Shooting air shows is the best situation (actually, the only) I shoot in for demonstrating the use of shutter priority mode. People often think that shutter priority is what you use to shoot fast action because you want to dictate a very fast shutter speed, when in fact most action sports photographers get the same result by simply shooting in aperture priority with their aperture wide open.
This is one of my favorite things to do: Wait until just after sunset, after 90% of the other (portrait) photographers have packed up their bags and headed home. In case you haven’t already figured out my style, this is when I bust out my tripod and beg my subjects to hold VERY still. ;-)
A very cool and easy to follow tutorial on how to create images using the double exposure feature on the Canon 5D Mark III.
To get a photo of two people in such a condition requires a fair amount of skill at holding still, combined with as high of an ISO and as fast of an aperture as you can manage. In this situation, I did not have f/2.8 or f/1.4 at my disposal, in fact for sharpness on this lens I found myself at f/4. This put me at ISO 3200 and a 1-second exposure, and even then the histogram was entirely empty on the right-hand half. (Meaning, 2-3 stops under-exposed)
Here’s a good example of when to “turn the whole thing around” and use the sun as your light source. Usually, photographers fear direct sun on their subjects as if it’s the plague. Entire photo shoots can go on with the sun at a subject’s back, for that flare-y, backlit look. While this can of course be beautiful as well, and it’s a very good idea for times of day when the sunlight is harsh, the “golden hour” just before sunset changes that rule in my opinion.
Here’s a great example of two things: serendipity, and very fast lens changing! Just like how yesterday’s “photo of the day” was a great example of not seeing the forest for the trees, today’s photo of the day is all about knowing when to zoom in on a single subject even if the wide angle scene is catching your eye.
Today I have a great example of “seeing the forest for the trees”… Sometimes, when something truly breathtaking happens right before your lens, you get caught up in the moment and don’t see the big picture. This was one of those moments, and I almost missed it completely…
Every sunset is different. However each year, there are a few of them that you remember forever! This was certainly one of those sunsets! As Galen Rowell once said, “You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day, and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and doesn’t waste either.”
A good alternate title for this post might be, “why did I shoot a landscape photo at ISO 1600?” In fact, that is a very good question to ask! Allow me to explain…
I captured this image on my birthday in January of 2007, on a Nikon D70. (This was before Nikon had even announced their first full-frame camera, the $5,500 D3, let alone the more affordable D700!)
I suppose you could also title this post, “What do you do when your lens hood is no help at all?” Either way, here’s today’s image of the day, and some insight into how it was shot and processed.
One part fashion, one part pyrotechnics, and a triple-threat team equals a combustion of epic proportions. VonWong Photography has done it again.