Category Archives: Digital Photography

Digital Photography Tips – Capturing the Spider’s Web

A favorite photography subject of many people is a spider web. They possess such an intricate beauty but also strength that far exceeds their outward appearance. A web, which has been photographed in a thoughtful & considerate manner, will produce a beautiful image. Here’s some tips to help you get the money shot when it comes time to head into the yard looking for our eight-legged friends.

  1. Always be an environmentally conscious photographer. When we go out in the field, you’re number one goal should be to leave as little evidence of your presence as possible. We have a great gift that is not to be squandered for our own purposes. Just keep that in mind when you’re out & about please!
  2. No motion. Because spider webs are so delicate, even the slightest breeze can result in your shots being out of focus. Sometimes reflectors can also be used to deflect gentle breezes. But you’re best to wait for natural calm. For this reason also, you will want to have your camera mounted on a tripod. Use a cable shutter-release or the timer function to help eliminate movement on the camera.
  3. Depth of field and background. Open your aperture as much as possible to avoid distraction & clutter in the background. You want the subject to be the web. If you have problems with getting proper exposure, even with highest shutter speeds & slowest ISO settings, you may have to use a neutral density filter to reduce light levels. Another way to help with light levels is to look for dark backgrounds. This will also help accentuate the web.
  4. Shoot all around. Be sure to get shots from both sides and looking directly at the web. With a shallow depth of field, you may find a particular web to b more interesting when only a portion is in clear focus. Likewise, you might find a “perfect” web front view that will need to be completely within your focal distance. Don’t forget to simplify and highlight your subject by filling the frame. You’ll be amazed with your results.
  5. Do the dew. Not that I’m trying to rip-off anything from the famous soft drink, but water on a web will give you a truly classic image. This moisture is best found in the early morning before the temperature starts drying everything out. You can also try going out after a light rain. Some professional photographers will carry a a misting sprayer with them to help with composition. Just remember our number one rule if you decide to start messing with things too much.
  6. Don’t forget the flash. Under most circumstances, the natural light you’re using will be sufficient for obtaining a proper level of exposure. However, there may be times when you need a little more. Many species of spiders are actually more active at dusk & dawn because of their feeding habits. In these situations, you may want to deploy a strobe to help provide additional illumination. I don’t recommend the use of a constant source due to the attraction of unwanted insects. But my guess is that your subject won’t mind the added company in this case.

Now you know the secrets to capturing an awesome image next time you find the spiders’ web. Good luck with your attempts. You never know what you’ll get unless you get out there & try.

Not Having Digital Photography Success?

You download your photos to your computer, the ones you took at a once in a lifetime event, and you’re disappointed with the results. They looked okay on your camera view screen but, on the computer screen some seem a little fuzzy, or too light or dark, or they have the dreaded “red-eye”. You’re just not having the digital photography success you want. As an amateur photographer I’ve been there, done that.

To many people reading a digital camera user manual is good if they’re having trouble sleeping. Too much information of a technical nature to be absorbed. When I started photography as a hobby I bought every book I could trying to find the secret of taking perfect pictures. Looking back I realized all the books said the same thing, just in a different way.

Digital photography is not rocket science. It is an art form. You learn some basic concepts and your digital photography success becomes a product of your creative skills applying those concepts. Unfortunate for some, we need help in sharpening our creativity. That’s where fundamentally sound instruction comes in.

You can take a photography class in school, join a camera club, invest in an extensive online course, or search the web for information you can use. The web is a great source, filled with thousands of “how-to” photography e-books. Choose one that is written in plain language, easy to understand and remember. There are offerings on the web authored by people who have learned by trial and error, and without professional instruction became accomplished photographers. They write with a passion about their profession.

Samsung TL220 Dual View Digital Camera Review

The Samsung TL220 Dual View Digital Camera is a smart little camera that not only has a real LCD screen but a revolutionary industry feature a 1.5″ front LCD screen. Set up the perfect shot with you in it with great new front screen.

The Samsung Digital Camera provides perfect features including the 4.6x/s7mm lens to the 3.0″ Touch Screen makes this Samsung Digital Camera a true must-have.

All photographers, new and experienced, will appreciate the TL220′s simple navigation. The Samsung TL220 comes equipped with a true color filtered 12.2 megapixel CCD with a powerful 4.6x optical zoom which almost guarantees the sharpest images.

The 27mm wide angle lens provides a wider shooting range from a shorter distance with greater flexibility than similarly priced digital cameras.

Delivering an unrivalled user experience, the 1.5″ LCD located on the front of the Samsung TL220 Dual View camera now allows consumers to take first-rate photos whether they are behind the camera or in front of it.

Also, Samsung’s innovative Smart Face Recognition technology will memorize up to 20 faces and adjust the focus and exposure to the most high-ranked faces on the camera. It also allows users to sort images by registered faces and scroll through to find images of people in their Smart Album instead of viewing every single photo.

This feature will be of great importance especially to those individuals who love social networking and uploading personal profiles.

While the Canon EOS 7D, Olympus EP-1, or Nikon D3000 offer great digital they are sometimes more than the amateur photographer is looking for.

If this is you look no further, the Samsung TL220 Digital Camera might just be the perfect digital camera for you.

A framing guide helps all photography novices to ensure the exact picture they want. Especially for the younger snapper this dual view is perfect to be included in all shots.

Digital Photography – How to Take Great Waterfall Photos

Waterfalls seem to grab the hearts and minds of people. Go to any location that has one or more waterfalls and it is pretty much a guarantee that they will be a major attraction, if not the main attraction, of the area. However, as beautiful as waterfalls are, it is not so easy to capture that beauty with a camera. It is easy to produce pictures of waterfalls; it is not so easy to produce powerful images. Waterfalls provide their own unique set of problems which requires a unique set of solutions. This article is about those unique problems and the solutions that allow photographers to produce images that communicate the power and beauty that is inherent in the waterfalls that stand before their lenses. Part 1 of this two part series concentrates on setting up for the waterfall shoot. Part 2 will concentrate on capturing the waterfall image.

Weather

Weather plays a huge part in producing great waterfall images. Quite simply, waterfalls do not photograph well in nice, sunny weather. The best time to photograph waterfalls is in overcast weather.

Some waterfalls will photograph best in light overcast. Light overcast produces a light that is gentle but which still has enough power to bring out the colors in a scene. Other waterfalls photograph best in strong overcast. Strong overcast can produce a very moody image with a power to convey that sense of mood in an image. In fact, very powerful waterfall images can even be produced in rainy weather (during a break in the rain).

An Old Filter

One of the major challenges in photographing waterfalls has to do with water getting on the lens (or the filter in front of the lens). Powerful waterfalls can drop huge amounts of water which produces a mist. In other cases, the weather may produce fog, drizzle, or rain that gets on the lens. All of this can be exacerbated by wind (which always seems to be pointed directly toward my lens).

A partial solution is to place an old, clear filter in front of the lens while the equipment is being set up. Once the photographer is ready to go, the photographer will need to remove the filter from the lens in order to take the shot.

Tripod

Don’t even think of photographing a waterfall without a tripod. A large part of the nature of waterfalls is the movement of the water. This movement is most often captured with shutter speeds that are slow enough that clear images can not be produced with a handheld camera.

White Balance

The lighting involved with waterfall shots can be tricky. In overcast or rainy conditions, the light will likely have a blue tint. If the waterfall is in a forest, the light may bounce off the trees and pick up a green tint. Neither the auto white balance nor the preset white balance options on a camera will guarantee accurate white balance. The best solution is to perform a manual white balance (your camera manual will explain how for your particular camera).

Polarizer

Objects that are wet tend to produce glare. This glare is often polarized. This is particularly an issue with waterfall shots because the rocks and vegetation near the waterfall will be wet and will almost certainly have a certain amount of glare. A polarizer will remove the glare. In addition, a polarizer has a secondary effect. By removing the glare, the color saturation will improve.

Bubble Level

Sadly, the human eye is not a very good judge of whether a camera is level. Luckily, a bubble level is designed specifically for leveling a camera. A bubble level is an inexpensive, small, easy to use device that fits into the hot shoe of a camera and allows a photographer to verify that the camera is level. It works in the same way as a carpenter’s bubble level. Simply center the bubble between the lines and the camera is leveled.

Summary

The camera should now be properly set up for the waterfall shoot. Part 2 of this article will delve into how to actually capture great waterfall images.

 

5 Tips For Taking Digital Photography From the Airplane

Have you ever looked out of the window of an airplane? Now you would wonder why I am asking this strange question. Have you looked out of an airplane window and remarked about the beauty. Have you ever wanted to capture those moments? Well now you can capture those memories. Here are a few tips for taking digital photography form the airplane.

A common mistake that people make when taking shots from the camera is to put the lens of the camera right against the window pane of the airplane. We normally do this hoping that it will cut down on the reflections. People also do this to take a steady shot. Now, resting your camera on the window pane might help you to decrease the reflection but it will never help in taking a steady shot. If you rest the camera on window pane the camera will shake a lot more owing to the vibrations of the airplane.

If you are using a DSLR with fitted lens what you can do is that attach the lens hood to the lens. This way you will get closer to the window without really touching it. This is the best strategy to take a beautiful picture. Now, use your free hand to cup the lens, this way you will be able to protect it from the reflections. Now the best way to take an aerial shot is to shoot from an open window from a proper altitude. But since most of us cannot do it, the next best option is to shoot from the window of an airplane.

Below are five tips for taking digital photography from the window of an airplane:

When you plan to take a picture from the window of an airplane, switch your camera from the auto focus to the manual focus. The reason is that the camera gets confused when you are shooting through the glass. When you switch to the manual focus mode and lock the focus on the main focal point you will achieve better results.

Windows of the airplane will often ice up or get condensed when you are flying for a long period of time. Therefore, you must make it a point to shoot early. Your shots will be much clearer and better.

If you are looking for the aerial shots of the ground, there will be fewer opportunities when you would be able to do it. Therefore, the key is to be ready for those moments. These opportunities occur when the plane begins to bank off before landing or after taking off. You will get very few opportunities to capture these shots. Therefore, always be ready to shot at the right moment.

Always turn off the flash when you shoot from an airplane. The reason is that a flash will not be of any help. An in-built flash will only work for a few meters and will aggravate the problem of reflection.

There are times when the scene outside the airplane is just breathtaking. These are the scenes that you will never want to miss. But after you have captured these scenes you would really feel that they do nothing to inspire you. When shooting from airplane look for a main subject that will bring light on your photograph.