I know some of these may seem kind of simple, but if you really think about them and put them into action, you will see results.
I can not stress enough that practice has made me better and can do the same for you. Mind you, I was practicing at a time before digital was affordable, where I was limited to 36 shots and could not see my results instantly. I am not saying you are at a disadvantage for shooting digital, but I can say you can borrow from the past to help you learn in the future.
1. Cover up your LCD screen with an index card and some tape so you can avoid seeing your settings or the images you capture. The challenge here is that it forces you to use your light meter to determine your settings. Limit yourself to 36 shots, just like we used to do with film, when we were limited to the amount of frames per roll. Only when you’re done shooting, either at the end of your photo shoot or when you reach 36 images, should you sit down and review the results. You can learn so much just from waiting until the end to review your results, even if your shots are not to your liking. Imagine how you will feel when the majority of your images are keepers and you didn’t rely on looking at the LCD screen after every shot.
There I said it, you will not master photography overnight.
Today more than ever a lot of people think they should me able to master anything and everything in a matter of hours or days. This holds true in photography, so many people feel that if they purchase a camera that they will just get it in no time flat.
What tends to happen is people get frustrated with their “camera” after a few weeks or months and end up saying “my camera sucks”. We know its not the camera that sucks because you can get great images with any camera on the market.
The truth is you will not master photography in 6 months or sometimes even in 4 or 5 years. It may take a very long time until you feel confortable in your skin as a photographer. But the idea that you need or should be able to master photography in little or no time needs to change.
I am personally 18 years into shooting. I started off not knowing a thing but through years of practice and messing up I feel like I am in a great place as a photographer.
That also brings up a good point, if you don’t know how to shoot something the best thing to do is go out and attempt it on your own. Sure its fine to do some looking around online for some help but you really need to shut up and shoot. There is a lot to learn online but nothing replaces trying.
I get hundreds of questions submitted to me each and every day via e mail, facebook, YouTube, Flickr and various other places. I try to answer as many as possible because its very important to me that I help you out. With that said there is a way you can help me help you.
The best place to submit a question is right here on FroKnowsPhoto.com. Click the contact tab and use the general questions tab. Before you do that here are some tips for asking questions to help me answer yours in a more timely fashion. Please try and keep your e mails to the most important information. What camera do you own, what lenses do you own, what do you like shooting, what is your budget are all things that you should include when asking me a question.
If you are looking for tips on something photo related please be sure to do a search on FroKnowsPhoto.com before you submit your question as I may have an answer on there for you already.
The more realvant information you supply me with the better chances you have of me answering your question quicker. Here is an example of a good question.
“Hello Jared I am looking to purchase a new lenses to shoot outdoor “Sports”. I currently own a Nikon D3200 with the 18-55 and 55-200. My budget is between $500-$700. Thanks for all of your help, say hello to Lil for me!!!!”
Before I answer this let me point out what they did well. They told me they like to shoot “sports” but they specified outside sports. They told me the camera make and model along with what lenses they own. On top of that they let me know how much money they have to spend. Better than anything is they got right to the point which makes it much easier on me.
My answer would be this. Thanks for your e mail and I will be sure to say hello to Lil for you. You mentioned that you are shooting outside sports and you currently own a 55-200 lens. I think the current lenses set up is sufficient for now especially for outdoor sports. But if you are looking to invest in a better lens I would suggest saving up for something like a sigma 70-200 2.8 vr II which is a little out of your price range right now. This 2.8 lens not only would be great for outdoor sports but indoor as well. It also is a great portrait lens for when you are working with models.
I love helping you guys out by answering as many questions as possible. Please help me help you by following the steps above when submitting your questions.Read More »
Has someone ever said to you that the best time to take someones photo outside is when its bright and sunny? Well I could not disagree more, I find the best time to photograph outside is during an overcast day.
The reason I like shooting during overcast days is because the clouds act like a huge softbox. They soften the light form the sun so that its nice and even on your subjects face. It knocks out all of the shadows that would be there if the sun was out and not being diffused.
Here are some tips for shooting during overcast days. You may have to bump your ISO because the light is being diffused by the clouds. When the light is diffused that means there is less light hitting the subject thus why we would want to bump our ISO to compensate.
If it is not an overcast day and you need to shoot outside look for areas in the shade such as under a tree or next to a building. This way you are shooting with less harsh light which tends to cause ugly shadows.Read More »
This video I would call more of an experiment to see if I could set up 4 different cameras and create a baking video. No one was around to help me do this so I hatched the concept and did all the set up myself.
There is a lot you can take away from a video like this. Like with still photography you still have to conceive a concept, light it, set up the cameras and shoot it. Photo and video go hand and hand these days and thats why its important that we embrace it. Like I always say, the best way to learn something is by doing.
The four cameras were the Nikon D7000, Nikon D3s, Nikon D3100 and the Contour action cameras. Each one of these cameras has a different film length from 5 min to however much room or battery life the contour cam has.
Now that our cameras allow us to capture HD video I am a big proponent of learning as much as I can about shooting video not just with one camera but with multiple cameras. When you shoot with so many cameras you end up with a lot of gigs of video to edit.
Unlike still photography where editing can not always save an image, editing for video can really make something out of nothing. Ari did a fantastic job of editing this video as its not the easiest thing to do when you have four angles to work with.Read More »
How many of you know who owns an image once you take it? I think its pretty simple, if you take it you own it unless you have made other arrangements.
If someone pays you to photograph and turn over all the files you are pretty much giving up all the rights to the those images. If a band asks you to come shoot their show regardless of being paid or not you OWN all the rights to those images unless you tell them they can have the rights.
It is good practice to make sure that all your agreements are written and not just verbal. I like to write a simple e mail describing exactly what I am doing and exactly what the client gets.
For example, I will be photographing xyz and delivering you images that can only be used online. If you would like to use them for any other purpose please contact me to discuss usage fees.
Or I will photograph xyz and you have the rights to do anything you would like with the images.
To me it comes back to you own everything you take unless you give up your rights.Read More »
This was my second year attempting to photograph fireworks. Last year I set out on my first attempt to capture amazing photographs of fireworks and I think I was pretty successful.
This year I have to be honest, during the shoot I felt like I was not capturing anything very good. The truth is I ended up being pretty happy with the images once I had a chance to edit them and not look at them on a 3 inch screen on the back of the camera.
There are some things that I did learn and I share them with you in this video. Everything form whether or not I think I was to far away or if I should have done more vertical shots.
To see the FULL RES images please click the image below.Read More »
The Canon T4i / 650D continues the line of fantastic, feature packed entry level cameras for beginners. When it comes to reviewing entry level cameras you have to look at them not as a pro but as a beginner. With that said this is a solid solid camera even though it is slightly more expensive than its Nikon counterpart.
I tested out this camera with the 18-55 Kit lens both for stills and video. You all know my feelings on kit lenses at this point but for those who don’t, I am not really a fan. I think they are a waste of money right off the bat and there are other better options out there. The thing is most new photographers do not know this so we can not hold it against them for purchasing the kit lenses. I started that way, I had kit lenses until I knew better.
The kit lens is fine, its nothing special, it will capture the moments well enough for the everyday shooter. Its fine for video though you will hear the autofocus motors moving if you choose to not shoot manual. What I will say is the sooner you graduate from kit lenses and understand how important better glass is the better off you will be.
The T4i handled very well, I loved the touch screen option for setting the camera, previewing images as well as zooming in on them. It was much more responsive then I had ever imagined and it left me wanting the same option on my Nikon D4.
I was walking around my neighborhood recently and spotted what looked to be the WORLDS LARGEST FIRE HYDRANT. I knew that I had to share this finding with all of you guy, so I decided to do a photo shoot.
I know this may not be the worlds largest fire hydrant but it definitely was not the normal hydrant that you are used to seeing on the side of the road. I thought this would be a great opportunity to try and capture some interesting photos of something different.
It is always a challenge for me to capture objects opposed to people. But that is the fun part about photography, you have to branch out and photograph things you may not normally capture.
My goal was to try and convey the size of the hydrant. The easiest way to do that would be to put a smaller hydrant next to it but of course that was not possible. You will see in the video the differences in the photos when shooting with the Nikon 14-24, 24-70, 70-200 and 300 2.8. Each one gives you a slightly different take on the hydrant.
One thing that I wish I did more of was shoot with the wider lenses in my bag. Sure I captured nice detailed shots of the hydrant but I should have used the 14-24 and gotten closer at a lower angle to make the hydrant seem larger. At times when making videos I am focused on 40 different things instead of just concentrating on stills.
I hope you enjoy this new style of photo shoot.Read More »
There seems to be this trend to move towards thinner and smaller lenses known as Pancake lenses. Canon put out a 40mm 2.8 Prime lens that I picked up at AllensCamera to play with and review. I have been using this lens on the Canon T4i and have come to a simple conclusion.
This lens is a $200 no questions asked winner. The reason I say its no questions asked is the fact that its very inexpensive for what you get. The build quality is top of the line from the metal mount to the feel in your hands. With that said this is a very very small and light weight lens, thus the pancake design.
Canon tries to market this as a discreet lens for when you don’t want people to know your taking pictures. I think thats a marketing joke and not something I would ever promote a lens for.
This lens is fast focusing, sharp all the way through and very very light. Sometimes you may think its to light and small. For example when you are shooting video its not out of the question that your finger finds its way into your frame while trying to focus the very very thin focusing ring.