Well here it is. This is the final picture for Flower Week. I love the way the colors just jump at you. Not to mention the clarity of the spots on the petals. This is by far my favorite of the week, hence why I saved it for last.
I hope that you enjoyed flower week. I hope to have more weeks like this in the future. Now go grab that camera and make some pictures.
Hey everyone! As you may know, Valentine’s Day has recently passed. And like every other guy in the world, I purchased beautiful flowers for my wife. It was a nice bouquet of pink roses and Peruvian Lilies. It had taken a few days for the roses to fully bloom. But when they did, I needed to take pictures of them. They looked totally amazing.
In fact they looked SO amazing that I dedicated the entire week to them. I will be sharing a different shot everyday this week. I will also be sharing with you the different tips and tricks I used to get the shots.
A good starting point: If you are looking for good tips on taking pictures of flowers, check out Scott Kelby’s THE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK VOL 1. I used the simple tips he provided in this book and they yielded wonderful results. This book isn’t just about flowers, its covers everything on how to make your pictures betters and I would recommend it to anyone getting started with DSLR photography
How many GOOD stories do you know of that start with that past sentence? NONE
Here’s my story. It’s been a while since I’ve done a wedding and I honestly have to say that I was a little rusty. My skills were fine, but I kept forgetting about the little things (i.e. Proper position for certain shots, just how dark the reception hall was). You know, the stuff you don’t think about until your there.
One of the most important things I had forgotten, comes right out of the videographer 101 book. “Always have your camera with you.” Maybe it was the rust or maybe it was the fact that I hadn’t eaten anything all day except for the Big Breakfast from McDonald’s, but somewhere along the way I forgot about this golden rule.
As I was eating dinner with the photographer, the Maitre D’ comes in screaming that the bride and her mother are doing a special dance at that very moment. Well, guess where my camera was? It wasn’t at the dinner table with me. My camera was in the far corner of the reception hall. So I ran back to the hall, around the dance floor back to the corner of the room. I grabbed my camera and turned it on just in time for the song to be over. I had missed the dance.
I was upset. I couldn’t believe I didn’t have my camera with me. Now I wasn’t too upset because this dance was not required on my contract, but nevertheless I like to capture as much as I can when I’m there. Plus it would have been nice to have some of the dance on tape.
So always remember the Cardinal Rule of photography/videography, “Always, always, always, have your camera with you!!!”
Hey everyone! As is tradition, my friends and I spent Superbowl Sunday at the Hooters in the Tropicana in Atlantic City! WE had a blast watching the game. If only the gambling gods had been nicer to us. It was another fun trip. Good times with good people.
The shot above is a Panoramic Photo put together from 6 shots taken from our room. I call it Top Of The Trop. Well, it’s not quite the top, but we were on the 41st floor! The shot faces south. You can see the Atlantic Ocean to the left. Everything else is snow covered Atlantic City!
I went to the park to shoot a beautiful, snow-covered, sunset. I was walking along the path towards the location I wanted to setup at. As I crossed a little bridge I noticed these ducks. Of course the sun was directly in my face, so I was gonna have to walked around to the other side of the lake to get these guys in the correct light. Well, the walk turned into a trek. I worked my way through snow up to my knees to the other side of the lake. I got down as close to the water as I could. That’s when I ran into a problem.
I was using my 18-105mm lens. So by the time I got close enough to the ducks my shadow was so long that it was reaching the ducks. So I had to kneel down in the snow to avoid them being affected by my shadow. I only had one layer of pants on. This was about to get real cold, real quick. In fact, I was getting really close to the “this shot is not worth it” point.
But it was worth it. The sunlight brought out amazing colors in these guys. By the time I was done, the sun had set. I will have to come back for a landscape shot on another day.
I had taken a bunch of stills and videos during our recent snow storm yesterday. I decided to get familiar with the new slide show feature in Aperture. It took me about 5 minutes to put it together and another 5 minutes of tweaking. One nice feature is that it handles both pics and vids.
If you are looking for something that has more control over audio and video then you may want to look into Final Cut Pro. All in all it’s perfect for putting together something simple and quick.
UPDATE: All photos and videos were shot with the D5000 & 18-105mm lens