- How to Choose the Right Focus Mode On Your Camera
- Emotional Connection Through Street Photography
- Interesting Photo of the Day: Lunch at 1,000 Feet
- 2014 Sochi Olympics Sequence Photography
Posted: 26 Feb 2014 03:28 AM PST
With any DSLR, it takes time to get to grips with everything your camera can do. Often, the manual gets looked at initially, then only referred to when you get stuck. At times, whole features of your camera can get overlooked, and you might resign yourself to taking images that don’t look like you wanted them to. Needle sharp focusing, for example, is at the heart of excellent photos. If you know the difference between the focus modes on your camera, you can use them to help you get brilliantly sharp photos every time.
Basically, your camera contains two or three focus modes. In each case, these instruct the camera how it should focus, depending on the type of photo you want to take. With Canon and Nikon being the most popular brands, we will concentrate on these, but the information is pertinent to most camera makes.
One Shot or AF-Single Mode
The first mode is called One Shot (Canon) or AF-single (Nikon). In this Mode, as you begin to hold the shutter down, the camera will focus on your subject, light up in the viewer, and lock. That is to say the focus is now set. You can either take the photo as is (by completely depressing the shutter), or move your camera first to recompose. This mode is really for stationary subjects, so it works well in portraits, landscapes, and macro (on a still day).
AI Servo or AF-Continuous Mode
The second mode is known as AI Servo (Canon) or AF-continuous (Nikon). In this mode, the camera constantly refocuses (with the shutter partially depressed) depending on where your subject is. So, if you have someone moving toward you, and you want to ensure they are in focus when you take the picture, use this mode. Not surprisingly, this mode works well in sports photography.
AI Focus or AF-Auto Mode
For taking shots where you are quickly changing between moving targets and still subjects, a third option is often available. This is AI Focus (Canon) or AF-auto (Nikon). In effect, the camera moves between One Shot and AI Servo Modes depending on your shot. If you have a still subject, the camera will focus on it, but will start to adjust if the subject moves. So, at a soccer match, for example, you may focus on an idle goalkeeper (camera will focus on him), and if the action comes toward him and he’s on the move, the camera will track and keep him in focus.
Hopefully you can see that knowing that your camera has focus modes other than One Shot is really important. No longer will you need to attempt the almost impossible task of keeping a bird in flight in focus, while using the incorrect focus mode. Just set the camera to AI Servo or AI Focus mode and you are good to go. I hope this beginner’s photography article will help you to improve your future shots.
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Posted: 25 Feb 2014 02:03 PM PST
For Rinzi Ruiz, street photography is much more than just taking to the street hoping to capture interesting objects as they pass by. Ruiz sees the entire process of walking the streets as a sort of meditative practice. He took up street photographer after his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and Ruiz needed a distraction, an outlet. Hear his inspiring story:
Ruiz hopes that people get a similar connection to the subject when they are looking at his photographs as Ruiz does when he is taking them. According the artist himself he likes to create photos which show a central light with the rest of the image falling off into the shadows. This artistic approach is clearly present in all of his work.
Posted: 25 Feb 2014 12:00 PM PST
Afraid of heights? Not these two fearless workers who are enjoying a nice lunch break perched upon steel beams 1,000 feet up in the air:
The image was taken during construction of the Five Finger Viewing Platform in Austria. Since it can take quite a long time to descend the work site, the workers presumably just opted to stay on location and enjoy the view for their break. And, in case you were wondering, the helmets are not in case the men happen to fall, but to protect them from injury from things like falling debris or accidentally hitting their heads on the beams.
Posted: 25 Feb 2014 10:33 AM PST
The winter Olympics have come and gone, but the promotional materials are still coming at us in full force. Some incredible photographs have come out of Olympic Stadium, but some of the coolest Olympics-related images were made before the games even started:
Over the course of four days, photographer Dylan Coulter and his crew set up camp in a New York studio where they invited eight Olympic athletes to take part in an ad campaign for Citibank.
Coulter used a technique referred to as sequence photography to create incredible images that manage to show movement in an interesting way, as you can see above. Sequence photography requires a fair amount of preparation, like all photo shoots, but a lot of the magic also happens in post-production where the multiple frames are blended into one another to create the action sequence.
The choice of sequence photography effectively put action into otherwise still images.
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