Articles by Cjh Photography Llc

Media credentials tips and terms

If you're thinking of giving photojournalism a try, I say go ahead and do it!Some of the benefits to covering an event as a credentialed photographer include being allowed to even have a camera at events where the general public may not be able to bring one in, being invited into press only sessions where you can get closer to the subject for better pictures, and getting into events free that others have to pay for-always nice considering how much (or little?) many of us make in stock photography.... continue reading

Eliminating color can add drama and romance to your pictures.

Why shoot in black and white when there are so many wonderful colors in the world?Shooting in black and white or for conversion to black and white forces you to really zero in on the light and shadow in your image and can add a lot of drama.On a recent trip to the circus with my granddaughter, we shot a lot of great color pictures.They are fun to look at and full of energy.But there were some instances were I wanted to capture a bit of a different feeling.One example is a pair of acrobats... continue reading

People on stage

I have set a goal of getting pictures of as many presidential contenders as I can before the Iowa caucus.I started with Donald Trump.Looking at the stage lighting, I wasn't sure what to do as it was fairly dark and I have a hard time hand holding my camera for long exposures.I decided on a combination of open aperature, underexposure, and higher ISO.The settings that gave me the best results were an f-number of 5.6, -2.33 on exposure and ISO of 640 or 800.Then I brought back a bit of... continue reading

Capturing Candid Portraits-4 tips

Here are a few tips to capturing candid portraits.I thought I would share and post this favorite picture of my granddaughter at the park.1)Go somewhere fun and interesting.You can't control candid photography, but you can control your setting and maximize your odds of success.The greens of the park background here make a nice background for the side of my GD that I wanted to capture.That was one reason for choosing this location for our play time that day.2) Be ready.I... continue reading

Photojournalism

You may have heard that we have had bad flooding in parts of Iowa this Spring.I am very fortunate, I only had a few puddles in my basement.Some neighbors have reported having several feet of water in their homes.I am a bit of a photojournalist at heart-so I had to get out and about and document what was going on.I have photographed car accidents, fires, and now flooding.Here I will share some tips on photojournalist type shoots in crisis situations.1) Safety first.Not just yours,... continue reading

Debriefing my first event shoot

As a long time Toastmaster, I was honored to be asked to be the official photographer at a district convention.Totally unpaid, of course, but it sounded like fun and would be a great learning experience.And boy, did I learn.The good-What I did right:I brought two cameras, a charging cord for one, an extra battery for the other, extra memory cards and my lap top.That gave me some flexibility, with my DSLR on a tripod and my P&S to carry around the crowd.I was able to dump my images... continue reading

Rambling Review: Phone, P&S or DSLR

I read a lot of reviews before I buy equipment and they are somewhat useful, but sometimes they seem out of touch with the reality of stock photography.Noise free ISO up to 1million?Ummmm, maybe for Facebook posts but not so much if you are a pixel peeping photo enthusiast. Or even if you hope to get an image past DT review, let alone produce one that sells.I currently shoot with a Samsung Galaxy 3 phone camera,a Nikon CoolpixP510, and a Canon EOS 7D.In this article I am sharing what I... continue reading

New collection abstract traffic lights

I have been challenging myself to do more image creation instead of taking pictures and hoping for the best.My acceptance ratio took a hit as I tried more abstract images, but finally two have been accepted.To celebrate, I am starting a new collection of abstract traffic lights, taillights etc and welcome your contributions.Fun Photography on Facebook continue reading

Where to put the photo studio?

I am so excited to be moving back to my home town and buying a house instead of renting as I have been doing for several months.I love my new house!I have lots of space and I will be setting up a little studio somewhere, just not sure where yet.Here's the set up...I have two bedrooms, a dining/family room, washer and dryer in a closet with a little sitting room, a living, and two bonus rooms over the garage.The bonus rooms are painted white with white ceilings, but they have this carpet... continue reading

BRRR...white Christmas

I took some shots of the blizzard that hit the Midwest last week.Thought some of you might enjoy a look..Feel free to share your own in the comments or at my FB page:Fun PhotographyMerry Christmas and a blessed New a year to all! continue reading

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