Shooting from an Airplane

Aerial photography offers a drastically different perspective than you get on the ground. Although it's easy to create images that look different from all the other shots you've taken in the past, there are some challenges to creating good images while you're in the air Vibration Airplanes and helicopters vibrate a lot. Forget about the reciprocal of the focal length rule for shutter speed here (discussed in Chapter 3). Plan to use a shutter speed of at least 1 500 of a second or fasterwhen...

Ground breaking or ribbon cutting

PR folks are always setting up ribbon cuttings and groundbreaking ceremonies. Although your client or organization probably will insist on such an event, it's tough to get news photographers out for them. Those who do attend will be in a hurry. Maximize your press opportunity by having handout materials for the photographers. When applicable, stress statistics on job creation and the financial benefits to the community thanks to the construction project that's about to begin. You still have to...

Making your aperture selection work for you

The terms F-stop and aperture are used interchangeably to describe the same thing how much the lens opens to let light hit the camera's sensor. This is the second part of the relationship that reads shutter speed + f-stop exposure. In simple terms, the correct combination of shutter speed and lens opening produces the correct exposure. From a purely technical standpoint, you need a value of X for a proper exposure if your shutter speed and aperture add up to X, you've got a good exposure....

Using supplemental flash

Supplemental, or accessory, flash is simply an external flash you use separately or in conjunction with your camera's built-in flash unit. There are several ways to use supplemental flash 4 Hot shoe mount accessory flash If your camera has a hot shoe (a mount that triggers your flash when you press the shutter button), then a hot shoe mount accessory flash is a great addition to your photographic arsenal. These units are frequently designed to work specifically with your camera model, and...

Photographing 3D artwork

Of course, many artists also create three-dimensional art. Accuracy is just as important in photographing these artworks as it is in reproducing paintings. You just have the added complication of working in three dimensions instead of two. Here are some things to consider if you need to photograph a 3D work of art 4 In cases where color accuracy is paramount (such as ceramics), follow the same advice given in the preceding section about photographing paintings and include a standard color...

Using telephoto lenses creatively

Long focal lengths are an invaluable tool in the photographer's bag. As noted earlier, these lenses can be very useful for macro and portrait photography. One of their strongest benefits is that they're wonderful tools for isolating your subject. Experienced photographers turn to longer focal lengths for a variety of creative uses 4 Selective focus Set your camera to its largest possible lens opening and fastest shutter speed, and then focus on your subject. With the lens wide open on a longer...

Digiscoping The poor mans answer to a super telephoto lens

The average photographer either can't afford or isn't interested in buying a professional quality, super telephoto lens. Most photographers just get by with whatever options fit their wallet. How many people actually need extremely long focal lengths for everyday photography Well, it turns out that there's at least one group of people that doesn't necessarily fall into the category of avid photographers but that wants to be able to take photos of small objects a long way off bird watchers. Many...

Billiards and pool

Photographing billiards and pool is easy when you're shooting in your basement or at a recreational facility. It's a whole other story when you're shooting a professional competition. For times when you can use flash and move about freely, get close to the table and set up a shot where the target ball and pool cue form a line leading up to the shooter's face. Shoot low, from table level rather at a normal standing eye level. Because depth of field will probably be shallow, decide whether you...

Tripods monopods and other stabilizers

Numerous customer satisfaction surveys have shown that the most common reason photographic prints are rejected by one-hour photo customers is because they're out of focus. Ironically, what's often blamed as a focusing mistake is actually blur from camera shake. As cameras get smaller and lighter, it becomes increasingly more difficult to hold them steady while you trip the shutter. When you add in the effects of poor technique such as jabbing the shutter release instead of squeezing it it's not...