It's "Hey Rick, What's your f-stop?" Friday #6

Hey Rick! What's your f-stop?" That's the question I get asked most on my photo workshops. I reply, with a smile, "My friend. What is your creative vision, what is your goal?" Those are the important question for photographers to ask themselves.

In this blog series I will share with you my goal and camera settings for some of my favorite recent photographs, which will be featured in my next (#37) book, Evolution of an Image (September 2016 publication). Each chapter, by the way, has complete and detailed info about the lead photographs, as well as my outtakes and unexpected shots.

Here goes.

Location: Wonder Bar, Casper, Wyoming

Goal: Make a fun and creative image that capture the mood, feeling and uniqueness of the world famous Wonder Bar.

Thought process: Arrange the models and the horse with separation between the faces – that is, each subject’s face (including the horse’s face) being separated from the other. Use one large constant light, positioned by the bar’s main window, to help illuminate the subjects. Balance the artificial light to the daylight (coming through a large window) for a natural-looking photograph.

Tech Info
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens:  Canon 17-40mm lens
Camera settings:
• Auto focus – because the subjects and I were moving;
• ISO 6400 – because it was dark in the Wonder Bar and I need good depth-of-field and a shutter speed fast enough to prevent camera shake, 1/160th second – for a sharp shot, f/5.6 – for good depth-of-field.

For more tips, tricks and techniques, see my current best-selling book, Creative Visualization for Photographers. Also check out my KelbyOne on-line classes.

Explore the light,
Rick


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Guest Blogger Buddy Weiss Shares Six Stylistic Photographic Hallmarks

Guest Blogger Buddy Weiss Shares Six Stylistic Photographic Hallmarks

Recently, I was privileged to accompany Rick and Susan Sammon on a wonderful photo workshop in Iceland.  At the end of the trip all of the workshop participants were invited to pick six of their favorite shots from the trip and do a little show & tell. Rick and Susan feel that this group slide show is one of the most educational aspects of all their workshops.

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It's "Hey Rick, What's your f-stop?" Friday #5

Hey Rick! What's your f-stop?" That's the question I get asked most on my photo workshops. I reply, with a smile, "My friend. What is your creative vision, what is your goal?" Those are the important question for photographers to ask themselves.

In this blog series I will share with you my goal and camera settings for some of my favorite recent photographs, which will be featured in my next (#37) book, Evolution of an Image (September 2016 publication).

Here goes.

Location: Telluride, Colorado

Goal: Capture the beauty of what are known as the “Dancing Aspens.”

Thought process: I had never seen or heard of “Dancing Aspens” – trees on a hillside of Telluride that looks as though they are in motion. I knew I had to go wide, but I was not sure whether a horizontal or vertical shot was the way to go, so I tried both formats, from many different angles.  I also knew the high contrast range required HDR photography, so I set my Canon 5D Mark III to the HDR mode.

Tech Info
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon 17-40mm lens @ 17mm
Camera settings:
• One-shot autofocus – for a sharp shot;
• Built-in HDR – to capture the dynamic range of the scene;
• ISO 640 – due to the relatively low light in early morning, f/8 – the aperture of three-bracketed sequence, 1/125th second – middle shutter speed of bracketed sequence.

For more tips, tricks and techniques, see my current best-selling book, Creative Visualization for Photographers. Also check out my KelbyOne on-line classes.

Explore the light,
Rick

Guest Blogger Michael Pachis Shares His "Zootography" Tips!

Guest Blogger Michael Pachis Shares His "Zootography" Tips!

Traveling to remote parts of the world to capture dramatic wildlife images is not within the reach of many photographers. However, that does not mean getting high impact images of wildlife is also out of reach. Most photographers live within easy driving distance of a Zoo or animal park. By using solid photography techniques in the field and post processing it is possible to get dramatic wildlife shots. Below is my list of tips and examples of how to get the shot at the Zoo.

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