10 Magical Tips for Christmas Photography

1. Preparations are part of the celebration Even before Christmas starts, there is a lot going on. Get busy capturing the motion that is put in place by the Christmas preparations – this is what Christmas Photography sometimes misses. Have a picture of the kids decorating the tree, the grandma baking the cookies and the wife setting the table. These are candid pictures, but you should not forget about composition rules while hunting the perfect moment. Try to fill the frame in order to have your subject free from distractions. Since we are talking about indoor pictures of people in motion, make sure to set the ISO sensitivity higher. Test a few shots to adjust your camera settings to a shutter speed that keeps motion blur away. 2. Photograph the indoor and outdoor Christmas lights Decorations aren’t just in your tree. In fact, it’s quite possible that before you even started to … Read more…

Time Lapse Photography from Slices of Photographs

Time-lapse photography is a technique whereby the frequency at which the frame rate is much lower than that used to view the sequence. When put together to play a movie at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and thus lapsing. That would be the definition of time lapse photography, and, classic examples of scenes that fit well with this technique are: sunrise, sunset, flower blooming and plants growing, moving clouds, driving cars seen from a far distance, people walking, or even the evolution of a construction project. This technique appears to be a bridge between photography and movie making, more movie making oriented since you will, traditionally, blend more frames together. You might believe that this technique is hard to perform, but, in fact, it’s one of the simplest photography techniques there is. You don’t need to have super complicated camera settings and adjustments. All you have to bare in … Read more…

Advanced Night Cityscape Photography Tips and Examples

My dear reader, I believe this article has surpassed my record in terms of how many examples I have for you. More than plenty. I should actually count them… there are about 90 images! Enjoy them and, most of all, learn from them! Night photography in the city is not as difficult as it might seem. In fact, there are a few myths I want to destroy right here, right now. But first, you need to know one thing will be forever true: you DO need a tripod for night photography. Even if the exposure time is not as long as you thought, it’s still longer than the by day and it does cause camera shake. Destruction of Myth Nr.#1: City by Night kind of photography DOES NOT require a long exposure time! The truth about night photography in the city is this: the longer the exposure, the more overexposed … Read more…

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