Sunday, 29 September 2013

Sky Photography Tips and Techniques

Sky Photography Tips and Techniques

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Sky Photography Tips and Techniques

Posted: 28 Sep 2013 04:01 PM PDT

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How many beautiful nature pictures have we all seen with little or none of the sky-scape? You may think of the sky as only some unavoidable background for most of your nature photo subject matter, and the more blue it is, the better. Well guess what? Mother Nature has a treasure trove of eye catching possibilities up, overhead if you only take the time to have a look and know what to look for.

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“The Paths” captured by Richard Krchnak (Click Image to See More From Richard Krchnak)

Lets start with the basics. Obviously, a beautiful clear, deep blue sky makes for a good backdrop for many subjects but can be rather dull by itself, as can a completely gray overcast sky. Now start adding fluffy white cumulus clouds and it starts getting more interesting, but it is only the beginning of the many opportunities the sky can provide for unique and pleasing photos.

Take fair weather cirrus and stratus clouds for instance. Their thinner and more spread out nature can provide a completely different look for your photo. Even at mid-day the sky can be gorgeous. For example an approaching thundershower can be striking with the billowing and ever changing shapes and textures, and bright white color as it approaches. It is like a mountain-canyon vista in the sky, and is easily captured compared to other faster moving, unpredictable subject matter. And you will have no problem capturing multiple, unique shots of the storm before it moves off or overhead because of its continual morphing of shapes and colors. Also some clear skies around the storm can add to its magnificence and enhance your image.

Using a digital camera for capturing mid-day storms is easy since auto mode frequently works well at adjusting the cameras ISO setting (light sensitivity), preventing overexposure of the clouds white colors and preserving the definition of their many shapes and edges. Some cameras may not do this as well as others, so manually adjusting the ISO setting may be required for best results.

Always remember when taking full sky-scape shots to have a clean sky, meaning nothing obscuring the view such as trees, buildings, power lines, etc. Of course those objects can work great in their own compositions, but at the moment we are concentrating on that big empty space overhead.

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Photo captured by dan2452 (Click Image to See More From dan2452)

Dusk and dawn sky shots are definitely the most colorful and one of my favorites. Sure, clear sunrises and sunsets are nice, but by far the best is when you have high, wispy, cirrus clouds, and mid level stratus to reflect the suns beautiful and ever changing colors as it rises or sets. Lower puffers or cumulus can add some nice contrast as long as they do not block the view of the higher ones which reflect most of the colors. All this is most easily captured over water or a flat landscape with no obstructions. A water vista often works best because of the additional color reflections.

I have found that the deepest reds and purples are from about 15-20 minutes before sunrise and after sunset, with the oranges and yellows occurring shortly before rise and set. Of course a vertically building cumulus cloud will reflect stunning colors as well during these times. I have seen large cumulus and stratus clouds light the area up like you were in a giant red, pink, or orange room, then fade away as the suns rays leaves them and hit the higher clouds.

You will want to make sure your cameras ISO setting in auto mode is adequate for the conditions when working in lower light levels. If not, try manually adjusting the setting to increase the cameras light sensitivity. Settings can vary from camera to camera, but you will be able to see when it looks right. This is when the sky still looks natural, not too bright or glowing, and not too dark or fuzzy. Try to match what the camera is picking up with what you see with your own eyes. Low light conditions can be tricky so take your time, being careful not to overexpose.

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“moorland glory” captured by David Hobcote (Click Image to See More From David Hobcote)

Hopefully this information will encourage you to get out there with your camera and explore a part of nature that is often overlooked.

About the Author
John King is a pilot and amateur photographer residing in South Florida. His interests include kayaking, sailing, and nature photography, and he has recently completed the coastal portion of the Florida Master Naturalist Course.

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Interesting Photo of the Day: Look Closely, Photographer at Work in Norway

Posted: 28 Sep 2013 02:15 PM PDT

A lot of times, landscape photography means waking up well before the sun does and going on a wilderness adventure in the pre-dawn darkness all in the name of getting the shot. Sometimes we don’t get any great photographs and it hardly seems worth it, but then we encounter a photo such as this one, below, and all the sudden we remember why we do all the troublesome things we do:

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The photograph was taken by Daniel Korzhonov, who has an expansive collection of photographs just as breathtaking as this one. Korzhonov took the photograph in Senja, Norway, a part of the world where the sun, depending on the time of year, shines well into the night hours. In fact, they have what is referred to as the “midnight sun.” The photo is actually of a sunset in Norway; however, since the sun doesn’t always set there, it is likely this image was taken around 1AM.

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Wedding Photographer Scams Clients out of $140,000 (Video)

Posted: 28 Sep 2013 12:42 PM PDT

At weddings, no guest is perhaps more valued than the photographer. Charged with capturing priceless, fleeting moments of a once-in-a-lifetime event, wedding photographers had better deliver. In Little Falls, New Jersey, however, one wedding photographer has proven to be interested in only one thing: money.

Operating under the alias Michael Distasio, a photographer named Michael DeRubeis has been arrested and accused of scamming 38 couples out of $140,000—and the numbers continue to rise as more couples come forward claiming that DeRubeis performed poor-quality work, or in many cases, never delivered any wedding photographs at all. In this video, CBS New York covers the story and speaks with two devastated victims:

Shockingly, this is not the first time that DeRubeis has been charged with fraud. In 2003, Eliot Spitzer, New York's Attorney General at the time, sued DeRubeis for ripping off at least 60 clients in similar fashion.

Through the years, DeRubeis repeatedly changed the name of his photography business, using names such as Jonathan Michael Fine Art Photography, Creative Photography and Video, and Impressive Images. DeRubeis filed for bankruptcy in New York to avoid the 2003 charges and shortly thereafter moved to New Jersey, where he immediately opened another studio and began scamming unsuspecting couples again.

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DeRubeis, 52, was arrested in April.

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DeRubeis’ former studio in Little Falls, NJ.

"The actions of this wedding photographer have turned the hopes and dreams of dozens of couples into a nightmare of broken promises," said Spitzer in 2003.

Currently, DeRubeis faces six counts of theft by deception and six counts of impersonation, with more charges forthcoming.

On the brighter side, DeRubeis' profile has deservedly been decimated by angry reviewers. He sports a mere 1.8-star rating, with many of his victims crying wolf.

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