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Shutter Speed & Movement

Terry's Top Tips - Shutter Speed & Movement Crocodiles move quickly Slow shutter speed Rugby players and motion blur When a photographer has a subject that has a lot of movement or they want to capture the energy or speed of the subject, they will want to control the shutter speed. This is best done by setting your camera to Shutter Priority. Either the (S) or (Tv) setting on your speed dial. A broad reference to fast shutter speeds is 1/500 or above and a slow shutter speed is broadly referred as slower than 1/30. The faster the shutter, the less light. Long exposure is usually [...]

Shooting an Event or Celebration

Terry's Top Tips - Shooting an Event or Celebration So many fun events and experiences in life; so remember the moment with some great photos. Always try to get up close and shoot wide when possible but always respect what is going on and not get in the way or interrupt what is happening. Always remain candid and try and avoid flash. If you are in low light, look at increasing the ISO. I find auto ISO is good but sometimes it is better to select the optimum ISO manually. The tip here is that a higher ISO will allow a faster shutter speed and this can be critical at parties or low light [...]

Aperture & Shallow Depth of Field

Terry's Top Tips - Aperture & Shallow Depth of Field Blurring the background ( and foreground) enhances the images and makes the subject really dominate in photographs. This blurry effects is technically known as a shallow depth of field or Bokeh. The best way to capture photos with this effect if to set your camera to aperture priority. It is the `A’ or `Av’ setting on your speed dial capture mode and you want to shoot with a small f-number. The choice of f-number is dependant upon the quality of your lens and how shallow you want your focus area to be. Advanced photographers also are aware that there is a relationship between the f-stop, the [...]

Shooting Sunsets

Terry’s Top Tips – Shooting Sunsets Photographers love to capture the dramatic changes in light as the sun slips away into the darkness. The twilight is often referred to as the Golden Hour as the rich yellow tones of the sun reach out across the sky. Get there early and walk around to appreciate the very best vantage point. The foreground and background subject, where the sun will be and the better angle to shoot from. Ideally, you are shooting on full manual exposure and a very low ISO ( 50-200). You will need a sturdy tripod and a wider angle lens. If you have ND filters in your kit, I find these are [...]

Top Ten Portrait Tips

Terry’s Top Tips – Top Ten Portrait Tips Portraits are best taken when they capture the personality and character of the subject. It’s a great time to capture family and loved ones at the special event or gathering. You can craft a portrait or simply be ready and alert to snap a candid expression that captures the moment. 1. Natural light and low contrast is always best. 2. Most portraits are best shot with a shallow depth of field. 3. Composition is critical and I find that a vertical frame is best when shooting individuals. 4. Look to frame your subject on either the left or right third and fill two-thirds of the frame. [...]

Featured Photography Student – Paul D’Ambra

Featured Photography Student - Paul D’Ambra I started taking photos as a teenager using film and over the years have progressed to digital. Terry from NPTC helped add fuel to my passion and I attended a Basic & Advanced class a couple of years ago. Terry has since given me tips and advice when I needed it & have started progressing to full camera control and manual exposure. I’ve developed a unique style which is very candid, up close and personal capturing people’s moments filling the frame and not being scared to crop tightly, I apply similar techniques to my car photography and have learnt other composition ideas from Terry at NPTC as well [...]