Tips for Photographers: MAC-On-Campus

Those of you that come to The Phoblographer usually come here to read tips that I write. Allow me to introduce you to a website that can do a much better job of that than I can: MAC-On-Campus. Tailored towards students of photography, it teaches readers great things like lighting techniques, inside news for photographers, interviews and insights into the minds of photo reps and art buyers, and loads more. Check out the Learning Center for some really cool stuff.

Quick Tips for Studio/Location Headshot Photography

I’ve covered social networking and headshot photography before and even covered some of the best equipment for the job. Now it’s time to actually work with the client. Depending on what they want, it could be in studio or even on location. There are some elements of photojournalism, or at least there can be, in on location shoots. I’ll be covering some extra tips for you here. If you’d like though, have a look through my portfolio as well.

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Quick Tips For Shooting Events

Shooting events and parties has always been a good source of income for photographers. Getting them right and making your photos stand out from the rest though is a whole different story. There are ways to make sure that your photos don’t look like they came out of a point and shoot or from an amateur. Some of this was covered on how to shoot a memorable New Year’s Eve. For a couple of basics, hit the jump.

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Recommended Reading- Digital Wedding Photography Secrets

Besides reading blogs for tips and tricks, it’s sometimes also great to refer to handy guides. If you’re looking to get into wedding photography or if you’re already one but always looking for ways to improve then Digital Wedding Photography Secrets by Rick Sammon is a great book to pick up. The book is truly as versatile as wedding photographers need to be and will serve as both as learning guide and refresher to photographers. It’s a great time to talk about it with WPPI happening soon. My review is after the jump.

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Download it: The Beginner’s Guide to Photography Terminology

One of my readers, Jorge Quinteros, recently reached out to me saying that he loved my Guide to Photography Terminology. He loved it so much that he made it into a PDF version for use on the go. I was so excited about it that I thought I’d share it all with you. You can click this link (photographic_terms) and download the PDF to help you while shooting in the field. Enjoy!

Just a reminder, if you want to do something like this, always ask my permission first as I’d love to be involved in the making and promotion. Jorge was also kind enough to ask my permission as well.

From BP: Trouble Focusing? Zoom in – Accessible Photography Tip

Softball Out of Focus

Out of Focus

Story by Timothy O’Brian of Blind Photographers on July 30th, 2009.

I have had some trouble focusing recently. Not with concentrating (not more than usual anyway), but with my camera. Being visually impaired, I have to rely on my camera’s autofocus. Using manual focus requires that I can see the viewfinder. I use the viewfinder to compose (mostly), but definitely not to focus. Unfortunately, autofocus does not always save the day.

Over the last month or so, I have shot a baseball and two softball games. I had more than a few instances where I thought I was focusing on a player in the infield (the pitcher, batter or a runner), but the camera instead focused way off in the distance, usually the outfield fence. This ruined an unnecessary number of shots that would have otherwise been submitted to the paper. The photo editor commented to me about this, letting me know that he needed me to sort out this issue.

Cliff Toss

I had tried the different focus setting on my D40X, closest subject, dynamic and point. I had no luck whatsoever in getting consistent focus out of the camera. An unlikely rescue happened however. A young DC filmmaker came down for a visit to understand better the how photographic workflow is affected by visual impairment for an upcoming short film about (you guess it!) a blind photographer (follow news of The Blind Photographer movie on Twitter). I showed Isaiah, the producer, the raw results of the baseball assignment and explained the issue. He suggested a solution that seems to be quite widely known (except to me). Borrowing from an article, Turn Off Autofocus – Do it Yourself! on Photography Bay, by fellow visually-impaired photographer Chris Gampat, “As I’ve learned when shooting actresses in short films while in college, it’s best to zoom in the tightest you can, focus on the exact point that you want the shot to be, zoom all the way out and then recompose your shot. This way all the detail that you could possibly want to make your shot work will be available to you.” I have tried this out with great results. I zoom in on the subject (or on something of equal distance) and half-press the shutter to engage the autofocus. Then, I either hit the autofocus lock or turn the lens to autofocus mode as I have not yet fully mastered the autofocus lock yet. Success (most of the time).

Originally seen here.

Tim O’Brian is a guest columnist on ThePhoblographer.
Legally blind, Tim writes about accessibility, photography and,
occasionally, both together. You can find out more about Tim on his blog or by
following him on twitter. He is also the founder of Blind Photographers.

Beginner's Tips for Shooting a Wedding

With PMA in full swing as I am writing this, there are probably some of you looking for alternative things to read about. I shot a wedding this past weekend and of all the loads of tips that I’ve written in the past I’ve never written about weddings. So if you’re getting into shooting them and want some tips, keep reading.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Photojournalism

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica X2 Review other images (2 of 18)

Photojournalism is the process of documenting the happenings of life on camera through photography. These days, it tends to extend into videography but the main elements of the practice still hold their roots in still image capture. Photojournalism can still be a tough job as far as getting work and images that are different than other photojournalists but that is still a story that would hold an audience captive.

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The Beginner's Guide to Photography Terminology

So you want to get into photography? Great! There are a couple of terms that everyone really needs to learn first before they get into this and beforehand. They are the most basic of terminology that is essential to photography. I will be using these terms throughout my pieces and this is a good reference guide for students that are taking a photography class as well.

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Extending the Battery Life of Your Camera

A problem that many people run into with their cameras is the length of their battery life. Most DSLRs has stellar battery life, but when it comes to little point-and-shoots some problems occur due to the smaller size and also general ways that consumers and users overall use their cameras. Here are some pointers and things to keep in mind when using your camera if you want to keep the battery life ticking.

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Learner's Tips For Shooting Great Portraits

Alex in Central Park With Polaroid Look

So you want to take portraits? Great! There are a couple of basic tips and reminders that you should always check before you press that shutter button. Now that you’ve learned some of the terminology you can put it to good use. To aid with the process, here are a couple of basic tips for shooting portraits in the studio or anywhere else.

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The Noob's Guide to Long Exposure Photography

Long Exposure Photography is a popular technique used to capture light by slowing down the shutter. The formula is simple: slow down the shutter speed and for best results close the aperture (F stop.) This is best done with use of a tripod. What you get as a result is sometimes some very interesting effects such as the picture above. It’s best done with a DSLR or camera with advanced shooting settings like aperture and manual.

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Reader Question: Tips To Help a College Newspaper Staff

Photo by Vincent Pastore

Today’s reader question comes from Nicole Balbone, another photographer I know in the NYC area that is still in college. Nicole is the photo editor of her school newspaper and wants to give some pointers to her staff: so she turns to me. I’m a former News Editor of my college newspaper and former Editorial Director (and President) of my college radio station. Hit the jump for the reader’s letter.

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Sites to Get Your Photos Critiqued

If you want to get your photographs critiqued, there are sites on the web to help you. Whether you are a professional, amateur, enthusiast, semi-pro, etc there are ways to find out how to improve the quality of your work. Many of them are free and great resources to help you. Here is a list of some of the best places on the web to help you get your photos critiqued.

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Tips on Shooting Photos For Professional Agencies

Gerard Butler on the set of "The Bounty"

Many photographers dream and aspire to work for the professional agencies. Having a name like Magnum, Getty, Zooma, Associated Press etc. sure means that you’re good and at the top of your game. Most photographers though don’t know what these agencies call for. From my time working for Magnum Photos, Spotlight Press and talking to Brad Elterman of Buzzfoto, I learned quite a bit that shocked and amazed me and even colleagues of mine. Some of those tips after the jump.

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The Noob Guide: Symbols and Meanings On Your Camera

There are lots of symbols on your camera that you or people you may know don’t know how to interpret. Part of this is from not reading your manual. Sadly, cameras are only going to get more complicated to offer you more options. I previously explained about the shooting modes on your camera and how to use them. In this posting, you’ll get a quick overview of the different symbols and meanings in lay man’s terms. Hit the jump for more.

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Tips For Photographing a Memorable New Year's Eve

Times Square HDR 12/28/08

New Year’s is coming up and we’re all bound to be partying the day before. That means you’re sure to have your camera with you. Even if you’re not known as the person with the camera in your social circle, you can take images that later on people will look at and really show emotion over. Read more after the jump.

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