#987 Web Distractions

A big thanks to readers for this week’s set of fun photo links to the web!

The “A-Z guide to street photography.”
Ron L sent us this link from DazedDigital.com with 26 tips to street photography.

Too much equipment, not enough clicking…
Wayne S
sent us this article about buying too much gear and what’s really going on!

Colouring Classic Black & Whites
And Mimi G offered this link showing some coloured interpretations of classic imagery.

Photo tips = Better Pictures
Finally, take a look at these photo tips – simple and fun!

As always – send us your favourite photo distractions from the web!!

Photo Tips = Better Pictures

Photo Tip #229 Learn from your child’s perspective.

#979 Sparks and Steel – Blacksmith Photo Safari!

The man of steel is back!

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Man of Steel – Blacksmith Photo Safari

Two years ago we offered the Blacksmith photo safari and it sold out very quickly.
Our blacksmith has agreed to put on a fiery show for your cameras again.

Suitable for any camera, we offer tips to help make the sparks fly…

Join us!
Registration and more details.

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#975 Exposed! Photo Newsletter – Photo Tips = Better Pictures

Photos are easy to make – aim and click. Almost everybody has a camera device and there are trillions of, erm, bad photos out there.

Good photos take time and patience and learning…

How would you:
• make white snow white? (most people produce gray snow)
• make a waterfall turn into a milky smooth masterpiece?
• showing a hint of motion in the water and oars while keeping the boat and background crisp?

Regular photo tips can help!

In this edition of Exposed! we offer some of the most important (and fun) tips.

Read the tips.

Photo Tips = Better Pictures

Photo Tip #201 – Anticipate your subject’s actions.

#974 Adobe Lightroom Seminar with Peter Handley, RGD

Photos lacking punch?
Can’t find your favourite photos?
Looking for more from your photography?

Learn the post processing power of Adobe Lightroom.

Before Lightroom:post precessing with Adobe Lightroom class

After Lightroom:post precessing with Adobe Lightroom class

Join one of Ottawa’s most sought-after graphic designers – Peter Handley – as he guide’s a lucky group through the powerful Adobe software that has quickly become the leading software for batch processing and archiving.

What about Adobe’s Photoshop?!
Photoshop is another powerful and amazing tool with some key differences.

Peter will lead you through the Lightroom modules over two weekends. You can join one session or both!

Join the Lightroom Seminar

#969 Web Distractions – Photo Links from the Web!

We’d like to thanks readers Norman, Allan and Don for this instalment of web distractions!

Annie Liebovitz talks
Norman shared a link on Annie Liebovitz discusses “Dream Portraits,” the future of photo and other views…

Worthwhile, really!
Allan (from our Online Program) offered a link countering a post from the last web distractions about the worthlessness of most of the bzillions of photos produced every day.

Insights from Henri Cartier-Bresson
Don (also from our Online Program) contributed a link to a video with inspirational words from Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Thanks for the web distractions. If you have things to share please send them in!

#968 Prime Photo Tips for Better Pictures!

For about a year now we have been posting photo tips on our Facebook page to help you take better pictures.

People keep asking “Where can we see all the tips?!
Why PrimePhotoTips.com of course!
Here’s a sample of tips:

Photo Tip #1
Turn the camera on.

Photo Tip #32
Take one photo at a time. 11 frames a second creates huge editing workloads and, with a little practice, clicking once will get you your shot.

Better photos with photo tips

Photo Tip #32 – One photo at a time…

Photo Tip #34
(Thanks to Quinton Gordon) Edit your photos before you take them.

Photo Tip #49
Cut a rectangle out of a piece of paper or cardboard and start looking at the world as if you were looking through a camera. It’s amazing how different things look through a rectangle – and it’ll help you engage your photo brain.

Photo Tip # 64
When photographing in a new city – travel light and by bike – you’ll see way more!

Better Photos through photography tips

Photo Tip # 71 – Stay warm while winter shooting in the winter!

Photo Tip #71
When shooting in the cold have two clothing systems:
• When moving where enough clothes to be warm but DO NOT SWEAT! (it’ll make you very cold later.)
• Once you’ve stopped for some shooting add lots of warm – extra hat (sheepskin = ahhhh!) and a big poofy jacket or two.

More tips @ PrimePhotoTips.com!

Photo Tip #92
Try something photographically that scares you – just a bit.

Photo Tip #107
Always keep balloons in the photo studio for the kids – instant smiles when you pull them out.

Photo Tip #115
Big aperture (like f4) for moody portraits.
Small aperture (like f16) for landscapes.

Photo Tip #128
Shoot with a wide angle lens from the hip for an unusual portrait experience. It takes some practice…

Better pictures through prime photo tips

Photo Tip # 128 – Shoot from the hip with a wide angle lens for fun portraits.

Photo Tip #142
Shoot in RAW.
Store as TIFFs.
Send as JPEG.
…JPEG files will lose data when you save any changes.

Photo Tip #177
Be playful & allow mistakes to let the fun out of your camera!

Better pictures through Prime Photo Tips

Photo Tip # 177 – Be playful!

Photo Tip #195
That little flash built into the camera?
Leave it off. It’s anemic (underpowered), causes red-eye and pushes out a harsh burst of nasty light.
… Sorry, little flash but it’s true!

Photo Tip #200
Stop reading photo tips and go take some photos!!!

Better photos through photo tips

Photo Tip #200 – Stop reading photo tips and go take some photos!

See more photo tips at PrimePhotoTips.com. We’re posting 3-5 tips per week.

#956 Photo Tips Website – Preview in Progress

A year ago we started offering photo tips on our Photo Facebook page and we’ve been asked if they can be seen all in one place.

Well, we’re working on that…
The photo tips website is live. We are loading more tips, content and tweaking the format to make it work best for YOU! We still need to add more photos, tips and categorize posts so you can more easily search for tech tips, portrait tips, etc.

And we’d love your feedback – what would you like to see? How would you like to see it?
Comments please…


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Prime Photo Tips

#945 – From the Web – Photo Distractions

Some more photo fun from the web this week…

• Simplicity
Read about Peter Belanger. Who’s he? He shoots many of the amazingly simple (and beautiful) product shots for Apple.

• British Copyright Law Angers Photographers
Read about new British Legislation that changes copyright protection.

Photo Tip

Photo Tip #167 – Take time to see. It’s amazing what’s right in front of your camera if you take time to look!

• Photo Tips Website Update
Almost a year ago we started posting Photo Tips and other tidbits on our Photo Facebook Page.

People have asked about the tips and if there’s a place they can all be seen more easily. Soon!
We hope to launch a site in the next two weeks. Stay tuned…

#936 Online Photo Program Progress

Today is the deadline for photo submissions for our online photo program‘s critique coming out later this week.

Slow Photos
This month’s challenge was “slow photos” where we instructed members to:
1. Slow down, creatively, and take time to consume the possibilities.
2. Slow down the shutter speed to ONE second or slower.
… That’s a tough challenge – especially for daytime shooting.

And I thought I would see tons of silky waterfalls. We have received some beautiful waterfalls but am happy to see the creative ideas coming through (stay tuned for photos.)

‘Point & Click’ to ‘Beautiful’
Last week’s lesson included a video to members with some last minute ideas and the process of creative photography. We showed the process from “point & click” to “beautiful” – see two photos from the same waterfall below.

Slow photos

Point and click...

Comments this month:
• “Thank you very much for last week’s video. It was just what I needed to hear!
• “Once again a fun challenge with lots of learnings.
• “Thank you Harry. It has been a very fun and inspiring challenge… now I can think about it and set the camera up properly for the shot! From waterfalls to night shots, they are lots of fun.” 

Slow photo

... or beautiful slow photos.

Join us for next month for a new, faster challenge.

#936 From the Web – Prime Photo Tips

Almost a year ago we started posting photo tips on our Photo Facebook page. Below are some recent tips to help your spring shooting!

Photo Tip #151 – Add a hint of motion to make your photos soar.
Below are two photos. Which photo do you prefer?

Frozen Motion - fast shutter speed

Frozen Motion - fast shutter speed

 Photo Tip #149 – Your camera is secondary to your photo skills and vision. Invest wisely!

 Photo Tip #148 Keep your eye on the sky. What kind of lighting do you want for your photos?
• Full sun vibrancy
• Beautifully soft diffused light from clouds or
• The contrast of diffused light from the shade of a tree with a blown out background from the effects of full sun.
Be aware of the quality of light – it’ll make a huge difference to your photos!

Hint of Motion - slow shutter speed and tripod

Hint of Motion - slow shutter speed and tripod

Photo Tip #144 – Embed keywords in your photos to avoid:
“Who’s that friend (in the photo) we skied with way back in 2013?!”

Photo Tip #143 – Create photos in your mind as you walk. It’ll help your creative process.

Photo Tip #141 – Never delete bad photos.
1. There may be some value discovered later (ask about the first photos of Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky and the only photog who didn’t (couldn’t) delete the photos because he was still shooting on film.)
2. Memory is cheaper than time. When you are in the field it’s better to spend your time looking for what you can shoot – missed moments are expensive.
3. You can often learn from the mistakes if you investigate what went wrong!

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