Thursday, February 17, 2011

EdVerosky Portraiture

Ed has just turned out "Taking Your Portraiture to the Next Level II" http://www.veroskyphoto.com/portraiture-two-book.html. Another excellent book! Both his first and second books on portraits are must reads.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Connection

Connection with the subject is all about the eyes.

They must follow you to any angle of viewing, so they must be right down the lens. Do that and you have a winner!

These are the things a professional knows and an amateur must learn if they wish to create photographic images instead of snapshots. Lighting is important. Depth of field is important. Focus is important. But, remember to focus on the eyes and make a connection.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Black and White

Sometimes you just have to go Black and White. Nostalgia, the Subject, the Mood. All of these just scream at you, "Make me black and white!"

Eyes wide open, this picture, well the monument, just begged to be the subject of a photograph. I was in the cemetery for another  purpose, and I am trying to take my camera everywhere, so I was fortunate enough to capture this image.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Camera requirements

Skate Canada has a new policy which does not allow cameras with removable lenses.
To use a point & shoot, I tried last night. Lots of noise, and I missed the weight and the manual zoom. New skills are always good and I was able to hone my anticipation mode, but I do miss the quality.

I will be a good boy and follow the new guidelines. Just really glad I won't be responsible for enforcing the new rules. I think they will go nuts trying.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Sun on Snow

Sun and snow are a challenge for most photographers - especially if they use "Automatic" settings on their digital cameras.

  • Set white balance
  • set to Manual aperture and speed from an incident meter reading
  • don't forget composition rules
  • don't create your own shadow in the photograph