(Vanelli's note: Michèle Grenier, a talented sports photographer based out of Quebec City, Canada, needed 75 hours of mentoring before she could complete her degree in photography. After meeting her at Photoshop World a year earlier, she called to ask me if I could be her mentor—I’m based out of the East Coast of Florida. Honored, I said yes and, when she arrived, we dove into a 13-hour day of learning and shooting. Her first shoot was at a high school track-and-field event. To help reinforce her learning, I asked her to gather her thoughts and … [Read more...] about How I Got the Shot: The High Jump
Slideshows offer a great way to showcase your work in a more engaging way. In the latest release of Lightroom CC, Adobe added new tools to create more advanced slideshows. Creating slideshows in Lightroom is very quick and easy. Not too long ago, I recorded a video tutorial which you can find by clicking here. In this post, lets take a look at a few of the improvements. Automatic or Manual Slideshows Under the Playback menu, Lightroom offers the option for an automatic slideshow or a manual slideshow. When creating an automatic slideshow, … [Read more...] about Advanced Slideshow Features in Lightroom CC
Editor's Note: PhotoPills is 50% off today only November 28, 2014 All I can say is that PhotoPills is the single most useful photography app on the planet, and I highly recommend it. Here's a link to their website, and the Apple app store. Want to hear more? Ok. I'll start with the only two downsides, and they are minor. First, it's only for iOS; they are making the Android version, but no release date, yet. Sorry, gang. Second, it's designed by Europeans, so as an American using it I feel it's not always as intuitive as it could be. … [Read more...] about PhotoPills: Two Thumbs Up!
Let Rich show you how to track the sun's position when shooting outdoors. In this case he's creating time-lapse photography, but it works for lots of shooting styles. Disclaimer: This is just one way to track the sun. ______ … [Read more...] about Tracking the Sun’s Position
I'm getting ready to go shoot time-lapse photography, and one of the most important things I need to know is where the sun will be (closely followed by where is it going). Even if you're just shooting sunrise and sunset its still useful to know where the sun will be coming and going. In fact, I find myself opening this app on just about any shoot that not happening in the middle of the day. I present to you, the essential and indispensable Sun Seeker: 3D Augmented Reality Viewer By ozPDA. It has saved my bacon time after time. This app can … [Read more...] about My Favorite App for Shooting Sunrises and Sunsets
Here it is the night before a big shoot I have planned at Las Vegas Motor Speedway tomorrow. The client is a calendar company that specializes in car calendars and they want my very own 2012 Jaguar XKR convertible in the book. I'm excited because I'm getting paid extra. Once for the use of my car and once for shooting the car. I also get the thrill of being on a race track. (Frankly the pay rate is so low that the racing part is my real compensation but what the heck? I love the smell of race fuel in the morning!) Before any big shoot there's … [Read more...] about The Night Before A Big Shoot – A Photographer’s Checklist (of sorts)
This photo was made years ago at near Julia Pfeiffer State Park at Big Sur. I wanted to make the waterfall and the waves look like cotton candy. In order to do this, I used my ancient Canon 40D's lowest ISO (100) and then "stopped down" or closed down (using the smallest aperture/largest f-stop) to f/32. This automatically allowed me to use the slowest shutter speed possible. In this case, two and one half (2 1/2) seconds. The camera was mounted on a tripod because it would be impossible to hand hold a shot that long without getting motion … [Read more...] about Photography For Beginners – Use Slow Shutter Speed to Convey Motion