I thought I'd put up a fun video our friend Joshua Pittman shot of us at Haven this past June. I can't tell you how much fun we had meeting new friends and talking photography. Josh followed us around and shot random footage so we would always have a memory of our trip to the A-T-L! :) ShootFLYShoot from The Bearded Man Film Co. on Vimeo. I'm working on a post about focal length that I'll be posting in a couple of days, until then I hope you guys and gals are having a great week!
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A couple of weeks ago Layla and I stopped by a house in Montgomery to shoot some quick pics and chat with the owner about his wonderful home. We only had about one hour to tour his house, so I had to shoot as quickly as possible. In a perfect world, I would set up a tripod and use a low number ISO. This allows me to make the image brighter by slowing down my shutter speed. But since I was hand holding my camera, I had to use a much higher ISO number to make the images brighter. The main point I wanted to drive home today is that using a higher ISO number is completely okay. For example, I knew the pics I shot that day would only be used online, and wouldn't be shown any larger than 600 pixels wide. When the images are that small, you can't really see the graininess that a high ISO causes. Here's a closer look... Even at 600 pixels wide the image below still looks nice on the internet. You can start to see the graininess a little on the back walls, but it doesn't ruin the shot by any means. [...]
When I was first learning how to shoot photography I was always drawn to the beautiful images with blurry backgrounds. The point of interest would literally pop off the page when the background was slightly out of focus. This blur is referred to as Bokeh (pronounced bo-ka), and it quickly became my mission to learn how this was done! (Photo credits left: Shoot Fly Shoot and right: Heather Bullard) A lightbulb moment for me was when I learned that creating this effect was all about depth of field, and this was accomplished with the lens. So what is depth of field? In a nutshell, it refers to how much of the image is in focus. • Shallow depth of field = A small portion of the image is in focus leaving everything behind, and in front of, the point of interest blurry. • Deep depth of field = A large portion of the image is in focus. Meaning, more of the image is sharp and not blurry. Shallow depth of field (Photo credit Maria Carr) Here's another look at depth of field from a different perspective: Notice how in the top example only the flower being focused on is sharp. This is a [...]
Composition in photography is about framing up an image to make for a more interesting and eye-catching photo. There are a few different rules that can help with composition, but like I told everyone when I was in high school, "Rules were meant to be broken!" Ha! :) Seriously though, you know better than anyone what you want, so always trust your gut! One of the most popular rules of composition is the 'rule of thirds'. The rule of thirds states that if an image is divided into nine equal parts, the compositional elements that run along the lines or at the intersections are more pleasing to the eye. It's more of a rule of thumb than a set-in-stone, absolutely-unbreakable rule. But looking back through some of my "beauty shots", it is interesting to see how many "keepers" I chose that follow this rule! Here are a few that we used in our Photography 101 class, and from our talk at the Haven Conference. This also works for portraits and horizontal shots like the images below. Another cool thing about the rule of thirds is that if you don't shoot it that way, you can always crop your photo that way with [...]
Josh and I had an absolute blast speaking at Haven Conference 2012 this past week. We spent hours meeting new friends and talking photography, and the whole trip was just awesome! During the Q&A part of our session we answered a lot of questions about camera equipment and pricing, so I thought I would do a blog post about a killer online camera store that we mentioned during our talk. The store is called KEH.com and you can find some serious deals there. KEH professionals travel all over the country and buy unsold cameras and lenses from camera stores, to resell at a discounted rate. All of the cameras and lenses are inspected by their professionals and given a rating. Even their "bargain" cameras are in great shape. The customer service is awesome, and you can return anything within 14 days- no questions asked. Below is an Instagram pic I took of the Canon 17-40 lens I purchased from KEH.com. It's in excellent (like new!) condition, and saved over a $100 on it... I always check KEH.com before buying any new camera equipment. We aren't sponsored by KEH, we just love the company and wanted to share this little nugget [...]
Every once in a while Josh and I will round up some friends and we'll take a trip to somewhere interesting to spend the day shooting pics. A couple of months ago we decided to check out a small festival called Doo-Nanny. We had absolutely no idea what to expect, but we ended up having a ball! We met all kinds of interesting people and ate until we almost popped. Here's a short video and a few pics we shot that day... Josh was shooting with a medium format film camera, and I used a Canon 7D digital camera.... We're looking forward to speaking and taking more photos at the Haven Conference next week in Atlanta. Hope to see you there!
I'm always on the lookout for cool camera-related gadgets and this pencil sharpener is one of my recent favs... It's available at MyFunkyCamera.com for $14. Now if I could just make up my mind between these iPhone covers... (cover 1, cover 2, cover 3) Any votes?
The winner of our Photography 101 e-class is... Congratulations, Kara! We'll be in touch with you soon to get you signed in to the class. And the correct answer to the question in our last post is... Photo #1! Happy Easter weekend, y'all!
***THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED*** My wife, Layla, and I had the pleasure of photographing a beach house for Flea Market Style magazine last Fall. As with all of our interior shoots, I'm in charge of snapping the pics, and she's in charge of styling them. The house we shot for this particular issue was located on Tybee Island, Georgia, which is about 7 hours away from where we live, so, we decided to take a "better safe than sorry" approach, and shot a couple different set-ups in each room. That way, our editors had a few different looks to choose from, and we didn't run the risk of not capturing something they could use before we headed back home to Alabama. It's always a fun surprise to see which photos they choose to publish when the magazine comes out! For instance, we shot the fireplace below with two different pieces of art above the mantel... The painting in photo #1 is propped against the mantel, and we left some white space to the left of it, in case the folks at the magazine wanted to insert some text or graphics there. The painting in photo #2 is hanging on the [...]