This week I am wrapping up the "Bird Photography on a Budget" series with a conversation about flashes. I often see postings online that say "I prefer to not use flash on wildlife" and another might say "Flash scares the birds so I don't use flash." I am going to specifically address those two statements and provide you with two options for a starter flashes you can purchase dirt cheap.First, let me just say that whenever possible I also prefer not to shoot wildlife with a flash. The external... continue reading
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Welcome to part three of bird photography on a budget. In part one and part two I discussed what lens and camera body to purchase to get you started on this awesome journey to better bird photographs. In this blog entry I am going to show you how to keep your camera steady and how to avoid the common mistakes related to both camera shake (blur) and subject blur. Inadvertent blur in photographs is probably the biggest mistake I see new wildlife photographers make when learning to shoot with long lenses.... continue reading
In part one of this series I talked about bird photography and photography in general as a blending of knowledge, pre-image visualization and gear which when used properly will result in better photographs of the subject. I also talked about my recommendations for a great starting lens on a budget. In this weeks blog I am going to discuss what makes a good choice in a camera body for the budding bird photographer and yet will not break the bank.The idea with these series of blogs is to weekly keep... continue reading
I have been asked two different times recently as to how to get started in wildlife photography and how my photographs are so sharp? I of course gave the obligatory answers about shutter speed, aperture, a good tripod and practice, but this has unfolded into larger questions for me. How can a person become a proficient wildlife photographer on a budget?How can he take sharp images without spending 10,000 dollars on equipment?Is this even a possibility?So for the next several weeks I... continue reading
I'm a Nikon D90 owner and I bought my camera with a typical kit that very much available in my country. D90 body, an 18-55mm VR plus a 55-200mm VR and a nifty fifty (50mm f/1.8 non AFS version). I added a battery grip and Flash to it later.When first time I joined here, every photo I uploaded were rejected. I wrote another blog about how I learned to use the gear properly - you can check it out here - What Dreamstime Thought Me I discovered what the sweet spots are. And also learned... continue reading
Sometimes traveling with heavy photographicgear could be an issue, especially by plain these days with all the luggage restrictions.For me the answer is the marvelous world of Strobist photography with wireless triggers,portable light boxes, speedlights ect.This particular beauty make up shoot was done in South Africa. No big studio equipment was hired.Instead I used a single off camera speedlight 580EXII triggered with Pocketwizards ( TT1 and TT5) and a 40x40cm light box mounted.... continue reading
If, like me, you're on a budget, any innovative ideas to create your own equipment for next to nothing is worthwhile looking at.Diyphotography.net has a huge resource of info on photography as well as DIY projects that can be made with everyday things.You can't replace expensive studio equipment with something equal in result but lower in price, that's true enough.But when you don't have the choice or opportunity, you get creative and sometimes the results can be surprising.If you have... continue reading
I love taking pictures of leetle things and someone else wrote a great blog about week ago about their approach using extension tubes.I use a raynox DCR150 macro dipter to take my macro shots and whilst it is limited in comparison to a dedicated macro lens it is possible if a little more difficult to take som nice very detailed sharp shots.It is a simple clip on device that fits on the front end of a lens and costs in the region of 50USD.I have never used a dedicated macro lens so I have... continue reading
I read over time many threads regarding studio lights.... Many beginners in stock photography wonder what kind of lights others contributors use? some photographers use expensive lights and big studious other makeshift studios in the corner of their room. Not many contributorsare willing to invest large sums of money in lights from the from the beginning....I want to tell you about my low budget around $290 light setup that i obtained good results:2xExcella 80w flashes with tripod attachments... continue reading
I normally wouldn't write two blogs in the same month but today the UK Government announced unprecedented cuts in spending. Riots have been going on this week in France about advancing the pension age and quite recently in Greece riots occurred because of austerity measures.I had been trying to anticipate this situation and creating images to illustrate the situation now taking place.I will give a few examples.Among the measures announced to cut borrowing the pension age will increase.... continue reading
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