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.
Last year I went out and photographed fireworks for the very first time on July 4th 2011. I had a basic idea for how to capture very cool images and now had to put it into practice. I learned a great amount my first time out and thought now is a good time to revisit last years post and share it with the new readers.
If you are going to photograph fireworks this year please check out the updated video and the post from last year.
I got the chance on July 4th to put into practice the settings that I researched for photographing fireworks. I have to say I had a blast just hanging out, setting up and waiting for the show to start.
My goal was to not focus to much on the fireworks themselves but to focus on the whole scene as well as people. I started off with the Nikon D3s on the tripod with a 14-24 shooting horizontally. I set the camera to manual exposure and manual focus. The F stop was set to F10 to start with the Shutter Speed being set to Bulb.
I want to point out how great it was that I brought out a really good small flashlight which helped me set my lens to infinity focus. I would recommend in the future bringing out a blanket to not only sit on but to protect your spot and give you enough room to set up your gear. Next time I go and shoot in a parking lot I will be sure to have knee pads or some kind of padding to sit on and kneel on.
Here is a tip for focusing in pitch black. I found that waiting for the fire works to start worked out very very well. I was able to look threw the camera and quickly manually focus on where the fire works exploded in the sky. Being that you will be shooting at anywhere from F8-16 if your focus is close to begin with your images should be tack sharp.
There will be a little bit of trial and error with your settings and focal length. I discovered that I wanted to shoot at a higher f stop like F13 as I felt the colors and streaks were coming out very well. Shooting in bulb without the cable release worked very well for me. When trying to time your opening and closing of the shutter you have to anticipate the launching and than close the shutter after the explosion starts to dissipate. Like I said there will be a little bit of trail and error to see what will work best for you.
Last month AdroamaPIX announced Aluminyzed Metal Prints and I thought to myself who would want to print their photos on metal? Well, AdoramaPIX asked me to order some prints and to find out for myself.
CHECK OUT BELOW to see how you can WIN one of these Metal Prints from the video.
I chose to order one of each option that they offer in the size of 20×30 with the wall mount already included. The first option allows the metal to come through where white normally would be. The second option prints your image on a white surface allowing your image to really pop off the metal.
What is so cool about these prints is they are water and weather proof because your image is infused right into the metal. These prints are also scratch resistant. I was skeptical about that but after attempting to scratch one of the prints I was pleasantly surprised that I could not scratch it. If you do get dust or finger prints on these prints you can simple use windex to clean them off without any issues.
As some of you may have noticed over the past few weeks I started putting up one photo of the day that a reader submitted. I think this is a great way for me to showcase amazing photos that you guys are uploading to the Fro Flickr Group.
If you are interested in entering your photos into the photo of the day selection process all you have to do is upload your images to the Fro Flickr Group. You can upload three images a day and if I select your image you will see it on the website as the Photo of the DAY.
I would suggest bookmarking the photo of the day page so you can check back each day to see if your image was selected. As another way to keep it fun and to tie a contest into it please LIKE the photos that you would like to see WIN something. I am still working out how the contest will work but I am thinking each month I will see who has the most LIKES and give them a prize. There still is no sponsor but it could be someone like DROBO and we all could use more backups.Read More »
Last week I WON a radio contest to have the band Grouplove play my loft. The contest was pretty simple in my mind and I knew that if I entered I would win. How could I be so confident that I would win you may ask? Well the contest called for you to “take a picture of your stage” and maybe Grouplove will come play it. I think you guys know that I have a stage in the loft thus why I was so confident I would win.
In this video you are going to see the LIVE show that I shot with Grouplove. As it turns out I did not have a photo pass for the show but after the band saw all of the work on my walls one thing led to another and I asked if they would like me to shoot their show. I asked that they let me shoot the entire set to which they responded that they don’t understand the three song rule to begin with. I did ask if I could shoot form the stage but this time around that was a no go which is perfectly fine as hopefully next time I will.
I honestly did not know what to expect before this show started, would these guys come out and just play their music or would they blow the roof off with energy? The straight up truth was that these guys came to play and play they did. They amount of energy they brought to the stage is something that I have not seen in a long time since seeing Walt Lafty was running, climbing and hanging upside down from trusses with Silvertide.Read More »