Lots of interesting stuff this week, here's a few highlights!
Most times in the field you will see me handholding my cameras. But like anything else, there is going to be those times when you don't want any shake during an long exposure. Dangling your camera over a railing of edge to grab an interesting perspective? Or capturing a moving subject with a mount that allows swiveling to follow the action. For those and much more there is a tripod/monopod to help!
So let's review whats out there:
-Bendable Support, These props articulate legs that wrap around objects. This allows much greater flexibility than standard tripods.
-Tripod These invaluable three legged necessary steadies the camera and large lenses so you can capture a sharp image. They come at many price points, suggesting would be to take into account your camera and lens weight for options.
-Tabletop Tripod A mini version of the classic above. It sits low to the ground and adds light, portable support.
-Monopods are excellent when shooting in areas that you could use a tripod but just don't have the room.
Next time we'll talk about ball heads for your tripods.
Author By Lance W. Lemke
Build yourself a study, lightweight V-card reflector out of white form core that you can pick up at art-supply stores.
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Well as we all know there are many fine cameras to choose from on the market. Be it Sony, Nikon, Canon, Fuji just to mention a few. But I would love to give a should out to the Camera company I work with quite a bit, Nikon! Today they are celebrating being 10 years old. Nikon has a Website celebrating in many ways including this video!
I know its off topic, but I currently have three guitars, I don't play enough for three. So selling off two, currently on craigslist. But feel free to contact me if interested. They are the following:
We photographers love our gear. We dream of camera bags brimming with the latest, priciest gadgets. The gear can run upwards of a mortgage payment, but sometimes right tools in your junk drawer. Check around your house, I bet you can fill out the gear without a trip to the store!
-A small mirror is an excellent reflector for outdoor shots. It can open deeply shadowed areas to create bold fill. A cheap acrylic one like you can find at a dollar store on won't shatter in the field.
-Garbage bags protect gear when the mother nature decides its time to get wet. (Cut 3 holes and you got a poncho). Use them in lighting setups-white bags as reflectors; black ones is like blocking flags.
-A Flashlight is a no-brainer. You need one when you're fumbling with you tiny camera controls in Twilight. Their aesthetic tools as well; create a delicate light painting with the penlight, or dramatic background pattern with broad-beamed light. Don't want to hold the light get a LED headlamp.
-Ziplock bags are perfect impromptu weather housings (poke a hole and rubber band around it round your lens), and they keep dust off lenses and backup bodies in your bag.
-Mini bungee lash tripod legs and fix broken camera straps. Bring lots so you can daisychain them into longer straps.
-Gaffers tape will save those sessions when everything from your hiking boot soles to your focusing ring falls apart at once.
-Micro screwdriver sets can help you fix your tripod head, and other small screws on your equipment as well as your eyeglasses..
-White paper cups make fantastic impromptu snoops if you cut out their bottoms, or even lined them with black tape to mount them as a backup lens shape.
-A white paper plate is the poor photographers ring light. Cut a hole in it and tape it to your lenses reflector for backlit close-ups and facial portraits or tapes of foil, shiny side down, to the plate to make it extra-bouncy reflector.
-A small spray bottle can make morning dew of foliage and flowers and mother nature hasn't done her job, and put a sheen on models faces and skin.
-An eyedropper and glycerin give you a droplet control place drops of glycerin precisely where you want them on a pedal or twig perhaps, and the sticky globs will wait for you compose and focus.
If you looking for a camera there are great choices from many fine companies. Thought Id share this quick post highlighting two options from Nikon. The D750 is one of the Cameras I use.
Starting at $1,499.95
2 Options Available
D3400 18-55mm VR Lens Kit Reg. $549.95Now $399.95
AFTER $150 INSTANT SAVINGS
Some very cool news today! Affinity Software, makers of Affinity Photo and Design for the Mac. Have announced an Ipad version! A headline on their site, "Engineered for iOS, reimagined for touch." I'm looking forward to downloading this today on my IPad Pro and putting it through its paces! Check out their Website for more info: AFFINITY PHOTO Professional photo editing for iPad
And note, special introduction price going on down has it priced at $19.99!
I'm a photographer who loves animal photography. Trying to capture that perfect moment is a passion of mine.