When I think of camping, the first thing I think of is the time spent around the fire. Fires not only provide warmth and light, they can also evoke great conversation and deep thought (well, at least for me). With summer here, many photographers will retreat to the great outdoors, and spend time staring at a fire with friends and family. Don’t let that fire go to waste, use it to make some great images!
In the Adorama sponsored video below, Corey Rich shows us how to make better photographs of your friends and family around the fire.
Corey keeps his technique very simple and uses a mix of high ISO, a wide open aperture and good timing to nail his final shot. He suggest taking test shots as the sun begins to set. Then, when the sun is set and the sky is glowing you can nail your final shot. He also suggests shooting multiple frames at a time, allowing you to pick the best shot from the set.
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This is a great little tutorial for anyone starting out, or for anyone who wants to make some great image from their camping trip. I was a little surprised Corey was not using a tripod given he was shooting with lower shutter speeds. His explanation makes sense – I agree that using a tripod can limit your creativity. When making images around the fire, you need to move fast making sure to not lose the ambient light in the sky. Trying to move a tripod around to capture different angles would slow you down and limit your creativity.
Images captured via screen grab.