Apr 07, 2011 — 5 comments
Bright colourful and alien looking, dragonflies (and damselflies) are some of the most unusual creatures you or I are likely to come across, moving at seemingly impossible speeds and always seeming to be on the go, these insects can be a challenge to even the most experienced photographer, but there are ways to increase your chances of getting the wall perfect shot. Hopefully here you will gain a much better understanding of how you could achieve these shots yourself.
When it comes to macro photography one of my favourite subjects to shoot are moths, there are so many species (in the UK alone there are hundreds of Macro moths and into the thousands for micro moths) that can easily be attracted into your garden using moth traps. They come in a vast array of colours and sizes from the gaudy pink and green Elephant Hawk Moth to the dull Clouded Drab, but photographing them is not always easy, and presents a number of issues, which I hope to help with below.
My aim here is to give an understanding, there is far too much to detail in full on one page, in fact there are plenty of books written just on exposure so I hope you will forgive me for keeping it short but hopefully to the point. It is worth noting that this is aimed at those who can alter their camera settings, those that can only use automatic settings should learn this but unfortunately won’t really be able to change much
It seems one of the trickiest aspects of photography to get your head around is the aperture of your cameras lens, be it a highly expensive pro styled lens or the zoom on your point and shoot (most point and shoots will control aperture for you), the aperture of the lens will control aspects of your photography in the same way. Hopefully after reading this short guide you will have a basic understanding and be able to take it further in your photographic life.
Most of us (myself included until recently) when we look through our viewfinder (be it with your left or right eye) assume that it is set up ok and the focus through it is fine. However this may not be the case. If you are interested in using manual focus at anytime then it may be advisable to follow the steps below and adjust your dioptre.
With most modern cameras capable of exposing images almost perfectly, the one thing that makes an experienced/good photographers work stand out is composition. Anyone can take a snapshot that captures a moment, and if this is all you want then great, but for those who want pictures that make other people stop and look, the greatest aspect you can learn is good composition.
But we’re sure you want to do more than learn. You join contests to win! So here are a few tips on how you can improve your chances in bringing home the prize.
Ever wonder what photographic techniques are used in the ads you see every day in magazines and newspapers or online? In this special behind-the-scenes video, Ford gives us the inside scoop on their creative new ad campaign for the Ford Fusion.
It’s very common for a professional photographer to have a customer ask to be given all of the photo files from a day of shooting. Invariably, the photographer will try to persuade the customer against it, or even refuse outright. It leaves some customers confused, or possibly even angry. So why won’t your photographer let you have the product of the entire photoshoot?
From floods to fires to falling buildings, Superstorm Sandy’s wake of destruction was a shock to the East coast. Photos of concrete pillars where boardwalks once stood and leveled urban blocks where families once lived spread quickly through the internet creating nation-wide sympathy and a great amount of support for the people living the affected areas.
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