Sunsets-Sunrises and Beach shots

When taking a Sunrise or Sunset photo, be careful not to look directly into the sun!  Look and point the camera to the left or right of the sun.  As you look through the viewfinder or at the LCD panel, find a point 1/3 from the bottom of the scene you are looking at and focus there.  Then hold your shutter button 1/2 way down and let the camera come up with an exposure. Then raise the camera back where it was to recompose your original scene. If you don’t have a Point & Shoot with the ability to set the shutter/aperture, then use your scene setting called Sunset/Sunrise.  If you can control the exposure, than go to shutter priority to get an exposure. Take the shot.  You are probably going to see that the foreground, or subject, if a portrait with a sunset behind, is completely dark (Underexposed).  To expose the foreground, use your pop-up flash.  If you have an external flash and a flash cord, take the flash off the hot shoe and hold it out to the side for a better exposure of the person.  If there is no person’ try to get something else in the shot like the life guard house, to show some perspective.  If the sky has puffy clouds, that will take the place of the guard house.  Finally, if the sky is actually blue and the shot has a white sky,then the sky is over exposed. Increase your shutter speed one stop at a time until you get the correct look, matching what you actually see.  You could also leave the shutter speed alone and close the aperture one stop at a time (higher F-Stop numbers).  I hope this helps you get better sunset shots this summer.

Keep Snappin’ and have fun!


Sunsets and blue skys

One question I often receive is how to take better sunset photos.  Later this week I will post a concise way to get great sunset shots. After all, it is beach season. These rules will also apply to sunrises.  The other related question is “Why when I take these photos, is the blue sky gray, not blue, and the foreground dark?”

I will cover both problems in the upcoming BLOG entry. So check back before you go to the beach this weekend.  🙂

July 4th Fireworks Shots

Tuesday, June 30, 2009
4th of July Photo Techniques

Well the 4th of July weekend is coming up and it is going to be a great time to take photos. There will be fireworks, cookouts and tourists all over the place. To take the best fireworks shots use a tripod, remote or cable release and RELAX. Now point camera to the area of the sky where the fireworks are popping and have fun. Tourists and cookouts make for great people shot situations. Use you zoom lens so as not to upset the subjects. REMEMBER, you must have a model release to use the photos commercially. Have some with you in case you get a great shot. Most people will sign if you give them a print of two. Have a great weekend!! Jack

Summer Shots

Hopefully you had a good time over the holiday and got some great photos. If you are a prior student of mine feel free to send me a couple to look at. As always, send one that didn’t work out so I can hopefully tell you what to do to fix it. Happy shooting the rest of the summer. Remember that the best time to shoot on a bright sunny day is starting one hour before sunset and up to one hour after sunrise.