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Four Steps to Taking Great Photos of Stars and the Milky Way

There are some great opportunities, and challenges, in photographing the night sky. This is especially true if you want to include the Milky Way as in this photo below. Here are four steps to make it easier for you.1. Plan the location.You are looking for the darkest sky possible. In order to capture the Milky Way you will need to find a south facing location (in North America) where you are at least twenty miles or so away from a city or town. Plus the scene should ideally have no light sources... continue reading

Don't miss those shots

Since starting to load images onto Dreamstime last year I have learned a lot from knowing almost nothing about taking a good photo.Taking pictures in RAW, don't over edit (easy to do), always check images enlarged 100%, get used to using manual settings(trying this with mixed results) and as Penpossessed said in the blog last week..always take your camera!! I walked out of the house very early morning for work this week and as a second thought went back and got my camera..I would have missed... continue reading

Wow factor - Film lenses with adapters on digital cameras

I got my first film lens to digital camera adapter in 2012, when I received a Minolta lens as a gift. I work with a Canon 7D. My daughter, a wedding photographer, told me about using an adapter. They aren’t expensive, so I gave it a try. The adaptor fits between your camera and the film lens.Cottonwood leavesI’m glad I decided to take the risk and invest in an adapter - which sell for $30-$50 on Amazon.com.Fotodiox adapterSince that time, I picked up a Canon A1 at a garage sale,... continue reading

Shooting Manually - For Newbies

I remember when I shot my first time exposing the image manually and noticed the richness of the images compared to the middle grey look of the automatic setting. Previewing the image through the lens before I clicked was how I decide the setting for the shot. I could view the scene, move the F-stop or shutter setting and see the changes in the viewfinder. Shooting manually is great when it is FULL manual. Both F-stop and shutter are independent settings. You can start with the settings that... continue reading

Zone Focusing and When to Use it

You are setup in a place where the wildlife is very close and moving at high speed. You have very little time to react, so you pick up the camera and try to use your focusing points to get a good focus lock on the subject and begin to fire away. In only a moment's time the subject is in your frame and gone. With great anticipation you scroll through the series of photographs on your camera's display only to find that none are in focus. What happened? You have the best camera made and yet none of the... continue reading

Manual LENS: BOKEH & LENS FLARE

A few years ago I wrote a little about my new toy - manual lens Jupiter-9. Here I have the new one Helios 40-2. I use it with Nikon but it can fit to other systems too. So I'd like to share my new experience with it.Helios 40-2 is mostly known for it's unique bokeh. The price for this lens has grown quite high as for manual lens in the past few years. For some it's a kind of trendy lens to have. Though I decided to discover it's capability with my full frame camera.Firstly... continue reading

Manual or Auto Shooting

For as far as I remember, I have always shot in RAW and in Manual mode, But as new technology gets better, I cant help but notice that there are other stock photographers who set it on Auto and are able to get soo much photos online.I guess it would make sense because they have less processing time.Do you shoot in Auto or Manual? Also do you post process your photos? thoughts and ideas? continue reading

Manual focusing - increases purely accepted works!

Nine arguments in favor of manual focusing:1. MacroDoing macro-shootinglens it is usually located very close tosubject. And consequently the auto-focus mechanism can precisely find out not always that place which is important for you in macro-shooting. And depth of sharpness sometimes so is small that can to be displaced from simple trembling of hands.2. MovementI think, not one even the modern ultrasonic auto- focusingmotor can't compete to you if it isquestion of shootings... continue reading

Going Manual

I started shooting pictures in college back in the day when you used a light meter, everything on the camera was manual and post processing consisted of a bit of dodging and burning on the enlarger. Needless to say the move to digital has been full of learning curves, mostly figuring out what all the camera can do and how to make adjustments to have it do what I want.The one bit of advice I have is not to be afraid to go back to manual. Just because the camera and it's little micro chips can make... continue reading

Auto modes versus manual

I wrote this blog on my own blog a while back, but reading Rebecca's post today made me think of this again and thought it would be useful on DT:My mother is taking a course on photography and she was commenting on how her teacher was touting the advantages of shooting in manual. While I am no stranger to manual I really think this argument is directed to people who set the camera to program and then don't notice what settings the camera picks. This is a crucial point - there is not an iota of... continue reading

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