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Composing Memorable Photos: 5 Easy Tips

Posted in Photography, Photos with tags , , on November 29, 2012 by shutterbuggeek

Composing Memorable Photos: 5 Easy Tips

When taking pictures, it’s natural to center the subject. The photos actually appear fine until you learn about the Rule of Thirds. This rule is used to guide you were to place your subject and other objects to create more interesting photos.

Using the Rule of Thirds, you place your subject and other objects along the lines of what’s basically a tic tac toe grid. Some newer cameras actually have a grid option to help with composition.

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Quick Photo Editing Tips and Tricks

Posted in Photography, Photos with tags , , on November 18, 2012 by shutterbuggeek

Quick Photo Editing Tips and Tricks

I love looking at my friends’ pictures on Facebook, but one of my pet peeves are when some of them are too dark, not sharp, or the subject is so small that I can’t make out who or what it is.

If you’re guilty of this, I have a fix for you no matter if you’re uploading from a camera, tablet, or personal computer. By editing your photos, you can turn a mediocre picture into a beautiful photo in a few quick and easy steps.

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Capturing Fall Foliage

Posted in Photography with tags , , on October 19, 2012 by shutterbuggeek

Fall is my favorite season. I love eating butternut squash and Brussels sprouts, the crispness in the air, the smell of a freshly baked apple pie, and of course, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Most of all, I love shooting fall foliage!

Not everyone is fortunate to live in the North East (especially New England) and have the gorgeous fall display, but most people will have some change in color, so here are some tips.

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Photos Woven Into One App

Posted in Hi-Tech, Photography, Photos with tags , , , on July 12, 2012 by shutterbuggeek

As a photographer, I have photos stored in several clouds. I have to use several photo viewing apps to watch the slide shows or look at individual photos. My luck changed when I went to the CEA Line Shows in New York and discovered Woven.

I stopped by the Woven booth and they demoed their great app that makes the lives of anyone who has photos in a cloud easier. It gathers pictures from Photobucket, SmugMug, flickr, Picasa, Facebook, Shutterfly, Instagram, Dropbox, and more, and makes them all viewable at one source. This free mobile app is available for iOS, Android, Nook, and Kindle, and it isn’t just for photographers.

Thumbnails are downloaded and stored for off-line viewing. When you have access to wi-fi or cell service, you can see the entire photo. It’s great to have them all consolidated in one spot. I’ve re-discovered photos I had forgotten about.

I can’t believe how simple it is to use, and I’ve been telling all of my friends about it. I love using Woven, and think it will be well worth your time to check out the app. Once you’ve tried it, let me know what you think.

Fireworks Photography

Posted in Photography with tags , , , on June 19, 2012 by shutterbuggeek

Fireworks on Independence Day, 4th of July

The Fourth of July is approaching, and many close to fireworks will attempt to take dazzling photos. This works best if you have a DSLR, but you can also capture descent pictures if you have a compact camera with manual settings, and a tripod is a must.

If possible, head to a large city for a spectacular show. Otherwise, find out when local displays take place. Pack all necessary equipment well BEFORE you leave, and include a small flashlight to see what you’re doing. Ideally, you should adjust your camera to the proper settings before you pack it.

Read How to Shoot Fireworks days before, so you feel comfortable and confident on the big day. An update is, I no longer track or pan the displays. I set my lens to 17mm and shoot, then crop if I must. I don’t even have to look through the view finder. I just count to about 3 seconds on my remote before releasing. This is much more relaxing, and yields fantastic results.

If all else fails, have a video option as a back up (or in addition to) photographing the event.

A Fun Photo Competition Between Friends

Posted in Lifestyles, Photography with tags , , , , , on April 26, 2011 by shutterbuggeek

I have just been challenged by a friend to bring my “A” game to a friendly photo competition. It’s a beach theme, and all gloves are off for this one on one comparison of skills. My competitor is Scott A. Miller, owner of Beach Bum Photography, a.k.a @JerseyShoreTog on Twitter. That’s right, I’m calling him out after he posted the competition on his blog before I knew what was happening. 😉 So, I’m asking for your help. Please take a look at my photos below, go to his blog post and look at his, then comment below telling me whose photos you like best. I won’t be offended if you prefer his.

If we get a great response, I’ll challenge him to another competition with a different theme. Either way you win, because you get to see more photos. Thanks in advance!

Click on any photo to enlarge it.

A local surfer

Sunrise near a pier

Skim boarders

A skate washed upon the shore

A surfer performing tricks

Just before sunrise under a pier

A skim boarder wipes out

Dolphins at sunrise

A humpback whale just before sunrise

Wild Spanish Mustangs in the dunes

A seagull flying along the shoreline

A surfer riding the waves

Just before sunrise near a pier

Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean

The WNBA vs. the NBA – Who’s Got More Game?

Posted in Entertainment, Photography, Photos with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2010 by shutterbuggeek

The WNBA gave birth to professional women’s basketball in the mid 90’s. I watched a few televised games, and thought they were pretty good. Fast forwarding to today, I haven’t watched or gone to any basketball games for a while besides my son’s. Recently,  I had the opportunity to go to a WNBA New York Liberty game, and I rediscovered pro ball. It was my first WNBA game ever, but it was in a very a familiar place, Madison Square Garden which is host to the NBA’s New York Knicks, and I’ve been to a number of their games.

The WNBA offers plenty of fast breaks thanks to speedy point guards, which provides exhilaration. The women also take tumbles and get injured, which causes gasps and gets attention.

The NBA has a collection of slam dunking mighty giants. They offer more exciting layups, and impressive stats, but is that enough? It is for many, and not just for the men.

The WNBA has players who can shoot more consistently. You don’t have to hold your breath as much during free throws. Based on the game I saw, I think more 3-pointer attempts ended with a swoosh, and there seemed to be MORE teamwork and NO showboating. I feel like they played because they love the sport a little more than the paycheck. This is how the coaches train the kids to play, with passion. So should younger players find the WNBA more realistic and inspiring?

One good comparison is the crowd. The WNBA attracts more families and females. There was constant kid-friendly entertainment throughout the game. Actually, there were only talented kids and families filling the void during the breaks in the action. The NBA attracts more males, so sexy, hip shaking, boyshorts cladded cheerleaders and professional performances bridge the gaps. They do have some family oriented fun, but not as much as the WNBA. The NBA also has more celebrity sightings. Another point to consider is NBA tickets will leave your wallet A LOT lighter than WNBA seats. Ticket prices can be up to five times more, which is NOT so family friendly.

Here’s something for photographers to think about. My bag was checked at security. I had a 50/1.8 lens mounted on a Canon EOS 7D, AND an EF 70-200/2.8 lens in my bag. For those not familiar with Canon lenses, the latter is a nine-inch long, WHITE lens, so it’s hard to miss. No one questioned me, and I didn’t even have a press pass. I also saw a number of other DSLR cameras in the stands. I heard you can’t get in The Garden with this gear, but they are probably referring to the NBA games. I have a feeling they were either laxer at the WNBA game or I just got lucky. I have NO objections to that.

We were blessed to have seats on the floor, so I was able to capture the action closer than others. I meant to walk up a bit higher to see the difference that distance and point of view make, but I got caught up in the game and unfortunately forgot. These shots were all taken with the 70-200/2.8 lens. The pros under the net mostly had this focal length as well, and some had a second camera with a 24-70/2.8 lens mounted on it. If you’re fortunate enough to be on or close to the floor with a 200 mm focal length, you can get some amazing shots, even across the court!

Even if you don’t have a DSLR I think you can take some good pictures. The lighting is so much better than at a school’s court (if you have kids who play), which is what I’m used to. I had my aperture wide open at f/2.8, and bumped up the ISO to 3200 (I might’ve only needed 2500) to freeze the action, which you can’t do on a point and shoot. If you’re using a compact camera, set the ISO to the highest setting, i.e. 800 or 1600, and if you can manually adjust your aperture, set it to the lowest number (3.5, 4.0, etc.) to try to get blur-free action photos. By the way, the higher the ISO, the more grain/noise you’ll notice.

There were a number of men amongst the crowds, many with families, some as part of a group or couple, and a few were alone. I found that FANtastic! The WNBA season is May – September, so it doesn’t clash with the NBA season (October – April), and it keeps die-hard basketball fans entertained year-round. In my opinion, they compliment rather than compete with each other. There is a different atmosphere between the WNBA and NBA games, but variety is the spice of life, so they say. Both bring something different to the table, yet provide the energy sports fans and photographers seek.

So, what’s your opinion? Overall, between the WNBA and the NBA, who’s got more game?

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