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Thu Oct 10, 2019, 12:36 PM

Photography Tips from a professional photographer on my trip to Canada

One of the excursions I took from my trip to Canada was led by a professional photographer. He had some good tips, so I thought I would share the handout he gave us.

One of the tips was about something I never realized, #11. He suggested when doing portraits where there is a background you'd like to see (he used the example of someone standing next to boats in a marina) to not stand 4-6 feet away from the person as one would normally do. Instead, back up and use your zoom to get the person the size you want. Doing that will also enlarge the background and make the boats look larger than they would if you had taken the shot only 4-6 feet away from the person. You may end up backing up 15-20 feet Apparently, this is a trick that wedding photographers use all the time.

Anyway, here is his page of tips.


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Reply Photography Tips from a professional photographer on my trip to Canada (Original post)
mnhtnbb Oct 2019 OP
CurtEastPoint Oct 2019 #1
FM123 Oct 2019 #2
Journeyman Oct 2019 #3
elleng Oct 2019 #4
ManiacJoe Oct 2019 #7
elleng Oct 2019 #8
CaliforniaPeggy Oct 2019 #5
Mira Oct 2019 #6
The_jackalope Oct 2019 #9
rocktivity Mar 12 #10
Callalily Mar 13 #11
Talitha Mar 20 #12

Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 12:41 PM

1. Good tips, B! Thanks!

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 12:41 PM

2. Thanks!

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 12:45 PM

3. Thanks. All good suggestions . . .

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 12:50 PM

4. Thanks, useful.

Problem with #1, however, cameras USED to have manuals (my old Nikon sure did, I carried it in the camera bag along with 2 lenses, and referred to it occasionally,) but manuals for tech stuff don't exist any longer, at least not for Nikon Coolpix P900, so instead have to consult the internet 'machine!'

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Response to elleng (Reply #4)

Sat Oct 12, 2019, 11:38 PM

7. Download the PDF and store it on your computer and

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Response to ManiacJoe (Reply #7)

Sat Oct 12, 2019, 11:43 PM

8. NOT convenient, barely useful,

and have no 'mobile device,' just a 'dumb' phone.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 02:06 PM

5. These are great, my dear mnhtnbb!

I made a screen shot of them and now I will print them for closer reading.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2019, 12:02 PM

6. I ike it

good stuff to ponder. thanks!

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Wed Oct 16, 2019, 11:37 AM

9. All great tips, but I break #2 constantly

I virtually never use a tripod. I find it reduces my mobility too much when shooting, is a hassle to carry and set up, and for me results in stilted photos. I use it with long lenses, for set-up macro work and when doing technical testing. Otherwise it stays in the closet.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2020, 10:51 AM

10. RE: Rule #1

Last edited Sun May 3, 2020, 10:57 AM - Edit history (11)

The bad news: I didn't pack my camera accessories bag, giving me a seven-hour concert to shoot with just one battery to my name.

The good news: I did pack my (15-ounce) charger and my tablet.

The great news: I'd put a PDF of my camera's user guide on my tablet, which I had bothered to read enough of to know that my camera is capable of on-board battery charging. So instead of "calling in sick," I simply looked up the instructions: all I had to do was buy a USB/micro cable, and connect it to the charger and camera between band performances.

Lessons learned:
1. Keep an extra (fully charged) battery, and either an extra camera battery charger or a USB cable and wall plug adapter, in another part of your bag.

2. Thou shalt know thy camera as thyself.


rocktivity

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Fri Mar 13, 2020, 07:20 AM

11. Very good tips.

Thanks for posting. Good reminders of things we should know, and/or should be practicing.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Fri Mar 20, 2020, 03:32 PM

12. Thank you, these are very good tips!

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