With July 4th just around the corner, we thought that a few tips on photographing fireworks might be in order.
- Most importantly Use a tripod. This keeps the camera still and allows a sharp image.
- Use a remote release. This removes camera shake when you release the shutter. Or use the self timer. This is not as good a method as it does not allow you to pick your timing.
- Frame your image. Look at the foreground and be sure you will not have heads in your way when the fireworks begin. Scout your location before time for the display and choose your spot carefully. You must anticipate where the burst of light will be and frame your photo accordingly. Be sure to keep your horizon level - another reason for the tripod. Keep in mind what the framing in the camera is as you probably will be watching the sky rather than looking through the camera.
- For most images a wide angle lense will be the best. You can photograph in either the vertical (portrait)or horizontal (landscape) format. Vertical will allow for more trail of the light. You can try a few closeups, but they are unpredictable. It is easier to crop after the fact.
- Shoot in Manual mode where you can set the apeture and the shutter speed independently. Your Apeture should be f/8 or f/16 and the Shutter Speed should be either bulb and expose for one - two seconds or you can set the camera for several seconds. Or set you camera to Shutter mode and set it for a long 1 second exposure. Release your shutter when you see the first of the display. Do not leave the shutter open too long as fireworks are really bright and will overexpose.
- ISO should be 100 - 200 to get the best quality images.
- Never use flash. It will do nothing but iluminate your foreground which is not what you want.
- Experiment. Bring a flashlight so you can make changes in your exposure as you see the results on your LCD screen. Have fun and take lots of images.
Hope these tips are helpful. It is a place to start your exposures and go from there. Bracket and check your LCD. Let us know what other things you would find helpful. We would love to hear from you.
What a cool week, last week! We have been working with the Hilton Garden Inn - Tampa Southeast getting some images done for them to use in advertising. Last week we worked with models and photographed them as brides and young women preparing for their quinceañeras. The facility is beautiful and makes a gorgeous backdrop for events. Here are two of the images from that session.
This past weekend the Riverview Chamber had a business expo called Summer Fest at the Hilton and had over 1000 people attending and participating. It was a great event and it was fun seeing all our friends and meeting new ones. It was free to the public and gave them an opportunity to taste a lot of good food and to meet members of the business community. You must be sure and attend next year.
You really do need to drop by the Hilton and check it out. They have a restaurant and often have events for the community. In fact, July 3, this Friday, they are having a Jazz Night starting at 6 pm with live entertainment.
We've been blogging now for about a year and most of the time it is silent iout there. Is anyone reading us? Following what we do? We're challenging you to respond and let us hear your voice. Let us know what you're thinking and what you would like to see on the blog. We've been thinking of putting some of the articles from the newslettersgiving tips on amateur photography. Would this be something you'd like to see again or for the first time, if you don't our newsletters.
How can you get the most from your Senior Session at Huth & Booth? We allow an hour for each senior session and 4 changes of clothing. From that you will have so many images to choose from, how do you display them all? We have a new product we are offering in two sizes and three finishes. It is a composite of 6 images printed together. They can be either a 16 inch or 20 inch square, and can be done on photographic paper or canvas. They can be framed with frames or can be made into an image wrap. This product along with the new SPLASH gives you the opportunity to choose a number of images from your session and show your different personalities and looks. Here is one we created for Morgan whose SPLASH you saw a few posts back.
After making a SPLASH for our Senior market we found parents wanting to try something like ot for their toddlers. So when Pam Brown brought in her grand-daughter we decided to try one with Brianna. She loves to dance and we had a great time "playing" with her and capturing fun images of her dancing to John Denver - her grandpa's favorite.
What do you think? Did we capture her personality? We think so.
Wow! Looks like we are in the Calendar business. Besides doing a 2010 Version of the Breast Cancer Survivor Calendar which will benefit the American Cancer Society, we will be doing another Bachelor Calendar which will benefit the Hillsborough Humane Society. There may even be another calendar on the horizon. We're inckuding here two images from our past calendars. Just a reminder of the incredible people we worked with the last times.
The first is Peggy Sherry - our August from the Breast Cancer Survivor Calendar.
The second is Dave Liehr - our June in the Bachelors of Sun City Center.
With our continued watch on the economy, we have noticed things are not snapping back as quiuckly as we all had hoped. In talking with many of you, we have heard you express how much your family means to you and how the family values are more important than ever to all of you. Too, many of you have told us how you want to have your family portrait made, to capture your family at this time in their life, but that you just don't have the funds or that it is just a little more than you can afford at this time.
We have heard you and have decided to roll our prices back to what they were in 1985. This is a 50% reduction on our current prices. We are doing this for the months of June and July and hope you will take advantage of our lower prices to have your families photographed. The kids are out of school, the older ones are home from college. Now is a perfect time to get those images done, you can even use them later this winter for gifts for the family. You know, portraits are the one gift no one returns or re-gifts.
Recently, we photographed Dr Sage Campione and her dog, Cara Mia. She is going to use the images on her website and for advertising purposes, but they would make great gifts for her family as well. We wanted to share them with you.