This week's photographic super power is the panning shot. You pan with a subject that is in focus and you get an image where the subject is in focus and still, while the background is in movement. The secret is in the shutter speed. Set it for shutter priority (S setting or TV setting). To determine the best shutter speed, 1/speed in MPH. So if the subject is going about 30 mph, then you'd use 1/30th shutter speed. Burst mode is also good. Make sure you're also in continuous or servo focus mode.
This week's photographic super power is how to get silky smooth water flowing in your images. The secret is long exposure of 20-30 seconds. It averages out the water and depending on how long you choose the exposure time, you'll get different effects. You'll need to shoot on a tripod to keep it really steady. Shoot late in the evening or early in the morning and you'll have an easier time with long exposures. Also, use a neutral density or ND filter. It's like a pair of sunglasses for your camera and there are different strengths. You can even stack them to make them more powerful.
Leo says that he used to carry multiple cameras and lenses but now he doesn't want to carry all that camera gear anymore. Chris suggests just taking the one he's familiar with, the one he gets the shots with. The camera that's more natural to him.
Chris joins us to talk about more photographic super powers including being able to capture light in high dynamic range. That can be done differently. You want to take several shots of the same scene at different exposures. It's called bracketing, and you'll take three photos: One darker, one regular, and one brighter. Then you use software to merge the three images together to create one master HDR photo. Photomatix is a good software package for it, but it can be easy to overdo it. You'll want to just add a bit of light and shadow.
Today's topic is the second in a series that Chris calls "Photographic Super Powers." Today it's about shooting panoramic. Many new cameras and smartphones have a panoramic feature built in, so it becomes really easy to shoot an amazing pano and automatically stitch them together. Chris says taking individual shots and then stitching them together can be a fun challenge. Here's a few tips:
This week Chris joins us to talk about how you can develop photographic super powers! Since the 4th just happened, the best place to start is how to shoot fireworks! Fireworks require a tripod because you need an exposure of about 10 seconds. You have to set your camera to manual, though. Automatic won't work. You should get a remote release that allows you to trip the shutter without touching the camera. Set the shutter for 10 seconds, aperture at f11, ISO at 100. That's a good place to start. Then check if it works and adjust accordingly.
Chris spent 10 days in an Archipelago north of Norway where the sun hasn't set in quite awhile. You can see his photos here.
Meanwhile, our assignment this month was Technology! Here are three images that stood out to Chris:
This week, Chris wants to talk about using focus. Obviously, you want to focus on faces when you are taking pictures of people, but focus can be used to tell a story and if you understand why focus is important, then you can use it to direct attention properly. When you take a picture, it's your job to guide the attention of the viewer. If you don't, the photo won't be as strong about what it really is about. Focus does that.
Chris says that there's three exercises you can do to improve your skill to better asses your depth of field. 1) Use aperture priority settings, then focus on something close, then focus on something far. Take shots with each using the same aperture. Notice the difference. Shoot wide angle standing up. Then crouch down. Notice the difference in foreground. Last exercise, crop vs. perspective change. Take a picture. Then zoom in and take a second picture. And then move closer and take the same picture at the original setting. Notice the difference.