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Shoot and Share – Wide-angle and Wildlife

The Concept:

Our weekend edition of Today’s Photo Minute is called Shoot and Share because it gives us the opportunity to do just that; get out and do some shooting along specific themes and then share our best results with each other.

The Assignment:

Challenge 1: Wide-angle While much of our emphasis in the past weeks has been on macro and getting in tight on subjects, it might be fun to play with the other end of the focal length spectrum. We define wide-angle as anything less than 24mm for a full frame camera and less than 18mm for a crop sensor camera. So, either go to the low range of your general purpose lens or if you an ultra-wide angle lens, put that on and try some shooting. Hint: Often the best images in the wide-angle range are not ones that have lots of stuff in them but rather, getting close to something in the foreground and seeing the perspective of depth that is created by these lenses. Have fun and get creative.

Challenge 2: Wildlife We have done lots of bird photography and if you decide to do some more for this challenge, that is fine. However, part of the goal of this challenge is looking for other wildlife subjects that might made for a great subject matter. If you would rather include pets and animals for your challenge, that is fine as well. Either way, look for some creatures to photograph and embrace the challenges of wildlife!

When you get your images ready by late this weekend, please share those with the rest of us who are participating as well. If you are on Facebook, please post them as a comment to this particular post. If you are not on Facebook, feel free to email your entries to brian@thephotoclassroom.com and I will be glad to post them

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Using Multiple Exposure mode for creative effects

The Concept:

In Today’s Photo Minute, Brian Osborne introduces us to the feature on many of our cameras to do Multiple Exposures. The video shows where this setting is located and the parameters you might need to choose. In addition, Brian suggests and shows some creative effects that can be produced with this option.

This was 3 Multiple Exposures done about 1.75 mins apart. The moon roughly moves about one of its diameters every 2 mins.

The Assignment:

If your camera has a Multiple Exposure option, get familiar with setting it up and see how many creative applications you can use it for. Beyond the multiple exposure of the moon shown above, check out what one of our students created with multiple exposures on his camera. Jim Howard did two images, one with the beautiful flower scene as is and then the second one while zooming his lens while the shutter was open. That combined for a really awesome effect with the technique that we are sharing.

Multiple Exposure photo done by Jim Howard
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Using the flash outside (fill flash) works

The Concept:

With one of our Flash 1 classes coming up this evening, I am reminded about how core our value is of the importance of using a flash. We are often talking about the advantages of using fill flash, which we define as using the flash outside even when many photographers do not think it is needed. Not only can the flash fill in the shadows but improve the color and much more. I wanted to show a recent example of fill flash that once again, reminded me how much of a difference it can produce. Check out the photos below:

Flower without fill flash
Flower with fill flash

The Assignment:.

Find different subjects in various outdoor lighting situations. Put your camera in Program mode and set your ISO at 400 and try some photos with and without your flash (either built-in or accessory flash). See if you are not amazed at some of the results that adding a flash outside can provide in your images.

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The last Supermoon of the year is coming

The Concept:

The last Supermoon of the year (a full moon that appears slightly larger) is going to be visible either before sunrise tomorrow morning or after about 8:45pm tomorrow evening. The weather is looking clear as well. So many of our students enjoyed shooting it last time, it might be a fun activity to do again. For the camera setting checklist, additional tips and tricks, etc., check out our previous posts on Photographing the Moon and Behind the Camera Photographing the Moon.

The Assignment:

Get out your camera and telephoto lens and have another chance (or maybe a first chance for some) to capture the full moon. Remember that it can be even more dramatic if you do have a few clouds covering it up (see photo below) and/or looking for leaves, branches or maybe something else cool to silhouette in front of the moon (also pictured below).

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Using fill flash for outdoor portraits

The Concept:

In Today’s Photo Minute, Brian Osborne teaches about using the flash outside for portraits as a fill light source and demonstrates a couple of shots in the video.

The Assignment:

Put your camera on Program mode and take some shots outside in both the sun and in the shade with and without the flash. See if you can observe some of the benefits of using a flash outside such as filling in the shadows, better color, etc.

If you haven’t taken our Flash 1 and then Flash 2 classes, consider attending them virtually as we go in to much more detail about the benefits of fill flash, how to get soft light, camera and flash settings and so much more. Check out our schedule at https://thephotoclassroom.com/online-photography-classes/

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