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Tag: Tripod
Edited by Gerald Boerner



JerryPhotoToday we are looking at the type of photographs you might be taking on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. These photos will typically be taken in available light of the streets or the poor photographic lighting of a living room, but may also be supplemented with the use of flash. In any case, you will probably want to use a tripod, since you will need longer exposures on all but the top-of-the-class SLR (Single Lens Reflect) cameras. We hope that these tips will help you capture some great photos!

Taking those candid pictures of family, friends, and holiday play, especially for the kids, is not as easy as it might appears. Sometimes using the flash will be distracting. A flash might also be an obstacle to getting a good picture; people often move before the flash fires, especially if you have your camera set for a “Rear Curtin” flash. So, you may want to try “available light” shooting.

To accomplish this, you need to focus on the ISO settings and you MUST use a tripod to eliminate any movement, You will also want to use a remote “trigger” if one is available for your camera. If such a device is not available, you can use the timed trigger built into most modern digital cameras. For the ISO settings, check my blog article in the References section.

So let’s get on with our exploration…  GLB

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Quotations Related to PHOTOGRAPHY

“Photography is the beauty of life, captured.”
— Tara Chisholm

“I didn’t choose photography. Photography chose me.”
— Gerardo Suter

“Imagine a world without photography, one could only imagine.”
— Berenice Abbott

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Edited by Gerald Boerner



JerryPhotoMy experiences in using my cameras has taught me that there is a lot to be learned beyond setting the proper exposure (f-stop, shutter speed, and ISO) or the details of compositions. With the modern digital cameras, the former can be taken care of by using the Automatic settings. The latter takes a lot more study, but you can get a pleasing composition by making sure that everyone you want to capture is within the view.

The two things that everyone needs to attend to include a sharp focus and you hold the camera steady while shooting. The former is usually taken care of by the camera if we let it finish the process before taking the picture. The latter requires a little more work. It’s tempting to hold the camera at arms length when taking the picture; this adds a lot of movement and produces “fuzzy” photos. Use a tripod, if possible, but if not, take a deep breath, hold it, and hold your elbows to your ribs. This will help steady the camera and increase the probability of getting a good shot.

But, remember, you will probably only get one or two great photos from each 50+ shot. Acceptable scrapbook photos are more numerous. But by observing some of the suggestions in this post can improve your odds. So try the techniques out and take lots of pictures. Some of these shots are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

So, let’s move on…  GLB

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Quotations Related to PHOTOS

“As an avid photographer, I also took advantage of the latest technology in photography – digital photography – to post photos on my website on a daily basis.”
— Tipper Gore

“In twenty years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.”
— Mary Schmich

“My first calendar was a combination of photos taken from different shoots including golf and casual.”
— Natalie Gulbis

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