Sunday, May 24, 2009

Photographer's Tip -- Hot Fuzz

Since I know I'm not the greatest photographer out there and I still have A LOT to learn, I figured I'd at least help out the others who would probably appreciate some tidbits that I've learned along the way. At the very least, someone could correct me if I'm wrong or add cents to the mix and we could all learn more :)

This may seem like basic stuff, for all the high falootin' photographers already out there, lol, but I learned this only my past couple shoots and thought I'd share.

Fuzziness! Motion blur was downright annoying when I viewed my first day's shots from The Accident shoot. So many "moments" were lost by the BARELY-fluffy clarity that I was lamenting to my boss at the photo lab.

The conditions were cloudy and almost stormy so I had to open up aperture as wide as possible, which wasn't a lot, with the 70-300 lens I was using. I remember in intro to photography, we were told to shoot at 1/60th at least...1/30th would tend to allow for motion blur. Of course, I must mention that we were using the basic 50 mm lens. So I proceeded to shoot the Accident with at least 1/120th, thinking that was alright. When I told him this, he said, Well there's the hitch right's a rule to remember:

Whatever focal length you're shooting at, always shoot at LEAST 1/100th of it.

For example, if you've zoomed in your magnificent lens to it's max, for mine it would've been 300 mm, then I must always shoot at least 1/300th of a second.

And voila! Crispy photos.

Here are a couple other crispy tips I learned from one of my mentors in film school:

- Brace your arms/elbows against your body or resting on a stable surface when releasing the shutter.

- Hold the shutter release half way down before you push all the way. Less movement, less chances of camera shake.

- And this may seem redundant, but hold your breath. This actually pertains to film, and camera operating, but I've found it works for those slower shutter speeds. You'd be surprised how much movement your breathing causes. So breathe in, hold, *click*

And shoot 'em up! Your own ticket to the gun show :)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Mollye Olive

So I've been staying with my best friend and her family for the past couple weeks. I've grown up with them pretty much, and her sister, whom I've endearingly nick-named Mollye Olive because of a childhood finger-food habit, thought it'd be fun to take some pictures.

So we headed out and collected our accomplices: balloons :)

We got a few good ones with them, but we got tired of being howled at by motor passersby, so we left in search of better locations. Half of them got popped by the heat anyway.

So we went to a park that happened to have the COOLEST, old red barn that just oozes Southern Summer and we had at it. Enjoy:)

And the Final Fotographer's Fave, I think this one steals it for me. With hints of red, blue and splattered walls, I call it the Star Spangled Banner ;-), it reminds me so much of the South, just makes me think of a country song, but yeah, this one's my favorite:

The Accident -- Film shoot

One great thing about being in film and not part of a shoot going on is that I can go on-set and just be an on-set photographer. I went out for a couple days and just took pictures of people the entire time, I absolutely loved it!

The school's production company was commissioned by a church in Georgia to film a short for a worship thought/conversation starter. So lucky us, we get to crash a truck off a bridge at the literal request of someone :). So with 8 cameras rolling, a rainy set-back and remarkably TWO takes of the crash, it was a blast, and I got lots of pictures.

I'll admit, I wanted to make a Flash Slideshow, but after exploring the avenues I'd have to go through to get it on here, I have a feeling it'll be a bit. A tackle for another time.
Until then, here are the links and a few of my favs from the day :) Album 1 Album 2 Album 3

And one pretty high on the favorites list would be this one of all the P2 cards after shooting:

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Alumni Weekend

Since finals week was more or less insane for me, I haven't gotten a chance to catch up. But now that summer has hit, I'll start the process :). Here are a few from Alumni weekend. These were of the tables for Mr. Grow's appreciation was his 40th year teaching science there, so naturally, when they needed an idea for flower-vases...

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