Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Low light

I get lots of questions on getting the low light shots. Many assume I have an expensive lens and high end camera. But you can get solid low light shots with an entry level DSLR. You can get close with a point and shoot if you know how. And the lens I favor is the Canon 50mm f/1.8, the cheapest lens Canon sells. Sure, you can do more with higher end equipment, but it's not necessary to have some fun in low light.

This shot pushes the ISO settings on my Canon 50D. It's also hand held. ISO 6400, f/1.8, 1/60

I think the biggest thing that has helped me when I shoot in low light is not to think about how dark it is but rather look at the light that is there. See how you can use that.

This one is the same settings, same location, same kid, same camera, same lens but was shot 2 years earlier...

Ok, but what about even darker stuff? Because really, that sparkler is pretty darn bright. This was shot hand held with a Rebel XT and the 50mm f/1.8. ISO 1600, f/1.8, 1/15

And that brings me to something else I've learned. Size and weight can make a difference here. I can get away with slower shutter speeds with a lighter body like the Rebel XT than I can using the 50D with the same lens. Depending on if I'm sitting, standing, tired, etc... I can get a good 3 stops more with the Rebel. It's something to keep in mind if you like to shoot hand held.

 I said you can get similar shots with a point and shoot, right?

Ok, as far as settings, this was on auto. It was my only option on that camera. It was shot with an older 4MP Fuji p&s. And the reason it works is because she's fairly still and I've killed all camera shake with the tripod. If you know how you can do a lot with a point and shoot. All it takes is learning about your camera.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Baby you're a firework....

Went to my brother-in-law's house out in the sticks where it's legal to shoot off fireworks. Before dark Hyper Boy played some Xbox with his cousin. Well, sort of cousin. My brother-in-law's wife's sister's son. Cousin works, right? They played online the night before for the first time and became fast friends, hugging when they met in person... we hadn't been out there in 2 years, so the boys didn't really know each other.


And we got to see the newest addition to our clan....

Then it got dark and we unleashed our inner pyromaniac....




And Hyper Boy got to fire off some big booms for the first time this year. He took his responsibility very seriously.


Thanks Uncle J and Aunt M for having us out!







Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Good article...

Came across a good article. Not that anyone follows my blog.

http://www.petapixel.com/2012/07/03/common-photographic-mistakes-by-beginners-amateurs-and-pros-and-how-to-avoid-them/

Amen to this one...
"Worrying too much about gear. This usually takes the form of hauling around everything you own for every shoot and believing a new piece of equipment will solve some deficiency in your images that can almost always be traced back to photographic skill, or more specifically, the lack thereof."

Own up to your bad images and stop blaming the camera.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dance time...

Last weekend was Dancer Girl's big year end dance concert. a 12 hour dress rehearsal followed the next day by a 6 hour concert. Did I mention she opened and closed the show? She opened each of the 3 acts as well. Ain't no rest for the dance mom.

Anyway, what kind of dance mom would I be if I didn't take pictures of the concert. I shoot this type of event once a year, this was my 6th one. I think I'm finally getting a feel for this type of shooting.





Can't wait to shoot the concert next year when I have my new toys!


Monday, May 7, 2012

It's not the camera

You know, I say all the time that it's the photographer. That you can push even the most basic cameras pretty far if you know how. And I hear all the time from other photographers that you must have a DSLR to shoot in low light. I strongly disagree with that.

A few posts back I ranted about the absurdity that they wouldn't allow cameras with "interchangeable lenses" into the Big D NYE event. This is from that night....


HTC Droid Incredible. Hand held. No post processing.

It's so not the camera you use.

School is out!

I think I appreciate summer vacation now even more than when I was a kid. I've finished classes but the kids have a few weeks left. That means blissful quiet in the house during the day. And loooong naps for me.

Final projects were turned in last week... here's a shot from one..

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Studio work

Been doing a lot of studio work lately. The good thing about Barbie is that she's always available, never complains, never needs food or bathroom breaks and she's free.