Fire Pit Photography

Photographing a fire pit is a delight and a problematic venture. First, to get a good shot of fire, it has to be a darker time of day, such as at dusk. Since that is the case, and darkness has its own set of problems like secondary light sources and their effect on the camera lenses, it is often difficult to get a good shot. Even the moon can cause problems. So, here is a short tutorial to enable you to take a good photo of a fire pit.

Your first consideration has to be that of whether or not your camera can take night pictures. If you’re a digital user, you probably have the ability to adjust your camera settings to allow good night photography. Take a good look at your instruction book and learn how to adjust the shutter speed to stay open as long as you need it to in order to have a good exposure and capture enough light to make a good picture. Most of the time, that adjustment has to be made in manual mode, not Auto (A) or Program Auto (AP) on your camera dial, although sometimes you can make the adjustment in Shutter Priority.

Your ISO will have to be adjusted as low as it can go without making too much “noise” in your picture. Noise is what happens when you get white or black spots or a sort of fog that covers the picture, depending on what you’re photographing, and a fire pit will tend to have white spots, or hot spots, if there is noise. Shutter speed and aperture will take a large role here, so make sure you know your camera’s capability. Continue reading “Fire Pit Photography”

Photography Lighting Techniques – 3 Vital Tips

Imagine how terrific it would feel to be able to pick up your camera, shoot any subject matter you want – and get jaw dropping, awesome photos – every time. All it takes is an understanding of some basic photography lighting techniques!

Three beginning photography lighting techniques that you really need to understand are:

1. Color: If you’ve ever photographed a landscape that looked dull, flat and lifeless – here’s what you do…Examine the COLOR of the light in your photo. It is a common mistake to shoot outdoor photos in the middle of the day.

Set your alarm and roll out of bed just before dawn, then go to your site…you’ll get shots with a soft, delicate pink touch. Or, shoot at sunset and get a landscape covered in gold! The light glancing off your subject will create gorgeous highlights and deep, defining shadows. It is the shadows that will make the subject appear 3D and POP! Continue reading “Photography Lighting Techniques – 3 Vital Tips”

Learn Some of the Basics of Camera Lenses

The price of a camera lens can vary, it could be less than $100 or even over $8,000, but these lenses all do similar jobs, they produce an image on the digital sensor. Generally though it is found that a higher quality lens is better able to produce better results.

Many peoples understanding of a camera lens is limited to what they usually use a normal film camera or a digital camera with a fixed lens, so we will go over some of the other lesser known distinctiveness of the photographic lens. As we go over this things you should have a better grasp of how the lenses operate and which lens may be of the best style for you to incorporate into your photography system.

Focal distance and angle of capture sight

Normally written in millimeters, the central length of a lens is the distance from its optical center to the digital sensor, in theory this is where it makes the clearest image. The angle of capture sight of a lens is the amount of the panorama, side to side and top to bottom, the lens can keep in the photograph. Either the film size, or the sensor and the focal determine the angle of capture sight of a lens. As an example a lens that projects an image, the size of the film format or image sensor, is what determines the angle of capture sight for a particular focal-length lens. Continue reading “Learn Some of the Basics of Camera Lenses”