Blur shows the motion of the Merry Go Round

When you are going out to shoot, be it hockey, auto racing, polo or figure skating, what makes these events special is the magic of the motion. What you want is a nice sharp photo, that also shows that motion is happening, and so communicates the magic of the event to the viewer. In this article, Ross Chevalier will show you how to use motion blur to capture more exciting photos.

Exposure Compensation: Snowbirds

What is exposure compensation and how do you use it? There are plenty of situations where using exposure compensation can improve your photos – at weddings, around a campfire, at air shows, taking shots of a nighttime skyline, etc. Exposure compensation exists on your camera so you can add brightness to images that come out too dark, or to remove brightness in images that are too bright to begin with. That’s it, plain and simple. Here are some tips on how and when to use exposure compensation.

Two Filters Every Serious Photographer Must Have

When we were shooting film, particularly black and white film, we carried pouches filled with filters because making the light adjustment had to be done at time of capture. With today’s amazing digital post processing, filters have to a large extent gone the way of the dinosaur and the dodo, fondly remembered but not widely used.

Video Tripod - Yoke

While much of what we see on YouTube is shot handheld, except for “shaky-cam” effects in movies and TV, most video shots are done from a tripod. If you’ve recently seen a film in the cinema or even on somewhere like Netflix, the chances are that a tripod was used in the making of it. A good video tripod has some very specific functionality that is not found in tripods for still work. And, like a great stills tripod, a great video tripod will last for years and years. When […]

Macro Photography - Flower

The most common question asked about gear is “what lens should I get next?” My answer is consistently, “what can your existing lens or lenses not do?” Answers vary. People want many things and are very reasonably cautious about investments. A caveat: I am a supporter of spending your hard-earned money on glass over camera bodies. Good lenses stand the test of time, camera bodies get revised regularly and while there are the occasional updates that are major leaps, the realities are that today’s cameras are all pretty darn awesome […]

The Importance of Good Audio No matter what kind of multimedia project you are doing, if there is audio, it has to sound great or the entire project suffers.  Fortunately, the routes you can take are pretty consistent whether you are shooting a video, recording a VLOG, or preparing a multimedia presentation. Recording the Audio Audio recording is very simple and has a very basic path.  You start with the capture device, feed that input to a preamplifier and from there to your recording device.  At the simplest level, a […]