“Around Town…Sunset”

Fall means spectacular sunsets here in Lyons, CO.  So, I carry my cell phone in the evening when I am walking my Nikki or just running out of my house to catch peak moments of light during sunset.  To be honest, the above sunset was taken with my Iphone camera from my backyard and the below colorful cloud formation was taken during my evening doggie walk.  If your cellphone has HDR (High Dynamic Range) in its menu, try using it.  The camera will take several images at different exposures and combine them together for one final photograph.  This is very helpful if you are photographing in light that has contrasts with both very bright areas and dark areas.  Enjoy! 

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“Macro Photography and the Rule of Thirds”

Are you striving to attain good depth of field and well-focused images with nature photography? Well, here are some hints.

  • Set your camera on manual mode and select a high aperture number (usually F16 to F20 would achieve good results).
  • Use a tripod. If you select high aperture numbers, it means that you will be synchronized to use a slower shutter speed and the camera needs to be stable.
  • Visually determine the depth of field (near and far edge) of the image. For example, if you are photographing a flower, you might want the front edge of the flower to the rear edge of the flower to be in focus. In other words, choose the composition of the image that you would like to be in focus.
  • Visually determine 1/3 the distance from the near edge of the image that you would like to be in focus. Focus on this spot and use manual focus to be accurate. However, when you look through the viewfinder, the image will appear out of focus. This is normal.
  • If you have a depth of field preview button on your camera, condition yourself to use it when doing macro work. Before taking the actual photograph, you can check your focus and depth of field by depressing the depth of field preview button on your camera.

 

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