A zoom burst, or zoom blur, is a fantastic photographic effect which is simple, fun and easy to achieve. You can use a zoom burst to add movement and action to your photos, and to give them an abstract quality. You don’t need any fancy equipment to get started with zoom bursts - just a DSLR with a zoom lens and an optional tripod. If your shot is overexposed, try using a narrower aperture, fitting an ND filter or reducing the shutter speed.
Snapping a zoom blur photo is all about timing, and it can be tricky to get right, so you’ll need to be patient. Virtually any subject can produce a striking zoom effect, but generally ones with plenty of colour and pattern work best. Instead of turning your lens’s zoom ring, hold it perfectly still and rotate the camera instead.
In the above tutorial you started with the camera zoomed out, and then moved in on the subject.
The zoom burst effect is perfectly suited to night time photography because of the long exposure times involved. Rather than continuously moving the lens for the entire shot, try pausing for a moment at the start or end of the exposure, or even in the middle. Taking zoom blur photos is all about creativity, so experiment and see if you can put your own unique twist on things.
Canon's Rebel T5 DSLR is a solid camera for those looking to take a dip into semi-pro photography, but video focusing could be better. I've been in love with DSLRs since I first took a photo on a friend's Canon Rebel T2i in 2009.
Canon's latest Rebel, the T5 ($550 list price), is not all that different from the T2i, but it's a step up from its predecessor in that price range, the T3.
In general, the Rebel T5 provided good picture clarity and color, especially in well-lit situations. Our shot looking up Park Avenue was evenly exposed and sharp, with yellow cabs, tan buildings and blue sky all accurately depicted. Some detail, such as the faces of people under the awning and the edges of the flags, were lost in the darkness.
Our lab tests of color accuracy using the Imatest analysis software indicate that the T5 performs better than the Nikon D5300 ($1,050 with similar lens). The Rebel T5 was also adept at taking sharp, detailed pictures in situations with less light. Photos taken with the camera in low light sometimes displayed purple fringing -- a glow outlining the edges of darker objects against a brighter background. Chromatic aberration is sometimes caused by the lens, but should be corrected by the camera's processor. While you'll see great color and clarity in videos recorded with the T5, the camera's inability to focus quickly may cause you to miss important moments while shooting. Our nighttime video of a musician playing the saxophone on a Times Square street had great colors, exposure and a nice shallow focus.
While other cameras might have better autofocus in video mode (more on that later), the T5 delivers better exposure, color and clarity than its rivals. Overall, you might prefer to rely on manual focus when you film with the T5 due to the camera's terrible autofocus in video mode (more below). The T5 was zippy for most day-to-day shooting in traditional SLR mode (with the mirror down, using phase-detection AF). At 3 frames per second though, the T5 was somewhat sluggish at capturing multiple shots in rapid succession.
When shooting video, DSLRs flip up the mirror used in the viewfinder system to expose the sensor for continuous light capture.
The T5 offers three autofocus modes in video capture -- Flexizone (one spot), Quick (more focus points) and Live (face-detection). The T5 encountered some trouble focusing on faces in a crowd of people in Times Square at night. In scenarios with less light, such as on a quiet Manhattan street at night, the T5 struggled to find points of focus. Cameras at a comparable price, such as Samsung's NX mini mirrorless model ($500, with 3X zoom lens), were able to focus on multiple faces within the same scene at a greater distance. With an included 860-mAh battery, the T5 is rated for up to 500 photos without flash and 410 if half are shot with flash. These estimates are based on the internationally recognized CIPA testing standards, and they appear to be accurate.
Even though it's a basic rig, the T5 has a minimal set of connectivity options: USB, HDMI and cable release (for controlling the camera remotely). You'll mostly use the Mode Dial (Auto, Aperture Priority, Manual, etc.) on the top right side, a Main Dial on the right behind the shutter button and the Quick Control button (labeled "Q") to the right of the LCD.
For more in-depth settings such as custom white balance, image quality, red-eye reduction and ISO speed settings, you'll have to press the Menu button to the bottom right of the LCD screen. The T5 is also compatible with a large variety of lenses, such as primes, zooms and wide-angles, from third-party makers such as Zeiss, Tokina and Tamron. You can't really fault Canon for not changing up much in the beginner-friendly Rebel series over the years.
Those looking for better autofocus can consider the $600 Nikon D3300, which records videos of the same resolution at a better frame rate (60 fps) and showed little shutter roll.
The sad thing with beginner level DSLR's, is that they are often more complicated and harder to use than a higher end one, for example a first time DSLR user will have an easier time using the canon 1Dx as compared to the t5 because of the easier controls (fewer steps to change certain settings, and more detailed controls allow users to get the shot they want rather than fighting with the many artifically imposed limitations of the entry level DSLR)With the entry level models, beginners will often have trouble getting a focus point right over the eye of someone when doing a portrait.
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Why do so many casual and amateur photographers shy away from taking pictures once the sun goes down? Night photography gives you a chance to have the type of shots that are out of the ordinary and not the same type pictures everyone else has. A few of the more popular night photography subjects are city skylines, well lit downtown areas, moonlit scenes, and tourist attraction areas. If you are using a digital SLR camera, you will be able to manually change the camera aperture or shutter speed.
The Canon EOS-5D Mark III is a staple among wedding photographers who chose to stick to the Canon family of cameras and lenses. If you’re going for the best overall high definition wedding images that Canon has to offer, you can’t go wrong with the Canon EOS-1D X. The Nikon D810 offers a nice balance between cost, image quality, reliability and performance for wedding photography. If you’re looking for more bang for your buck, with performance comparable to the Nikon D800 series, look no further than the Nikon D750, which has made noticeable improvements over its predecessor, the D700. Mastering the Art of Black & White Nature PhotographyWhen taking black and white photos you don’t have bright colors to capture your attention, so you have to learn how to use other elements such as texture, lines, form, contrast, tonality and composition to create a memorable image and capture the viewer’s attention. Photography 101: What is a Cinemagraph?By now you’ve most likely heard about the new take on GIFs pioneered by photographers Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck, after it took the internet by storm.
A Picture Perfect Mother’s DayMark your calendars!  Mother’s Day is May 8th, and is quickly approaching. Taking photo’s of light path can seem complicated, but it’s somewhat easier than anticipated, which is based on a large amount of trial and error. Light trails are simply long exposure shots that take place around moving sourcess of light. For a lengthy exposure shot (the premise of this tutorial), you may need a camera that has some control for the exposure settings, for example changing the shutter speeds. You will also need a tripod for this, as using a camera handheld with long shutter speeds will make it near impossible to compose an excellent looking shot, without everything being blurry. 2 more things that can really help, but are not needed, are a remote shutter release, and also a lens hood, which will help block surrounding ambient light (including if you’re around a surrounding city, or with street lights). I hope this tutorial has helped you out, answered your questions, and you come up with some great light trail shots!
We’ll be using a long shutter speed so this will help keep the blurry lines straight.

Constantly review your shots on your camera’s LCD screen and make any necessary adjustments as you go along. Try photographing things like stained glass windows or city lights as these produce some beautiful, colourful streaks. Switch things around and start with your lens fully zoomed in, and then pull out from the scene.
This freezes the subject in sharp focus, but keeps the blurred effect for added creative impact. I actually shivered when I saw the professional-looking image with its crisp detail, slightly blurred background and gorgeous colors.
The T5 carries a sharper 18-megapixel APS-C format CMOS sensor, up from 12.2 megapixels on the T3.
We used both aperture and shutter priority to test the camera's ability to set the right levels for a properly exposed picture, and the T5 did this well for the most part.
This was especially impressive because there was a white van on the left of the frame and darker buildings in the center.
Colorful flags hanging above a bar in Hell's Kitchen were reproduced accurately, as were the different hues of green on the store's awning and adjacent trees. On a more advanced camera, you'd get the option of shooting in high-dynamic range (HDR) mode, which combines photos at multiple exposure levels, to retrieve that information while keeping other parts of the image well-exposed.
We shot various scenes around Manhattan at night on both aperture and shutter priority, and our photos looked crisp, bright and colorful. Our portrait of a man in a bar with half his face lit from the side was marred by a streak of magenta discoloration on the cheek that was in shadow. Although it was taken at a relatively high ISO 3200 sensitivity, the picture showed little graininess. Some buildings in our shots of the Manhattan skyline, just after the sun had set on an overcast day, showed this effect. Many digital cameras encounter this issue, but more capable devices are better at fixing it. In adequate light, we found the T5 capable of keeping subjects sharp as long as they were about the same distance away. Though the camera's built-in mic is only monaural, it did a good job of picking up the beautiful brassy notes playing amid the noise and flashing lights of Times Square.
It did have some trouble keeping exposure consistent as it hunted for a focal point, though. For the most part, the camera latched on to focal points almost immediately after I half-depressed the shutter button. After four to five shots, the T5 had to pause for at least 10 seconds to write data to the memory card. This mode disables the speedy phase-detection autofocus sensor that's active when shooting stills. When we shot on Flexizone (single specified spot) focus and Live mode (face-detect), the camera only focused on faces that were relatively close to us, but couldn't latch onto those that were farther away. The camera hunted for a few seconds as I half-depressed the shutter button, and was unable to sharpen the scene at all. Like the T5 when in video mode, the NX mini has only contrast detection AF, but uses it more effectively.
In Live view mode (with the LCD on), you'll get just 180 without flash and 170 with 50 percent flash use. During our time with the camera, we shot some 500 stills (only a handful with flash) and 13 short videos on one charge. All its main controls are located along the right side -- two dials, 15 buttons and a switch. Pressing the Q button brings up a screen packed full of all the key settings for your shot. To navigate the menu's many tabs, you'll have to use the four directional buttons (laid out in a circle) next to the screen and use the middle (Set) button to enter.
You'll need only one or two button presses to access and adjust such common functions such as ISO, focus mode and light metering.
The camera maker appears to have struck a chord with this line; Canon's Rebel T3i still ranks as one of the most popular DSLRs in the industry. However, any scene in your own neighborhood or town that has some sort of light in it is fair game for night photography. A Digital Single Lens Reflex camera (also known as a DSLR or Digital SLR camera) is the best choice for night photography. Most digital compact cameras will have some sort of night mode setting such as night landscape. When taking pictures at night the cameras’ shutter can be open for seconds instead of fractions of a second. If you are using a compact digital camera, try using the exposure compensation EV+ or EV- feature.
Bracketing your exposures means to take several shots of the same scene at different exposure settings.
It might be a little challenging in the beginning but it will be a fun and exciting challenge.
We took some pictures at night and got some great results, which we also show in the tutorial. Whether you’re a veteran looking to stay competitive at the cutting edge of digital photography or an aspiring wedding photographer looking for their first camera, the sheer number of options to choose from is daunting. Canon’s full frame body comes with a large 22.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 image processor with enhanced noise reduction, and an expanded ISO range of 100-256,000 for amazing low light photography.
The camera takes all the perks of the EOS line and uses not one, but two DIGIC 5+ image processors to allow it to capture high quality images at a blazingly fast 12 fps. When you’re running around a wedding, snapping photos of the action, it really helps to have a nice grip on a lightweight frame, and that’s where the D750 delivers. Enter your email address to subscribe to our blog and receive our latest photography posts straight to your inbox! Through a combination of video and photography techniques they were able to take the humble GIF and transform it into something classy—the cinemagraph. Light trail photos are most frequent found with car headlights and tail lights, however you also can make light trails with stars (star trails) or some other source of light in motion during low light hours of sunset or night. There isn’t much you need to be able to take these shots, but an appropriate camera, and extra equipment might help, even though some is not needed.
Some cameras may enable you to slow the shutter speeds down, although some (for example DSLR’s) will permit you to leave the shutter open with a finite period of time until you manually opt to close it, that allows as much light in the camera what you deem necessary. I have done long exposures on rests before, for example a bridge overlook, plus it worked well. Noise reduction takes the initial exposure, which is the shot, it will close the shutter, and take a similarly timed shot, with pitch black, and blends both shots together to reduce noise.
You will want to find somewhere high where there is a lot of fast-moving traffic, and not much of ambient light. This will reduce the amount of noise inside shot.Next, set your aperture (raise your f-stop number) and take test shots and see how they come out. And if your shot is just too overexposed, decrease your aperture size (increase your f-stop).
You will want to look through the camera and know the place that the photo will in fact begin. First, always shoot in RAW mode (because you always should anyway) so most adjustments will likely be easily corrected at a later date. You will again fall in love with what you love doing. If you like the article then make a effort to share. If you don’t have a tripod you can stand your camera on a wall or lean against a tree. If your camera allows it, lock the focus and exposure at this point, so you know they’ll be correct when the subject is filling the frame. Try to zoom as smoothly as possible, maintaining a constant speed throughout and finishing just before the end of your exposure. After I eventually bought the T2i that same year, Canon's beginner-friendly Rebel served me well in my foray into photography.

A less-capable camera might have overexposed the van or underexposed the darker parts of the image such as distant buildings. Many cameras also have a shadow and highlight enhancing mode, such as D-Lighting on Nikon's or DRO on Sony's. On the RAW version of the same image, the patch was less obvious due to lower contrast and less red. We took similar shots with the same lens attached to Canon's $1,200 70D DSLR, and the fringing was far less noticeable. Those who see themselves shooting mostly indoors or still subjects, such as buildings or sculptures, will be happy with the T5, but others will need to learn how to manually focus well. It sometimes had trouble with low-contrast scenarios, such as a bowl of red soup on an orange table or buildings on the street at night. The camera relies on the image sensor to perform contrast-detection autofocus — a generally slower method used on most point-and-shoot and cellphone cameras. Not only did the Rebel readjust focus during the scene, it also readjusted exposure, making the video lighter and darker as the camera looked for a subject to latch onto. Nikon's mirrorless D3300 ($600) also offers better focus in video capture, keeping cars sharp as they moved toward the photographer.
When composing your shot through the viewfinder, basic settings, such as shutter speed, ISO level and aperture, are displayed along the bottom for easy reference.
The T5 lacks a mic jack to enable stereo recording, as well as Wi-Fi, which is becoming a standard on most new cameras.
These include shooting mode, shutter speed, aperture, ISO light sensitivity, exposure level, autofocus operation, metering mode and image format. Another gripe was the lack of a dedicated button to switch to video mode; you'll have to turn the Mode dial all the way to the end to shoot video. With the T5, Canon brings incremental improvements in photo and video resolution, but we ache for more modern features such as Wi-Fi capability.
Samsung's mirrorless NX300 ($520 on Amazon) packs speedy phase-detection autofocus for live view and movie recording, which these two DSLRs lack. Maybe they think those type pictures can only be made by professional photographers with thousands of dollars worth of equipment. Sure its dark, but there is still a little ambient light remaining from the sunset in the air. That is because when using a Digital SLR camera you will have more control over the cameras’ exposure settings. A night mode setting will keep the cameras’ shutter open for longer periods of time so that the cameras’ image sensor can absorb more light.
Just like daytime photography, the exposure settings for night photography will depend on the amount of available light in a scene.
Take one or two that will be darker and one or two that will be lighter than the recommended exposure setting. Once you know a little about camera exposure basics and the operation of your camera, you are well on your way to getting that great night shot. We also talk about settings and techiques of this creative kind of night photography. The best things is that you don’t need the best camera or lens to get some stunning images!
Fortunately, the decision making process is much easier if you know what you’re looking for—it’s all about striking a balance between low noise, high ISO and fast shutter speeds.
It also sports dual card slots and mRaw mode allowing you take a high volume of shots throughout the wedding. Don’t let the deceptively low 18.1 MP fool you, in higher performance cameras it’s about the quality and size of the pixels, not the quantity. It sports the same 91,000 pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering III system at half the price of the Nikon D4 and combines it with 36.3 MP camera sensor—you’ll be able to produce a large spread of the bride’s dress while capturing all the minutiae.
The camera is known among wedding photographers as one of the most comfortable cameras to shoot with, and because these events tend to be lengthy affairs, comfort is important. And the reason you need to wait (and soon you know your proper exposure time) until you enable this feature, happens because if you take a good exposure of two minutes possibly even, then that means you’ll be waiting four minutes until the shot is entirely complete. Although, I must add, having neon signs or another lighting on the side can add for cool effect with the photo.Now, look for a perspective which will catch the car lights passing by, and setup your tripod, camera, and get ready! Next, you may need to use manual focus, as it could sometimes be difficult to focus in the pitch black dark. You can even hand-hold your camera if you don’t mind a slightly wobbly feel to your photo - this can actually look really good, so give it a go. The Nikon also offers a larger ISO range, going up to ISO 25,600, which is four times more light-sensitive than the T5's top ISO 6400.
For its price though, the T5 does a good-enough job of reducing the aberration (especially in JPEGs), and the distortion doesn't show up very often.
Subjects moving quickly, such as a girl doing a cartwheel, appeared slightly stretched, but that's a common artifact in most cameras using the nearly universal CMOS sensor technology. Continuous focus (keeping a moving subject sharp) is not possible, according to the T5 instruction manual.
Canon recommends you use an Eyefi memory card (starting at $50 for 8 GB) to add Wi-Fi capability to your T5. It can be artificial light, moonlight, or ambient light from the atmosphere just after sunset. This is important because you might be able to record a little more detail in the shadow areas of the scene at this time of evening.
Taking pictures at night will require longer exposure times and a Digital SLR camera has more options for changing the exposure settings. The main problem with using a digital compact camera for night photography is that you won’t be able to choose the exposure setting for your night shots. You will then have more images to choose from when deciding which exposure setting was the best.
Since you’ll be shooting indoors, you want a higher ISO which will allow you to shoot better in low light. With off-center cross type autofocus (AF) points and a durable weatherproof body the 5D Mark III is an excellent main for any wedding photographer.
The EOS-1D X also boasts a 61 point high density reticular AF supported by a 100,000 pixel RGB metering sensor which has its own DIGIC 4 image processor.
My last tip, which is good for any long exposure, is to use the noise reduction function if your camera has it.
If you don’t, then you will have some light streaks start midway through the shot, coming from nowhere. Shooting in RAW instead, or in simultaneous RAW and JPEG, will give you the option to rescue photos from such issues by editing them in software such as Photoshop. As it gets later in the evening, many of the shadow areas will appear very dark or black with no detail unless there is some sort of artificial light around that area. In spite of that, your cameras’ automatic night mode setting may still be able to produce some good night images at times. With its incredible ISO range of 100-51,200 (expandable to 102,400), the EOS-1DX is more than prepared to capture the sharp clear images in the dim halls of a wedding chapel.
Sometimes this can’t be prevented though, and in addition sometimes it can come out to be cool. The reason for that is because there may be some camera shake when your finger presses the shutter release even when the camera is on a tripod.
This means that when it comes to the best DSLRs for wedding photographers, you have to go with full frame DSLRs. What I do is use bulb mode, which leaves the shutter open for as long as you want that it is open, where you hit the shutter button to the second time to close the shutter.
If you adopt the same shot with the f-stop of 16, you’ll have a star influence on the light. Just something to bear in mind if you have any signs or any other lighting subjects with your shot. I usually set my ISO to 100 or 200, work with a remote, hit the shutter button, and wait about 10-seconds, then close the shutter.

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