Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Chase The Storms
Gear up for the wild weather of late summer to get some intense landscapes
A remote control allows you to fire your camera without touching it. This helps you get sharper images because you won’t jiggle the camera as you trip the shutter. And it makes it safer to do lightning shots, since it allows you to move away from the camera. A wireless remote (radio or infrared) is better than a cable remote because it lets you operate the camera from farther away—even from the protection of your car.
The late-summer outdoor environment is tough on camera gear, what with wind, dust, water and the like. So you should have some gear on hand to clean your camera, lenses and other items as soon as possible after you’re done shooting. Handy cleaning kits are available from a number of sources, containing the tools needed to keep your camera and lenses in top shape.
That old standby, the polarizing filter, really can add snap to storm photos. By blocking polarized light waves, it can darken the blue sky so white clouds stand out dramatically. If you’re shooting in black-and-white, you can use a polarizer or a red filter to darken blue skies, but in color, the polarizer is the only option.
Two other filters that can be especially useful for late-summer shooting are the graduated neutral-density filter and the clear lens-protection filter. The grad ND can cut down sky brightness so you can hold detail in both a dark foreground and bright clouds. The clear protection filter can shield the front element of your lens from blowing rain and dust. Be sure to keep both faces of each filter clean and dust-free.
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