A few weeks back, I worked as an assistant to a photographer doing a wedding shoot. Let me say that shooting aa wedding is HARD WORK! Needless to say, though, I learn a great deal of the process of shooting a wedding which I hope will be reinforced in the future by assisting other photographers in their wedding shoots. Some of the takeaways from the todays shoot: Having a fast lens of f2.4 or better in your kit is a must. Given the low light situation of most interior spaces, you will be using a flash in most every instance […]
My shooting philosophy as I tell people is that I take photographs of everything whether it be people, events or locations. But it seems that same philosophy can be extend to how I post my photos. Apparently I post everything I shoot or so it seems. That is something I am seeking to change.
Recently, I had an opportunity to shoot some models as part of a group shoot where one of the themes was the Wedding party. Now undertaking a professional shoot of a wedding is a serious undertaking. For most people it is a once in a lifetime event so the photographer is under a lot of pressure to make sure to get it right and capture all of the significant moments for there is very little opportunity to redo any of those shots. So with this shoot, I step my toe into wedding photography and see what the results will be. […]
Since I bought several years ago my Digital Rebel camera and returned to what is my favorite pastime, photography. What started out as a way to document the life of my new newborn daughter, Madeleine, at the time became something more much meaningful to me. Finally, I has the means to express myself creatively.
I started out with the basic camera kit and over time, I added lenses, a flash unit and other accessories in my attempt to improve the quality of my photography. When I walk around town with my camera hanging down my chest, a camera bag slung over my shoulder and a tripod clutched in one hand all the while framing and peering at possible shots, I look very much like someone who wants to get the most out of his photography.
In a recent issue of National Geographic, there was a cover story about the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans. What made the story stood out for me was the accompanying photographs by David Burnett. Using a large format SpeedGraphic camera set at a very shallow depth of field, he created pictures that took on a fantastic quality making ordinary scenes of devastation seem surreal like a dream or a nightmare depending on your perspective.
When I picked up my hobby of photography, I had to start my collection of equipment from scratch. Starting with the Digital Rebel (EOS 300D) and its basic kit lens, I have added a portrait lens (50mm) and the zoom lens(70-200mm) and a high quality wide angle (17-40mm) to complete the initial set. Along the way, I have additional pieces like a tripod, flashgun with a diffuser and a collection of filters that fit my kit lens.
If you are a serious photographer and want to indulge your hobby or profession with the very best of equipment, it is not difficult to spend thousands of dollars doing so. With the compact point and shoot cameras, the initial purchase is pretty much it for the camera equipment part but if you are like me, using a DSLR like the Canon Digital Rebel or the Nikon D40, you will find that your camera equipment purchases never stop at the original camera body and standard lens. If you are into wildlife photography, then you have to get a telephoto lens; […]