Wednesday, June 22, 2011

New Lens!

Today, as a graduation present, I was given by my parents a new lens! It's a Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM, and I am so happy. I've been fooling around with it a bit today, and I plan on using it some tonight on a portrait session I am doing. So far I've been very impressed with the massive range of distance I can now cover. This is my first telephoto lens and I'm very impressed with all the things I can now do with it. But to begin with, baby portraits.
Archipelago Photography: insulae de cogitum lumenque, maritus cum nomen

Monday, June 20, 2011

Second Best

Sometimes it all comes down to instinct. If something has caught your eye as photo worthy, it's because your eye is telling your mind that it has the potential for art. And sometimes that first photo, if thought-through and deliberate enough, is all you need. If you get the exact aim you were looking for the first time, why make twenty more? Sometimes it can yield better results. But more often than we'd like to think, the first shot is exactly what we want, and the photos go downhill from there. But, this isn't me saying to snap-one-and-run. It's a very good practice to continue altering and changing your frame and exposure from the original, but when analyzing later, pay special attention to the first photo. It's often the one that best captures the original intent you had when photographing. Such was the case with these two, both made this weekend.
Archipelago Photography: islands of thought and image, connected with a name


Here are some examples of how cropping a photo can really help it out. When I saw judging events at my Camera Club nearly 90% of the photographers are advised to crop in to the action. Very advisable in a lot of situations. And it doesn't need to be drastic, just a small crop can be photo-saving.