Roaring into the Weekend

By the way, I'm giving a presentation at the Photo Plus Expo in NYC on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm. Come see me at booth #445 (NYIP). If you've never been to the Expo, it's a lot of fun, and attended by over 24,000 photography enthusiasts. Details here

Backlit Flags on Shadowy Street

Of all the directions of light, perhaps there's no finer option than shooting directly into the sun. You can use it to bring landscapes to life, add visual interest to portraits, or highlight the color of a flower petal. Keep in mind, backlighting can be a tough scene for a camera to expose properly. If you're not comfortable with metering manually, take several shots using exposure compensation. Bracketing this way is a quick way to handle an otherwise tricky scenario. As you'll quickly see, the results are well worth the effort.  

For more ideas on how to use the different directions of light, check my tutorial here. 

The Zombie Guide to Photographing Halloween

It's best to keep the camera with you at all times in the days leading up to Halloween. You never know when something ghoulish will appear. Of course the truly weird and bizarre subjects may not make themselves immediately known. Expand your search beyond your local haunts to increase your opportunities. This type of persistence should come easy to zombies. As author Mira Grant wrote in Countdown, "There is nothing so patient, in this world or any other, as a virus searching for a host". Happy haunting! Read the full tutorial here. 

Turtle in the Dark

When shooting in extremely dark areas, don't hesitate to crank up your ISO. This turtle was captured at ISO 12,800, photographed through a glass tank at the Bronx Zoo.

Snow Leopard Cubs, Bronx Zoo

According to a nearby sign, the exhibit was to be closed for the day. Several visitors grumbled before moving on hastily. I was about to do the same, but I noticed something move behind the glass. 

With the Canon 6D and 70-200mm lens at f2.8 I was able to photograph the curious cubs. They were born in May, making them just over 4 months old. 

Learn more about how these amazing creatures ended up in the Bronx.

For more tips on how to make your zoo photography look wild, check out my tutorial.

 

 

Back to Basics: The Many Benefits of Shooting with a Prime Lens

There's no denying the convenience of a zoom lens, but there is a trade off most photographers won't admit. They make us lazy. Instead of walking around to find the best vantage point, we stay grounded in one spot. This often results in the last thing any of us want, unoriginal compositions. In this piece, I'd like to share an exercise to break free of these constraints. Read the full tutorial here