Photography Tips and Tricks - 96 (Use Your Legs)

November 21, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Don't be lazy by using zoom lenses when you can use your legs.   Photos with prime (single focal length) lenses are typically sharper than a zoom lens and more so when you zoom in to get that photo.  So, use your legs when it is safe and permitted.

How to Give Feedback for a Photo

November 17, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

We all like to get accolades for our work.  No matter if it is for your day-to-day work or the latest photo you posted on FaceBook or some other social media.  Feedback can make you feel good.  Or, it could make you feel bad.

So, let's talk about how to give feedback in a constructive way so you help the recipient and help them.

  • Only provide feedback when asked.
  • Start with what you love about the photo.  Don't just say you love it.  Share "the why".
  • Don't use phrases like "you" should have moved closer to improve the photo
    • Use "I" instead of "you".  And do it in a kind manner.  For example, I am curious if moving closer or finding a different angle would improve the photo.   In this manner, the photographer is not being targeted.  Instead, they are given the idea to think of other angles or other ideas.
  • Don't just say it sucks.
    • If someone gives feedback like that on social media, ignore them.  Or better yet block them or un-friend them if needed.
  • Give suggestions that could improve the image with specific detail on how that may be accomplished.
  • If you see the photographer leveraging the rule of thirds, leading lines, bokeh, mood, etc. be sure to compliment that effort and how it kept you viewing the photo.
  • Ask for feedback to see how others provide feedback.

Nice and short this week, but it is something that I wanted to share.  Most feedback I see is genuine and kind, but occasionally you get a troll, and as I said above, ignore them.

Now go take pictures.

Photography Tips and Trick - 95 (Clean Before You Leave)

November 14, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

It is getting cold outside where I live.  While I carry several lens cleaning cloths with me in all my camera bags, it is a good idea to clean your lenses before you leave so you have a clean lens to start with.  So, clean your lenses in the warmth of your home before you leave.

Moon Photography Is Not Hard

November 10, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

It really isn't hard.  Moon photography.  Nope, it isn't hard unless you make it hard.

This short blog is intended to get you started and not to be used as "the perfect setting" for your next moon shot.  If you want to see a video version of this post check it out here.

So here are the basics:

  • You need to use a tripod
  • You need to use manual mode
  • Start with these settings and adjust as you need
    • ISO 100 - I don't leave ISO 100 for my moon shots
    • F 8.0 for the aperture
    • Shutter speed of 1 sec

Depending on the moon and how bright it is those settings are just a starting point.  My photo below had these settings:

  • ISO 100
  • F 22
  • Shutter Speed 1/12 sec

The moon was full and very bright so I needed to move my aperture to F22.

Tip:  The moon is so far away, there is not an issue with depth of field.  F1.8 is just as good as F22 at that distance.   So, adjust the aperture as much or little as you please.

Don't forget to leave comments for me on my YouTube version of this post.


Photography Tips and Trick -94 (Write it Down)

November 07, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

This is more than a photography tip, it is a life tip.  Write it down.  If you want to remember something, write it down on what ever system you use.  If it is a task list, a Franklin Planner, a sticky note, a three-ring binder, one note, etc.   Organize things you want to learn/try on your favorite "to do" system and get it done.