This very cute gift from Corban & Blair arrived in the post and made our day! We love their attitude to the new year – to imagine, create, be open, reinvent. That’s exactly what we’re hoping for this year with our photography. Our new business card holders are beautifully crafted and designed. Plus, we think that the packaging is super cute. Lucky for our wonderful clients, it also means I will actually be carrying business cards with me when you next ask! So, today we thought we would share the love, with a big thank you and link back to the Corban Blair website: http://www.corbanblair.com.au/.
We recently caught up with Tammy, James and their beautiful daughter Maddison, on a fresh and sunny spring day. We’ve known Tam and James for about six or seven years – they’re wonderful people – vibrant, full of life and energy, with wonderful smiles. Their beautiful girl Maddie is no exception and has a gorgeous little personality. She has a wonderful future ahead!
Its always a pleasure to take photographs of friends and it has meant that we have been there for some special moments, laughs and catch ups in between photos. I also especially enjoy taking family portraits. I enjoy seeing a glimpse of special and often fun family moments, all in a relaxed setting.
This time I’d like to share a few of my favourite images from the shoot – Kelly
As a photographer, I often get asked for advice on camera related questions, the main one being, which camera should I buy?
The challenge with this question is that it is quite general. It’s similar to asking someone, what computer should I buy? Or, where should I go for my next holiday?
The short answer is, it depends. Identifying why you want to buy a camera is an important starting point. Even before you start to look at different camera models, consider what type of photography you will be doing and what features are important to you. Clarifying your photographic needs or purpose will help you to select a camera that does what you want it to do.
With so many different camera options and models available, from point and shoots through to DSLRs, it’s really important to think about the following questions before you go shopping.
- What kind of photography will you be doing? (travel, portraits, sports)
- What is your budget?
- Do you need a lightweight camera, or are you comfortable carrying a larger camera?
- Do you need to use a range of lenses or would you prefer a fixed lens?
- Is video an important feature?
- What is your level of interest in photography? E.g. Do you want to develop your skills or are you happy to let the camera figure it all out?
I’ll write a bit more next week so stay tuned.
Tim and Eliza who met in Scotland, had a wonderful and intimate wedding, last weekend. Planning a wedding from overseas is a task I wouldn’t want to tackle, but Tim & Eliza, with the help of their friends did an amazing job! The day went smoothly and without a hitch. Even the weather co-operated and held out long enough so that we had a great time with the bridal party taking photos around Canterbury Gardens!
A favourite moment of the wedding was when Tim played his Ukulele and sang a song he had written for Eliza at the reception.
More photos to follow once we finish editing!
Eight images from around the Orussei Market in Black and White. All shot with a Nikon D700 & 50mm f1.4 lens combo:
Photography SLR basics
So you got a new SLR for Christmas or upgraded from your previous camera and wondering how exactly do I get the most out of this new camera?
When it comes to taking an image or exposure, knowing how the aperture, shutter speed and ISO interrelate will put you in a position to take better photos.
You can use these there elements to control the exposure of whatever you are shooting. How you do it with the dials and buttons will be specific to the camera you are using, but the principles remain the same regardless of which camera you use.
A camera works by recording light onto a light sensitive medium, either film or a digital sensor. Shutter speed, aperture and ISO all play a part in how this light is captured. We can use an analogy of filling up a glass full of water from the tap to explain each of the three functions.
Inside your camera is a shutter, which remains close until you press the button to take an image. The shutter speed refers to how long the shutter is open for to let in the light and is expressed in fractions of a second. Using our glass and tap analogy, if the tap was on for only a fraction of a second, it will provide less water than if it remained on for a full minute. A long shutter speed, say ¼ of a second will allow more light than a short shutter speed of 1/400 of a second. With a long shutter speed, moving objects will be blurred, but a shorter shutter speed will be able to ‘freeze’ the action.
Slow Shutter: 1/30
Fast Shutter: 1/320
Aperture refers to the size of the hole in the lens through which the light passes. The size of the hole can be large to let more light in or small to let less light in. The aperture is measured in ‘f-stops’ which indicate how wide the aperture is. The confusing thing about f-stops are that the smaller number, the wider the aperture is and therefore the more light is let it. A f-stop of f/2.8 will let in more light than one of f/8. This is like how much you open up the tap to fill the glass of water. If you open the tap fully, the glass will fill much more quickly than if it is only partially open.
Aperture also affects the ‘depth of field’. The depth of field refers to the portion of the image that appears sharp or in focus. A smaller f-stop (wider aperture) such as f/1.8 will have only a tiny portion of the image in focus, whilst a larger f-stop (narrower aperture) of f/16 should keep more of the image sharper or in focus.
Wider Aperture: f/1.8
Narrower Aperture: f/9
ISO refers to the sensitivity of the film or sensor. A more sensitive ISO or higher value will be able to capture more light than a less sensitive ISO value. A higher ISO would be similar to using a smaller glass, as less water is required to fill the glass.
ISO is measured as a number such as 100 being on the low end and 3200 being on the high end. The higher the ISO, the nosier the image will be with more grain, but it will allow you to capture images in low light or shoot with a faster shutter speed.
Putting it all together
All three, shutter speed, aperture and ISO numbers are measured in ‘stops’. A stop is simply double or half the amount of light you have previously. For example a shutter speed of 1/100 lets in double the light as a shutter speed of 1/200 but half as much as a shutter speed of 1/50. ISO 400 is twice as sensitive as ISO 200. An aperture of f/2.8 lets in twice as much light as f/4 but half as much as f/2.
For a given exposure, if you increase the shutter speed by one stop (double the shutter speed), you will need to increase the aperture by one stop. (1/100s @ f/2.8 is the same as 1/50s @ f/4).
On SLR cameras you can control all of these values to get the right amount of light and the correct exposure or the camera can do it for you. In ‘shutter priority mode’ you select the shutter speed and the camera will automatically work out the aperture required. In ‘aperture priority mode’ you select the aperture and the camera will work out the shutter speed required to take the correct exposure. In ‘manual’ mode you select both the shutter speed and aperture and this gives you the most control of your image.
Hope this article was useful and feel free to add comments or ask questions!
Since I have returned back to Cambodia with a my new camera I’ve been mainly using the 50mm and it’s great. The ability to shoot at high ISO’s (3200 – 6400) for situations where there is not much light has opened up a whole new area. The image quality is also a step up using a different sensor from my previous camera. The dynamic range is also very impressive, being able to to recover images that are over exposed or bring up shadow detail in areas which are dark. It’s one other big difference I have noticed and makes a huge difference, in particular the high contrast images. On the whole, I’m very please with the new camera and the quality of images it has been producing. Here are some photos from in and around Phnom Penh as it’s been a while since the last update.
Image 1 – Monks looking at an aerial photograph at the National Museum in Phnom Penh
Image 2 – Three moto drivers waiting for business
Image 3 – A woman selling meat at the Russian Market
As a Nikon shooter, it’s really exciting to hear when new camera bodies or lenses are released. Nikon has announced two new lenses. A 16-35mm f4 VR lens and a 24mm f1.4. From reading blogs and forums, these two lenses have been widely anticipated for a while and should be quite popular. I believe the 16-35 is the first f4 zoom Nikon has made (don’t quote me on this) plus it has VR so useful for hand holding and low light situations. The 24 f1.4 will be great on FX cameras for street photography, low light situations and provide nice wide angle bokeh .
A link to the lens on DPReview: http://www.dpreview.com/news/1002/10020902nikon16mm35mm.asp
Also Bob Krist got to preview the lenses in a recent shoot. You can read his thoughts here: