When you’re stuffed in the stands at a basketball game, or running alongside a soccer game, lugging lots of gear around is not a fun adventure. You’re more likely to break something out of frustration than to get a great shot. So “take two” and follow these hassle-free sports photography tips.
It seems that people are innately drawn to taking photos of flowers. I bet everyone and their mother has at least attempted to take a photo of a flower. Admit it. You have. But did you like it? Did it look like the images of flowers you’ve been drawn to in the past?
Want photos of flowers that actually make people “ooh” and “ahh”?
Professional sports photographers spend big bucks to get the equipment necessary for amazing shots. But you can still move to a whole new world of sports photography just by employing the following advice:
Speedy fast. I assume if you’re shooting sports you want to catch action. If you can, use a shutter speed of at least 1/500 sec. You’ll get better results if you shoot at 1/1000. If you want some blur to show motion, slow the shutter speed down. Just make sure it looks intentional and not like you just don’t know what you’re doing. Continue reading “Shooting Sports Photography: Tips on How to Stop Action”
Save yourself time, money, and your good name by knowing if you need a model release or not. A model release is a document that the person, or people, you photograph sign releasing their pictures, giving you permission to legally use their likeness.
I’ll boil it down first: no one ever got hurt by having a model release (okay, here I’m just assuming…). Better safe than sorry.
But in actuality, in most cases you probably don’t need one.
Follow Privacy Laws
If you sneak up and take a photograph of someone through her kitchen window, you invaded her privacy. If she is in a public place, then you can take her picture.
So you’ve been practicing and practicing. Your images are properly exposed. You’ve followed all the “rules”. Now why don’t they look as good as the pros?
An important thing to know is that all digital images are meant to be post-processed (basically, edited on the computer). Point-and-shoot cameras do some processing in-camera for you automatically. If you’ve sprung for the nice camera, you’ve got to be ready to spring for editing software too (although you can set up your SLR to do some in-camera processing – check your user’s guide).
My photo-editing program of choice is Adobe Photoshop. If you use a different program, hopefully you can figure out what in your program achieves these same things.
A typical family picture session scenario looks something like this: Mother is frazzled from all the pushing, prodding, and preparing she had to do prior to arriving. Dad just wants to get it over with, but acts mildly supportive to avoid the wrath of Mom. Kids have been threatened with the loss of TV, Wii, or social life. Teenagers act as if they’ve been led to the slaughter.