Well, in all honesty I’m really sporadic half the time when I’m shooting and I fit my photos around work and classes and use models as their available. Levitation wise I’ve used lighting for indoor just because I have the light kits and it’s a nice option to have, but I usually stick to natural lighting almost all the time. I hate-hate-hate using flash. So unless I state that I used flash…I didn’t use a flash. Shoot on an overcast day. Direct sunlight looks blown out and the shadows are too harsh in a lot of areas. If you have to shoot in direct sunlight, giant reflectors or sheets to block it out and create shade or the defused lighting look of a later time of day works also. Sunset/sunrise, or cloudy days are great. :)
If you have any other questions feel free to ask.
Sleeping through the Storm on Flickr.
She’s too cute not to share this with you all.
I’m writing on here so much today!
Writing to you all before the power goes out. The lights just flickered and there’s some serious flooding in the area. The winds are starting to pick up and it’s only going to get worse throughout the evening. If the power does go out, which it very well may…I don’t know how long that’s going to be for. I doubt I’ll be able to post tomorrow as the result of that power outage, if there indeed is one. Hopefully that won’t happen though and all will be well. :)
I’m not normally not a fan of still-life, but I’ll be sure to take some photos of the flooding and some video as well for you all.
Anyone following from the Philadelphia area? Did you just hear we’re having tornados now?
You could always download an older version of the program. Or try and find a friend of family member that owns it to allow you to install it. I’ve been using Photoshop for about 8 years now and I’m in love with it and would recommend it to anyone, especially if you already have a 550D. Avoid using in camera edits. My first photography teacher told me that and it saved the quality of my photos so much. Shoot in color, and in raw format, and then edit in post processing later on and always save in .tiff format. The files are HUGE, but you’ll always be able to print in large format if need be, and always be able to down grade to say a jpeg or a pdf, etc. etc. (If you ever need me to explain more to you let me know, haha.)
Now, this being said there is Adobe elements…don’t be fooled. It’s the watered down version of the program and while cheaper you’re waisting your money. You’ll learn the program and then eventually need to upgrade anyway so you’re better off getting the full version of photoshop.)
I use CS5 and love it, but CS3 and CS4 are great starters for you.
So try downloading an older version via the internet (beware of viruses if you use a pc though), or a friend you can then either continue your illegal pirating ways…not that I’m condoning it, and then just have to pay for the upgrade to CS5 which is far cheaper than paying for the entire program. You can also go through someone in college at a store and get it cheap too. :) Again ask away if you have any other questions.
Sorry…this has sort of turned into a camera rant. lol
Well, you haven’t said if you’re looking into an SLR, in-between, point and shoot, etc. or whether or not your want film or digital so I’ll go into a little bit of everything.
SLR: Canon60D is what I primarily use and own right now and I love it to pieces and recommended it so much. Not only is it great for stills the video quality is breathtaking and the audio while I don’t ever recommend just using onboard…is decent for an onboard microphone and will sync up well with an external recorder such as a Zoom. Previously I owned a Canon XTi and loved that as well. Both SLRs have raw shooting capability in case anyone reading this cared to know that too.
IN-BETWEEN wise. I owned an Canon for this as well which is why I upgraded to a Canon SLR, but from working in a camera shop I know that Sony has nice in-between lines such as the NEX line and Fuji’s series always are nice because you can usually find that they allow you to shoot in raw format for any and all types of their cameras.
**Panasonics are also AMAZING. Love-love-love me some Panasonic anything. You can always trust them in that they always go over and beyond with their manufacturing quality in the same way Canon does. This is why the prices of some of their products and why you don’t always see them on the shelves of every consumer friendly store.
POINT AND SHOOT. I don’t buy them anymore, but they’re fun to mess around with at work. Stick to Canon, Fuji, or Panasonic we don’t get them back in store for repairs. Or if you’re looking for a fun underwater camera I just bought a Pentax WG-1 and love it. It doesn’t allow you to manually focus but the HD video and the quality of the photos that you do get for the underwater are great. Just be careful. If you’re not you’ll mess it up and drown the camera and waist your money on repairs. This goes to any underwater camera.
Why haven’t I talked about Nikon? Uhhhh……I’m so sorry Nikon fans. Working and selling cameras and having cameras come in for repair AVOID NIKON. Despite their marketable appeal…(You know, you’d obviously want to buy a camera because a handsome man is selling it to you in a television commercial.) they’re given a nice bonus to the employees that sell them so when you ask the employee they’ll sell you Nikon unless they love photography enough to sell you a good camera. We have far more Nikon’s come in for repairs than any other product. The other cameras that come in that break frequently are Kodak. Lately I’ve been impressed with Sony’s line. As far as point and shoots go I’ve always enjoyed Fuji in that they usually have the raw features for their point and shoots and you can go online and modify the camera if you’d like to have features of an SLR for your fuji point and shoot too. :)
This being said I’m not bashing Nikon’s higher end SLR cameras they still make decent ones…but anything made for more of a consumer friendly product has gone down the tube. The last one we got in store had a plastic mold. We get them coming into the store daily for repairs, it’s depressing. :(
Film wise. Canon Rebel 2000 is lovely. :) Or just roam about ebay. I also have a lomography Action Sampler that I enjoy.
Thank you. :)
Thank you so much!