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21 Jan 2022

How We Shot It



US Navy Blue Angels – How We Shot It

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.


Engagement Portrait Under the Stars – How We Shot It

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)


A Kiss at Sunset – How We Shot It

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.


Swans at Sunrise – How We Shot It

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.