Tuesday, November 9, 2010
25 Pro Tips
Try these tips from some of OP’s top professionals to get your best shots ever!
In the soft predawn glow, your eyes don’t see colors very well, so a scene usually will just look dim. Using a long exposure on your DSLR, however, lets the image sensor pick up colors that aren’t discernible to your eye. The muted glow on Mount Moran in Wyoming resulted from a six-second exposure. You can’t get this mood at any other time of the day. —Mark Lissick
When using flash photography in bright daylight, your portable flash is often underpowered. You can increase the power of your flash by using the zoom head function found on many portable flashes. You can direct the narrow beam of light creatively for portraits or other spot lighting effects. This photo at Castle Hill, New Zealand, was taken with a Nikon D3, an off-camera flash, an SB-900 with a ½ CTO warming filter and triggered with an SU-800 remote from the camera. —Bill Hatcher
You can get the most out of a dramatic and colorful sunset by having another element in the foreground. Then, to keep that foreground element from becoming just a silhouette, turn on your flash! Today’s cameras do a great job of combining flash with the overall sunset exposure. They fill in and brighten shadows, and give a wonderful look of a bright subject against the sunset. If you have an interesting subject to light, this look can offer more of the setting in the photo than a silhouette would give. Many cameras do this well by using Aperture priority and your flash on automatic. However, you’ll have to check your instruction manual to see how your camera works. In manual mode, set the sunset exposure so the colors and tones look good, then leave your flash on automatic. —Rob Sheppard
This is the essential ingredient in every photograph, and we’re not talking shutter speed. Photography is the art of stopping time, recording time, expressing time, so photographers must give themselves time to master this art. Folks give up on themselves and their art way too early, and if they just took a deep breath and keep on shooting a little longer (which, in reality, could be years), they would find that this magical ingredient, time, works on their side. —Moose Peterson
Never photograph under the assumption that Photoshop will save you from sloppy work. Always think of Photoshop as a way to optimize the best image you can come back with. The better the content, composition and quality in the capture, the better the final result. Good photography hasn’t changed; we just process it differently in the age of digital. —George Lepp
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