Tripod Use

 There are times when using a tripod is necessary… often in landscape photography when you want a crystal clear photo, a tripod helps to steady your camera much more so than hand holding it.  It’s a must for long exposure photographs and can be useful in many different situations.  Of course, candid shots and street photography by their very nature do not lend themselves to the use of a tripod when you need quick flexibility and the ability to move your camera to keep your subject in frame. 

With today’s advanced cameras, many have a lens or in camera body stabilization feature.  Be sure to turn that off when using a tripod as the motor in the stabilizer fights against the steady tripod and can work exactly opposite of what you want. 

Remember to turn it on again when you are off the tripod…

 Simple but helpful…

Get out there and #capturethemoment, have a great weekend everyone!

Cheers,

Eddie

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Photography Tip

Here’s a little photo tip for you guys. I’ve just recently started posting different tips that I feel people can gain some value from, so please, leave a comment with your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!

Photo Editing

Almost all photos need some type of post processing after they come out of the camera.  I’m not talking about major changes to your pictures but often, just simply increasing or decreasing the exposure, the contrast, maybe even a slight crop to eliminate an unwanted object in the corner or on the edge of the photo.

 Even in the “old” darkroom days, the most famous photographers would use manual techniques to lighten or darken parts of the picture.  This was called “dodge and burn”  I won’t explain the technique except to say that it’s a lot easier today with the use of photo enhancing software that most of us already have on our computers. 

The camera does not always capture the feeling we are having when we see and take the picture.  You can get closer to what you want to show with minor tweaks…don’t be afraid to use today’s technology to turn an almost great shot into a truly good one

Being True

One of the true benefits of being a photographer, or actually any creative endeavor is that you have something to do whether it’s your occupation or hobby.  For me, it was my occupation and has now become my hobby although I still derive some income from it.  I can’t see ever fully putting my camera on the shelf and becoming even more of a news junkie/couch potato than I already am.

But, my point here is that when I’m out taking photos, that’s really where my concentration is.  And then there is of course the development of the pictures or as we say in the digital age, the post processing on our computers.

I lose myself even more into photography when I’m traveling, especially in a foreign country which I love to do.  Everything is so new and different and the photo opportunities seem to jump out at me all the time.  And since TV in those places is usually in a language I don’t fully understand, I’m able to get totally away from the politics and craziness of what might be going on as usual.  

I’m often shocked when I return to find out that all the hoots and hollers are still going on and that not much has changed.  I resolve to not watch the news and that lasts for maybe a day or two.  But, my camera is nearby and I can grab it, get outside and start shooting…what a relief and what great excitement when I download my photos and begin the process of refining them after deleting those that don’t make the grade…and there are plenty.  It’s not like when we shot film where each shot had to be thought out.  With digital cameras, you can shoot to your heart’s content and not worry about running out of film.

My suggestion to all of us is to let our creative juices flow…there’s no other reward as fulfilling.

Here is a photo I took a while back while at a local sandwich shop. What comes to mind when I look at this photo is, true creativity. She seemed to be letting her mind wander as she sat there looking off into the distance, and that, for some people, is their truest way of being creative.

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Southern Italy

If a photographer wished for a place where he or she could just point their camera almost anywhere and end up with a beautiful photograph, that place would likely be Italy; and I don’t mean just “pretty” pictures but a variety of urban, country, rugged landscapes, people, historical sites, farms, vineyards and yes, food…

The entire country of Italy is about the size of Arizona or New Mexico…it’s long and narrow.  If you were to divide it into northern and southern halves, you’d find great differences in the food, wine, geography and people…

Most people think of Rome, Florence, Venice etc. when they think of Italy but go down south into the “boot” and you will find a very different Italy…it is flatter, poorer, more agricultural and has many small interesting small towns and villages where you can experience a different view of life.

I just returned from a visit to Southern Italy with my family and would happily return again.  The people are very friendly although they don’t speak English as well as in the more touristy areas in the central and northern parts of the country.  My Italian is pretty much limited to a few simple phrases…the most important of which is “where’s the bathroom?”

Some of the towns we visited were Vieste, Martina Franca, Alberobello, Locorotondo, Lecce and Matera.  Like I said, not your typical Tuscan towns.  Each one had its own flavor.

Of course there were some tourists besides us but not nearly as many as in the more well know cities further north.  Additionally, we were there in November, great weather and after the crowds would have left if there had been any to start with.

You will find my recent photos on my site of this amazing visit to Southern Italy which speak more than I can to describe the wonders of the area…

Eddie Greenly