Friday, March 30, 2012

Weekend Thoughts

Greetings, volks. Welcome to Hohenfels Volks, THE place for our place! The cold weather seems to put a damper on things, but if you’re tenacious, you’ll be able to drag home the shot that would have gotten away.

Today’s post is just a quick review of things going into the weekend, and a little psyching for Monday’s exercise. Remember your exposure triangle and the relationship between the sides, which will be the big factor for a lot of your shooting on the technical side. Also, remember to visualize and compose your shot. See the image before making it. Slow down and get it right before you release your shutter. Use your color to create some detail and interest, go so far as to make it your subject!

O.K. on to the psyching we go. Here are some things to learn, review, and acquire. Over the next few weeks, you’ll need a fixed focal length lens, AKA a prime. You’ll need a flash and some lighting modifiers. A 5 in 1 reflector, if you can’t or don’t want to get a flash. You’re also going to need a handy way to calculate your DOF and shoot accordingly.

Those are just a few things we’ll be working with. If you have them, break out your manuals, if not, get them! It will certainly provide some tools to make your photos the envy of all.

Hohenfels Volks: Wall with Posters
ISO 200, f/11, 1/50, taken with a green filter for contrast and detail.
Girl examining a wall plastered with posters in Prague. With the green filter, the contrast is just about right, and the red detail is dropped about 2 stops, increasing contrast in the red/blue and red/green areas. The higher contrast adds some isolation to the impression from the scene.

Well, that’s enough for now. Enjoy the weekend, have some great adventures, make some magnificent photos, and enjoy the life you have to its fullest!

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