This site is aimed at beginners and anyone who wants to brush up on the basics or just get better than point and shoot. Arrive at the party scene well ahead of time and you shall have time enough to familiarize yourselves with the location, take some shots of last minute preparations, and capture detail shots of food, presents, and decoration.
Go through the schedule of events and memorize important occasions so you will know what is coming up next and can be ready to capture the perfect shot.
If it sounded very easy then you are wrong, making great pictures in a party setting is easy but to get people agree for portraits during parties demand a little more tactic and mastery over social skills, especially so if you are trying to photograph someone you do not know personally.
The presence of a camera (especially so if it’s a DSLR) alone could change how people behave, they become self conscious and suddenly everything turns artificial. Be on the lookout for action shots, people toasting, dancing, hugging, food being served and so on.
A fast general purpose lens from a reasonable wide angle to medium tele photo is ideal e.g.
A flash unit is an absolute must, but restrain from using it on camera straight at the subject.
Shoot RAW, it will give you much more flexibility when post processing both with exposures and white balance.
Another important function is auto focus, if your flash has a focus assist beam make sure it is enabled. Creative photographer, Web publisher, Diy fan, Avid traveler and a Nature Conservationist to the core. As with learning any topic, students usually learn a tremendous amount of information about a topic for the first while, then they reach a certain level of competency and halt all learning.
This post will hopefully enlighten you on a few features that are commonly (but not always) put in DSLR cameras that most photographers don’t know they have. Oh, and my favorite thing about writing this post is that I just CAN’T WAIT to read the comments. These are the settings I like so that my preview on the LCD looks closer to what it will look like after post-processing. However, I was out shooting with Dustin Olsen a few months back and looked at the back of his camera to see how the photos were coming out.
Multiple exposure can be pretty fun for creative effects, and it is an oft-overlooked feature on many DSLRs (not all of them have this).
Nothing is more annoying when shooting than when the screen constantly turns off while you’re reviewing images on the LCD screen.
All DSLRs allow the photographer to adjust how long a photo is displayed before the screen goes to sleep. Lately, I’ve been experimenting in working with an iPad so when I shoot a photo, it shows up almost immediately on my iPad (wirelessly) so I can see the photos full screen. The use-case for this is when you’re in a pinch and are forced to use that blasted pop-up flash. This feature is somewhat better known among photographers, but still the kind of thing that a lot of photographers don’t notice until they have shot for years. The button is useful because, contrary to popular belief, changing the aperture setting on your camera does not immediately adjust the aperture in the lens.


I get SOOO MANY questions about back button focus that I decided this one deserves its own post. About the AuthorJim Harmer Facebook Twitter Google+Jim Harmer is the founder of Improve Photography, and host of the popular Improve Photography Podcast. Although the Canons don’t have a time lapse mode, they do come with software that allows you to hook the camera up to your computer by USB, and then set up and run time lapses using it. Question: Does the Nikon D5100 have a DOF preview feature (I know it does not have the button)? Actually to do time lapse on Canon EOS cameras there are remote timers available these are basically a cable remote (although there are wireless ones to) with a built in LCD interval timer which fires the shutter at a pre-determined interval which can be from e.g. I know Nikon and Canon are the two most popular brands, but some of us who were poor when we got our first DSLR use other brands … like Olympus. With Christmas and New year fast approaching it is time for us to prepare ourselves and sharpen our photographic skills to get better and more interesting photographs from upcoming parties. A good approach is to capture the entire scene with some wide angle shots and then move in closer for portraits and detail shots. The trick is to give people some time to get accustomed to the presence of you and your camera; when you enter a party scene, do not immediately start clicking but simply hang around as if you are simply having a good time. Music sets the mood of the party, it’s the rhythm to which people sing and dance they get excited when the music gets faster and mellows out when the music slows down. Try shooting from a very low angle (you might have to kneel, sit or even lay down) and also from a very high angle, climb a chair a table, use a step ladder or the stairs. All you need to do is mount your camera with a wide angle lens, attach an intervelometer, dial in the settings, set everything up on a solid tripod, place the setup in a location with nice view of the main party area and where chances are less of people accidentally knocking it off. A Multiple exposure means the camera takes 2 or 3 (or more) photos in a row and then combines them to create one picture. A Exposure compensation is when the photographer tells the camera to decide the correct exposure, and then get either brighter or darker depending on what exposure compensation setting the photographer set the camera to. A The camera will determine how much flash output is needed, and then the photographer can set the camera to either give more or less power to the flash according to the look that the photographer is attempting to achieve. A Photographers hate using the pop-up flash because it looks ridiculously ugly since the light is coming from the same angle as the camera and therefore not directional. A Most DSLR cameras have a small black button on the front of the camera just to the left (camera left) of the lens. A These are all on-location videos where you can see how I’m using the color in sunsets, choosing my compositions, etc.
I especially like the feature on my Nikon D7000, interval timer, allowing me to do time lapse without any add on attachments! I am interested in Multiple exposure, does Canon 60D camera has this feature, if no how can I created the photo.
I never even thought to change them either (bc of shooting in RAW) but the sharpness and saturation change is undeniable. Wide shots help bring things in perspective while detail shots capture the highlights of the party. If possible pull them aside for a quick portrait session with the party setting as the background and you could easily create some instant hits.


After a while they will stop noticing you and start being themselves and that’s when you can capture some candid moments that tells the true story.
Be alert for moments in a song that could get people excited, also watch closely some interesting candidates who respond to it; and be ready, you could capture so much energy during that split second.
Remember flash should only be used as a fill light source during parties; else it will completely spoil the mood of the scene so set adequate flash exposure compensation.
Once the party is over you could process the shots and get yourselves a perfect time lapse sequence. A When we first get our hands on a camera, we spend every waking second learning how to use it and all the buttons and dials.
A Then, the individual frames (usually taken over the course of 30 minutes or more) are combined to create a video like this one. A If you’re using an all-manual flash like the YN-560 (see my YN-560 review here), then this is entirely irrelevant. A However, if you use flash compensation, you can control how much flash is used and achieve much better pictures when you’re in a pinch and you need to use flash (like when Aunt Janet hands you her point-and-shoot to take a picture at the wedding). A If you look through the viewfinder and press the button, it will make the screen go a bit darker, but it will also show you how the depth-of-field will look when you take the picture. A This is done so the camera can gather as much light as possible for focusing before the picture is taken. I found your article on Pinterest and I am going to enjoy reading more articles on your blog!
I am not a fan of it and thought you where spot on with the description of how photos look with Instagram. What app are you using on the iPad, that would be great to instantly see your shot on a much bigger screen. A Dustin sets a custom picture control so that the photos on the LCD screen look more like how they will look in post-processing. A For a creative effect, you could set your camera to multiple exposure and lock it down on a tripod.
A So when you’re looking through the viewfinder, you already know what the depth of field will look like.
A Then take three pictures of the runner sprinting by and the camera will combine them into an action sequence. I have never worried myself with setting the Picture Control because I ALWAYS shoot in RAW.
A Changing the picture control if you shoot in RAW will not affect the image you see on the computer, but it will help you see what you’re capturing on the camera. To set a custom picture control or picture style, go to your menu and find the custom picture control setting. A I like to use these settings: A  If you shoot in RAW instead of JPEG, this is still true because your camera saves out a JPEG preview that is used as the thumbnail image and to display on the LCD screen on the back of your camera.



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