The way to go is to scrap the conventional “from over the shoulder” lighting and find landscapes which have the sunlight coming from behind the vista. (more…)
I have just updated my Sony alpha 9 to alpha 65. The alpha 65 is not the top of the line. The body is $500 as compared to $2800 for the mirrorless RX1R. Nonetheless, this upgrade has a staggering number of new possible settings and is 24MP compared to 12MP on the alpha 9.
Does anyone remember the days only 15-20 years ago when a new camera had six setting options: aperture, speed, program or manual priorities, the ISO and a + or – for adjusting the exposure for backlighting or to achieve high key or darker photographs? (more…)
Conventional wisdom would require that a pro photographer would use a gyroscope to stabilize the camera for aerial photography. However, I have made photographs from Cessna aircraft over the last several decades without a gyroscope. I am now exhibiting forty of the most graphic of these with enlargements up to six foot murals. Geisinger Hospital, Danville, Pennsylvania, has enlarged eight of my aerial photographs to twelve foot murals with stunning results. (more…)
Our aim is to make close-up photos so that the subjects are not confused with a busy background. We want the floral, butterfly or bird to stand out from the background. The delineation from the background will help make the photograph artistically pleasing. For our purposes, the science of the flower’s stem and leaves, for example, are not as important as the visual impact of the photograph. (more…)
When a photographer clicks the shutter to make a picture, the image is already owned by the creator behind the camera. The copyright is yours and to lose it you need to sign it away. If a copyright owner wants to be sure to receive damages if the copyright is infringed, the copyright needs to be registered with the US copyright office. But registration is not required to own the copyright. That is automatic with the push of the shutter button.
There is the exception called “work for hire” which occurs when the photographer is in the employ of an entity such as a newspaper. Even then the photographer should make sure there is a mutual understanding that pictures would be available for his or her exhibits or books. (more…)
Both combine the use of flash (preferably a flash you can hold off camera though also with on-camera and in-camera flash. For the photos in this holiday party celebration I used an off-camera Sony flash and for the Christmas parade pictures I used the flash built-into my camera. (more…)
July 4th is a great time to make candid photographs of people because the community is usually preoccupied with enjoying food, the company of friends and relaxation while waiting for the big event—the fireworks. I revel in walking among groups and making photos of odd arrangements, unusual expressions, clothing or activity. In a 25-minute walk I made the photos included here, getting at least 20 persons in each so that there I would not need model releases to display the photos (see your lawyer, but I figure a group of 20 is the threshold for requiring model releases).
I made a few photos of couples or individuals but I am not including them here because I do not have a model release for them. I do include a photo of my wife, Judy Ballinger.
Photographing the Amish in America is as close as I can get to reliving making pictures of another culture in Asia or Africa. This series of pictures are made at an Amish quilt auction held to raise money to continue the restoration of the Nicholas Stoltzfus Homestead in Wyomissing, PA. I enjoyed the simplicity and high energy of the event for two hours on a Saturday morning.
The most frequently-asked question about my Amish photographs (I have three books of Amish pictures) is: “Do the Amish object to your taking their pictures?” Here is my answer: Many of the close-up photos in my books are of Church Amish who have similar dress to Old Order Amish but do not object to photos.