Aug
04

Control of the Sun for Photographing Landscape Architecture

90Main-FinalLight Backyard Sanctuary

Let’s just start off by saying that the title is only wishful thinking. I have never been able to “control” the sun. It does what is does, and we only have the option of planning so we can take advantage of the sun, not control it.

When shooting any kind of architecture, if at all possible, I like to have a walk through with the architect, builder, designer, or whoever is the stake holder for the shoot. This is pretty much a requirement on larger jobs. On smaller sessions, sometimes we can get away with a phone call, but that can be tricky.

I’m going to lay out the process for a recent job, and show exactly what is lost in terms of efficiency when the preplan is skipped.

I had been asked by a landscape designer to shoot a project he had completed a while back, but hadn’t yet been able to get photos for his library. He wanted to use the photos for an upcoming event, so there was a bit of a time crunch. It was a cozy residential backyard patio design, and seemed pretty straight forward.

The first step in any exterior photo session is to see what direction the sun faces at various times of day. That way I can determine what will work best for scheduling. The light is always better at the edges of the day (sunrise or sunset), so we check sun direction, try to pick a decent weather day, and mark the calendar. In this case the sun came into the backyard early in the day, so I planned to be there in the morning.

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Aug
25

Photographing Little League Baseball

Photographing Little League Baseball

There is somewhat of a ritual that has taken place in our house for the last few years. During the last half of August, we watch what seems like 100 little league baseball games as teams from around the US and the world compete in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA.

I’ve been shooting baseball for a number of years as I followed my son up through the ranks

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Jul
23

9 Shot Bracketing on Almost Any Camera Body

9 Shot Bracketing on Almost Any Camera Body

Just about every camera body these days has a setting for bracketing. Bracketing is shooting the same photo at a few different exposures, usually plus/minus the meter reading. This can be used for tricky shots when you’re not sure about the correct exposure.

In recent years HDR photography has become all the rage (sometimes literally, Google it). HDR is short for High Dynamic Range, and it involves shooting a scene at a range of exposures, then combining the resulting images digitally to increase the dynamic range of the image.

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Jul
10

A Nantucket Photo Excursion

A Nantucket Photo Excursion

I’m back from our trip to Nantucket. This year was the 3rd year I’ve been on this trip. At this point, I know my way around the island pretty well, so we could be confident in where to go for some new images. Transportation logistics are the main limiting factor, as we are limited to bicycles for transportation.

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Jul
01

How to Pack for a Photo Trip

How to Pack for a Photo Trip

I’m getting ready to visit Nantucket again, so it’s time to start the planning the pack.Sure, the trip is all planned, so I know what time I’ll leave and arrive, and where I’ll be staying.

I’m referring to the logistics of getting the photographs I want. Sometimes it’s fun to just go, and take the opportunities as they come, but there are many aspects of this trip that require pre-planning if I’m to have any chance of getting what I want.

Here are the parameters I’ll need to work around:

This trip is not planned as a photo expedition. I’ll be going on a Boy Scout trip with my son, and we’ll be camping on Nantucket Island. This is not your typical scout trip, as families are invited, and we are free to plan our own schedule. My son will be spending the majority of the time with other scouts, so I have flexibility to plan my own excursions around the island. Our only means of transportation around the island will be bicycles. There is a great system of bicycle paths on the island, so getting around is easy, but it takes longer and everything must be carried. Efficiency and weight become primary concerns. That being said, I can pick and choose equipment for each excursion, and leave anything else behind at the base camp.

I’ll be shooting a variety of locations and events on the island, so lets consider the needs of each situation. Landscapes around the island will certainly be a big part of the trip. There will also be group gatherings for meals, as well as activities on the beach. These events will be more for the scout troop, whereas the landscape and general island shots are what I’m looking for. I'll also shot vistas and details on the ferry to and from the island.

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