Leading Line Idea


Trying to work out the idea I have for one of the photos needed for my next NYIP photo project.

This didn’t work as I thought it would because of the way the notebook steals the focus from the ribbon too much but I did manage to salvage the shot with a little post processing to make the image work in a different way.

Extra Items to Keep in Your Camera Bag

Besides your camera, lenses, flashes, lens cloths, and batteries there are other items you should keep on hand and carry with you in your camera bag.

Theses extra items can come in handy when out and about. Some of these items can make the difference between a good shot and a great shot. Other items can make you a hero to the Bride and Bride’s Mother at weddings. There are other reasons to carry some or all of these items when out shooting but I will leave the reasons why up to you.

First to keep the following items all together and prevent them from going all over your bag making them hard to get you will want to get some carry cases like this one at Amazon by Eagle Creek.

Jeweler’s Screwdrivers in different sizes – Great for making sure small screws are tight as well using their smaller size to open small covers that fingers can’t get to.

Hex and Allen Keys – Your light stands and other gear sometimes uses hex bolts or bolts that require an Allen key. Even if you check your gear ahead of time once you get to a location you may need to tighten things back up.

Leatherman Multi-purpose tool – Very useful for various reasons.

Cell Phone charger – Self Explanatory

Small Flashlight – Besides using it for light painting a small flashlight comes in useful when you need to find something in your bag when dark faster.

Pen and Sharpie – Marking Items/Filling out forms such as a model release

Nail Clippers – Break a nail when trying to open a difficult latch?

Travel sewing Kit – Add in buttons, safety pins, bobby/hair pins and you can make a Bride or Bridesmaid day. Makes you look prepared for anything and score bonus points with clients.

Ear Plugs – Especially useful for wedding receptions when the DJ cranks up the volume.

Headache Tablets – Tylenol/Ibuprofen in individual packets. Shooting can be stressful and it’s good to have on hand for you or others. The reason for having them in individual packets is they are sealed and less suspicious compared to pulling out an unsealed bottle.

Band-aids – things happen having a few in case you cut yourself it’s better to have these than bleed over your equipment.

Gaffer Tape – Fix or tie together items quickly. Use it to hold color gels on your flash. Won’t leave residue on gear either.

Garbage Bags – Easy Cover for you Camera bag in the rain. Some rain covers don’t cover your bag fully and these can help. Also they make good improvised rain ponchos.

Zipper Bags (Gallon Size) – Great for keeping smaller items dry and if needed can be used as impromptu weather housing for your camera.

Spray Bottle – Great for faking rain drops on flowers or to get a controlled shiny look on models.

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Flickr Updated (Part Deux)

Well as an update, now that most of the dust has settled a bit around the Flickr changes, I’ve decided to keep my pro account going since they are grandfathering people into the unlimited storage and stats that was available before the update.

I still like Flickr for photo sharing and storage over other sites. Mainly because it’s easier to keep everything in one place for me right now as I go through the NYIP course.

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Flickr updated…

I honestly thought it was a nice change at fist but the more I use it the more I am unsure of it as a paying pro user. I am currently grandfathered in to keeping my current pro level services as they where before the change according to my account page until Nov 2014. However there is no mention that if I allow it to auto renew at that time that I will still get my “old” pro functions for two years or do I get reverted to the new pro that is really a downgrade for twice the cost and much less service of what I pay now?

I hope more information comes out soon. As it seems no one at yahoo is willing to give out any to answer all the question people have about this change.

I may have to find another service to host my blog images….

Goodbye T50 Hello AE-1

After having fun with using my co-workers T50 I went to eBay and picked up a Canon AE-1 for $80.

It has a few dings and the focus screen and mirror was really dusty (like some one left the camera sitting with out a lens of body cap on). After cleaning it out and the lens up there are still a few marks on the focusing screen that look like possible scratches. They are not too distracting when looking thought the view finder, but will look for a replacement screen after testing it out on a roll of film to see if anything shows up on the negative.

I hope this will be a fun walk around camera to play with and learn on as well. Bonus for me is that the AE-1 is fully manual unlike the T50 so I have more control with the ability to set shutter speed as I want now instead of being stuck as what the camera chooses.

The only thing I will have to get use to is the the AE-1 does not auto advance like the T50 did. I’ve forgotten that a few time when testing the camera and making sure it functioned when I received it.

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Canon T50 Shots with B&W Film

Here are the shots that came out when I was using the Canon T50 and Black and White Film. Not many turned out well enough to show as I could not get use to not having an adjustable shutter speed. Also putting the camera on full “Auto” made the shutter speed a constant 1-2 seconds. In manual mode I ended blowing out shots a bit sometimes but they still came out OK..ish… 

This was also my first attempt at really trying to use zone focusing for people with a manual focus lens.

It was a good learning experience.Please, let me know what you think!

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Canon T50, a set on Flickr.

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"Sunny Sixteen" Exposure Rule

If you have ever watched photography videos on YouTube you sometimes heard people talk about the “Sunny Sixteen” Rule to determine exposure. This is an old way of determining exposure without the use of an exposure meter or to just verify your meter is working correctly when photography was all done on film.

Now with newer DSLR cameras they have built-in light exposure meters that do the work for you. While this is a great bit of technology it sometimes does not work very well or get it completely correct. This is why you should learn to use this classic rule to help you properly expose your images when you need it.

Here is the rule: In Daylight Your Shutter Speed = 1 / ISO (Read: One over ISO)

On a sunny day, with an exposure of f/16, the correct exposure requires a shutter speed closest to the reciprocal of the ISO. Of course you can use a larger aperture if you adjust your shutter speed accordingly.

To help demonstrate this rule the following exposures are based on using 200 ISO*.

Light Setting
Sunny day on snow or light sand 1/500 sec @ f/16 or 1/200 @ f/22** 
Sunny day with distinct shadows 1/200 sec @ f/16 
Hazy sunlight with soft shadows 1/125 sec @ f/16 or 1/200 sec @ f11 
Cloudy, bright with no shadows 1/60 sec @ f/16   or 1/200 sec @ f/8
Heavy overcast of open shade

1/30 sec @ f/16   or 1/200 sec @ f/5.6***

*Some cameras do not have a shutter speed of 1/200 sec so use 1/250 sec.
** Snow and Light Sand tend to reflect more light back onto the subject to you need a full stop less to compensate for it.
*** You can even open you Aperture to f/4 if very dark, or even f/2.6 if needed.

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