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Learn by Doing Photography – How to Photograph Fireworks

Learn by Doing Photography – Practice your photography skills with weekly photography assignments. I will post a new assignment every Friday, you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

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 – Changing your Perspective

Learn by Doing Photography – Practice your photography skills with weekly photography assignments. I will post a new assignment every Friday, you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Learn by Doing Photography Assignment #19 – Changing your Perspective

One of the biggest tricks to photography is to move. Don’t just take every picture at eye-level, move around.  Take the same picture from a few different angle. Move up higher than your subjects, or lay down on the ground, try tilting your camera, try anything just don’t take the same picture over and over again from the same spot.

This week I stood in the middle of the road with my camera at eye level and took the picture on the left. Then I sat down on the ground,  I just held my camera about an inch from the ground and snapped a picture. It only takes a second to take another picture from a different angle, but it’s always worth it. When you come back from a photo shoot it’s the pictures you took from a different angle that stand out from the rest.

This week’s assignment is to take two pictures. One from eye level and the other you need to try a different angle of the same image.

 

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Learn by Doing Photography – Negative Space

Learn by Doing Photography – Practice your photography skills with weekly photography assignments. I will post a new assignment every Friday, you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Learn by Doing Photography Assignment #10 Negative Space

We spend quite a bit of time finding our subject, but what about the space around the main subject? The space around your subject is just as important as your subject. You can shot a portrait of someone where they fill the frame or switch to a wide angle and show the space around them.

So this week’s challenge is to incorporate negative space into your image. Don’t just look at your subject look around your subject…

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Episode 117 :: Simplification and Negative Space
Don’t just watch this one, watch them all! I actually have all the Podcasts on my phone. They’re very inspiring and full of excellent tips on The Art of Photography!

Learn by Doing Photography – A walk around the block

Learn by Doing Photography – Practice your photography skills with weekly photography assignments. I will post a new assignment every Friday, you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Learn by Doing Photography Assignment #6 A walk around the block

After -20* yesterday, today felt like a heat wave at 13*! Clear blue skies, with the nothing but sunshine. Boy did it feel good to get outside for a walk.

This week was an easy challenge, just pick up your camera and head outside. The first couple weeks of the year have been a little harder as we dive into exposure compensation, apertures and ISO’s. Today just pick up your camera and take a picture!

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Fast Shutter Speed – Learn by Doing Photography

Learn by Doing Photography – Practice your photography skills with weekly photography assignments. I will post a new assignment every Friday, you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Photography Assignment #3 –  Fast Shutter Speed.

Something to remember about shutter speed:

fast shutter speed freeze motion while a slow shutter speed shows motion.

If you’re using Canon turn your dial to TV – shutter priority and if you’re using a Nikon turn your dial to S both will do the same thing. They put you in charge of the shutter speed and the camera with adjust the aperture and ISO.

I would at least go 1/250sec and faster on your shutter speed to freeze motion. It depends on a couple factors – how fast your motion is, what lenses you’re using. Try shooting in short bursts when the action is at its peak that way you have more of a chance capturing the exact moment you’re looking for.

Luckily my daughter is always up for jumping for the camera!

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Digital Photography Freezing Motion – Great tutorial at AdoramaTV by Mark Wallace, he always does an excellent job on the tutorials!

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Understanding your Aperture – Learn by Doing Photography

Learn by Doing Photography – Practice your photography skills with weekly photography assignments. I will post a new assignment every Friday, you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

We are going to start at the beginning… If you’re are on automatic and want to move forward and learn some new creative moves then stick around. Every Friday we will have a new challenge, a new task to try on your camera. If you’re already on manual then it’s time to review.

Photography Assignment #1 – Take the same picture using different apertures. Don’t move your camera just change the aperture.

This is on of the funniest things to learn on your camera! It took me awhile to understand exactly what an aperture is and how it impacts your image. I read about and listened to photographers explain it to me, but it didn’t really sink in until the day I did this challenge.

It’s easier if you have a tripod to set your camera on, but if not just set it on a stable surface. On your mode dial change your setting to AV on Canon and A on Nikon. Set your ISO to 100. Turn your dial so you are at your widest aperture (which would be the smallest number on the dial) focus about 1/3 of the way into the picture and take a picture. Without moving your camera change your aperture to the next number and take a another picture.  You will notice the depth of field change more if you’re closer to your subject. If your subject is 10 feet away you’re not going to notice the depth of field change. So get up close and give it a try.

There are three things that affect depth of field

  • Aperture (F- Stop)
  • Focal Length
  • Distance from Subject

What is an aperture? It’s the opening in your lens which helps determine how much light is going to reach your camera’s sensor.

What is an aperture

What is a Focal Length? The distance between the center of a lens or curved mirror and its focus. The focal length refers to the lens you’re using, maybe you have a 50mm lens, 18-55mm lens or 24-105mm lens etc.

What is Depth of Field? It’s the area of sharpness from near to far within your photograph.

What is Bokeh? The blur in the out-of-focus areas of an image

Aperture is also refereed to as f-stop –

The smaller opening (higher number) will give us more more depth of field. So if your camera is set at f/22 your entire scene is going to be in focus.
The larger opening (lower number) will give us less depth of field. If you use something like f/2.8 your going to get that lovely bokeh look, where something is in focus and the    background is all blurry.

This is a great quick video on understanding what an aperture does! Lori Allen does a great job explaining it:

 

The pictures below were all taken on aperture priority. (You set the aperture and the ISO and the camera will set the shutter speed) All these images were taken using the Canon 24-105mm lens.

F/4.0 at 0.4 sec

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F/5.6 at 0.8 sec

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F/8.0 at 1.6 sec

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F/11 at 3.2 sec

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F/16 at 6.0 sec

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F/22 at 13.0 sec

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Year End Review – Learn by Doing Photography

Year End Review…

Phew…. we did it 52 weeks of challenges. There is always something to learn, always something to improve upon. That is why I am going to do it again next year! I want to continue to grow as a photographer and learn new creative ways of approaching my photography.

I love Lightroom! I don’t know how I would function without it now. Which kinda scares me, it’s become such a part of my work flow. At first I wasn’t too sure about the catalog aspect of it, but really that is the best part. The way it organizes your pictures, how easy it is to view them later in the grid.

It made it easy to find this weeks challenge:

Learn by Doing Photography #52 – Year end Review
Pick three of your favorite pictures from the year! The pictures I picked are all for  personal reasons…. What a beautiful year it was!

This is a picture of my daughter. When we  walked by this beautiful window I knew we had to stay for awhile.  We we’re just running errands that day, but I was glad I had my camera with me. We took pictures in the chair, by the elevator, her jumping up trying to touch the highest button. She has so much energy as she moves  the lobby, so carefree, so full of life that I love so much. Out of them all this was my favorite, when she looked out the window.

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Lewis and Clark Caverns are amazing! A 2 hour tour to the bottom of a mountain where you get to experience what it means to have zero light. They turn off the the lights for a few minutes so you can see and feel what it means to have no light. The four of us went on a week long trip to through Montana to Yellowstone National Park. It is the second time I have been in these caves and the first time for our kids. Taking pictures was a bit tricky. I opened wide set it to the highest ISO and went for it. It was exciting to be able to capture a picture in such an environment with no flash inside a mountain!

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This is one of my favorites, but again an emotional choice.  Dad fishing with Kat and our son Cade fishing down river. We only brought two fishing poles today so we had to share. It takes patience to fish, and both our kids are extremely patient when it comes to fishing. Usually they’re full of non-stop energy, but when it comes to moments like this they slow down and enjoy the moment. Waiting patiently feeling and watching for a bit.

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Thank you for spending time with me this year as we learn how to use our camera. Next year will be full of more photography adventures…

 

A week of Thanks – LBD Photography

Learn by Doing Photography – Practice your photography skills with weekly photography assignments. I will post a new assignment every Friday, you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Learn by Doing Photography #48 – A week of Thanks

With Thanksgiving week, family and friends coming and going. It’s a good time to reflect on what we’re truly thankful for in our life.

This week we had a house full of family and enough leftover turkey in the fridge to last us quite awhile, I feel truly blessed!

From my family to yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend! Go out and just take pictures of the ones you love…

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Foreground Interest – LBD Photography

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Learn by Doing Photography  #47 – Foreground Interest

If you have ever read about photography/composition the word foreground has been said. Foreground is one of those composition terms I am always trying to remember. Sometimes I look back on images and one stands out amongst all the others. I sit back and wonder why do I like this particular picture over another one. Many times the reason is foreground, I will notice a leading line in one or the way I was lower to the ground adding to the foreground.

When photographing I always try to move around. Make sure to take a picture standing, but also go low to the ground.  That way when you’re sitting at your computer all the imges won’t look exactly the same.  Learn from yourself which one stands out, which one you like best.

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Of course Andorama always has a good photography video, today it’s with Bryan Peterson. He is an excellent photography. I own his book “Understanding Exposure” which I have referred to many times, and would highly recommend.  Here is a quick photography tip on adding foreground interest to a photograph, and what a difference it makes!

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Get Closer – LBD Photography

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Learn by Doing Photography #43 – Get Closer

You hear it all the time – When you think you have the shot take a step forward! That is what this week is about… getting closer. But let’s take it one more step and pick the most bland place you think you can shoot. I went with our alley. At first I walked around looking at the frost cover leaves on the ground, trying to get some kind of shallow depth of field thing going on. Then I noticed how blue our garbage can was and that the leaves all had an orange hue about them so I started photographing on top of that instead. The point of this exercise is to look, really look around you and then get closer….

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For this picture I had on a 50mm and edited with the florescent WB. One would never guess my background…

Mark Wallace always has an amazing video to help us learn! Take a look at this one as he ventures into the parking lot to find the shot! Excellent tips!