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Tips for Shooting Sports and Action from Olympus

Summer is officially upon us (whether or not the weather is cooperating), and summer usually means action: camping, outdoor sports, running around on the seashore. So, its great timing that Olympus is sharing some excellent photography tips for capturing sports and moving subjects. My favorite tip is below. Click here to see the whole story by Olympus.

Be Prepared

To get good results of fast moving subjects, you have to be ready in advance—even when you’re using Sequential Shooting. A very short delay, called shutter-lag, can occur between the moment you press the shutter button and the first picture in the sequence is taken. To take a picture perfectly timed to your subject’s movement, take this into consideration and press the shutter button slightly in advance.

image via Olympus

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National Geographic’s Ultimate Field Guide to Travel Photography


© Peter McBride, courtesy National Geographic Books

The new book “National Geographic: Ultimate Guide to Travel Photography” recently came across my desk, and I have to say I am impressed with how much helpful information author Scott S. Stuckey has packed into the pint-sized edition. It’s ripe with tips that wouuld be relevant to both pros and those just getting started in the field. Most of the tips even translate to amateur photographers who just want to get the most out of a travel experience, even if they don’t plan to sell their photos afterward. Some of my favorite tips are below. The book is available at the National Geographic online store.

Show Respect and Honest Appreciation

“‘To be a great photojournalist,’ says Justin Guariglia, ‘you have to love people, to care about the culture you’re shooting. Your sincerity and respect will help you to understand what you’re trying to photograph—and will be obvious to the locals. As you absorb the culture, you become part of it. And that is reflected in your photography.’” (pg. 56) Image © Catherine Karnow, courtesy National Geographic Books.

Shoot Verticals Too

“Landscapes are wide and horizontal, but don’t forget to shoot vertical compositions of them. Professional photographers shooting for magazines know that many, if not most, of the pictures that get published will be verticals, filling one page or less than a page. Horizontal images covering two full pages —the coveted ‘double truck’—are the exception rather than the rule.” (pg. 133) Image © Jim Richardson, courtesy National Geographic Books.

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How-To: Shooting in Existing Light

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How-To: Shooting in Existing Light
Text and Photos by Lynne Eodice

Some of the best photo opportunities present themselves in situations that would appear to pose lighting challenges, such as outdoors at dusk or dawn, or indoors with window light or artificial illumination. This how-to story provides tips on meeting these challenges without using flash.

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1-Minute D-SLR Know-How Videos from Tamron

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Starting today, optics company, Tamron, is beginning a new video learning series. The “DSLR Know-How” videos will air on Tamron’s YouTube channel every Monday for 12 weeks. The videos are geared toward first-time Digital SLR owners, according to Tamron, but are “also likely to appeal to a broad spectrum of shooters including experienced enthusiasts, and those who simply want to get a better handle on all the exciting features built into their new Digital SLR cameras.”  Episode One, which was released today, features professional photographer, Andre Costantini, giving a very brief overview of the “physics of photography”—a capture device, shutter and aperture. While this first episode was not very in-depth in terms of tips, I suspect those that follow will be, now that they’ve gotten that introduction out of the way.

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The Best of 2009- Photography Tips

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- Tip from a Pro: Professional photographer, Larry Lytle, gives an in-depth tutorial on using studio lighting.

- Winter shooting tips from Olympus photographer, Jay Kinghorn.

- DP’s tips and insights on photographing children in a developing country.

- Tips for brilliant photos of fireworks from Olympus.

- Tips for capturing the colors of Autumn.

- Tips from a travel photographer- from the New York Times.

We also had a lot of helpful how-to tips in the magazine this year, including tips for: Producing High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos, capturing the essence of winter scenes, and ten things to avoid when shooting—in the Digital Photographer winter 2009 issue; understanding the basics of resolution, image quality and zoom—in the Digital Photographer spring 2009 issue; shooting photos underwater—in the Digital Photographer summer 2009 issue; and photographing cemeteries and shooting in low-light—in the Digital Photographer fall 2009 issue.

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