticipate. Afterwards, play is intended to surprise the opponent and w