As I was relaxing, enjoying a nice meal with a friend, out of the blue he asked: “Would you really buy a Platypod?” Nipping any chances of a debate, I gave him five examples of times when I needed my Platypod but didn’t have it with me. Here’s why I answered “Yes!” What Is a Platypod? A Platypod is a versatile and compact base ideal for supporting cameras to capture below-angle shots and for situations where traditional tripods are cumbersome or impractical. It's also a great tool for studio use. You can use it to hang a hair light or hide a … [Read more...] about Would You Really Buy A Platypod?
Happy Summer! It’s time to capture some of the beauty in the sky above you, as we celebrate Independence Day. These techniques work anywhere in the world. The photo above was made in Hong Kong on New Year's Day. Exposing for bursts of light Make sure you are shooting on manual exposure. The key to photographing fireworks is timing your exposure so you can capture multiple bursts without over exposing your image. Using a low ISO, 100, is a good place to start. This will give you longer exposures and more bursts. Your shutter speed will … [Read more...] about How to Photograph Fireworks on the 4th!
I caught up with my Photojournalist friend, Rick Friedman, at the New England Camera Council Conference. Rick showed me images he took of Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots for Sports Illustrated. Rick is best known for photographing Presidential races—he started in the 70’s photographing Jimmy Carter and Ronald Regan—but he’s also a talented portrait photographer and lighting expert. I asked him how he lit the shot. Intrigued with his story, I asked if I could share it with our Photofocus readers. There are lots of great tips and … [Read more...] about Photographing New England Patriots Gronk