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Travel Location Tip!

St Petersburg RussiaAdd a new dimension to your photographs when traveling! Have you returned home after traveling and tried to figure out where in the world you were when you took that shot?

Why not include signage in your photographs? It is a great and fun way to add a lively sense of place to your images. Photograph signs in local markets in the native language, store signs, newspaper stands featuring local magazines or papers, city street signs, just about anything that uniquely identifies your location.

Using these photographs will help you tell a story about your travels, especially if you scrapbook or create photo books of your travels.

Don’t Clutter- Less is More!

18-Joachim_NotreDame_0807yWhen taking your photograph, make sure it is not too cluttered. Remember, having less is more in a breathtaking photo! When composing the photograph, it is best to create a focal point, or something that catches the eye, while at the same time avoiding excessive distractions.

In a photograph, one main focal point is usually enough. If you have a focal point in the background and a distraction (like rocks or a gate) in the foreground, zoom in to crop the image to avoid the distracting item. Cropping out the distraction can also be done later with editing software.

Make that fence or screen disappear!

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Want to look straight into the eyes of a wild animal? There is a way to capture an object and animals through a fence or behind a screen, in a sanctuary or zoo, with a little use of these photography techniques.
Lens: 200mm or longer
Aperture: f/5.6 or larger
Shutter Speed: 1/250 or faster
Focus: Manual focus or single point auto focus

Prepare for your shot by first getting as close as you can to the chain link fence. The closer to the fence, the more successful you will be.
Zoom in as much as you can (200mm or longer). The longer the lens, the more successful you will be.
Focus past the chain link fence on your subject by using manual focus or single-point auto focus. This will insure that you don’t accidentally focus on the fence instead of your subject.
With the use of a large aperture (f/5.6 or larger) and zooming in on your subject, the depth of field will be very shallow. Because of the shallow depth of field, the farther that your subjects (lions) move away from the chain link fence, the more blurry the fence will become. Eventually, with your subject far enough away from the fence, the chain link fence will completely disappear.

Take your best shot!

Out of Focus…on purpose

iso 2500If you want the background “out of focus,” get really close to your main subject. Getting close to your subject changes the background sharpness. Lots of small bright highlights are harder to get “out of focus” than larger objects. Just controlling the f-stop won’t usually turn a crystal sharp background into a dreamy soft “out of focus background.”

Stop that blur!

Stop that blur! Hold the camera correctly. Camera blur can be avoided with a stable camera when taking the picture.

For sharper pictures:

* Place your left hand under the camera, palm up.

* Rest the bottom of the camera on your left palm, cradle your left hand fingers around the lens for focusing and zooming, tuck your elbow into your chest.

* Hold the camera tight, push down on the shutter gently, while pushing up with your left hand to steady the camera.

* For even sharper images, use a tripod or other immobile surface (wall, bench, etc.) or lean against a wall or pole to steady your body.