PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS & TRICKS
    Valencia Community College
         Learning Day 2010
How it all started...
Capturing moments I never wanted to
        forget has always been one of

my biggest motivations.
Everyone began to nudge me
                to do more photography.
It didn’t take long before I realized I loved

   photographing babies.
You really don’t need a degree —
                 to take great photos.
Need more proof?
Meet Hope.
When this photo was
taken she was only

7 years old.
Here’s a photo

   I took.
Here’s a photo

my 7 year old took.
And you really don’t need a fancy camera
                     to take great photos.
Hope takes pretty awesome photos with a

    Point & Shoot Camera
In fact, she’s quickly becoming my competition with that

                  Point & Shoot Camera
Ultimately, you are the one who determines

how great your photos become.
Take a guess at the one factor that
               influences my work most.
Light controls

everything.
Taking photos towards your light source

Will lead to silhouettes.
If you care about your pictures

Do NOT use the default
 flash on your camera.
Unless you want everyone to look like a

Possessed Unabomber.
Mastering light has been one of my

Biggest challenges.
Find a light source

Off Camera
Don’t let the light

control you.
My photography uses mostly

      natural light.
Trust me, It’s not always

as easy as it looks.
The most frustrating part...

Light changes all day.
The best times to take photos are in the
   hours just after sunrise and before sunset.
Sunrise will leave you with

softer cooler light.
Of course it’s not always easy to

wake up that early to take photos.
This photo was taken around 8am

       in the morning.
Sunset will leave you with

softer warmer light.
The hour before sunset is

the golden hour.
Sunset makes your subjects
      look like they’ve been

kissed by the sun.
Direct sunlight is the most harsh during the middle of the day.

Sunlight during the day leads to harsh shadows.
But don’t stop taking pictures
        because it’s the middle of the day.
Regardless of what time of day it is,
    begin to pay attention to the light
                  and your photos will impro...
When you find amazing light

take advantage of it.
Make sure you’re ready to capture

unplanned moments.
Light can help you create

unforgettable photos.
Direct light creates shadows making some

photos more memorable.
This was taken a few minutes later

when the direct light was gone.
Soft light is amazing

On cloudy days.
How do you know if you’ve found great light?
Great light can be seen

in the eyes.
Avoid making your subjects

look into the light.
If your subject squints a lot try the 1, 2, 3 trick.

Have them look at you once you count to 3.
Sometimes you may have to

Reflect, deflect & diffuse light.
Light near windows and doors provide great light.

Ambient light is usually softer.
No reflector
No reflector   With reflector
Depth of field can help bring

your photos to life.
To control depth of field you must understand

how to control your Aperture & f-stop




        The smaller f-stop size a...
The smaller the f-stop number

  opens your aperture up to allow in more light.




Source: Digital Camera Tutorial: Apert...
The smaller the f-stop number the larger your aperture and

the smaller your depth of field.




The smaller your f-stop n...
Aperture is controlled by your camera settings

Most Digital SLR’s allow aperture control.
Source images: Ken Rockwell, ht...
Aperture is also controlled by your lens.

Yes, photography can become an expensive hobby.
Source images: Ken Rockwell, ht...
When you can control your depth of field and focal point

You can focus on what you want.
In time you’ll see how depth of field can give

Your photos new meaning.
“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”
                                              —John Swift
Take photos from more than

one perspective.
Don’t be afraid to

get closer.
Help people appreciate what

most cannot see.
Investing in a macro lens will help

you capture the little things.
You can’t get this close

without a macro lens.
Want to know how you get better at photography?
You take

lots of photos.
And you keep taking

lots of photos.
It’s better to take too many photos than to miss capturing moments.

And before you know it your photos will improve.
It may take hundreds of photos before you realize

the most memorable moments can’t be staged.
You don’t plan

for moments like this.
The best moments aren’t staged.

They just happen.
Shoot fast & often because moments

can’t be recreated.
Yes, sometimes the best moments...

They just happen.
And what do you do when your subjects

just won’t cooperate?
Yes, you

keep taking pictures!
But sometimes giving them time & space

leads to better pictures.
Candid moments usually make

the best pictures.
No matter what age they are...

It helps to let them be themselves.
And whatever you do, please...

stop saying cheese.
Need a little advice on what camera to buy?
If you’re looking for

point & shoot camera
   • Megapixels - 8-12
   • Optical zoom (not digital zoom)
   • Video can be ...
If you’re looking for

Digital SLR Camera
   • Megapixels - 10+
   • Can you change lenses?
   • Video can be handy
   • L...
40,000
The approximate number of photos I took this past year.
          At 20 cents a print that amount to $8,000 in phot...
I usually take several hundred photos in session
    and share only the best photos publicly.
And when you can’t take ONE perfect photo.
     You rely on photoshop to help you.
Rarely are photos perfect straight

Out of your camera.
Photoshop can help make

a good photo great.
Yes, some situations even

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