Archive for the ‘Tips And Tutorials For Photographers’ Category

How To Buy Photography Gear On A Budget

August 16th, 2011

If you’re working on moving your photography business to the next level, you’ve probably realized that at some point you’ll need to upgrade your equipment to something a little more professional (especially if you missed the DSLR memo and are still using a point-and-shoot). If you’ve looked around at the cost to upgrade though, you may feel like you need to take out a second mortgage on the house to get better equipment. Untrue!! Don’t do it! I’ve got some great tips to make sure buying equipment won’t mean your business isn’t making you any money.

Create an equipment purchase plan Your plan doesn’t have to be elaborate. [...]

Professional Photographer Camera Settings

May 13th, 2011

One of the search terms I see showing up in Google Analytics for my blog is “professional photographer camera settings”. While I think I’m pretty good at search engine optimization, I didn’t realize I was good enough to show up for terms that I didn’t have content for. Actually, that just makes me look stupid for showing up in search results where I don’t have relevant material. So to reduce the amount of stupid that I look, I thought it would be nice to write about camera settings for professionals. So here we go – how to set up your camera in the perfect way to make yourself look like a professional and start raking in the cash (because prof[...]

UPS – Stay Up When The Power Is Down

February 17th, 2011

If you hear UPS and you think about the guys wearing the brown uniforms, you need to be introduced to the wonderful world of un-interrupted power.

What a UPS does The purpose of a UPS is to provide power for a short time using a battery backup in times when the power at the outlet is not available. How long you have to work using the battery depends on the model of UPS you’re using as well as how much power you need based on the devices plugged in. As an extra bonus, a UPS is supposed to be an extremely reliable surge protector, so your equipment won’t get zapped in a storm.

Do photographers really need a UPS? Having a UPS won’t make a difference for pr[...]

Setting Your Focus Point On A Canon 5D Mark II

January 22nd, 2011

There’s nothing worse than hearing your camera beep to indicate it’s locked on and focused, then to find out you missed the shot completely because you were actually intending to focus on something else that what the camera chose to focus on. Usually your camera is pretty smart in picking what to focus on, but if you’re anything like us, usually isn’t good enough. From the image above, you can see that the 5D Mark II has a total of 9 focus points represented by boxes. This is what you’ll see if you look through your viewfinder. We’re going to look at how to tell your 5D Mark II exactly where to focus. Plus if you have another Canon camera, these same step[...]

How To Trigger Off-Camera Canon Flashes

January 8th, 2011

If you’ve read my wedding photography tips to get amazing images, you’ll remember that I talked about adding off-camera flash. There are a number of ways to trigger off-camera flashes, but in this post, I’ll be covering how to use Canon’s built-in infrared system so you can get off camera flash without spending a fortune.

Master Flash In order to use Canon’s infrared triggering system, you’ll need a flash that acts as a master to tell other flashes to go off. Since you’re on a budget (who isn’t?), I’d recommend getting a Canon 550 EX Flash. It’s not the latest and greatest, but at the time I’m writing this, you ca[...]

Night Photography Tips

November 1st, 2010

Anybody can get out their point and shoot cameras when the sun’s out and get reasonably decent images. If you’re looking to take your photography to the next level and get some pretty amazing images, here are a few tips on night photography to get you started.

Slow Shutter Speed The slower your shutter speed, the longer the light has to come in, and the brighter your picture will be. How slow you set your shutter will depend on how dark it is. In a wedding reception, I frequently use shutter speeds of 1/50 or 1/60. If you’re outside on a dark night though, you’ll probably be looking at a minimum of a full second for your shutter speed. The longer your s[...]

Best Canon Digital Cameras For Wedding Photography

October 24th, 2010

If you’re wanting a single camera to fill the spot of best wedding camera, you won’t find it here. I think the best Canon digital camera for wedding photography is based on where you are at as a photographer as well as your budget for the camera. If you put any of these cameras in the hands of an amazing photographer, you’re going to get amazing images. There are some key differences though, and there are reasons that some photographers who still have outdated cameras may want to consider the upgrade.

Canon Rebel If you’re wanting to take amazing wedding pictures, and you think that better equipment equals better pictures, you may be wondering why the Re[...]

Photography Using Personality Mirroring

October 11th, 2010

There is a concept of good communication known as mirroring where a person mirrors mannerisms, choice of words, presentation style, etc of the person they’re communicating with. The goal behind mirroring is to make the message easier to digest since it will be in the native style of the message reciever. I have an opinion based only on my own observation and no scientific research that people being photographed also naturally mirror their photographer.

Good communicators catch on earlier to the style of the other party they’re talking to and make an effort to match their style, but this isn’t limited to only people that do this intentionally. All people natural[...]

Jpeg Replacement?

October 5th, 2010

Google has recently announced WebP as a new image format that promises better compression for web files than current jpegs. Google claims that the new image format will reduce file size by 40% of jpegs without losing quality. I’ll have to admit that I was pretty excited at the possibility of having an image format with better compression than jpeg, but is WebP going to be able to gain acceptance as a jpeg alternative?

Benefits of Smaller Image Size The goal of WebP is to reduce the amount of bandwidth required to download webpage content. But that’s just the beginning if WebP takes off. Smaller file size would also mean less disk space being used on servers and the [...]

Jpeg Or Raw – Which Is Better?

September 12th, 2010

Jpeg or raw: the one question that can turn a fellow photographer into an enemy with the wrong answer. Both sides have reasons to back up their choice. Once you make the choice, it’s not likely you’re going to change camps. So what are the points photographers use to justify their positions on this heated topic? Take a look to see for yourself.

The Jpeg Camp – Raw takes too much space Jpeg files are significantly smaller than raw files – frequently up to 4 times smaller. Shooting jpeg allows you to fit more pictures on a compact flash card and also more images on a hard drive. Professional photographers can eat through some disk space pretty quickly, [...]