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  • 1. PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS & TRICKS Valencia Community College Learning Day 2010
  • 2. How it all started...
  • 3. Capturing moments I never wanted to forget has always been one of my biggest motivations.
  • 4. Everyone began to nudge me to do more photography.
  • 5. It didn’t take long before I realized I loved photographing babies.
  • 6. You really don’t need a degree — to take great photos.
  • 7. Need more proof?
  • 8. Meet Hope. When this photo was taken she was only 7 years old.
  • 9. Here’s a photo I took.
  • 10. Here’s a photo my 7 year old took.
  • 11. And you really don’t need a fancy camera to take great photos.
  • 12. Hope takes pretty awesome photos with a Point & Shoot Camera
  • 13. In fact, she’s quickly becoming my competition with that Point & Shoot Camera
  • 14. Ultimately, you are the one who determines how great your photos become.
  • 15. Take a guess at the one factor that influences my work most.
  • 16. Light controls everything.
  • 17. Taking photos towards your light source Will lead to silhouettes.
  • 18. If you care about your pictures Do NOT use the default flash on your camera.
  • 19. Unless you want everyone to look like a Possessed Unabomber.
  • 20. Mastering light has been one of my Biggest challenges.
  • 21. Find a light source Off Camera
  • 22. Don’t let the light control you.
  • 23. My photography uses mostly natural light.
  • 24. Trust me, It’s not always as easy as it looks.
  • 25. The most frustrating part... Light changes all day.
  • 26. The best times to take photos are in the hours just after sunrise and before sunset.
  • 27. Sunrise will leave you with softer cooler light.
  • 28. Of course it’s not always easy to wake up that early to take photos.
  • 29. This photo was taken around 8am in the morning.
  • 30. Sunset will leave you with softer warmer light.
  • 31. The hour before sunset is the golden hour.
  • 32. Sunset makes your subjects look like they’ve been kissed by the sun.
  • 33. Direct sunlight is the most harsh during the middle of the day. Sunlight during the day leads to harsh shadows.
  • 34. But don’t stop taking pictures because it’s the middle of the day.
  • 35. Regardless of what time of day it is, begin to pay attention to the light and your photos will improve.
  • 36. When you find amazing light take advantage of it.
  • 37. Make sure you’re ready to capture unplanned moments.
  • 38. Light can help you create unforgettable photos.
  • 39. Direct light creates shadows making some photos more memorable.
  • 40. This was taken a few minutes later when the direct light was gone.
  • 41. Soft light is amazing On cloudy days.
  • 42. How do you know if you’ve found great light?
  • 43. Great light can be seen in the eyes.
  • 44. Avoid making your subjects look into the light.
  • 45. If your subject squints a lot try the 1, 2, 3 trick. Have them look at you once you count to 3.
  • 46. Sometimes you may have to Reflect, deflect & diffuse light.
  • 47. Light near windows and doors provide great light. Ambient light is usually softer.
  • 48. No reflector
  • 49. No reflector With reflector
  • 50. Depth of field can help bring your photos to life.
  • 51. To control depth of field you must understand how to control your Aperture & f-stop The smaller f-stop size allows more light to enter the camera.
  • 52. The smaller the f-stop number opens your aperture up to allow in more light. Source: Digital Camera Tutorial: Aperture & Depth of field - Trusted Reviews http://www.trustedreviews.com/digital-cameras/review/2006/08/17/Digital-Camera-Tutorial-Aperture-Depth-of-Field/p1
  • 53. The smaller the f-stop number the larger your aperture and the smaller your depth of field. The smaller your f-stop number focuses on a smaller amount in your photo. The larger your f-stop number leaves more of your photo in focus.
  • 54. Aperture is controlled by your camera settings Most Digital SLR’s allow aperture control. Source images: Ken Rockwell, http://www.kenrockwell.com
  • 55. Aperture is also controlled by your lens. Yes, photography can become an expensive hobby. Source images: Ken Rockwell, http://www.kenrockwell.com
  • 56. When you can control your depth of field and focal point You can focus on what you want.
  • 57. In time you’ll see how depth of field can give Your photos new meaning.
  • 58. “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” —John Swift
  • 59. Take photos from more than one perspective.
  • 60. Don’t be afraid to get closer.
  • 61. Help people appreciate what most cannot see.
  • 62. Investing in a macro lens will help you capture the little things.
  • 63. You can’t get this close without a macro lens.
  • 64. Want to know how you get better at photography?
  • 65. You take lots of photos.
  • 66. And you keep taking lots of photos.
  • 67. It’s better to take too many photos than to miss capturing moments. And before you know it your photos will improve.
  • 68. It may take hundreds of photos before you realize the most memorable moments can’t be staged.
  • 69. You don’t plan for moments like this.
  • 70. The best moments aren’t staged. They just happen.
  • 71. Shoot fast & often because moments can’t be recreated.
  • 72. Yes, sometimes the best moments... They just happen.
  • 73. And what do you do when your subjects just won’t cooperate?
  • 74. Yes, you keep taking pictures!
  • 75. But sometimes giving them time & space leads to better pictures.
  • 76. Candid moments usually make the best pictures.
  • 77. No matter what age they are... It helps to let them be themselves.
  • 78. And whatever you do, please... stop saying cheese.
  • 79. Need a little advice on what camera to buy?
  • 80. If you’re looking for point & shoot camera • Megapixels - 8-12 • Optical zoom (not digital zoom) • Video can be handy • Image stabilization • Camera size • Display screen size
  • 81. If you’re looking for Digital SLR Camera • Megapixels - 10+ • Can you change lenses? • Video can be handy • Live view • Camera size • Display screen size • FX (full frame) vs. DX • ISO capabilities
  • 82. 40,000 The approximate number of photos I took this past year. At 20 cents a print that amount to $8,000 in photos!
  • 83. I usually take several hundred photos in session and share only the best photos publicly.
  • 84. And when you can’t take ONE perfect photo. You rely on photoshop to help you.
  • 85. Rarely are photos perfect straight Out of your camera.
  • 86. Photoshop can help make a good photo great.
  • 87. Yes, some situations even make me want to give up.
  • 88. With a little patience and help from photoshop amazing memories are captured.
  • 89. “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” —Ansel Adams
  • 90. CONNECT ONLINE www.amandakern.com www.facebook.com/amandakern www.facebook.com/amandakernphotography www.twitter.com/amandakern email: akern@valenciacc.edu Questions?

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