I read an article today on Cinemagraphs and thought it was very cool concept. Basically taking a still photo and animating a portion of the photo. I’m providing a link to this article for you to review. Cinemagraph Article on Tripwire magazine – http://www.tripwiremagazine.com/2011/07/cinemagraphs.html
A few weeks ago, I took a series of photographs at McKinney State Park of the Falls. 9 photos I took by mistake, when I held the shutter release down for 9 shots. Fortunately for me, I kept them and was able to use them for my first Cinemagraph.
Here is my 2nd attempt
So here is my first attempt.
It was a lot of work, but it was a learning experience I enjoyed. I did have to spend a lot of time in front of the computer editing, which sometimes makes me worry because I know how detrimental it can be to sit down for long stretches of time. I try to do what I can though. I exercise whenever possible and I try to watch what I eat. I even take a great natural health supplement which has been working great for me, and I highly recommend it . If you would like to see if it is right for you, you can find out here.
If your expecting a detailed technical review, go ahead and stop now. I’m not going to tell you about all the features and functions that the Sony NEX-7 has and can do. I’m going to discuss my experience and impressions of the NEX-7 these past 5 weeks.
Let me start by giving some background on my decision to purchase the Sony NEX-7. I currently own a Nikon D90 with a lot of Nikon Glass. I thoroughly have enjoyed taking photos with the Nikon D90 for about 27 months. I’ve learned a lot about how to use it, take some wonderful photo’s on vacations, of my children, friends, families, couples, landscapes. In all I’ve taken about 14,000 photo’s with the D90. I want to get the new Nikon D800, saving my pennies for my real “Professional Quality” Camera. It is a little pricy at $3000, but I still plan on getting one after the summer and most importantly after paying for Summer vacation to Mexico this year.
So I almost forgot to write something today as I continue to write about my journey to taking better photo’s and sharing them with you. So it is 11:55 at night, it was a long day at work, so I really didn’t want to write anything, but felt I needed to write something, since it is my goal to write something every day.
So the topic is Flash Photography. I will probably write a future article about Flash Photography, as this can take volumes. So there are a couple of tips on flash photography. I will update a future entry and give some examples of what I’m going to discuss today, but I really don’t have anything good in my portfolio that illustrates what I’m going to mention here, so you’ll have to take my word for it.
White Balance, what is that?
If you haven’t heard of White Balance, it means you probably haven’t read your Manual. If you read in my last post, we discussed using Manual Mode to set the correct Exposure Level through the ISO, Aperture, and Shutter settings. Well White Balance (WB) is something that is very important when you take a photo with a Digital Camera.
In the previous post, we discussed ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed. We had just taken a photo with a fast shutter speed and everything was perfect!
Well not so fast. Remember when I mentioned that the key to a perfect photo was getting the correct Exposure Level or the correct amount of light into the camera Sensor? Well just because you set the Shutter Speed to 1/150 sec, doesn’t mean you allowed enough light into the camera Sensor. It is actually possible that the photo may be to dark, especially if the photo was taken late in the afternoon, when the sun wasn’t at it’s brightest. So the real question is, “How do I allow enough light into the lens to the Camera Sensor to make that perfectly sharp photo?”.
The most important thing I have learned when taking photos is learning how to use your camera. By this I mean, learning to using the Manual Mode, usually there is a dial on the camera that has an M on it, this is manual Mode. You will probably see additional letters and pictures on this, stuff like P – Program, A – Aperture Priority, Auto – Automatic, S – Shutter Priority (also known as speed – the shutter speed). There could be pictures of a Track star, Mountain Top, and a few other types of pictures. This is a picture of my camera dial on my Nikon D90. Let me begin by talking about the different modes from a high level and what they do.
I’ve been asked, “Dave, How did you learn photography?” or “Dave, How did you learn to take such great pictures?” It is such a difficult question to answer, because it isn’t something you learn over night or even in a few days. To be honest with you, I learned photography by trial and error. I tried a lot of things and made a lot of errors. I even put the camera down and said “I quit!” Then I came back and tried some more and made some more errors. Then I started read books, watch YouTube Videos and read Blog posts from other photographers.
I’m trying to take photo’s at least every other day and put a blog post on my website. On Easter Sunday, I set up the Studio Lights and a White Muslin background to take these Photo’s. The Photo’s with the Bright White background, actually used a Strobe light directly behind the subject. This will make the white background very white and bright. I have read that this helps give photo’s that Glamor look that you see in Magazines. If you don’t use a back lit background, then the White will start to look Gray. You will see that many of the other photos have this look.
So simple rule to remember, White Background + Strobe = White Background, White Background – Strobe = Gray Background. If you use a color Gel in front of the Strobe, then the white background will get this color.
Please enjoy these photos!