Color correction is just one step of the entire filmmaking process…but oh, what a difference it can make.
In the indie film world, jobs are more often merged and unified and Color Correction is more and more falling into the hands of the Editor. Being outdoors and taking lots of photos with exposures to suit eats up a lot of power in your charge. Take the biggest size capacity memory card or memory stick (if it’s a Sony) because believe me, you’ll need it.
When taking pictures of fireworks with your tripod, one trick to use is to keep the shutter button down for the entire time the fireworks have exploded in their array of colour. If your camera is an SLR or has some good manual controls then you can choose how you want the fireworks to come out. Once you feel confident to start learning how to take photos of fireworks, try an event and good luck! Love your articles Amy, they’re extremely interesting, especially since I am new to photography.
We have fireworks in my street this time every year, even though they are small, I can still apply the principles. Could you message me with a few pointers about how you made this site look this cool, I would be thankful.
I absolutely love this site, information like this is so important to my digital photography. I haven’t really seen any truly striking black and white fireworks photos, are you sure you want to do black and white? Other than window lighting, most portrait photographers used studio lights inside a camera room or on location.
You may want to consider having a tripod with you in case you need to shoot a slow shutter speeds.
The qualities of a naturally lit portrait are many: the subject has a soft, flattering look, the eyes have catch-lights, the background is out of focus from the shallow depth of field and the subject looks relaxed in an un-staged environment. We are always looking for more interesting and insightful photography tips and techniques to share with our readers. All the latest news, tips, ideas, and general brain fodder related to Find A Photographer Ltd will be found here. You can view a complete archive of all the articles written in the blog, filed by title, by clicking here. As we begin to finally see the light (literally) from a cold and long winter, our thoughts start turning to summer holidays - what better way to bring us out of the winter funk after all? However, there are a lot of resources on the web as well as great courses available to take. You'll want to think about what kind of camera gear you'll want to take - small and compact, or robust SLR's? I have simply heard of too many stories where people have lost all of their holiday photos through some calamity. You can take the view that you are invincible and it won't happen to you, or you can prepare yourself so that you're covered in any of the aforementioned circumstances.
Now, as will all things, there are degrees of redundancy you can take and you just need to gauge the risk vs benefit of how far you want to go with your backups. If you've got gear that is in any way expensive (and would hurt to replace yourself), I would recommend getting some insurance.
If you do get insurance though, just make sure that you are covered while abroad as some insurers will charge extra for it. Just use common sense on this one and remember that your safety is more important than getting that sweet shot! Finally, don't forget to enjoy and be a part of your holiday - not just through the back of a camera lens! Don't forget to sign up to our newsletter to ensure you don't miss any Find A Photographer updates!
You've mentioned about backups for files, I honestly cried out loud when our camera was stolen during our honeymoon.
Great set of tips, especially 'Backup, backup, backup', I have learnt this the hard way! Something funny happens when your kid's are going to a formal dance and their dad is a photographer.
Even though less obvious than the standard couple shot, it is good to take some different shots. I was getting ready to shoot an image of the guys when my daughter jumped in front of them. After taking my daughter's friend, Erica's, portrait, she turned and gave me two thumbs up. I hope that the next time someone asks you to take pictures of kids before a formal dance, you will be able to use some of these tips. It was morning when I made these, and I was busy washing dishes and such, but I wanted to get on these so I asked Michael to play sous chef and chop up the potatoes for me. You can take average footage and really make it pop, sing and enhance the viewing experience of your project.


I keep an extensive library for all the different components of filmmaking…and this one I keep going back to for any color correction question I have.
For a start, understand that fireworks are short lived, explosions of colour which have an intensity lasting for just a few seconds. Once captivated and determined to get a really good picture, you’ll be there for as long as it takes snapping away and will most likely loose track of time. The picture will be compressed when you get it onto the computer and email it anyway, so chose the highest resolution so the image does not loose clarity and so that even some of the noise from the night sky will be compressed.
It’s not until they are in the sky that you can really tell where to focus, what to focus on, how to set the camera, and you can’t do all that in a few seconds. The moment they show signs of fading, release your finger and let the camera close the shutter.
But not too long: I recommend holding the shutter button down, or release the cable after about one and a half seconds up to five seconds.
Now that I’ve given you something to think about with your exposure why not try altering your angle? Make sure it’s a good clear shot without street lights getting into the camera to detract from the beautiful images on your photo, or passing cars that may potentially create light streaks in your picture. She teaches enthusiast photographers how to take beautiful, professional photos in easy, plain English. Using natural light as the only light source meant they were just starting out, were too poor to afford lights and were not smart enough to figure out lighting. If you want your scene to be 100% natural light (no cheating with fill flash) you will need to do test shots prior to the assignment.
Generally full frame DSLR’s provide higher ISO settings with the least amount of noise. Be sure to subscribe to the blog to make sure you're always notified of the latest information from Find A Photographer. As you excitedly start planning your holiday and your joyous escape to warmer climes, don't forget about some of the photography essentials to make sure you get the most out of your holidays. I wrote a post a while back about getting gear, so that might be a good place to start if you don't yet own camera gear, or are thinking about upgrading. For instance, if you will be on the move a lot, or security is an issue, small and compact cameras might be the way to go.
As a minimum, I would suggest having at least one place you can back up all your photos while you are on holiday. Personally, I use Photoguard, but do your research on this and get something that is appropriate for your level of photography and the gear you have. If you're in an area of questionable personal security, don't draw added attention to yourself by swinging an expensive camera around.
I myself am sometimes guilty of getting caught up and need to remind myself (or my wife reminds me!) to put the camera down and just enjoy the surroundings! And what I hated about that was the fact that my husband and do have cellphones with cameras that get good shots.
For some odd reason, all the kids want to meet at our house so that they can have their photos taken.
Since our backyard does not have a large bush (large enough for a group shot), I took these images next door at our neighbor's backyard. When shooting this larger group shot, there was not a clean shot with foliage behind all of them. When I was shooting individual or couples photos, I would have my DSLR set in aperture priority at f2.8 or f4.
On each of these images, I would bring them into Photoshop and adjust the exposure, contrast, and black levels. That's part of what makes them so great, right?!) and wonderfully crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Taking pictures of fireworks involves a little bit of planning, not just point and shoot and hope for the best.
They need the depth in a shot, so make sure the composition is in keeping the appearance of being ‘big.’ After all, you want to convey their majesty and power in the photo.
There is nothing worse than the camera running out of power at the crucial moment or the thing blinking at you, saying you have one shot left and you haven’t finished!
What you are doing here is keeping the ‘eye’ of the camera open long enough for the light and colour to get into the lens, senor and create a grand image for you.
Also choose a spot where people won’t constantly walk in front of the camera, stare at it and wave whilst you are trying to take the picture (pet hate). This can enhance the creativity of your angle and shots by simply using a different movement on your camera. She has a monthly photography emagazine and ebooks to help you create stunning images every time. The subject was facing directly into the window or at a 45 degree angle so the light would softly illuminate the side facing the window.
Interiors with brightly colored walls can sometimes cause a color cast on the subject so a custom white balance is a must.
It really does add a dramatic appeal to the photo that other types of lighting can’t do or copy.


After all, how else are you going to sustain yourself through the following winter months if not with happy summer memories?! However, if you've got more challenging environments, or want some more horsepower and flexibility, a DSLR is probably the way to go.
Their daughter was one of the girls in the group, and we are good friends, so I knew I could shoot there.
Once that was done, I would go in and clean any skin imperfections (in teenage years - otherwise known as zits), and then do some slight skin smoothing. And I'm getting better, but I know I'm not doing a lot of things I need to and the photos are still not as good as I'd like for them to be.
A lot of food styling tips are difficult for me because I can't use a table or a counter, I use a stool.
You can also make images look garish, ugly and destroy all the hard work the crew did to capture those images on the day of the shoot. That said…the tips I would like to share with you are applicable to all Color Correction software. It has better integration with the timeline and has a cleaner interface that should make my workflow quicker and easier.
Getting good digital shots of fireworks is about using your settings properly to expose the picture without getting too much noise in the picture.
Perhaps even pick something in the distance that you think might be the same distance away as the fireworks would be, and set the camera to that. Longer exposure times do indeed compensate for the lack of light, but the only draw back with digital is that the longer the aperture stays open, the more noise creeps into the photo.
If you’re not sure, try both types of exposure and a something in between and see what you like best. Now with minimal equipment almost anyone with a good camera and lens can take exceptional indoor images. You can use your built in spot meter and meter on their face to obtain an optimal exposure for skin tones.
It is best to avoid this situation unless you want to take several exposures and apply a little HDR in Photoshop, or you want to use flash.
You can still use them; however you will need to be more careful where you place your subject.
Personally, I'm going to be using my shiny new Apple iPad 2 along with the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit. I shot images of my daughter and her friends, before they headed off to their Homecoming Dance. In post processing, I cloned the foliage and painted that over the locker to remove the obvious distraction.
When it comes to skin smoothing, I like to smooth it just enough, without making the kid's skin look too fake. The challenges and choices are many and it comes with great responsibility if you are the one applying the Color Correction and Color Grade. I’ve been on Davinci Resolve for the last 2 years as my main grading system and feel very comfortable and capable of almost anything I envision in my brain. If you choose auto focus you’ll find your shot will be gone as the fireworks evaporate into the blackness of the night sky. Open both pictures in PhotoShop; select a rectangle or freeform part on the sky of the second photo, copy that as a layer on top of the first photo, then merge the results.
Next, turn off all interior lights as they may cause a color balance shift or unnecessary shadows under the eyes.
So every night, I'll COPY (not move) all my photos to my iPad, so I'll have at least 2 copies of the photos until I get home and transfer them to my computer (and back them up there too of course).
As I was retouching them, I thought that this would be a good time to write a blog to help others take better images of their kids before their formal events.
Since it was getting dark, I also used a flash for all these shots, with the flash turned down one stop so that it would not add too much light to the kids.
After all that hard work, I think these potatoes had extra pressure to be so delicious, so that they were worth it.
Once I give Speedgrade a fair shake on a project I will blog about my experience and let you know!
There are a lot of misconceptions out there right now but in a couple weeks when it Adobe CC becomes available they will be cleared up.
Angle it so that the shot is 90 degrees vertical, and even whereby the bottom of the picture is at an angle. You will most likely need to balance the wide aperture with a fast shutter speed, but that is okay, especially if you are photographing children.



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