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Learn by Doing Photography – Panoramic

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Learn by Doing Photography #34 – Panoramic

I took a drive to the grandparents house yesterday so the kids could spend the weekend. We actually have a pretty great thing going, for the past 5 years twice a summer our kids  spend four days with a their grandparents. But they don’t go to the same grandparents – one goes to one set of grandparents and the other stays with the other set of grandparents, at the end of the summer they flip. This way they each get to spend solo time with their grandparents and my husband and I have four days for just us. It’s a win win everyone looks forward to the weekend!

On my way home to Missoula the clouds were amazing! Montana is called Big Sky Country and it’s on days like this that you really notice it. From East to West the clouds changed as I drove onward, storms rolled over me and continued on, the sun came out and the sun disappeared. I stopped at Nine Pipes to capture a few of the clouds that were rolling on by.

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PhotographyLife.com always, I mean always has a great tutorial to follow. Be sure to check out this one it not only talks about how to capture a panoramic, but also how to edit:
Panoramic Photography Tutorial

A couple things I have learned along the way:

-I Use a tripod
-Set the timer on your camera or use a cable release
-Shoot vertical (I have noticed when I shoot horizontal I don’t have enough photo to work with after the software does its thing.
-If shooting with a wide angle I bring it in a little so I don’t get the vignette thing going on
-Use a small aperture to I get everything in focus

Learn by Doing Photography – Metering Modes

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Learn by Doing Photography #33 – Metering Modes

This week we’re taking a look at metering modes. Dust off your camera manual and review the different metering modes this week. Or watch the video below by Mike Browne, which is a great tutorial talking about all the different metering modes. He talks a lot about 18% gray, center weighted metering mode, spot metering and evaluative metering modes. He covers all the bases and shows some great examples.

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This week is just about exploring your metering mode. Try a challenging spot where the light is not average, where there is hardly any light or a lot of contrast. I went for a sliver of light on the street and spot metered off my daughters face. You can see the sliver of light from a porch light on the side walk in the picture on the right. I had her stand right there and just turn towards the light, spot meter and took the picture.

I am so grateful my kids are always excited to try something new with me! As we were getting ready for bed last night I asked Kat if she wanted to go out front. I was going to try taking a picture under a street light, but the street lights on the street are pretty high up and I was looking for a more direct light or closer light source. The sliver of light bouncing around the car in the driveway was perfect. Thanks Kat!

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My settings were 1/60 sec at f/2.8 ISO 6400 on manual

The photograph was taken with the Canon Mark III and the 50mm f/1.8

Be sure to watch the video below:

 

 

Learn by Doing Photography – Slow Shutter Speed

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Learn by Doing Photography #32 – Slow Shutter Speed

Every year the fair comes to town! Some folks like to go to the fair and some stay clear of the fair when it comes to town. As a photographer it’s a gold mine of lights on the last day. A perfect place to practice using a slow shutter speed. If you go on the last night they’re in town, on a Sunday night you will avoid any crazy crowds. I went just as the sun was setting and walked around with my tripod in hand. It was a quiet peaceful night, by the end certain rides were starting to tear down. By morning those trucks will be packed on on their way to a new town, but for tonight the lights are yours so enjoy them, slow down and experiment.

If the fair isn’t coming to town soon, all you need are lights. Look for roads with traffic as the sun is setting or pull out some flashlights. Either way try using a slow shutter speed and see what happens!

The photo below I zoomed in out just a bit – my settings were F/14 @ 25.0 seconds and I was using the 24-105mm Canon at 24 mm

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The photo below my settings were f/13 at 6.0 sec still using the 24-105mm Canon at 24mm. This was obviously taken at night, but I wonder how different the shot would have been if I listened to the advice in the video tutorial and went at dusk…

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A quick video with some good tips:

Learn by Doing Photography – Black and White Photography

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Learn by Doing Photography Assignment #31 – Black and White Photography

Before you go a step further check out this article –  Interview with Bernhard J Suess – I found Bernhard to be an extremely inspiring photographer! He made me stop and think about photography differently. I first read about him in an article on the New York Institute of Photography – Choosing subjects for black and white photos.

Mark Wallace always has a great tutorial! Some good tips about shape, color and light!

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Mark Wallace always has a great tutorial! Some good tips!

Learn by Doing Photography – Photographing Pets

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Learn by Doing Photography Assignment #30- Photographing Pets

This week we are watching our favorite neighborhood dog, Roy! When I tell the family we’re watching Roy for the week the family cheers. He is incredible….

This morning Kat and I took him for his walk. Besides being just an all around awesome dog he also makes sure we go out for a least two walks every day which is great! This morning we went to the park and to play and photograph Roy. I think he is smiling in all these pictures!

So if you don’t have a pet, find a friend or just walk to the park. I don’t know about where you live, but here in Missoula there are dogs everywhere!

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I found two tutorials for you  –

1. Digital-Photography-School – How to Photograph Pets
2. WikiHow – Photographing Pets

Plus you might to check out this YouTube tutorial – excellent!

Learn by Doing Photography – Sunset

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Learn by Doing Photography Assignment #29 – Sunset

So how do you want to capture the sunset tonight!

When you slow down to watch the sunset, you see the how amazing each moment is. The colors change constantly creating new visions to be photographed each moment.  It moves so quickly you can’t decide which lens, you can only choose one for each moment since it will pass so quickly. Yet at the same time everything moves slow as you sit there behind your tripod, watching waiting enjoying the sunset.

Here are a few from my last night that I shot –

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I like quick tips when reading on how to photograph something. Improve put together a great list on how to photograph the sunset:

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A couple things I have learned along the way:

1. always use a tripod
2. Remote triggers are great (or just use your timer)
3. If you want to capture those amazing colors meter in the sky next to the sun
4. Bring all your lenses
5. Stay after the sunsets
6. Move around, don’t just photograph one spot – look for interesting shots

 

 

 

Learn by Doing Photography – Photographing Butterflies

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Learn by Doing Photography Assignment #28 – Photographing Butterflies

The hard part is finding a butterfly to photograph…  Even once you’re in position with you camera lens pointed right at the butterfly, they can some how sneak right by you. Leaving you searching, thinking now where did it go. You need a lot of patience for this one.

I was sitting in one of my favorites spots, my parents porch. I could have sat there all morning watching that butterfly. It was early morning and the sun had just come over the mountain. Cup of coffee in one had and lens in the other just waiting for that butterfly to come back. It would jump from one plant to another, but would always come back to the one I was positioned for.

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A few sites with some great tips on photographing butterflies:

1. 8 tips for photographing butterflies

2. Composition tips for butterfly photography

3. How to attract butterflies to your garden

 

 

. You might be looking through the lens and it flies away,  When you’re looking through the lens at a butterfly it might take off and you’re standing there scractching your head wondering where did it go this time

Learn by Doing Photography – How to Photograph Fireworks

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Learn by Doing Photography Assignment #27 – Fireworks!

If you have fireworks going off in your city tonight, you might want to check your camera bag this afternoon! Charge those batteries and make sure you SD cards are formatted and ready…

 

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Items you will want to have tonight…

1. Tripod
2. Cable Release
3. turn off your flash
4. Shoot in Manual
5. lowest ISO
6. Try apertures around f/8 and smaller
7.. Try some shots of Bulb setting. Open before first burst, hold open until burst completes.
8. Look at your composition, do you want to have a silhouette of a tree or a building?
9. Take a look at your pictures on the screen, analyze your first picture, and then try again
9. Take lots of pictures, fireworks are tricky!
10. Have fun!

I found a couple great sites that go into detail how to capture fireworks!

www.BhPhotoVideo.com
www.Digital-Photography-School.com
www.KenRockwell.com

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Learn by Doing Photography – Low Key Photography

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Learn by Doing Photography Assignment #26 Low Key Photography

Last week we took high key photos and this week we move on to low key photography. You can get a good idea of low key photography by just searching, check these images out -> Low Key Photography

The picture below if of my daughter I took awhile back. With camps this week and summer in full swing I wasn’t able to find the time to take the picture I wanted with them. I will make the time next week…  The histogram below is from the picture. Note how far to the left the histogram goes. For this image I used the window light. The room itself was rather dark so my only light source was the light coming in from the window.

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What you’re looking for is one light source with a darker background. Rick Nunn wrote and excellent article -> How I shoot Low Key Portraits . He took pictures each step of the way to give you a clear understanding of how to create a low key image, be sure to check it out!

 

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Learn by Doing Photography – High Key Photography

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Learn by Doing Photography Assignment #25 High Key Photography

High key and low key photography? High Key usually has little tonal contrast, not many shadows. Words to describe high key photography would be dreamy, bright, white. Low Key is the opposite with deep shadow, lots of contrast, words to describe  a low key image would be moody, dramatic. The best way to see the difference is Google the term High  Key Photography – Images and Low Key Photography – Images and just look at them images.

It also helps to pay attention to your histogram when shooting.  This is a picture of the histogram from my image below, notice how the histogram is all the way to the right.

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I found two really great articles talking about High and Low Key images. Cambridge in Colour has a great article that goes into great detail about tones and contrast which is excellent! Talks about the histogram which is always interesting.

The other one I came across was Photography.tutsplus.com Rob Taylor  wrote an excellent tutorial called “High Key? Low Key? And introduction to Lighting and Ratios.