So I had a friend of mine show me some photos that were done with a very small constant light (actually an old iPod classic) and because of the long exposure they were able to light the scene very professionally and creatively. So I wanted to experiment and try some long exposure shots myself. So with my new toy (motorcycle) I gathered my trusty Canon 7D, Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 lens and tripod and headed to the garage where my bike was sitting.
So I needed to find a source of light as I was going to be shooting in complete darkness. So I headed to the store looking for something that I could use to “paint” light over the sections of my bike that I wanted to expose.
I ended up finding the above Energizer keychain LED flashlight. So this light doesn’t put out a lot of light, but it could be very precise as well as very broad depending on how far I held the light from its target. So for $5 I figured it was worth the investment (picked it up from Home Depot).
So now I had a subject (bike) had my gear and finally had a small light. I was ready.
With the lights on in the garage I setup the camera on the tripod and framed the shot accordingly. Set the camera to manual focus (as it wouldn’t be able to auto focus in the dark) and then set my camera for 30 second exposure, f11, ISO 100, and lastly set the timer for 2 seconds. I was ready.
I then turned off the lights, fired the shutter, and painted the bike with my little flashlight.
The following pictures were my 2 favourite shots form the 8 photos that I took. I kinda wish that I had given the bike a little bit of a wash, but all in all I was very pleased with the outcome of the photos.
If there are any questions as to how these photos were taken please let me know. I will continue to play with light exposure as well as long exposure.
So I just received a much faster SDXC card and decided to do some more speed tests with the new card. Seems the actual adapter is actually quite fast and in my previous tests it was the card that was the slow part. Check out the video to see the results with the new card.
So I have tried to do time lapse photography just once and i think it turned out pretty well (ill post the videos below). Their are a few extras that you’ll need to really take good time lapse including tripod and an intervelometer (i sure hope i spelled that right).
Anyways check the article it has a good video in it as well.
And here is my video.
No one just starts out as a Professional Photographer. Like most things we need to do it to get better, plus we should do that thing with someone who is better at it then us. So being able to be a photographers assistant is sometimes a great experience. Here’s an article that talks about 12 Rules that will help you better prepare and be successful.
Here is a big list of tips from Eric Kim. I may not 100% agree with all of them. But definitely the majority. Great list to keep in your thoughts.
So I must say, i use my iPhone a lot!! I shot a lot of video and take a lot of pictures with it. The only real issue I’ve ever really had in regards to the iPhone or I guess any phone camera is trying to hold it steady for video. Not always nice and easy. Anyways over at kickstarter there is this new ‘slingshot’. Seems like a pretty good idea. And i may be interested in picking one up. Let us know if this looks like something that may be of interest to you?
Taking pictures of Kids can be one of two things. Really hard or a lot of fun. And if you just let kids be kids then you have a much better chance of having fun and getting pictures that look natural and not forced.
Here’s one of my favourite tips…
3. DISENGAGE MOM AND DAD:
This point is probably more important than all the others combined. You’ve got to keep mom and dad under control. Often parents are tempted to engage to try to help force get their kiddos to cooperate. This is particularly likely if the kids are being somewhat rascaly. I get it. I’m a mom. I want my kids to listen, be respectful and behave appropriately—expecially when we’re getting our pictures taken (PS. it never happens for me, ever). But when mom and dad step in with their frustration and angst, we get either tears or the types of expressions that the kids are trained to give for mom and dad. . . that’s not what I’m going for.
At the beginning of a session, I explain to mom and dad that I’ve got them covered. They are free to sit back and relax. They are allowed to hang around, but they aren’t allowed to intervene between the kids and I unless I specifically as for their help. This not only ensures I have the opportunity to connect with their kids the way I’m hoping to, but it also alleviates a lot of pressure from Mom and Dad. “You mean, this experience doesn’t have to be a hellish circus for me?!” Cue huge sigh of relief.
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