Photo tips on Saturday
I thought I would try a new regular post – providing photo tips on Saturday. As the name implies, it will come out every Saturday (New Zealand time). In undertaking this regular feature, I am aiming to cater to anyone who has a basic understanding of DSLR cameras who want to take their photography to the next level. So if that is you, feel free to follow me to make sure you don’t miss any posts.
My interests in photography principally relate to landscapes, wildlife and macro work. I travel to all corners of the globe in pursuit of these images. Not surprisingly, the regular tips will assist with these areas of photography. There will be times when other areas will be covered as I am also constantly trying new things.
Suggestions to assist learning and using new techniques
I think trying new approaches is very important and will be an important philosophy to implement for maximum benefit from this Saturday feature. These days there is a lot of information available to us with all the social media and internet sources. I find it tremendously valuable to read about photographic techniques, study the details about how certain photos have been taken and then put the techniques into action. In this way the whole process becomes like a PDSA cycle:
P = Plan
D = Do
S = Study (i.e. critically assess the photos you gave made)
A = Act (revised methods of capture in light of the study in the previous step).
My initial focus will revolve around shutter speed and the effects that can be achieved by varying the shutter speed. The timetable will be as follows:
February 28: Effects from different shutter speeds
March 7: Use of filters to help vary shutter speed
March 14: f stops, lens sweet spot and shutter speed
March 21: Varying ISO to obtain your desired shutter speed
March 28: Pulling together ISO, f stop and filters to obtain desired shutter speed.
Help with using the new techniques
If you are keen feel free to:
- create your own post with any photos you wish to show
- create a link to my post
- include a link from your post in my comments.
I highly recommend this step for the following reasons:
- it will encourage you to put into action your new learnings (the do step above)
- it will provide a source of comment in your ‘study’ phase (to identify further methods of improvement.
In the meantime, have fun as you advance your photographic skills. For some extra reading Manuel Becker has just published a very nice blog post on 500px – I think it is well worth a read. I agree with all his tips. You can find the post here.
In the meantime feel free to provide any comments or suggestions that seem appropriate to you. Until next Saturday, keep a camera with you and let me know how you go or any insights you have.