So awhile back i was talking about Snapseed for the iPad/iPhone. I also remember stating that the Mac version was coming out and that I was going to download it and take it for a test drive. Well I did and I must say that I like it. For anyone that has used the IOS version then you will be nice and comfortable with the Mac version. Anyways check out the video and let me know what you think.
So where i live there’s not a lot of outdoor activity due to the cold and the fact that everything covered in snow. So I really try and take advantage of the warmer months to go out shooting. I tend to let friends and acquantances know that I’m looking for stuff to shoot. This past summer I was told of a really great car show that was happening in our area. So I headed out to go shoot some cars.
Now i don’t have a specialty that i shoot. I enjoy shooting just about anything that comes in front of me and my camera. So taking pictures at this car show was going to be something new. The good thing about this show was that it was outdoors and the day was perfect lots of light and a lot of great really clean cars. So far the conditions were great. Now to shoot.
One of the main things that I wanted to achieve was to not just take the standard “car” photo. You know, the one everyone has. I wanted different. One of the big things with this car show was that these were mostly older cars, which was awesome. Old cars have features that truly separated them from other cars and this is what i wanted to attempt to capture.
So as I walked around the large sea of cars I looked for the things that made each car special and tried to focus on that. I barely ever photographed the complete car. And to be completely honest I was really happy with the photos that I got. So here is my recommendation. Get in close. Focus on the features. Make your photo interesting. I found myself lying on the grass or dirt many a time, just trying to get a different shot that I thought represented that car best.
On a side not make sure to have fun, talk with the car owners. They may show you things on their cars that others won’t get the opportunity to see. The other thing is never touch their cars. And if you do, please make sure to ask permission. I was shooting a corvette and there was a small twig sitting right in the middle of my shot resting on the rear tail light. I asked the owner if it was alright to remove it. She was very grateful that i asked and we ended up having a nice chat.
Anyways thats all i have to say in regards to that. If you guys have any great car shots, i would love to see them.
So I like to think that I shot a fair bit. Maybe not as much now as I used to, but still a lot compared to most. And one of the things that i shoot a lot of are live performances. Now I don’t have a large range of f2.8 and or lower lenses. I do have the standard 50mm F1.8 and I have a Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-f4.5. But even with those kinds of lenses I have to shoot at a high iso (3200). Now I could lower my shutter speed down to help me get some more light, but honestly a blurry picture is just no good. So i set my camera to shutter priority and lock it at somewhere around 1/160. This will usually give me a nice sharp image. Definitely fast enough to catch most of the action that is happening around me.
Now when you shoot high iso shots in a dark scenerio you really can start to see the noise creeping in. So their are a couple of things that you can do. One of them is find a noise reduction piece of software. I myself use Nik software’s Dfine which I really like, but their are others so snoop around. Mine is a plugin for Aperture so I can use it from within Aperture.
Now just cause you have a high iso shot with noise does not mean its all bad. Im actually a fan of some images that have camera noise. And sometimes i think it adds a whole lot of character to the photo. Much nicer then trying to take it away. Remember just cause you can doesn’t mean you should.
My last little suggestion is to turn the image to black and white. I have a real love of black and white images, but i think they look even better when they have some noise. They just have that feel to them which I love. So i wouldn’t change that.
So lastly, don’t be afraid to pump that iso up. I myself would much rather have a shot with some noise in it, then have a blurry picture because i couldn’t shoot fast enough.
Let me know what you think, show me some of your pics and remember.
So as you can tell I usually carry a fair amount of gear when i go out and shoot, so battery power is always a concern for me. Both my DSLR cameras have battery grips on them for extended power, plus extra batteries in my bag. I have an extra battery for my macbook pro (older macbook which had a removeable battery). But some of my other devices don’t have that luxury of having a removable battery. So what can you do then? Check out the video below and see what I use.
So while I was on holidays i wanted to make sure that i could take some of the awesome scenery back home with me. So I set up the old tripod and positioned the camera. This is the view that i had from our balcony. So nice. Hope you enjoy. I know that I did.
So i posted a little while ago a video that included my first timelapse. Now because i shot the intro portion on my older macbook pro the video was done in a lower resolution. So ive uploaded a full 1080p HD version onto youtube. So check it out.