Posts Tagged ‘Tips’

Midweek Photo News Roundup- Holiday Lights Edition

photo © ellie (Flickr creative commons)

It’s Wednesday afternoon and all that most people can think about is how many days, hours, minutes remain until the weekend. But not you, you’re a photographer! You’re never bored, but are always plotting your next photo shoot or researching the new D-SLR you’ve had your eye on. We’re right there with you, friend. To keep the wild world of photography on your mind midweek, here’s our roundup of what’s been happening in it lately.

- Gizmodo is displaying the winners and all of the 107 Dazzling Christmas Lights entrants from their latest shooting challenge.

- An amateur photographer in the UK was questioned by police under anti-terror laws for taking “too many” pictures of Christmas lights.

- The New York Institute of Photography is sharing tips on how to take great photos of holiday lights.

- Bokeh effect Holiday lights photos abound on Flickr this year. Check them out for inspiration!


Tips from a Travel Photographer- from The New York Times

Q&A With the Travel Photographer Robert Caplin - Frugal Traveler Blog - NYTimes.com_1256590116978
photo © Robert Caplin, via The New York Times

The New York TimesMatt Gross recently featured a Q&A with travel photographer Robert Caplin in his “Frugal Traveler” column. Caplin’s images have been published in National Geographic, ESPN The Magazine and The New York Times, and in the discussion with The Frugal Traveler, he talks about shooting with a Canon 5D Mark II as well as an iPhone, and names the Canon G11 as his go-to point-and-shoot if he had to spend under $500 for a camera.

One of my favorite exchanges is below. Click here to read the full Frugal Traveler/Robert Caplin Q&A.

Q&A With the Travel Photographer Robert Caplin - Frugal Traveler Blog - NYTimes.com_1256589672400


Tips for Capturing the Colors of Autumn from Olympus


I recently returned from an 11-day, 1,500 mile driving tour of New England, which took me across six states (which is a big deal to a California native because here you can drive nearly 1,000 miles just going from one end of the state to the other) and I got to see a few burgeoning  signs of what is considered “Fall Foliage Season” in that region of the country (see my photo above).  It is an annual endeavor for many professional and amateur photographers from across the country to capture the colors of fall, so it’s great that Olympus is sharing some helpful tips for doing so at the peak of this beautiful season. My favorite tip is below. Click here to see the whole story by Olympus.

Use Exposure Creatively

On a clear sunny day, you can take pictures of the red and yellow autumn colors against the blue sky. On a cloudy day, try using exposure compensation to give the impression of a painting. Set the exposure compensation more towards the + (positive) side and the details of the cloudy sky will disappear and become white. When the sky turns white, the autumn colored leaves will appear in the picture as if painted on a white canvas.


Tips for Brilliant Firework Photos from Olympus

photo by mrpattersonsir (creative commons)

Olympus is sharing some great tips for photographing fireworks just in time for the 4th of July. My favorite tip is below. Click here to see the whole story by Olympus.

Create a trail of lights with a sparkler

Experiment with your camera’s Night Scene+Portrait mode to capture amazing photos of light trails. This Scene Mode will fire a flash to illuminate your subject – but it will also keep the shutter open long enough to capture a light trail.

*If your camera does not have Fireworks Scene Mode or Night Scene+Portrait, your best alternative is to try Night Mode while using a tripod.


Photographing Children in a Developing Country


I recently came across this post by cashewman called “13 Tips for Great Photography in a Developing Country” (via BoingBoing) and it got me to thinking about the times I’ve shot scenes of life in a developing country.  Over the past few years, I have spent time visiting the orphanages of Tijuana and Baja California, and always bring my camera along for the trips. Whereas in the U.S., photographing children is  fragile and often dangerous ground for photographers to trample, even for those of us with the best intentions, in Mexico the children and their guardians seem to welcome the chance for little ones to be in front of the lens. However, there are two things about photography that I have learned over the years that have helped me to understand the true experience of these orphaned children even better.

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